There is nothing more frustrating after finishing a fun amigurumi project, than having the head flop around, leaving your plushie looking droopy and sad. In this post I will show you my favorite tips on how to avoid a floppy head amigurumi.
This method doesn’t require any extra tools or supplies that you wouldn’t already have on hand when making amigurumi. They key to preventing the floppy head on your amigurumi is just stuffing and sewing!
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Stuffing Your Project
Stuffing has a big impact on the stability of your amigurumi’s head and neck, and is easily one of the most important steps when creating an amigurumi. It is really easy to over stuff or under stuff your project, both with their own detriments.
If you add too much stuffing, your stitches will stretch and the stuffing will show through the fabric of your work. It is important to use the proper hook size for your amigurumi projects, but that carefull hook size choice won’t make a difference if you fill your piece with too much poly-fil stuffing.
Additionally, it is important that while you are stuffing your project, you pull the stuffing apart and insert one small piece of stuffing at a time. While it is tempting to use larger pieces, the stuffing directly from the bag is very dense. This can create unwanted lumps and bumps on your amigurumi project.
Under stuffing is often the primary cause of a floppy head in amigurumi. Generally speaking, the body or neck piece is typically not stuffed enough to support the weight of the head. The head just needs a bit of extra support and stabilization. This can be an easy fix and doesn’t require any extra tools or pieces. More on this in a bit!
Sewing and Assembly
Sewing and assembly can often be looked at as the most difficult part of an amigurumi project. I’ve found that using pins to help hold your pieces in place while you sew helps tremendously. My preference is to use T-pins, but any sort of pins will work just fine!
Be sure that when you are pinning the head and body, the body piece is pinned as wide as it can be. The more narrow the neck is, the easier it will be for the head to over take the neck strength.
When assembling an amigurumi, it is important to pull your yarn very tightly so that the stitches are being sewn together snugly. If your pieces are sewn on loosely, this can lead the pieces to flop over. Sewing your pieces tightly, in combination with proper stuffing, is the best way to avoid a floppy head amigurumi.
How to Avoid a Floppy Head Amigurumi
Combining everything that we discussed above, the best way to prevent the wobbly head in your amigurumi project is to add extra stuffing to the neck area, in combination with tight sewing.
Of course be sure that you are pulling your strand tightly as you sew around. Just before you finish attaching the head and body together, add a bit of extra stuffing in the hole. I leave a hole about an inch wide to put some extra stuffing inside the neck before I finish sewing the pieces together. Be sure to add only small pieces of stuffing in at a time so that you don’t overfill and stretch your stitches.
This keeps the body or neck of your project firm, and removes any extra space that would be left that would allow the head to flop over. The key is to provide the head with extra support, and adding extra stuffing in the gap does just that.
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