For the limbs and other skinny parts, I use the end of a sharpie and push the stuffing in with it to make sure I get enough stuffing in. If it's a complex plushie (like a giraffe I made once) where it's hard to get to certain spots when you sew it up most of the way, then I stuff it as I sew.
Monika, I'm not sure what to say if I don't see a comparison of your results. As for stuffing, what I do is pull apart the polyfil a little so they're not so clumped together (this may cause the stuffing uneven.)
Stuffing patiently bit by bit suits me best. I normally stuff limbs or features that sticks out first (when its gathered with parts that are not totally separated and have connecting holes) and from time to time I poke them with tweezers to make it even more even. Hope that helps. If not feel free to ask ;)
Thanks Monika! I really appreciate your help!
It is probably made from a rayon knit, which is a synthetic fabric made from chemically-treated bamboo. You could use any cotton jersey knit, but I imagine something with 4-way stretch would be the best.
Hi everybody! I'm about to start a new project and I'm having a lot of difficulty choosing a fabric to use. I'm creating a dress similar to the black Giorgio Armani dress from The Ugly Truth (follow the link below for a picture). Any suggestions on what type of fabric its made of or an alternative fabric that will create a similar result?
If you want to see how the fabric moves, go in about 20 seconds : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRUYsVDWhM0
Thanks in advance for all your help!
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And my problem isn't pattern or fabric, it's mostly that I seem to be horrible at stuffing things enough. lol That or I tend to sew a lot faster than I should... I don't know for sure.
You're not alone. one time I made a horse for my 4 year old cosine, and it was perfect. Later on I made one just for fun, and it turned out looking like a anorexic goblin
I guess it depends on the material and the pattern you use. I guess my second horse failed, because I used a thicker yarn, and less sturdy fabric. I think it also depends on the level of difficulty
P.S: Working on your last item I think you're going to like it . Now I just got to scrounge up $20 bucks to ship it.
For those of you who make plushies or small stuffed dolls, how do you get them to turn out nicely?
I have made a couple plushies that I have been happy with, but I can't seem to get good results consistently.
I wanted to make a Krampus costume, but I also use smaller amounts for hair for my Blockhead plush characters. I found a seller on etsy whose prices aren't terribly high and who has a really great selection, so for the smaller projects I think I'm set. (She charges $7 for 1/3 yard and $11 for 1/2 yard solid colors, and only slightly more for the fancier styles with colored "spikes" and bubbles and patterns.) It's still more than I can afford for a full-body costume like Krampus, but it looks like that's about as good as it gets.
what are you planning on using it for??
For christmas I recieved this book. You should be able to use one of the three patterns inside this book.
For the sleeves I would suggest using the legs of the jeans and trimming from the inside. use lots of pins and measure twice.
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After years of thinking they were too intimidating to touch, I finally caved and got a serger. I really want to practice with all of the different stitches and things to get myself used to my machine, but I'm not really sure if there's anything more fun I can do with scrap fabric than just sewing samples? I don't want to start on good fabric until I'm a little more comfortable, but I have a fair amount of fleece and linens I can play with for the moment.
Is there any kind of easy project that would help me learn each of the different stitches and functions (or a book you learned with that you would recommend)? I've been using a basic machine for about 4 1/2 years now so I'm pretty comfortable with machines in general, just not sergers. I'm in school for fashion design now, so I can always stay after class for extra help with the school machines, but I'd really like to learn my own machine better as well. It's a Brother 1034D if that helps.
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Thanks ladies. I just signed up for their emails, so maybe I'll get lucky and they'll have it on sale soon.
well your best option so far might be fabric. com indeed, because I've found some other shops even in etsy but the shipping is ridiculous...