Three Ways to Attach Jointed Arms and Legs

Have you seen those teddy bears with jointed arms and legs that can be moved back and forth and wondered how to do that? Then keep reading. In this post, I will show three different ways to attach the arms and legs to your crocheted toys using plastic doll joints, buttons and thread, or just thread. 

Amigurumi Monkey Crochet Pattern

PATTERN - Lucy the Monkey


Plastic doll joints are my favorite - they are easy to install, durable and washable. If you can't get your hands on joints, safety eyes will work great as well, although the stems on the eyes might be a bit too short when using bulkier yarns.

You might be able to find joints in your local yarn or craft stores or order them on Amazon, but my favorite ones I bought from 6060 (US), AmazingCraftAC (UK) and CraftSupprise (China) on Etsy.



Joints come in three pieces - disc with a stem, a washer and a lock washer/fastener.

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Put the disc with a stem inside the arm or leg, pushing the stem through the fabric, placing it so the stem is facing straight toward the body.

Tip! You'll want to use the largest joint that will fit inside the arm or leg - this way it will sit nicely flat against the body.

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Finish the arms and legs, stuff them firmly and close the opening.

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To attach the limbs, push the stem through the body fabric, put the washer on the stem and then push the lock washer into place.

Tip! Don't push the lock washer all the way to the bottom at first, adjust it so the arm or leg is tightly against the body, but not so tight you can't move it.

how to use doll joints for crocheted toys
how to use doll joints for amigurumi


If you can't find joints or safety eyes or you just don't want to use them, buttons and yarn will work great as well. If you are using a more delicate yarn (like alpaca for example) to make your toys, use something stronger like cotton to attach the limbs – it will have to endure quite a bit of tension and can be difficult to fix, should it break.

Tip! You'll want to use the largest button that will fit inside the arm or leg - this way it will sit nicely flat against the body.

Cut a length of yarn and draw it through the holes in the button.

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Put the button inside the arm or leg and draw the yarn tails through the fabric, placing it so the yarn ends are facing straight toward the body.

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Finish the arms and legs, stuff them firmly and close the opening.

Place the other button inside the body, draw the yarn tails through the holes and knot them together.

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free crochet amigurumi tutorial




You can also just use yarn to attach the arms and legs to the body. Unlike with the first two methods where you need to attach the joints as you go, you need to finish the body, arms, and legs first.

attaching jointed legs with yarn

Cut a length of yarn and thread it onto a needle. Insert the needle where you want to attach the arm or leg. Go straight through the body and draw the yarn through, leaving a short tail.

sewing on amigurumi legs

sewing on jointed legs

Now you have a few options.

You can make a little stitch through the inner side of the limb, so it will be invisible once it's attached to the body.

amigurumi teddy bear

Or you can make a little stitch through the limb.

Or you can make a stitch through the limb and add a button to the outside for extra support.

Then insert the needle into the same hole where you brought the yarn up last time ...

... and go straight through the body, bringing the needle back up where you inserted the needle last time. Draw the yarn tight.

Then attach the second limb the same way.

Draw the yarn tight so the limbs are tightly against the body. Knot the yarn ends together.

Thread both yarn tails onto a needle. Go back into the same hole where you brought the yarn up last time, going up and through the body.

Tug gently until the knot disappears into the fabric. Cut off the yarn tails close to the fabric.

I also have a little video showing all three methods. If you do not see the video properly, head over to YouTube.



If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment below, I am always happy to help.



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Videos are not my thing. I hate waiting for the advertisements, I hate long drawn out discussions about things I don’t care about or things I already know. I loved your printed instructions and pictures. They were exactly what I needed, concisely written, and most instructive. Thank you for delivering me from another laborious video. Barb S.

Barb S.

I am trying to find out how to join crocheted legs to a crocheted piece. It is not amigurumi. This is an older pattern of Winnie the Pooh. Do you or anyone else know how to connect these?


Re: STELLA – JUNE 15, 2022

It’s pretty much impossible to undo them without breaking them. The joints I use have a washer that is flexible enough that I managed to get a small flat head screwdriver underneath it to lift it a little and then I used small wire cutters to cut the washer.

But it doesn’t always work. In that case, I cut the post of the joint as close to the washer as I could, and then pulled the washer off. Of course you’ll have to redo the last couple of rounds of the legs and use new joints.

Kristi Tullus

Please help! Is there a way to undi these joints? I inserted the legs reversed in the torso! Thank you


Thanks so much for your tips on joints; have always wanted to make the toys mote realistic with movable joints.

Cheryl DeVries

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