Face it

You have spent hours and hours and hours working on a teddy bear, doll or other plushie, and you are just about done, when you realize it doesn’t have a face.   While a faceless doll can be cute on occasion (although they are usually creepy), you probably at least want some eyes.  You have a couple options, but the easiest is usually an embroidered face.

If you are making your plushie for kids under 3, animals, or particularly dumb adults, embroidered faces are best, sinc there is nothing for them to swallow or choke on.  Using an eye-colored yarn or embroidery floss, sew through the back of the head, make a stitch or two for each eye, and sew back through the back of the head.  If your doll has hair or a hat, it the ends will be hidden.  If you don’t have hair, try making a tiny little knot at the back of the head, and then burry the tail in the head, trimming off any excess yarn.  stitched eyes can be very expressive:

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All of these faces were made with these super simple stitches:

French Knots

Running Stitch

Now, go fourth and give things faces.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m being watched or something.  Eep!

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