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« on: June 26, 2008 03:48:31 PM »

So here's my problem. Observe the picture:



I've never tried stuffing 2-d toys before, and I've discovered that stuffing it too tightly causes the stenciling to be curved toward the back, and not stuffing enough causes these wrinkled edges. I'm thinking maybe more fabric between the stencil and the sewn edge? I dunno. I'm working on this line of the Adventures of Edwin toys for my etsy so I want them to look professional, but I've never run into this problem before. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008 07:14:51 PM »

I haven't tried it yet, but I have a 2D I'm working on and was thinking of trying that batting stuff to stuff my 2D guy.  Do you think that would work?
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008 12:16:26 PM »

Batting would work well, you would want to sew it into the sandwich of the other fabrics, rather than stuff it afterwards, though.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 07:32:58 AM »

Hmmm... clip the edges if you didn't - that might help with the wrinkliness.  Using heavier, stiffer fabric might help.  I tried making stuffies out of old pillow cases and had the same problem - switched to a heavier cotton and they look a lot better.  Hope it works out for you - these are really cute!
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2008 09:45:03 AM »

Hmmm... clip the edges if you didn't - that might help with the wrinkliness.  Using heavier, stiffer fabric might help.  I tried making stuffies out of old pillow cases and had the same problem - switched to a heavier cotton and they look a lot better.  Hope it works out for you - these are really cute!
I agree clip the edges. This sounds scary but you basically cut just to the seam not through it and it really helps around curves. Also use smaller bits of stuffing. It takes longer but produces a less lumpy look.
also a higher quality stuffing can be helpful too. I like poly-fill brand but if you like something cheaper walmart's brand has two different types. One is fluffier and one is made for more firm stuffing. I like the fluffier but remember stuff in small clumps. the bigger the clump the lumpier the toy. You are looking for the shiny kind that looks plasticy. The non shiny is for firmer toys. It actually says on the labels for firmer stuffing use" insert stuffing name here".
Also it can help to use a chopstick, knitting needle, or something like that to maneuver the stuffing the the wrinkly areas.
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2008 11:17:56 AM »

It looks like you want them to look like pillows, correct? Could you sew batting to the fabric in the construction, and then stuff? It would give you a cleaner line when stuffing, and should take care of any lumps you may have. Clipping your curves is VERY important. I agree with Eliea.
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