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Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch

on July 30, 2013

Hello friends!  It’s been a little while!  Things have been pretty busy here, we’ve been taking advantage of the heat and the sunshine and I’ve been hard at work on orders.  There’s no rest for the wicked, right?

I’ve recently had a few people ask how I join the pieces of my amis once I have them all stitched up.  I did a Google search to see if I could find an existing tutorial, but most of the tutorials I saw were for joining knitted panels for sweaters and afghan blocks.  I may have seen a tut on joining knitted ami pieces, but since most of the people who were asking me were crocheters I wanted to find something that showed how to attach crocheted pieces.

After coming up empty handed, I decided to make a tutorial of my own.

The mattress stitch (also known as the Ladder Stitch) is a great way to attach both stuffed pieces as well as flat panels for garments and afghans.  It is worked with right sides facing and every few stitches, you pull your working yarn and the stitches disappear!  When you’re making amis, pieces that were worked separately look like they were worked in one piece and when you’re joining pieces that were worked flat, you end up with a nice even seam.  Here’s how I attach ami pieces using the mattress stitch:

Pretty neat, right?  I debuted this video in a crochet group I belong to on Facebook.  A few of the ladies told me that they had been afraid of trying amigurumi because they were intimidated by the process of joining all the pieces, but that after watching this tutorial they felt they could do it!  I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

If you’re interested in seeing what the rest of Fabulous Mouse looks like, you can take a look here!

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11 responses to “Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch

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  2. Bev Johnson says:

    Hey…that leg and foot looked really familiar….hahaha…Just finished assembling Toopy on Saturday morning and then started crocheting Binoo and finished assembling him last nite. The both look TERRIFIC and that was before I saw this video( which is fabulous…Just like Fabulous Mouse). They r wrapped up and ready for Sophie’s 3rd Birthday party next Sunday afternoon. She will be DELIGHTED!!!! I had already made 2 sizes of the Fancy Patches and will send u a picture of all of them(including Miss Sophie). Thank u so much for the wonderful patterns.( I can follow them but wouldn’t have be able to work them out for myself. I love them. Bless you and the work that your hands do as they will make a little girl here VERY happy. If u ever need an endorsement of ur patterns…send them my way:)..thanks again:) Bev Johnson, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    • Hi Bev! I’m so glad you like the patterns and I can’t wait to hear about Sophie’s reaction to her new friends! Thank-you so much for your kind words, it’s people like you who keep me designing! ❤

  3. Carol Pina says:

    That was amazing, I have been fighting to make a nice doll and you just showed me how to do it right. I am so thrilled thank you! love Carol

  4. Gail Carroll says:

    Thank you so much!!! I love amigurumis but attaching the parts has always been a frustrating endever that has always ended badly. I am going to unattach a few things and redo em. Also, thanks for saying amigurumi so many times, I now know how to pronounce it. lol

    • Hi Gail! So glad I could help! I have a feeling that a lot more people are going to try their hands at amis now that this mystery has been solved! I really love amigurumi too and I’m so happy to share some tips and tricks to make them easier for others 🙂

  5. KnitNell says:

    Great video. Lovely, clear and easy-to-follow instructions. Thank you.

  6. emmettsmama says:

    I would love for you to post how to join ears (like your yoda ears) to a hat. It’s hard for me to use this tutorial to sew to a flat item.

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