how to make a seamless join in amigurumi

Link easily to this tutorial in your patterns: www.planetjune.com/join

After winning the 2011 Flamie Award for Best Crochet Video (Amateur), I feel a little pressure to make my next videos even better, to live up to that honour, especially as I only started the channel last year and have very few videos as yet. So, from now on, my crochet tutorial videos will all be in HD quality, and I hope you’ll be able to see my demonstrations even more clearly. My first HD video is below; I hope you’ll leave me a comment if you liked it!

Amigurumi Seamless Join

Stitching the pieces of an amigurumi together has always been my least favourite part of making amigurumi, as it’s so time-consuming – you have to be extremeley neat and careful to stop your stitches from showing and spoiling the look of the ami. That irk led me to develop and refine this new method that will easily create a practically seamless join between your pieces.

amigurumi seamless join by planetjune

My Amigurumi Seamless Join technique allows you to create an almost invisible join in amigurumi when you stitch an open-ended piece to a closed piece. This is the type of join you’ll use for almost all amigurumi joining, for example: joining a muzzle and ears to a head; or joining a head, legs, and a tail to a body. (The only time you can’t use this method is when a pattern calls for you to join two open pieces together; in that case, whipstitching makes the best join.)

I hope you’ll watch the video and then give my Seamless Join method a try on your next amigurumi: I guarantee that your joins will look smoother and neater, with much less time and effort on your part.

Amigurumi Seamless Join (right-handed)

Amigurumi Seamless Join (left-handed)

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crocheted dinosaurs by planetjune

And, in case you missed my announcement last week, the crochet pattern for the Dimetrodon dino featured in this video is now available in my shop, both individually, and as part of my new pattern set: Dinosaurs Set 3.

23 Comments »

  1. This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing your technique!

  2. Simone said

    Thank you for sharing this! A great way to join two pieces together. The sewing part is also my least favorite part of doing Amigurumi, since I’m always afraid to mess up. With your video, the difficulty is somehow lowered! :)

  3. Cindy G. said

    I love this technique! Thanks so much for showing how to do it. My least favorite part of making amigurumi is joining all of the pieces together (I’ve got a bag full of dragon bits that have been waiting to be joined for at least 4 years), so I’m thrilled to learn a technique that makes the seam look so neat. The video is wonderful (nice and clear, too!) and I love how you used a contrasting color to show how much the stitch really does disappear.

  4. Dawn Peterson-Smith said

    You have such a wonderful ability to solve problems and also create excellent visual aids to educate others! You definitely deserve to win a Flamie!

  5. Brilliant technique, I will try this with my next ami project. Thank you so much! :o)

  6. Jessi said

    Awesome tutorial! Such high quality video, I never miss a beat of what you’re doing!
    Thanks June :D

  7. Brilliant! I love it. Thank you so much!

  8. Julie said

    Nice video! He’s so cute! All of your dinosaurs are! :)

  9. mrs. hemenway said

    This is awesome! i’m almost finished the ankylosaurus and i’m going to use this new method to sew the parts together.

  10. Millasew said

    Thanks for a very detailed video instruction!!! I will definitely try this technique on my next project! Many thanks!

  11. Rebecca said

    Excellent!! :-)

  12. Sandy said

    June, this is lovely, thank you so much! You have helped me with so many of the little details I never had quite right in making my creatures! Your video and blog entry inspired me to purchase all of your lovely little dinosaurs. Hope your move is going well! Best, Sandy

  13. Sonja said

    Wow, really handy!
    I kind of did that, but didn’t really know what I did. So somtimes it looked good and sometimes not…Now there is a technique for it! Thanks a bunch.

  14. great patterns, love these little dinos and thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Meg P said

    Thank you, yet again, June! This video is a great addition to any ami-maker’s tool kit. Speaking of tool kits, when will those special PlanetJune stuffing tools be available again?

    • June said

      I didn’t think it would take this long – being sick for so long really upset my plans. I still have a few logistics to overcome once my ribs are healed and I’m fully mobile again: I need to buy a printer, find out where I can source shipping supplies, and figure out how international shipping works from here. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer though!

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  17. Mary Smith said

    Thank you so much! I’m working on my very first ami piece and was a little overwhelmed. I was really pleased with the way my individual pieces are turning out since I have only been crocheting for 3 weeks now, but wasn’t sure how to sew them together. This video is awesome. Now I can finish my beautiful doll and not be disappointed with the results! Thank you!

  18. Melanie said

    Yes!!!

  19. Alex Maltby said

    Hi June,

    Your website is my go to for arigurumi tips. It is so clear and gives the neatest finish. I have a question about joining pieces. When I finish a piece, say an arm or an ear, the V’s of the last round sit ontop. So when i look at my piece fom the side I can only see the front loop as the back loop is hidden behind it on the inside of the circle. (I hope that makes sense). So when I try to do the seemless join I struggle to put the needle through both loops as the back loop is hidden behind the front loop. At the beginning I can usually get around this by leaning the ear / limb away from me to expose both loops. However this gets harder as towards the end when it’s nearly attached. Do you have a way to prevent this ? I saw in your video that it was really easy to see both loops of the piece you were attaching to the body.

    Thanks
    Alex

    • June said

      It sounds like you have your pieces inside out – that’s why the front loops are obscured. See my Which is the Right Side? tutorial for more details. I bet that if you flip your pieces so they are right side out, you’ll find it much easier to see the loops!

  20. Jenny said

    I am just wondering what you do to finish off the yarn once the limb is attached? Thank you.

    • June said

      This will be the subject of my next video, Jenny! The most secure way is to tie a knot around the post of one of the stitches, then use your yarn needle to pass the end through your piece to the other side and pull, so the knot is drawn to the inside and isn’t visible. From there you can pull the yarn tight and snip off the end close to the surface, so the cut end retracts back inside the piece when you let go. I’ll demonstrate and discuss this (and other methods) further in the tutorial ;)

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