I actually use cut up, B-grade blankets and pillows, sold in 15 kilo boxes on eBay. The stuffing is way better than what regular craft stuffing is (softer, easier to handle), and because of the huge box, way cheaper as well.
I have tried eBay, but I guess I'm using the wrong search words (wouldn't be the first time I fail at searches either ) since I've not had much luck finding anything there. May I ask where there you find your stuffing?
As for book stores that stock niugurumi and other japanese craft books, have a look at Kinokuniya: http://www.kinokuniya.com/ They have stores all over the place and have a pretty wide selection of niugurumi books.
I use old sheets, clothes and such torn into strips to stuff my soft toys, but since tearing up all the fabric needed takes a lot of time and causes a lot of dust that gets everywhere (especially my nose!), I was wondering if anyone knew of a place that sells shredded fabric? I know places that take old clothes & etc. and shred it all to bits exist since I saw such a place on some interior decorating show (they used the fluff for flocking or an art piece or some such) ages ago, but didn't think to write down any info on the place then. I'd also love to hear any ideas you might have for easily & quickly (and non-dustily) tearing up fabric too.
Whoa! That's both creepy and very cool at the same time. I so don't have the stomach or nerves to work with actual remains, so kudos to you for doing this!
And I agree with the people above, you really need to find a skull (possibly mis-matched for added weirdness) and then try posing the little fellow in squirrely positions. Heck, you could even dress him in little outfits! The possibilities are endless really, and that's an other thing I like about this. There's so much you can do with it!
A 25-year-old can very well play with dolls if a 30-year-old one can too!
The best pattern resource I know is the Puchi Collective (http://www.puchicollective.com/sewing-patterns/), but all the clothing patterns there are for Blythe... Then again, they could be modified to fit MyScene dolls by enlarging them a bit here and there (I think MyScene dolls have slightly bigger bodies than Blythes, but some MyScene stuff does fit Blythes OK so it's a bit toutch and go).
I made something like that as a kid too! Although it wasn't fun fur, it was the pieces just printed on cotton, but I remember how exciting it was going to the craft store to look for new ones. I really loved making the toys and the lady at the craft store where we bought the kits from was very surprised to lear that it was me (I was about 12 or so at the time) who made them and not my mum (who actually can't really sew at all).
I'd be interested in hearing more about the fun fur kits too.
I know there are much higher end machines (and more expensive machines), but it's good for what I sew.
My Janome is also a very basic model, but even though I sew a lot, I really don't need any fancy stitches or extra bells and whistles. And the less fancy features a machine has, the less there is to break down! I love the fact that the Indigo 14 is completely mechanic and if anything goes wrong with it, it'll be easy (and therefore cheap) to fix.