It might seem like stuffing is the easiest part of making a toy. Not true! You may have even seen an otherwise darling stuffed toy that is ruined by a poor stuffing job. By this I mean lumpy, bumpy, uneven, wrinkled, or otherwise not up to par.
This problem can happen to anyone. It could be caused by using a poor quality of stuffing, by lack of proper stuffing tools, by unfamiliarity with a certain fabric, pattern, or style, and even by lack of skill.
To help you avoid a similar stuffing disaster, I’ve compiled a list of tips for better stuffing.
- Use a good quality stuffing material (I prefer a polyester stuffing as opposed to wool because it is washable and hypoallergenic)
- Stuff smallest areas first or stuff as you go, that is, stuff smallest parts before assembly
- Use a stuffing stick or chopstick, point turner, bodkin, tweezers, or hemostats to deliver tiny bits of stuffing into corners, points, and tiny areas
- Shred or tear your stuffing to separate fibers
- Use an amount of stuffing relative to size of opening (don’t try to cram too much in at one time)
- Don’t under or overstuff
- Massage stuffing to distribute evenly