Maybe you’re not too good with a needle and thread… Maybe you prefer your knit toys to have big old buggy eyes… Maybe you just aren’t a fan of how embroidered faces look. No sweat. Try safety eyes!
They’re super easy to use, and (in my opinion) the most professional-looking than buttons or beads. Technically they are safe (hence the name) for younger children, but I’d still be careful if you give them to itty bitty kids who like to chew on things.
They come in two parts: the eye, and the backing.
Figure out where you want your eye, and push the eye shaft through your knitting. (Make sure you do this before you close up and stuff your critter.)
Slide the backing on to the post, and use your muscles to push it all the way down. They’re sometimes hard to get all the way on, but they’ll go eventually. Be really really sure that you like where your eyes are placed before putting on the backing, because they are almost impossible to remove once they are attached.
Safety eyes are carried at most chain craft stores, but you can find a more extensive selection on Etsy and other online retailers.
Now, go fourth and give things eyeballs. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m being watched or something. Eep!