I took these photos to put together a photo tutorial about inserting Craft eyes, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that was almost a year ago!!! I thought I’d better put this up before it’s a whole year gone by!!!
1. How to insert craft eyes in thick or furry fabrics like fleece:
Use a pair of sharp-pointed scissors to make a small hole, JUST large enough for the shank of the Craft eye to fit through. (I have a cheap pair of nail scissors that are perfect for this!)
Push the shank of the Craft eye through the hole you cut, from the RIGHT SIDE (front) of the fabric. I am using Sage Opaque Craft Eyes which are hand painted by Suncatcher Craft Eyes. They come in the most amazing shimmery colours and the quality is second to none!
Place the washer onto the shank of the Craft eye…and push it down EVENLY, until it ‘clips’ into place.
This is great for fleece or fur…
Fleece fabric is nice and ‘fluffy’ and so the eyes will sink into the fur/pile a little and fit nice and snuggly in place…
BUT not for THIN fabrics?
I wasn’t happy with the way the eyes looked ‘loose’ and jiggled around a bit when I used thinner fabrics like quilting cottons, so now I do things a bit differently for thin fabrics.
2. How to insert craft eyes in thin fabrics like quilting cottons:
Use a seam-ripper to make a very small hole. Work it slowly until it is JUST big enough for the shank of the Craft eye to squeeze through.
Push the Craft eye through from the RIGHT SIDE (front) of the fabric.
I added a drop of ‘Fray Stop’ to prevent the eye working loose with lots of play!
Cut a square of felt and made a hole in it with the seam-ripper.
Place the felt square onto the shank of the Craft eye, before adding the washer and pushing it down EVENLY, until it ‘clips’ into place.
NOW look at the difference!
Look what happens to the GREEN Craft eye when you stuff the toy – it pops ‘out’ of the fabric and looks awful!
LOOK how the second eye, the BLUE Craft eye fits nice and tight with no gap between the eye and the fabric!
BEA – U – TIFUL!
Well, I hope these pics have helped you see (couldn’t help myself!!!) how to make your toy’s EYES look absolutely stunning!!! : )
Please don’t forget – If you have any tips for using Craft eyes… please share the love!!!
Till next time,