Amigurumi painted eyes

Recently, I’ve been getting quite a few questions about what I use to make painted eyes and details (like cutie marks) for my amigurumi, so here it is. :)

The most important part of this whole deal is this stuff:


It’s the kind of iron-on stuff you use to patch up holes in clothing. I love it for amigurumi details because the front has a nice fabric-y structure where paint will stick to very nicely, and the iron-on glue layer on the back prevents the edges from fraying when you cut it out. It’s especially the no-fraying quality of this stuff that makes me love it; it’s possible to cut out very tiny shapes like eyelashes without it becoming a bunch of loose threads.

I found this stuff after seeing suggestions for using ‘iron-on fabric’ on the internet. It took me quite a while to find out what exactly it meant, but now that I know what stuff to look for I noticed it’s pretty commonly available here in the Netherlands. Pretty much any place that sells sewing supplies is bound to have this in stock. My local yarn & fabric store has it, I’ve seen it at sewing supply stalls at my local weekly market, and even spotted it in more general hobby stores such as Pipoos.

So, once, you have this stuff, what to do with it? I personally use a combination of acrylic paint and fabric markers to draw the shapes I need on the fabric. For example, I’ve just made these eyes and mouths for a couple of Kirby’s I’m making:


The colors are painted; the black edges were done with a fabric marker because I find it easier to make neat lines with a marker than with a paintbrush.

After cutting out all the pieces I glue them onto the amigurumi with fabric glue. I haven’t actually tried to iron it on, mostly because I’m no hero with those things, and because I don’t really know what ironing will do to the paint. If you happen to try it, please let me know the results. ^_^

And that’s really all there’s to it. This is really a case of finding material that works and then you can do anything you want with it. Good luck!



  1. Mery Ann says:

    This is such a fantastic idea. I crochet amigurumi dolls and I really wanted a very anime style eye for them. Trying to embroider on crochet is a nightmare and I didn’t want to use just the basic amigurumi plastic eyes for them either. This is genius! I’m going to try it soon and blog my process. :) My blog is if you want to take a look at what I do. There’s loads of free patterns there. :) Thank you again :)

    • Rianne says:

      Whoops, I totally thought I already replied to you before, sorry! Silly me.

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I’m really happy to hear that you like this technique. :D I hope it works for the amigurumi you’re planning to make (or maybe you’ve made one already by now)! <3

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