50 Free Amigurumi Stuffed Toy Patterns & Crochet Tutorials for Beginners and Beyond
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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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.
Amigurumi Instructions, Techniques & Useful Websites
- Technique Tutorials
Nice tutorials to start you off in the world of amigurumi.
- Amigurumi Lessons
Loads of videos and advice for this style of crochet.
- Amigurumi Hair
4 different ways of crocheting hair.
- Amigurumi Video Series
Videos which show the different stages of amigurumi making.
- Ultimate Finishing Technique
How to get the perfect finish on your amigurumi.
- Pattern Generator
Handy program to create your own pattern.
- A Complete Guide
Introductions to eyes, hooks, stuffing, tension and pattern reading.
- Crocheting In The Round
Learn to crochet without having to use stitch markers.
- Attaching the Eyes
How to go about embroidering eyes or adding safety eyes.
- Super Duper Tips
Including how to crochet with eyelash yarn and how to add hair.
- Brush Amigurumi
A variety of excellent lessons including how to make the toys furry.
- Planet June
A video series for beginners to amigurumi.
How to Create the 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
Stuffed Toy Tutorials
- Love Bug
As well as a bee pattern.
- Venomhide Dinosaur
A creature from World of Warcraft.
- Toy Story Aliens
Cute movie themed aliens.
- Free Patterns Website
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- Snuggles The Penguin
I love the cute pink cheeks and the removable scarf.
- Little Red Riding Hood Set
Free patterns for both Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf from the children's story.
- Dr Zoidberg
Free pattern for a character from Futurama.
- Crochet Kitty
Cute cat softie with a flower in her hair.
- Meerkat, Tortoise & More
Plenty of cute animal patterns for free.
Varieties of Cacti
Amigurumi Video Lessons
More Fun Stuff To Make
- Bear Face Pin
Adorable emoticon bear brooch.
- Mario Bros. Mushrooms
Geeky mushroom plushies for the retro gamer.
- Tiny Cacti
Perfect for displaying on your windowsill.
- Sleepy Sarah
Sleepy girl with a pointy red gnome hat.
- Wolf Dreamer Blog
Large collection of free patterns for Pokémon, dinosaurs and lots more.
Green pear shape with a cute face.
Adorable cake pattern.
Must-make project for Star Wars fans.
- Miss Piggy
Pig in a dress pattern.
- Despicable Minions
From the Despicable Me movie (find the pattern link at the bottom of the page).
TV Character Amigurumi
Animal Plushie & Softie How-Tos
- Polar Bears, Owls & More
Huge collection of wonderful crochet creatures.
- Baby Penguin
Using super fluffy fun fur.
- Spring Bunny
Kawaii amigurumi rabbit.
- Baby Sheep
Free pattern for a sleeping lamb.
- Aviator Fox
Adorable fox with goggles, scarf and jacket.
- Mustache Bunny
Funny yet cute little rabbit.
- Octopus Sailor
Easy pattern, ideal for beginners.
- Cheeky Monkey
Fun monkey with plenty of personality.
- Boris the Tiny Lion
Sweet miniature lion toy.
Kawaii Banana Skin
Creative Amigurumi Patterns
- Animals, Monsters & More
Awesome list of free patterns and tutorials on Craftster.
A fab pattern for Dr Who fans.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
A fun old school favourite.
- Cake Slice
Rainbow coloured birthday cake slice.
- PJ Teddies
Adorable bear with pyjamas on.
- Mini Doctor Who Characters
Including David Tennant, Matt Smith and Tom Baker!
- Crochet Pattern Central
Aliens, puppies, dinosaurs and anything else you can dream of.
- Amigurumi Apples
A classic make which is ideal for home décor uses and ornaments.
- Santa Christmas Ornaments
Make your own bearded Santa baubles for the tree.
- Mountain Peak Cushions
Make your own crochet mountain range.
Gunder the Elephant
Even More Cute Characters
- Hello Kitty
Famous character complete with little pink bow.
- All About Ami
Brilliant pattern selection including a graduation teddy, a dragon and a scarecrow.
Adorable panda lying on its front.
- Little Things Blogged
Owls, teddies, cats, rabbits and more free patterns.
- Poseable Kitty
A large cat softie with arms and legs you can move around.
- Mini Pig
Tiny kawaii pig in the sitting position.