How to Sew Safe Stuffed Animal Eyes! {Because button eyes are a Choking Hazard!}

Today I wanted to share how my method for sewing “safe” stuffed animal eyes. Button Eyes are a real choking hazard. But on the other hand, but I really don’t have the patience for embroidery.


So as a super easy alternative, I use felt!
After cutting out your desired shape and size, (I always get a perfect circle by cutting a perfect square first) locate where you want to place your eye.
Using matching thread, sew tight, secure stitches around the whole circumference of the circle and some in the middle too. 
If you want cute eye lashes, sew several “loops” until you get the thickness you want.
The result is so adorable!

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If you like my stuffed animals & sewing creations, I have lots of easy and fun free patterns and tutorials here on my blog.

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  1. Blue Frog Toys

    May 15th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I think this is a great idea, its safe, quick and easy, I think its really helpful to share these kinds of ideas.

  2. Safe eyes

    June 10th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    That's a really good idea. I wonder why I never thought of that before. I mean, I like buttons. When I can, I always have a nice collection of shiny, colorful ones and black one sin all shapes and sizes. However these are not the safest way to produce eyes for a child's toy.

    Before I started reading I thought that you would embroider the eyes. However this is really effective and takes a lot less time. Plus felt is soft to the touch.

  3. kd williams

    July 15th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    nice

  4. Anonymous

    October 14th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Genius! Thanks!

  5. Hannah Hathaway

    October 14th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    No Problem! 🙂

  6. shantal

    March 17th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I wonder why I never thought of that before. I mean, I like buttons. When I can, I always have a nice collection of shiny, colorful ones and black one sin all shapes and sizes

  7. Anonymous

    March 29th, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Do you have a suggestion for how to shape this type of eye for a stuffed elephant? One that would look happy, sweet, precious, not sad? Thank you for any suggestions.
    jdengler@sbcglobal.net

  8. hacker_wps_connect

    January 11th, 2017 at 9:35 am

    it look more natural than adding button. I love handmade and wish i can do it,

  9. Appnaz

    June 25th, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you, Hannah. This is the hardest part but you make it easier.

  10. jiotvapk

    July 30th, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Great. I am not good at handmade, but it is so lovely. Thanks for your sharing.

  11. Ann99

    August 4th, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog post. Really looking forward to reading more. Great

  12. Pauline Aube

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Great idea!! I was dreading the eyes on my stuffed dogs for new babies this year. Bought some plastic “safety” eyes but still thought they may not be safe enough. Thought about buttons but same problem. DREADED the thought of embroidering them on, they never come out even or the same. This will be perfect!! Thank you!

  13. Handmade

    September 9th, 2017 at 1:00 am

    thank you very much. I think this is a great idea, its safe, quick and easy.

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