“The Eyes are the Mirror of the Soul”
Getting the eyes right on your goofy hat, bib or doll can make or break the cuteness factor of your creation. Choosing the right eye may depend on the recipient of the item, it’s intended use or what items you have on hand. I have three favorite easy and inexpensive methods for creating eyes; yarn stitched eyes, button eyes and crocheted eyes. This series of blog posts will discuss the pros and cons of each method, as well as some overall tips to use and pitfalls to avoid when attaching the eyes.
Just a little bit of yarn can convey an expression-happy, angry or laughing. Make your doll asleep or stitch an “X” and turn her into a zombie. Yarn stitching is a simple form of embroidery. My Happy Pets hat uses a real simple eye to create happy, smiling eyes. It’s basically a stretched out tip of an arrow.
Sometimes, with a doll, all you need is a tiny eye and a French knot would be perfect in this case. I have a future pattern in mind where I will use this simple knot for the eye. In the meantime, I found this great resource if you want to give it a try.
You can combine yarn stitching with other forms of eyes to add emotion. My Attack Sock Monkey combines a button eye with a simple yarn stitched eyebrow slanted downward to show he’s in attack mode.
The hardest part about this method is working in ends so they aren’t noticeable on the outside or bumpy on the inside. It is a very safe baby option as there is no choking hazard at all. Do an internet search for “embroidered eyes” and click the “images” button for ideas. You’ll find some beautiful, amazing, complex options but also some real simple variations that will be easy for you to duplicate with your own projects.
- Uses left over yarn.
- Baby-safe, no choking hazard.
- Great option for items that will be washed a lot.
- Can be tricky to learn the more complicated stitches.
- Ends need to be worked in securely, invisibly and without bumps on the inside of the hat.
Here are a couple examples of other designer’s patterns (Rattle Monsters by Kristi Tullus and Muno by Michelle Vess) that use simple yarn stitched eyes. I love the creativity! Click on the photos to learn more about the pattern.