If you for Amigurumi making essentials, chances are you have been trying to learn how to make Amigurumi. Then, you came to the right list of supplies you need to make stuffed animals and dolls.
Or maybe you already know how and have been looking into investing in better tools and supplies for your Amigurumi making journey.
Well, I am so glad you are here. First, I would like to mention that Amigurumi is one of my favorite crochet projects to make. And that’s to say, with a few years of experience in making amigurumi, I’ve tried many different tools and supplies.
And I can assure you, without those tools, things would be so much harder. So, I am here to say that investing in good quality supplies can save you time and money. Not to mention, good crochet hooks can prevent arthritis as well.
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Tips for choosing the best Amigurumi making essentials
Before we dive into the list, here are some tips for choosing the best Amigurumi making essentials. I hope you have fun getting started with this stuffed animal making adventure.
- Get good quality yarn for your crochet stuffed animals. The reason is because good yarn hold their shape longer and it is safer for toys, in case you’re making them for children.
- Choose ergonomic crochet hooks, this will be one of your most important investments. Amigurumi needs to be crocheted with a tight tension. So, a comfortable hook will be easy on your wrist.
- Get a spacious tote or organizer. With all the tiny eyes, stitch markers and pins you will have around, things could get messy if you don’t have a good storage system.
- Next, like you do for everything else you order online, read the reviews to check what other makers are saying. For that purpose, Amazon is my “go-to” online corner.
- And my last advice, before getting into the list, is for you to purchase a good pattern Book. Or search for good pattern designers on Etsy and Ravelry. Etsy is my favorite because it’s easier to check all the reviews from verified purchasers.
14 tools and supplies to make Amigurumi
Making Amigurumi, be it as a hobby or as an income earner, is so rewarding. And to make your life easier, here is the list of Amigurumi Making Essentials that you will need.
Good quality yarn
I have a few favorite yarns in my list of Amigurumi making essentials. But I’m listing the one I use the most, which is 24/7 by Lion Brand.
This is a worsted weight (#4) yarn made from 100% mercerized cotton. And what I love the most about this yarn, aside from being super high quality, is how lustrous it looks and so easy to crochet with.
Click this link, an Amigurumi elephant, that I designed with that yarn. Look at the pictures and check how perfect those stitches look.
Crochet hooks in various sizes
Crochet hooks are probably the tools I’ve invested the most in my crochet journey. By the way, I have one favorite hook for every type of project.
And they are a must in the list of Amigurumi making essentials. For Amigurumi, Clover Amour are by far my favorite ones. What I love about them is how great the grip handles are.
They are so comfortable to work with and the polished aluminum hook makes the yarn to slide smoothly off of it.
Not to mention, they come with the sizes in two different metrics engraved on them (US letters and the mm metric sizing).
Stuffing fiber like Fiber Fill
Good quality stuffing fiber is another must have in the list of Amigurumi making essentials. That’s to say that investing on a fiber that will make your toys last longer is another need for Amigurumi making.
I ordered my first bag of Poly-Fill on Amazon, then I went back for the 20 lbs box because it’s such a great stuffing fiber. And most importantly, it is hypo-allergenic, which makes it safe for kids.
My other favorite thing about it is it’s 100% Polyester, meaning I can wash my stuffed animals and I will know their shape will be kept intact.
In my experience, and all the thousands Amazon reviews, it’s a winning one.
Who would tell that a surgical tool would make a perfect stuffing gadget in the list of Amigurumi making essentials?
Well, I’ve been using them for at least 8 years, when I first started making Amigurumi. And I can’t imagine my Amigurumi making journey without them when stuffing my toys.
Along with crochet hooks, these ones are in the list of my favorite crochet tools. If you’re planning on making Amigurumi often, get a few of them in different sizes. I have at least 5 and they are all so useful.
What I love the most about them is that they have locking clamps that you can use to hold the fiber, making it easy to insert it in the small spots.
Stitch markers are another super useful accessory in the list of Amigurumi making essentials. Those are ones of the tiny craft tools that will disappear without any explanation.
That being said, investing on a kit with storage included is a great idea. They come in many shapes and colors, but these simple plastic ones with locking clips work just fine to me.
Not to mention, they are flexible and easy to handle as well. So, my advice is for you to go ahead and order a clear case with lots of different colors, you will need all of them. Trust me.
A yarn and tools storage Tote
Storage totes come in all shapes and sizes. I think deciding on which one to get, depends on what you need it for.
