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Adding fabric to amigurumi

I have always loved covering my amigurumi animals ears and feet with fabric or adding cute shapes on the tummy. During the years I have discovered a few important things to keep in mind when adding fabric and in today`s step-by-step photo tutorial I will show you how I do it.

The thing that most people have trouble with is fraying, so all my tips are about how to avoid fraying.

But first let`s talk about what kind of a fabric to pick.

  • I advise to use small print fabric. The patches you add are really small and this way the beauty of the pattern will show the most.
  • In my opinion cotton fabric is the best, because it`s smooth, durable, skin friendly and easy to cut.

Now that you have chosen the fabric you want to use, here are the

3 important things to avoid fraying

1. ADHESIVE FABRIC

Make the fabric stronger and less fraying by glueing adhesive fabric underneath it.

Cut a rectangle of the same size of both fabrics. Put the patterned fabric onto the adhesive one (glued side facing the wrong side of the main fabric) and iron them together.

2. SHARP SCISSORS

Now you need to cut the patches. Keep in mind that you need sharp scissors for doing that. And this is no joke! Blunt scissors will ruin the edges of the fabric and then it`s almost impossible to avoid fraying.

Following the shape of the ear / feet cut a rectangle and then give it the right shape. It`s easier to achieve symmetrical shape if folding the piece together.

If you need 2 patches, then place the first one onto the fabric right sides facing together and fix with pins. Cut out another patch using the first one as a stencil.

3. SEW OVER THE EDGE

As a last thing sew the patches onto the amigurumi pieces. It`s best to sew over the edge. My favourite is the simplest overcast stitch, but you may use the blanket stitch as well.

And you`re done! So keep in mind: adhesive fabric, sharp scissors and sewing over the edge will help you to achieve the best result.

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