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How to make your amigurumis and crocheted dolls poseable

How to make your amigurumis and crocheted dolls poseable with wire skeletons - tutorial on ahookamigurumi.com

I remember that day, whenI was still new to amigurumis, I was making a cute little doll from a pattern… I loved it, the instructions were very clear, it was turning out really good,… Until that single sentence in the assembling part : “If you’d like to make your doll poseable, you can add wire in the arms and legs [period]”. I turned the page over, looked for more explanations or pictures, then realized that the period was actually a full stop and that my little doll would sadly stay sluggish forever because I had no idea whatsoever how to do that.  

After that first experience, I’ve always been a bit scared to use wire in my work. It seemed really complicated and totally risky to me.

Then, little by little, I tried again. And I have to admit, I’ve known bitter failures. That’s how I learned that it’s better to keep the wire connected, because a bit of wire in the right arm, and a bit of wire in the left arm? They just don’t stay where they should ! And if your aim isn’t to make a stop motion movie where your doll would suddenly be stabbed by a stake…That’s not what you want to do. 

Now, when I make patterns where wire is involved, I try my best to illustrate the process step by step with as many pictures as needed depending on the pattern. 

Today, I’d like to show you a method you can apply to almost any doll you’ll be making.

1. The material

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

► Simple wire or electric wire : I tend to use both of them as they both have their benefits. 

– the simple wire is thinner so it will help in smaller areas. However, keep in mind that it is breakable so it will be less resistant. You can find it in different size.  

– the electric wire is made in copper wrapped in plastic sheaths. It is thicker and way more resistant. It exists in a lot of different colors which is cool because you can use a color matching your doll if you crocheted it a bit on the loose side. You can find it in any hardware store.  

► Cutting pliers : especially useful for cutting the electric wire to the desired length.

► flat-nose pliers : not mandatory but very useful for bending the ends.

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

2. Create the wire skeleton

– Start by bending one end of the wire according to the size of your doll leg. 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

– Insert it in the first leg then reckon the length you’ll need for the second leg and cut it (don’t bend the other side yet).

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

– Insert the wire at the bottom of the body for the legs (see below for the arms).

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

Your doll should look like this now: 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

– Now fold the second end of the wire to fit the second leg’s size. 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

– And insert it.

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

– Then, sew the legs in place.

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

As for the arms, proceed the same way. However, as you have to go through the body from one side to another, it can be a bit more difficult. The wire will push the stuffing and put it out of shape. In order to avoid that, prepare the way with your needle before inserting the wire. 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

If needed, double the wire. Don’t forget to bend the end. 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

Proceed the same way for the second arm as for the second leg and sew in place. 

amigurumi wire skeleton by ahooka

You may have noticed that I didn’t talk about stuffing. There is a reason to that : I didn’t put any.

When the pieces in which you have to put the wire are too thin, it can be very difficult to put the stuffing in. If you put it before the wire, you’ll have trouble inserting the wire. If you put the wire first, you’ll have to stuff around it, making sure to keep the wire in the middle.

Do that if your pieces are big enough, but when they are thin, simply adjust the size of the wire and don’t bother about the stuffing. See for yourself, would you have noticed that the arms and legs of the namdoll weren’t stuff?

3. Playtime !

articulated Bat Namdoll by ahooka

And that’s it  !

(Be careful, avoid putting a wire skeleton in dolls intended for small children !) 

Pattern : Bat Namdoll

 

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19 Responses to How to make your amigurumis and crocheted dolls poseable

  1. It would be so absolutely wonderful if you were to put a PRINT button on your blog so that subscribers could save your clever articles and creative ideas. I know how to save the “poseable” tutorial to my laptop, but it’s rather a pain to do so. Yes, I know that there is a PRINT button for your patterns, but please think about a way to permanetly save your tutorials and advice for future reference. Thanks, and keep on hooking!

  2. OMYGOD thank you!! Got your email and I LOVE this idea! I’ve always wanted to try this with my dolls and your instructions are so clear and love your doll and pics. Thank you for sharing. ☺

  3. I want thank you and let you know how much I appreciate you for all of your tutorials. They are easy to follow and exceptionally written. And thank you for the “green print button” link, I normally find another way to print, but this will make things easier.

  4. Thank you very much. Very few patterns contain anything in the way of instructions for this, other than.. “Insert wire and stuff”, let alone which wire to use!
    I’m new to ‘poseable’ amigirumi so it’s been a nightmare for me.
    Much love xx

  5. I made a Oogie Boogie for my son so I didn’t put wire in him, but have always been disappointed with how the top of his head should fold over instead of staying straight up. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. Once my littles are big I plan to remake him and many more Amigurumi dolls with wire. ?

    • My pleasure Patricia ! I don’t think I would have if my boyfriend hadn’t use any… But then I saw those spare ends and thought… “That could be useful” :D

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