15 Creative Options
Are you as addicted to crocheting worry worms as I am?
I don't know what it is about these little creatures, but I just love making a ton of them to give away as Random Acts of Crochet Kindness, or to people who I feel could need a hug from time to time.
After I've crocheted some worry worms, adding some eyes makes them come to life!
The problem is, though, that I "worry" sometimes that little kids will find them. So I try to make those worry worm eyes as safe as possible for kinds under 3 years old.
The most popular eyes for worry worms are goggly eyes. These are either stick-on ones or some people also glue them on for extra hold.
I looked around for some other options and thought I'd make a list of what I found that could be helpful to you as well.
Have a look at the 15 options below and choose your favorite.
And once you're done with your worry worms, you might want to add a worry worm poem tags. Here are some pre-designed ones you can print out on your printer.
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Worry Worm Eyes
If you're crocheting these for younger children under 3 years old, or you're hiding them out & about for people to find, you'll want to make sure your worry worm eyes are safe and don't come off if the baby / toddler holds them.
Here's a list of Worry Worm Eye options for you to choose from:
Stick-on goggly eyes are the most commonly used as Worry Worm eyes. They come in large packets, so they're ideal if you're making lots of worry worms. They're also super easy to attach. You simply peel off the sticker paper in the back and stick them onto your worry worm's face. These goggly eyes are not suitable for children under 3 years old.
These eyes are similar to the regular goggly eyes, except they have eyelids & eyelashes painted on them. You get 100 eyes per packet and they come in a variety of sizes, of which the smallest is 7 mm and the largest is 15mm.
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Sew-on goggly eyes are great for worry worms because they look really cute and you can sew them onto your worry worm face with thin thread and a sewing needle. They won't come off if a child under 3 years old handles your worry worm, so this is definitely a safe option.
Sew-on beads also come in large quantities so they're ideal if you're making lots of worry worms.
These will make cute little eyes for your worry worms and you can sew them on safely for young children under 3 years old.
Another option would be to use some black (or black & white felt.
You can cut out small circles (the black circles smaller than the white ones), then either glue them onto your worry worms, or even better, would be to stitch them on your worry worm faces with some thread.
Or you could purchase ready-cut circles that you would just glue onto your worry worm. Make sure to order the size you are aiming for.
I think this is actually the easiest and safest option. You can just draw some eyes onto your worry worm's face using a Sharpie Fabric Marker. 2 small circles will do the job, but if you want to get fancy, you can draw some more detailed eyes.
These are cute little sew-on buttons that could definitely be used as worry worm eyes.
If you don't want your sewing to show from the back of your worry worm head, just make sure you catch the front loop only of your dc stitches when attaching the buttons.
7. The French Knot
Adding a French Knot with some black yarn is also a safe option for kids under 3 years. You could even embroider a mouth for your worry worm.
If you want to learn how to embroider a French Knot, have a look at this video tutorial below.
Note: Your stitches will show in the back of the worry worm's head, so what you could do to avoid those back stitches being seen is to crochet another head (circle) of the same size and whip stitch the 2 heads together all around.
8. The Colonial Knot
The colonial knot is another embroidery knot that's similar to the French Knot, but is a little smaller than the French Knot. Some people feel it looks neater and more even. Try out both and see which you prefer.
9. Embroidered Eyes
This is an even easier way to embroider eyes on your crochet worry worms. It works if you decide to crochet a second head as backing to your worry worm so the stitches don't show in the back, or if you decide to crochet an amigurumi-style worry worm with a 3=D head.
10. Small crochet circle of one round
Using very thin yarn or thread, you could crochet two circles of one round each to create your worry worm eyes. To make these, you could either ch 3, then join with a slip stitch or work 6 sc into a Magic Circle, leave a 6" tail, cut yarn and fasten off. You can then use the 2 yarn tails to attach the eyes to your worry worms with a darning needle.
A Permanent Marker Pen is also one of the easiest and safest options. Simply draw some eyes onto your worry worm's face using a Sharpie Permanent Marker. 2 small circles will do the job, but if you want to get fancy, you can draw some more detailed eyes.
Toy eyes are an option for worry worms, but in this case you'll have to add another crochet circle behind the head) or crochet your worry worms with a 3D head (amigurumi style). I used these eye in my Pumpkin Worry Worms and I think they look really cute!
13. Pompoms Attached with Fabric Fusion Glue
Another simple option, but not safe for younger children under 3 years, is to attach small black pompoms with some fabric fusion glue. This gives a cute look as well.
How about a couple of drops of black glue? You have to be careful with this to make sure your dots come out right, but it's definitely doable.
This is a specialty air-dry rubber compound I normally use to make crochet slippers non-slip. You can get it in various colors, so if you use black, you could also put 2 drops on your worry worm's face for eyes.
Final Thoughts on Your Worry Worm Eyes Options
As you can see, there are many options for crochet worry worm eyes. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose any of the 15 eye varieties mentioned above to make sure your worry worm ends up looking exactly how you want it to.
Which option will you choose?
Let me know in the comments below which on you decided to choose and why you feel that's the best option for you.
Halloween Worry Worm?
There are so many different types of worry worms. Here's a Halloween-themed worry worm that might interest you:
Pumpkin Worry Worm Pattern