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« on: November 05, 2006 10:14:29 AM »

I was wondering if you all could provide some advice on fabric choices for toys. The toys don't have to be child proof, as they are for teens/adults. I have some patterns for 'beanie baby' type toys and was wondering about the best type of fabric to use for them.
Any info or leads to sites that discuss this would be very
appreciated. Thanks very much in advance,
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 11:03:24 PM »

for "beanie baby" style toys I would probably use either fleece material or very short piled fur.

It is entirely up to yourself though and you should play with new materials until you find ones you like to work with.


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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2006 06:45:54 AM »

So far I've tried:
Faux Fur
and felt
What I've found is that fleece and flannel sew the best. Fleece is a bit thick and strechy.
Flannel is just as soft but before you wash it you should use pinking shears on the edges. It frays really badly otherwise.
Flannel stuffs well and streches a bit when stuffed. It's soft to the touch and can be stuffed floppy and firmly.
Fleece stuffs nicely as well.
Felt is rough and stuffs very stiff. It's not much fun for me to use. It's pretty cheap though.
Faux fur is a pain in the neck! It sheds while you're cutting, sewing and stuffing. It's hard to turn right side out and a bit of a pain to sew becasue it's so thick. It barely streches and stuffs very firmly.
Cotton should also be pinked around the edge before washing. It's a nice fabric, not soft but not stiff. And it stuffs very nicely. It can strech a bit depending on the bias. It's easy to work with and is not to expensive. Works pretty well for hand sewing too.
Knits are a bit tricky for a beginner. It streches a lot! and it's a bit hard to hand sew. It can be expensive and the fabric has a tendancy to roll on the raw edges. It does stuff well though since it streches so much.

My recomendation is flannel or cotton. Becasue they both work nicely with beans or plastic pellets inside. Smiley
Oh and Always remember to wash your fabric before cutting and sewing. It can gum up your sewing machine and change the look of the fabric. and some fabrics shrink in the wash so it would be horrible if someone's little buddy shrunk after playing with it.
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2006 10:39:45 AM »

i love using 100% wool felt, but it can get pricey. it's durable and soft and comes in great colours.  the wool blend felt from marcus brothers is also really nice, a bit less costly, and you can get a different, soft nubby texture when you wash and dry it.  it seems like it would be good for beanbag type toys. 
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