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« on: September 13, 2011 12:24:03 PM »

hey guys, so ive seen plushies like this at toy stores, and i was  wondering, lets say i had a pattern for the animal i wanted, how could i stuff it so that my sister could climb on it without the thing breaking or falling part?any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2011 05:01:18 PM »

The animals in the ad are probably reinforced w/a wire frame/structure.  You could try stuffing w/kapok, or mixing straw w/stuffing such as polyfil.  Or, if you only want to use polyfil, use a lot of it, and really, really pack it in.  I hope this helps. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011 10:00:42 PM »

If i were to try to make something that size i would probably build a wooden frame for it then sort of sew and stuff the animal around it. I'm sure there's an easier way of doing that, but for kids sitting and riding on stuff (my kids are a bit energetic) i'd have to make sure that thing wouldn't move much. I like gotgrey's idea of a metal frame, the only problem with frames (including my idea) is that eventually the stuffing would get flattened/pushed out from on top of the frame and it might get /really/ uncomfortable to play on.

^.^ just my thought on that. Hope it turns out well for ya!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2011 05:47:11 PM »

My son (age 4) has a giant elephant that he can sit on and lay with as well as a giant horse. The horse is floppy and is literally like an oversized horse shaped pillow. I  imagine from the feel that its just stuffed with a lot of polyfiber stuffing. The elephant though has a wire frame of some sort inside it.  I can feel the wires repositioning when I pull the legs apart to get the thing to stand again. You can't feel the wires from the outside though. He's also very hard and not soft and sqwishy like the horse. I would guess that he's either extremely packed with stuffing or more likely its like an egg crate or styrofoam type substance inside.

Both are commercial toys that were given to my son as gifts. I hope that helps you somehow.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011 03:37:25 PM »

Build a wooden frame and leave like the top open so you can slide the wooden frame into it then hand stitch the top on? Thats what i think.. Hope i helped! Smiley
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