Sewing soft toys for your babies is a real fun because you know what stuffing is going inside the softie and you use the best kind of fabric as you want to give the best to your baby. Also, does not it feel great to use your old stuff, or make something by your own hands? It really does feel great and imagine when you tell your baby about this softie when he grows up, I am sure he would feel proud of you. So, without wasting much of time, let us have some discussion on what fleece and fabric is best for DIY Plushies.
Types of Fleece Fabric
While there is a variety of fleece fabrics available in the market and even this single article would not be enough to list all of them so I am dividing them into four categories- Solids and Prints, Double-sided and Embossed.
- Solids and prints
Ranging from intense bright shades to beautiful, solid types are widely used in making different homemade plushies. While prints are available in plethora of ranges, for e.g. animal prints, classic dot print, chevrons, which can be used in making several plushies and not only they look vibrant but also very kid friendly.
These can be used in making Plushie bags or Plushie toys and could be a great idea to make homemade stuffed toys. On one side is generally, solid colors and on the other side double-sided fleece has different prints. These are interchangeable and so could be great for making any DIY plushie for gifting purpose.
It is mostly a preferred option when it comes to choosing fabric for a Plushie. Not only this type of fabric can be used to magnify certain features of the stuffed animal for example, you can use this fabric to exhibit the scales of stuffed fish. Embossed fabric is available in soft pop colors and designs of hearts, paisley, stars and so many.
Apart from using fleece fabric, you can also wool felt or acrylic felt fabric for making the soft stuffed animals. Based on their qualities and specifications, you can choose what kind of fabric to use which are listed below.
It is a very amazing quality of fabric that is used for making soft plushies. It gives a very luxurious feel to the softie. Now let us list down the various specifications of wool felt.
- When you are looking for making heirloom quality plushies, then this is a must have in your list. Not only is it the most durable felt but is less fuzzy and does not pill.
- With strong fibres which are tightly woven, it makes the fabric thicker which eventually leads to a better hold of the stuffing and would not cause any rips while making the plushy.
- Wool felt is slightly elastic so it can shaped and manipulated nicely.
- If you buy 100 percent natural wool then it is water and stain resistant. So there is less chance of getting the homemade plushy dirty.
- Since wool is anti-bacterial property, so it shuns the mildewing.
- Wool is hypoallergic, fire-resistant, animal and eco friendly.
With so many advantages, wool felt has few disadvantages as well. Wool felt is very expensive, and so not everyone can afford it. Also, it is very thick, so shaping and sewing can become very difficult. When you wash this fabric, it does shrink a lot so it is another disadvantage. Also, last of the lot is it is very hard to find wool felt in variety of colors.
Made from recycled plastic, acrylic felt is used in making certain Plush animals. And like the wool felt it also has certain pros and cons, that would help you in deciding what is best for your DIY plushy.
- Acrylic is very cheap and can be easily available in any craft store. They can be a great option when you are just a novice in stuffed animal DIY project and you would not have to worry about cost.
- It is stain resistant only if the stain is not oil based.
- They can be washed without any hassle and they do not shrink, unlike wool felt.
- The colors of acrylic felt does not fade or transfer.
- It is very durable as it is made from recycled plastic and plastics degrade slowly.
Now, let us have some light on the cons of Acrylic felt. So Acrylic Felts do fuzz and pill so not great for plushies that are used more often. Like wool felt, acrylic felts are also hard to shape as they are quite stiff in nature. Acrylic felt is thin so the stuffing can be seen, and also it is not that strong and seams are very prone to tear. It is not heat resistant, and can catch fire as instantly as it is exposed to fire. Lastly, it is not at all eco-friendly, as huge quantity of chemicals are released when this fabric is manufactured.
When learning to make your own DIY stuffed animal toy for your baby, you absolutely need to take care of everything, like the touch of the material, its durability, how much it resists the stain and most importantly the variety of colors and patterns it is available in as this is what is going to define the overall look of your DIY Plushy.