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« on: February 08, 2010 08:46:49 PM »

This is a rough draft if you will of stuffed animals I am starting to make for a local children's hospital ( CHKD ) the fabric on the top of his head is actually stripes.  I'm making these to be dropped off at CHKD during Christmas time so they have something to make their stay there a little better. 

I am curious to if any one on here knows where to find cheap fabric, buttons ( for eyes ) and stuffing.  Making all these animals will start to get a lil costly and I'm sure everyone here knows money isn't the easiest thing to come by now a days.  Or if any one knows or has a pattern of a toy, stuffed animal etc they would / could share i would deeply appreciate as will the kids I'm making these for.

thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010 08:51:56 PM »

It's cute, but I have one worry. The hospital I work at doesn't accept donations of stuffed animals because they can carry and spread germs very easily. Have you checked with your local hospital that they will accept these? If not, there's always local police and fire departments, who often collect stuffed animals to give to children who have been in various traumas.
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010 09:09:16 PM »

Yeah I have sent the hospital a email and waiting for a response.  We have given toys including stuffed animals a few years back so things may have changed.  Didnt think of the PD and FD, so great idea as well.  If it comes down to it we will make them and have a sort of fund raiser where all donations will go to CHKD.  Either way they will be made for the kids, it's the least that can be done for them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010 10:23:22 PM »

Very cute.

This is going to sound morbid and I certainly mean no disrespect, but definitely check out estate sales. I have found tins and tins of buttons (though I like to horde them because they're often vintage) and often beautiful vintage fabric. A less morbid suggestion is to check out garage sales. I've frequently found new bags of stuffing that had never been open. This always depends on where you live, however.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010 03:32:30 AM »

Do you have a pound goods thrift store?  Sometimes I find good fabric there.  Or else some older Foam and Fabric type places will do bulk lots of fabric and notions.  Otherwise, I usually stock up on notions and things at Estate sales.  You can usually find tons of vintage treasures for really cheap.  Or, you know, join your local Freecycle chapter, just in case a neighbor happens to have a bunch of fabric and buttons they don't want.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010 04:51:57 AM »

Thrift stores are a great place to get usable fabric, buttons, and stuffing... if you're willing to cut up some stuffed animals and reuse the insides for your toys! Old clothes work great for fabric and buttons too!

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2010 05:04:51 AM »

I have bought old stuffed animals and pillows at yard sales for as little as 25 cents and then went home and ripped the stuffing out for my own projects.

Also; yard sales are great sources for old clothes for under a dollar that can be used as fabric for your stuffies.

« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010 11:30:18 AM »

thanks for all the ideas everyone!
i looked for estate sales here in va beach but there isnt any being listed, i've honestly never heard of ne one going to them, guess its just not a popular thing here but i will keep my eyes open.  I will be checkin the local thrift stores this weekend and see if  cant find some buttons and XXL shirts for fabric
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