Tutorial - Joining two open pieces

Amigurumi is usually crocheted in sections, which means when all details are ready, you need to sew them together. In this post I will show two ways to join two open pieces, both of which I use. You can pick the one that feels most comfortable to you or even invent your own style.

But before you reach for your needle, you'll want to keep a couple of things in mind:

- Make sure both pieces have the same number of stitches around the opening.
- Whenever possible, make sure the last rounds of the pieces are crocheted with the same yarn.
- Leave a long yarn tail for sewing on one of the pieces.

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Whip Stitch

Whip stitch is the easiest to master and so straightforward. The only downside is, it is not the neatest one and the stitches will be visible.

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1. Holding the two pieces together, insert the needle through a stitch
directly under your yarn, going front to back, and bring it back up through
the next stitch (of the first piece), going back to front.


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2. Pull the yarn tight. And that's all there is. Just keep stitching all
around the pieces until you get back to the beginning.

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

Left-handed version



Mattress stitch

Mattress stitch takes a bit more practice to master, but the result will look nice and neat and the stitches will be completely invisible. Which makes it a better option, if your pieces are different colors, creating a nice clean line between the two colors.

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1. Holding the two pieces together, insert the needle behind a stitch
(the vertical bar) directly under your yarn. Draw the yarn through.


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2. Then insert the needle through the hole where you brought the yarn
up last time and go under the next stitch. Draw the yarn through.

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3. Do the same with the next stitch of the second piece.


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4. It is easier to see what you are doing if you don't pull the yarn tight
after each stitch. You can make 2-3 stitches like this.


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5. Then grab the yarn and pull the last few stitches tight. Continue all
around the pieces.

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

Left-handed version


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Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]

Thank you so much for sharing this! Mattress stitch is my new favorite, it just looks so much cleaner than any other method I’ve tried.

12/01/15 @ 13:47
Comment from: Rita Silveira [Visitor]
Rita Silveira

Thanks for sharing. God Bless You.

20/04/15 @ 20:09
Comment from: Amina [Visitor]

OH.MY.GOODNESS. I was searching for this since forever and a day. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS HELPING ME OUT OF THE “TRAP". :)

30/07/15 @ 12:37
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

You’re very welcome!

30/07/15 @ 12:56
Comment from: Людмила [Visitor]

Очень полезные уроки.Просто находка.Благодарю Вас.

29/09/15 @ 14:35
Comment from: Tara [Visitor]

These tutorials are great! Thanks so much for sharing.

05/12/15 @ 19:11
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]

Need some advice on how to join ears ,arms and legs to the body that are closed .

19/07/16 @ 08:45
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Anne,

Just like the floppy ears here: http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/sew_flat_piece


19/07/16 @ 13:00
Comment from: Joanna [Visitor]  

Hi! Thanks you for your tutorials! I must try mettress stitch ;)

05/01/17 @ 11:15
Comment from: Lucy tatman [Visitor]
Lucy tatman

OMG I am 65 yrs old have been crocheting most of my life. I am also left handed. Sometimes patterns are difficult to convert for me. Your tutorials are amazing. Thank you so much I will enjoy looking at all your tutorials. You’ve taught an old lady new tricks. God bless.

01/01/18 @ 16:56
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

I’m so glad to hear I could be of help :) Happy new year!

02/01/18 @ 10:56
Comment from: Elena [Visitor]

Complimenti tutorial chiaro e molto utile. Grazie per il lavoro che condividi. Li proverò sicuramente entrambi :-)))

06/04/18 @ 00:59