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« on: February 25, 2007 01:51:50 PM »

Are there other things that can be used to stuff animals aside from poly fill? Like say old shirts, cotton balls lol, etc.?
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007 02:06:05 PM »

i knew a lady who used dryer lint. i use my fabric scraps, shredded of course. old panty hose work too. i think anything old, like socks, shirts etc are pretty much fair game if they can be chopped up!

eta: http://miniatures.about.com/od/recycleyourtrash/a/dryerlint.htm
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007 07:54:03 PM »

Nice! Thank you! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2007 06:38:50 PM »

I wouldn't use dryer lint because it is highly flammable. However you could use dryer sheets and then they would smell good. I've been saving mine after I use them just for this purpose.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2007 07:09:07 PM »

my great aunt who grew up in the depression years told me they basically used anything for stuffing which she still does today she even uses old undies after she washed them in disinfectant first,but she uses a rotary cutter and cuts everything up so fine,nothing escapes old socks,hessian bags old clothes etc.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007 08:45:29 PM »

I would imagine that dryer lint's no more flammable than the clothes from which it came.

Has anyone every used dryer lint to stuff a knitted toy?

I'm making Kate from Knitty and although it's knit pretty tight (I even went down a needle size), I'm a bit worried that if I wash it, the lint (since it's so fine) will eventually wash its way out.

I thought of taking an old pair of pantyhose and stuffing those with the dryer lint, then stuffing that into the cat.  Anybody more experienced know if that would work?

I have TONS of dryer lint saved up from washing cloth diapers, I *knew* it would come in handy.. I have more than enough for this toy, which I know will get washed, as it's a toy for a baby.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007 09:10:25 PM »

I usually use fake snow for stuffing -- this seems kind of silly, but it is inexpensive(after christmas sales!) and works as well as any other filler.
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2007 07:48:21 AM »

I would imagine that dryer lint's no more flammable than the clothes from which it came.

I have TONS of dryer lint saved up from washing cloth diapers, I *knew* it would come in handy.. I have more than enough for this toy, which I know will get washed, as it's a toy for a baby.

It's very flammable if you look in these threads:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=144818.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2037.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116678.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39852.0

they talk all about it. Though I don't see a problem with using is so long as it's not going to be played with near candles or something. lol.
Also keep in mind if the person it's going to has allergies and you have pets that hair is going to be in your dryer lint. That's been the main reasons I haven't used it yet. Everyone I know is allergic to everything.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007 09:49:54 AM »

In vintage stuffed dolls they used sawdust
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2007 07:37:25 PM »

usually in the same area as polyfil they have little plastic beads.  that would make the plushie sit and feel differently though.  and the stuff is kind of expensive, so instead you could buy a bag of small uncooked beans from a grocery store.  [sorry, i forget what kind]
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