How to join amigurumi pieces

Almost all amigurumi require pieces to be put together, whether that’s an arm to a body or a beak to head. The method below explains how to join an open piece (in yellow) to a closed piece (in blue). With this method, the seam and remaining yarn tail should be invisible.

 
 
open piece on top of closed piece

1. Hold the open piece on top of the closed piece. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the first stitch (the yarn tail). Bring it out under the next stitch. Draw the yarn tight.

needle going into open piece from bottom up of stitch

2. From the bottom up, insert the needle through the next stitch of the open piece.

insert needle in next stitch from top to bottom

3. Insert the needle through the following stitch, from the top to the bottom.

 
needle inserted into closed piece

4. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the current stitch and out under the next stitch.

open piece sewn all the way around

5. Continue steps #2-4 until you make it back to the very first stitch.

insert needle through piece

6. To secure the stitches, weave in the yarn tail. Insert the needle into the closed piece, at a point under the current stitch and out of the other side of the piece.

 
keep inserting needle through piece to hide yarn tail

7. If you have extra yarn tail, insert the needle back into the point where it came out, and out of a different point on the other side of the piece. Tug on the yarn just enough so that it can’t be seen from the outside. Repeat this entire step as many times as you like. I like to do it twice.

cut yarn tail

8. Cut the yarn tail as close to your piece as possible. If the yarn tail is still visible, just massage your piece until it disappears.

 

TIPS

💡Use pins to plan where you’ll attach your pieces, and to help keep the pieces in place as you sew.

💡As you sew the pieces together, you’ll get a better sense of how the final piece will take shape. You may want to add more stuffing to the open piece as you slowly seal it off.