How to join amigurumi pieces?
People have asked for so many times “How do you join amigurumi pieces?”, “How do you sew the toy together?”. Obviously it is one of the most complicated things for beginners and it takes time to find your own way to do it. I have found mine, but it was a long way and a lot of experimentation.
I have created a tutorial of two different ways to sew pieces together. Hopefully it will help some of you, who you are stucked in this issue. One method might suite some of you, the other method might be more comfortable for others. There is no right and wrong in crochet, it`s just the matter of how it`s best for you.
I´ve crocheted example pieces – the body and the leg. The body is a closed piece, the leg has an open end. You can use these techniques when you sew different types of pieces as well, for example two open-ended pieces. You can also mix the two methods, attaching some pieces with one technique and others with the other technique.
Let`s get started!
First, for sewing I commonly use long yarn tails I leave for every single piece. However, in this tutorial I`ll sew with contrasting color, so it will be more clear.
JOINING WITH VERTICAL STITCHES
1. Insert the needle vertically between the stitches on the open piece (leg). This means you`ll go around the post of the stitch, from right to left. Draw the yarn through.
2. Now insert the needle between the stitches on the closed piece (body), just where the two pieces touch. Again, draw the yarn through.
You have finished one joining stitch. Repeat the process till you have joined all stitches on the open-ended piece.
You don`t need to pull the yarn very tight, but enough from keeping the stitches being loose. If you are using the yarn in the same color as the pieces, the seam will fuse with the rest of the surface and will become almost invisible.
JOINING WITH HORISONTAL STITCHES
1. Insert the needle horisontally between the stitches on the open-ended piece (leg). This means you`ll bring the needle through the little hole between the two stitches. Draw the yarn through.
2. Now the same way as in the first example insert the needle between the stitches on the closed piece (body), just where the two pieces touch. Draw the yarn through.
Repeat the process till you have joined all stitches on the open-ended piece.
You will get another kind of the seam, but when made using the same color as for the pieces and tightened enough it will become almost invisible.
And that`s the whole mystery :) I hope some of you find this tutorial helpful.
And to illustrate the whole thing, on the photo below you will see a bear made using the same joining methods. Lovely, isn`t it?!