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How to sew GOOGLY eyes for your soft toys!

Posted underA day in my lifeBlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on2012-12-11 03:15:12

I LOVE making these GOOGLY EYES for my softies and it’s so easy too… and I’ve made a “How to sew eyes photo tutorial” to show you how it’s done!

Soft toy googly eyes - craft tutorial

Step 1.

Sew a line of gathering stitches around the edge of the EYE PIECE. Use 2 strands of WHITE sewing machine thread. (I am using brown thread so you can see where I am stitching!)
Toy eyes sewing photo tutorial

TIP: I like to use fleece fabric because it stretches so nicely to form a nice big fat eyeball! You can find LOTS of links for places to buy fleece online here. You can also use any stretchy fabric, felt is good too. Non-stretch fabrics like cotton can be used, but your eyeball may have a few wrinkles!

Step 2.

Hold the EYE PIECE in the middle with your thumbΒ  and pull the thread to gather the EYE PIECE into a cup shape.

Toy eye sewing photo tutorial - thumb

Step 3.

Stuff the cup with toy stuffing. I like to use a wooden chopstick to help me hold the stuffing in place. An old paintbrush is also great for this!

Toyeye sewing tutorial - stuff eyeball

TIP: I like to use Poly fill toy stuffing because it is nice and fluffy and easy to find too. There are so many different types of toy stuffing you can use for your (toy’s) eyeballs. You can find out about other types of toy stuffing here. Experiment and see what you like the best!

Step 4.

Pull the thread tightly to gather the cup to form a ball – your first EYE BALL!
Stitch back and forth across the back of the eye ball, catching all the edges securely then end off with a knot. Repeat for the 2nd eyeball.

Toy eyes sewing photo tutorial - sew eyeball

Step 5.

Sew the 2 eyeballs together. Use a white thread. I do a few stitches from the back, then

Toy eyes sewing photo tutorial - eyeballs

…turn them over and do a couple of stitches from the front to make sure they fit nice and tightly together.

Toy eyes-photo tutorial-eye-balls

Step 6.

Use a permanent black marking pen to mark a dot at the centre of each eyeball. This will make sure you sew the beads in the right place. (My penΒ  actually a laundry marker!)

Toy eyes photo tutorial - pupils

Step 7.

Push you needle in through the back of the eyeball and come out at the dot. Sew a small bead over the first dot. Sew back into the eyeball at the bead and sew out through the back of the eyeball and finish off with a knot. Repeat on the other eyeball.

* If you cannot find small black beads they are available in the Toy Supplies section!


Now your eyeballs are ready to sew on to the Funky Friend soft of of your choice!!!!

I’m using mine for Prince Charming Froggy! πŸ™‚

Frog toy sewing pattern - eye photo tutorial

I hope I have inspired you to give these fabulous googly plush eyes a go?

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

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  1. Thank you for another great tutorial. I have the early stages of heart failure, so in ordr for me to relax I wanted a hobby but with finances being low I didn’t hav any idea on what to do. That was until I found your honey bear patten. My kids put their allowance together, I have 6 kids….& they got me a sewing machine in a sale. So now I have a hobby :)..still due to finances, I am using free patterns & re cycled fabric. Bur I want to eventually get all your patterns to make my 1yr old grand daughters especially dippy. Keep up the good work x

    Comment by Donna on December 14, 2012 at 1:10 am

  2. I have not yet tried the googly eyes. I’ve been making lots of Petes lately. I like the tutorial though, and would love to try it out on Gertie the Gecko, if I am lucky enough to win.

    Comment by caamaro on December 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

  3. I would LOVE to try these on your duckling pattern. Thinking about it reminds me of Daffy Duck. I’d live to make some to give away! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Brenda on December 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

  4. I have used googly eyes and the give the stuffed animal such character. Very fun to use.:-)

    Comment by alicia phillips on December 14, 2012 at 3:09 am

  5. I am starting to teach my 8yr old daughter to sew. She wants to sew honey bear as one of her projects (for her new baby cousin) maybe we could move on to gecko heat pack next. Sounds really good for freezing canadian winter.

    Comment by Kari anderson on December 14, 2012 at 3:13 am

  6. I would love to use the googly eyes on Diggles the Dragon and maybe even Plattie Platypus. They are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial….as always, your tutorials are VERY helpful and easy to follow. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Comment by Debra Prychun on December 14, 2012 at 4:21 am

  7. I absolutely LOVE your designs! I haven’t tried the googly eyes yet but thank you for the tutorial. I’d love to try them on the Frog Prince.

    Comment by Allison Wade on December 14, 2012 at 4:23 am

  8. I haven’t used googly eyes before but they would be PERFECT for Pete the Puppy. Then he would look just like one of my most favourite softies I owned as a little girl… I am planning to make him but have held off getting the pattern as I wanted to come up with a way to recreate his googly eyes. Thankyou, thankyou!

    Comment by Shelle on December 14, 2012 at 5:01 am

  9. I have not tried to make googly eyes yet, but would like to try it with the gecko pattern. They look much easier to make now that you’ve posted a tutorial about how to make them. Thanks!

    Comment by Michelle Brusco on December 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

  10. Thank you for the tutorial πŸ™‚ I have my eyes on cute Puppy Pete! I think I would sew the pupils on after the eyes are attached to the head or he would end up all askew!

    Comment by Katharine Harper on December 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

  11. Thanks for your easy instructions for making googly eyes, I have to try these now! I would love to give Gertie Gecko a go.

    Comment by Jenny Cullen on December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

  12. I have used this technique to replace the pig tails in the Sugar Plum fairy for a ballerina bun! They look amazing! thanks for sharing!!!

    Comment by Mariana Ciacciariello on December 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  13. I think that Dilby would look cute with googly eyes or even Chook πŸ™‚

    Comment by susieq1202 on December 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  14. Hi thank you for the tutorial, I am laid up at the moment after a foot surgery and I am finding hand sewing very therapeutic and about the only thing I can do!! Crutches are not my best friend right now and I am not happy to be missing out on the festivities roll on the New Year. I may end up celebrating in Feb at this rate.
    I just love the Prince Charming and maybe he will be my handsome Prince soon.

    Comment by Chrissie Brett on December 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  15. I haven’t tried the googly eyes yet, but maybe I just haven’t found the right plushy for them yet… They look so cute!

    Comment by cla161 on December 16, 2012 at 3:21 am

  16. Wonderful google eyes many thanks for another great idea happy Xmas and keep uo the good work.

    Comment by Joy calder on December 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  17. Jeepers, Creepers, where’d you get those peepers! I always wondered how to make them, thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I am going to make some on my next creature! You rock, girl!

    Comment by Debbie on February 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  18. I thoiught they would be so hard to make but this makes them look easy – thanks for the great tutorial!

    Comment by Grace on August 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  19. Hi Grace – it’s a pleasure! Glad you liked my tutorial! I love to show people that sewing your own homemade toys is easy…. and fun! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on August 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  20. That’s so C@@L will definitely try this.

    Comment by Olivia on September 18, 2013 at 1:30 am

  21. Thanks Olivia, it was fun to make the photo tutorial too! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on September 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  22. I have always loved these goggly eyes! They are sew easy πŸ˜€

    Comment by Trinity Perona on August 16, 2014 at 12:08 am

  23. I always wondered how to do this. I am going to try on my next funky friend toys, I’m making some dippy dinosaurs in colours of the rainbows.

    Comment by Kelly on September 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm