Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tips & tricks on stuffing your softie "friends"...

Many people have told me that stuffing is intimidating and people seem hesitant to attempt it.  I felt the same way and so I wanted to share some tips and my one favorite stuffing tool with you.  Hopefully this will give you more confidence.  Please let me know if you have any questions - I would love to help.  I'm not a professional but I have done my share of stuffing lately!

1.  Of course the more times you stuff the better and faster you get - "practice makes perfect."

2.  Make sure when stuffing you get every nook and cranny full of the stuffing.  You don't want your body to be nice and stuffed and your shoulders to be limp.

3.  Make sure the opening you are stuffing through is big enough for you to fit the stuffing comfortably (otherwise expect frustration) - usually between 1.5 - 3 inches is sufficient.

4.  When you are about finished stuffing and about to sew the closing shut, push the stuffing away from the opening.  When the opening is sewn shut you can smoosh around the stuffing and redistribute what you pushed away from the opening.

5.  When stuffing the appendages (arms, ears, antennas, feet, legs, etc.) of your "friend," you don't want them to flop around where they connect to a bigger piece.  Instead you want them to be stiff where they connect to the other piece. It is important that the piece of stuffing that you get to stuff the appendage is enough to stuff the appendage and then overflow into the main piece.  The stuffing that comes out into the main piece will help stabilize the appendage so that it doesn't flop around when the "friend" is finished.

6.  Similar to tip 5, it is important to stuff the neck quite stiff so that the head doesn't flop around. 

7.  Use a good quality stuffing.  I like Silky Soft by Fiberfill.  I get it from Joann Fabrics and always use a coupon.  If you don't have a Joann's coupon print a Michael's or other craft store coupon off the internet. Joann's will accept competitor coupons.

My secret weapon:
A small, round paint brush with stiff bristles - the best ones are the toll paint brushes because the bristles are quite stiff. If the bristles are too long cut them to about 3-4 mm long and smoosh them into something hard so that the flare out.  You will be amazed at how well this works.

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