Where to buy safety eyes?

As most of you probably already know, I love using safety eyes for my amigurumi animals and dolls. They look great, are really quick and easy to install (usually, but more about it below) and so far I have not had a single issue with them breaking or coming off. But it is advisable to find alternatives when making toys for babies who might find them too irresistible not to chew on.

Free crochet pattern: Small long-legged cat // Kristi Tullus (sidrun.spire.ee)

I get asked quite often where I buy my safety eyes and which ones I like the most. So I thought I'd put together a little list of my favorite safety eyes and give you a little review. I know there are a lot more hidden gems out there, so do leave a comment below with your favorites and/or ones to stay away from.

How to use safety eyes?

If you haven't heard of safety eyes before, they are specifically made for knitted, crocheted or fabric toys, usually made of plastic and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. Each eye comes in two pieces - the eye itself, which has a post (or rod) behind it, and a plastic or metal washer. To attach the eye, you need to push the post of the eye through the fabric from the right side and then push the washer on the post from the wrong side, locking the eye into place.

amigurumi frog pattern

free amigurumi pattern

Where to buy safety eyes?

I buy all my safety eyes online and I've found a few shops I keep going back to. All of them ship internationally. Just keep in mind shipping may take a few weeks if you happen to be on a different continent. Also, depending on your local laws, you may need to pay import tax or VAT. 

 

6060eyes.com

This is my favorite place to get simple black eyes and noses, mainly because of the washers they come with. Unlike some others I have tried, these washers are made of a more flexible plastic and have little slits in them that makes installing the eyes so easy. 

simple black safety eyes

using simple black safety eyes

They also have a great selection of cat eyes, I especially love the 9mm pearl green, silver, gold and iridescent ones, also larger ones in olive green.

simple black safety eyes

using simple black safety eyes

 

glasseyesonline.com

Whenever I need colorful eyes, I always go to glasseyesonline.com, they just have the most beautiful iridescent eyes, perfect for my dolls. Their washers are not that easy to push into place, you just need a bit of finger strength or a tool to help you out. 

iridescent safety eyes

round iridescent safety eyes for dolls

 

yeah-shop.com

This shop has the most beautiful colored eyes, both with round and slit pupils and a great selection of simple black eyes and noses. But they are a huge pain to install - the washers are so tight you just can't push them into place with bare hands. I have tried all the suggestions the seller gave, but it took a lot of effort and I actually broke a few washers trying to force them into place. Otherwise it would definitely be my favorite shop.

The solution I came up with is holding the washer with a pair of needle-nose pliers and using a metal file to make the hole bigger. Which is not that big of a deal, if you only need to do it every once in a while, but last year I had to make 30 dolls and my fingers were really hurting. I was ready to just throw the eyes away, but I knew I wouldn't be able to get a replacement in time. So, if you do not mind putting in the extra bit of effort, these may be worth giving a go, because they are just gorgeous.

simple black safety eyes

using simple black safety eyes

If you have any suggestions or know some local shops in your area, do leave a comment below.

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5 comments

Comment from: Helina [Visitor]  
09/16/15 @ 13:12
Comment from: Rose Reynolds [Visitor]  
Rose Reynolds

Your site, comments on the eyes,..well,everything.. I have no natural talents in the arts …I’m a retired nurse who accidentally bumped onto your site and was so fascinated…your dollies are too awesome for words….they are works of art,can you send me pictures of the dolls you sell????

10/09/15 @ 03:36
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Rose,

All my finished toys are listed here: https://kristitullus.com/collections/crocheted-toys

10/09/15 @ 13:47
Comment from: Donna [Visitor]  
Donna

Yes do you ever do tutorials on how to insert joints in to your products?

04/14/17 @ 03:14
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Donna,

Yes, I did do a blog post about different ways to attach jointed limbs, including using doll joints. Take a look here: http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/jointed-arms-legs

Kristi

04/14/17 @ 13:02
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