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50 Free Amigurumi Stuffed Toy Patterns & Crochet Tutorials for Beginners and Beyond

Updated on February 18, 2016
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Fun Roundup Of Cute Toy Projects!

If you crochet already, amigurumi is a fantastic niche area of the crochet world to get into, and it's suitable for beginners to have a go too. Although amigurumi can involve knitting, crochet is the main technique used, plus a small amount of simple embroidery for adding embellishments.

I think the main appeal of this craft is the facial expressions added to all amigurumi stuffed toys - whether an alien or a poached egg! The expression is generally in the same style for every creation, with round all-black eyes and an embroidered mouth, and the idea is really to make it as adorable as possible :) This makes amigurumi especially great for getting younger generations into crochet. The whole concept originated in Japan, where the style is referred to as 'kawaii', which basically means 'cute and lovable'...awww!

I have listed below many patterns you can use to make your own crochet creatures, and I hope the projects and the photos will provide you with plenty of inspiration.

Fruit in a Bowl

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Top-Rated Ami Craft Books

Books are an excellent resource to have in your home so that you can easily refer back to them when you have a query or you are stuck for ideas. Here are some of the best choices:

Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet
Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet

Only basic crochet techniques are required to make all 20 of the adorable projects in this book, which include baby owls, cupcakes and valentine bears.

 
Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Crochet
Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Crochet

Perfect for dog lovers, this Japanese style book teaches you how to make teeny weeny dogs of many different breeds.

 

Smiley Eggs

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What is Amigurumi?

Amigurumi is the making of little stuffed toys - usually cute animal characters - with human-like expressions and personalities. The toys are crocheted (or sometimes knitted) with yarn, and the basic stitch for all amigurumi is the 'single crochet stitch'. Amigurumi is a trend that originated in Japan, and it is a very creative, versatile craft, so you can let your imagination go wild!

On this page you will find a section all about learning the techniques involved in amigurumi, with video lessons and tutorials, and then there is a list of free patterns for you to use to get started. The pattern designs include kittens, penguins, fruit, dragons, cupcakes and much more.

You only need crochet hooks, yarn, stuffing, plastic eyes, embroidery thread and a needle to get started, so it's an inexpensive craft AND it's a fun hobby for every age from young to old. I hope this page inspires you to give it a go!

Click here for more information and some great beginner tips.

Dinosaur Skeleton

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How to Create the Eyes?

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amigurumi-eyes

There are various ways to add eyes to your toy or doll, and they are as follows:

1) Safety Eyes: Probably the most common option, each safety eye comes with the eye part, which is inserted into the front of the crochet 'face', and a washer part which is pushed onto the back of the eye to keep it in place and is kept hidden inside the amigurumi. Safety eyes come in different styles and colors, and are quick to apply. Just make sure you add them before you stuff and close up the head section :)

2) Beads: Small black beads can be sewn on to the amigurumi using invisible thread, or (for a neater finish) you can feed your yarn through the beads as you work so that they are embedded within your crochet. You can find beads in a great array of sizes. Obviously the larger the bead you use, the further the eyes stick out from the surface, so this method is better for smaller projects (with smaller eyes). Use beads with small holes if you can.

3) Embroidery: You can embroider the eyes in yarn or embroidery thread, and it's usually satin stitch that is used to give a smooth finish. This method should be used before you stuff and close the head section. Embroidering using thread (rather than yarn) allows you to add a greater amount of detail to the eyes, but it's easier to cover larger areas using yarn. With regards to the design, you can choose to embroider simple black eyes or you can create both irises and pupils.

4) Crochet: You can crochet circles for the eyes - maybe even separate circles for the pupils and the irises too - and stitch these onto the head. You could even crochet 3D eyeballs if you want!

5) Felt: A versatile method where you cut circles out of thin felt and layer them together to create the eyes, and then sew them onto the amigurumi.

6) Buttons: You can sew on the classic 4-hole buttons, rounded buttons with a hole through the back, or any other style you fancy.

Note:Obviously if little children are going to be playing with the toys then embroidered or felt eyes are the safest options because they don't present a choking hazard.

With regards to eye placement, the eyes are often placed a fair distance apart so they are quite close to the sides of the face yet are still facing the front. Wide set eyes like this look best I think, because if the eyes are too close together they can look beady or even angry, and if they are too close to the sides of the head they can't be seen fully from the front and just don't look right.

An additional point to note is that often you will find that eyes have a white 'reflection' added to make them appear a bit more 'alive' (or cuter!) and you can add this yourself if you are using the felt, embroidery or crochet methods.

Hope that is helpful :)

Amigurumi Doll Hair

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

Not only does this book teach you the techniques needed for crocheting amigurumi, but it also gives you expert tips and guides you through the tools and materials you will need, making it ideal for beginners.

 
Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!
Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!

If you have a dark side, or you're just sick of crocheting sweet and cute amigurumi, you need this book! Patterns include vampires, ninjas, skeletons, zombies and the grim reaper!

 

Varieties of Cacti

I love cacti...and at least I can't kill these :-)
I love cacti...and at least I can't kill these :-) | Source

Amigurumi Video Lessons

TV Character Amigurumi

Guess who! Celebrate your favourite TV show or movie by making awesome themed softies like these.
Guess who! Celebrate your favourite TV show or movie by making awesome themed softies like these. | Source

Kawaii Banana Skin

Who would have thought a banana skin would be cute?!
Who would have thought a banana skin would be cute?! | Source

Miniature Snowman

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Gunder the Elephant

I love the pom-pom tail!
I love the pom-pom tail! | Source

Crochet Pug Dog

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Bert The Lion

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Demonstrations & Projects

Mini Teddy Amigurumi

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      cutejeeplady 3 years ago

      Yes I have been crocheting toys and plushies for a few years now.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've crocheted plush toys and animals for 30+ years, but only within the past couple years have a tried Amigurumi. At first I thought they were silly-looking, until I saw how popular they were and wanted to know more. I finally crocheted an Amigurumi bunny --- and 'fell in love'. Cuteness, Indeed!