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08 September 2015 @ 10:40 am
Stuff without lumps  

Good Day,

Locally I can only get my hands on rather cheap polyfill, polyester fiber stuffing. I'm having a real hard time stuffing toys without it making clumps whch in turns make for lumpy limbs. Do you have any suggestion as to how to stuff toys without lumps?

I tend to use fleece (whichs sadly is a stretch fabric making it even easier to make lumps), short pile fake fur or some minky (a bit like fake velours) if I can.

Thank you for any help you can spare :)

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catopuscatopus on September 8th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
I find making tight stitches that are close together helps a lot, I'm not sure why but it seems to help. But as far as stuffing goes, there are two ways to minimize this clumping effect, one when you and pushing the fiber in do it in small amounts and do not ball it up tightly. The second way is to stuff it firmly and work outside the fabric where lumps occur.

Using both techniques should help, I also use a brand called The Original Poly-fil, its a pretty good deal at Walmart, but I would recommend not buying fabric from Walmart, its often low quality and it sounds like this might be part of the problem since fleece shouldn't stretch very far.
LouveGaroulouveg on September 9th, 2015 12:02 pm (UTC)
oh darn, I might be out of luck then if it's a fabric quality issue. The polar fleece I have is the thickest non-plush fleece I could find locally.
I'm quite depressed by the fabrics we have access to in Montreal. :p

Last time I tried with tiny pieces of fluff, I just ended up with smaller lumps. hehe I'll try to perfect my stuffing technique, it might be something I'm doing that tends to make it lumpy. Maybe I'm packing it too tight. I know I successfully made a flat (only two pieces) little fleece monster before. And a not so lumpy plushy "ooze"... But both of these were just a few inches tall.

I think I mostly have that problem with larger pieces.
catopuscatopus on September 9th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
I really have no clue, if the fleece is stretching more than a centimeter or two than it might not even be fleece...

But try stuffing it firmly and then working out the lumps with your hands usually does the trick, and if that does not work, try closing up the plush and throwing it the dryer, that really evens things out..
the katehapykhiken on November 11th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
short pile fake fur