The first thing to think about is... are you a crafter that likes to haul your yarn and tools out of the house?
Or do you want a tote just to keep your WIP's in a corner of your home? The HOMEST bag is a large tote, but not super big. It has lots of storage for small objects, so it’s great for Amigurumi projects.
This is a favorite, according to product reviews. Pictures won’t lie, it does look great. And I like how you can pick from 3 different colors as well.
A good Amigurumi pattern Book
With so many crochet books out there, I know it’s hard to pick one. But Whimsical Stitches has been a best seller book on Amazon for a while.
This book is loaded with 30 adorable patterns. The author, Lauren Espy, is known for creating easy to follow Amigurumi patterns.
So, if you are beginner, you won’t regret getting this book and having it as an Amigurumi making guide.
A tools storage or organizer
Different from a tote, that you can haul out of the house with your WIP’s, a tools organizer will be great to keep everything in one place.
To me, nothing beats my utility rolling carts. And what I love the most about them, as the name suggests, they have wheels.
I have two of them, since I live in a two-storage home, I keep one in each floor to roll around from room to room.
Having multiple small scissors will be something you will want to invest on as well. Speaking of sizes, I love these compact crafting ones, they are made from stainless steel and are so sharp.
They come with polka dot sleeves that are so cute and practical. And good for safety, in case you have little ones around.
Another thing I love about them is their vintage design. I have four of them, and I can assure they are great, and are super affordable as well.
Yarn / Darning Tapestry Needles
Yet another tool that comes in many shapes and colors. And I know it’s overwhelming to try to decide when shopping for Amigurumi making essentials.
In all these years crocheting, I have tried several. So, I can tell you, tapestry needles usage varies so much depending on what project you’re working on.
For Amigurumi, I finally found the ones that work great after some trial and error. The curved tips ones are by far my favorites for amigurumi. The reason why I like them is because they are much easier to slide into tiny stiches.
Safety Eyes and Safety Noses with Washers
And the next supplies you will need to have, in many shapes, sizes and colors, are safety eyes and noses.
Although I would recommend, in case you are just starting out, to get a small kit to try it out and see if you approve it.
But, trust me, you will use many of them, so don’t be shy and get a big kit with a variety of sizes and colors, if you know what you need.
Insertion Tool for Safety Eyes and Washers
Did you know this was even a thing? I didn’t, at least until a few years ago, when I came to a point that attaching washers on safety eyes was my least favorite thing.
Then, I was scrolling through a Facebook group, and someone posted a picture of it. I bought two of them right away. And, let me tell you, it was one of my best investments ever.
If you plan on making all kinds (and sizes), of crochet animals and dolls, go ahead and get at least three sizes. You won’t regret it, it works wonders.
This one will be a life saver in your Amigurumi making essentials list for sure.
A measuring tape is something else you will need in your Amigurumi making essentials drawer. If you’re practical and like to keep things simple, the retractable ones are great.
But the thing about retractable tapes is that, after some usage, they can wear off and break. If they are cheaply made, they can get stuck and need to be trashed.
I found this Singer Pro-Series to be sturdy and durable. It’s made of vinyl and is very flexible. And another thing I like about it is it shows inches and centimeters.
A comfortable chair
And the last one in the list of Amigurumi making essentials is a saucer chair. But why would I recommend a chair to anyone wanting to make Amigurumi?
Well, I have recliners and couches in my house, but I like sitting in the quiet of my craft room when designing my crochet projects.
Nothing beats the comfort of my saucer chair, it’s so practical and light weight. The reason why I got this chair was because I wanted something comfortable, but also that I could move from room to room.
Sometimes, I just want to sit in different rooms in my house, when crocheting, so this was a perfect investment for me. I have the grey one. And it's foldable.
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The bottom line
Investing in Amigurumi making essentials gives you some peace of mind, I get it. Be it for convenience, for comfort or just because you like having nice things. Those are all great reasons, so I hope I gave you some good ideas and information.
I have all the items listed in above, and I approve all of them. Otherwise I wouldn’t add them to this list.
Drop a comment below if you have any questions or if you just would like to say “hi”. Another way to reach out to me is by joining my community group on Facebook.
If you use any of my patterns or tutorials for a project, please tag me @zamiguz or use the hashtag #zamiguzmakers. I would love to see what you make.
Monday 19th of December 2022
Very interesting read thanks
Monday 19th of December 2022
You're welcome. Glad you liked it.