Sewing soft toys for your loved ones can be a rewarding project. If you are new to sewing, there are tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your project. And this will not be something that takes a lot of time. But this will depend on the design as well.
You have to make sure you have the right supplies and the fabric. You can choose any kind of fabric that you like. You can either use one fabric all over or use a combination of different fabrics. Using a combination can give more authenticity and character to the soft toy. For example, you can use felt for pads of the feet if you are creating a teddy bear and you can use fake fur or velvet for the body. There are many options when it comes to fake fur. You can visit a local shop to touch and feel the material so that you can get an idea of how the finished product would feel. There are sewing patterns that you can find online such as teddy bear patterns that will make the process a lot easier for you. The pattern will also mention the supplies you need for the project.
When sewing a soft toy, you have to consider that it will be subjected to rough use especially if you are gifting it to a child. So the stitching has to be very strong. If there is a loose stitch, children might end up poking the soft toy and pulling out the stuffing. A good tip is to use short stitches. You can also stitch twice or thrice to increase durability. There are sewing machines that will be able to do a triple stitch. Otherwise, you will need to stitch it by hand. The quality of the thread you use will also contribute to its durability. There are also many options when it comes to stuffing. You can use wool, polyester, bamboo, cotton and even scraps of fabric to give shape to the soft toy. The joints of the soft toy have to be properly reinforced so they don’t hang loosely. When choosing stuffing, you need to think about whether you want a soft toy that is easy to squeeze or a toy that retains its shape.
You have to be very careful when filling the toy because sometimes there can be air bubbles that will be difficult to fill if you find them late. Another factor to consider when choosing stuffing is how easy it is to wash and dry the stuffing. Lightweight polyester stuffing is one option that can be washed easily. Once you select the basic materials for the soft toy, you have to think about the features of the soft toy. Before you stuff the soft toy, the facial features of it have to be sewed on. This way you will know exactly how much stuffing to be used. You can create a guide for the facial features by placing pieces of cloth to find the best position for them. Use a small round cloth to find the best position for the eyes and small bits of cloth to position the nose and mouth.