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Toy Stuffing Material

 

There is a vast selection of stuffing materials to fill up the furry friends and each type has a different texture and density.  It’s important to pick stuffing material that is appropriate for the special one.  For the bulky furry friends, sturdy materials like cotton, wool, and kopak have more substance and weight to fill up the stuffed animals.  Polyester and certain kinds of cotton fillings are more appropriate for the furry animals with more delicate figures.  Be considerate of the types of filling to put in the stuffed animals, the furry friends don’t want to feel bloated all the time.

Different Types of Stuffing: (in the order of level of softness from high to low)

Polyester Filling:
Polyester toy filing is made of synthetic fiber that is lightweight and usually gives a light fluffy feel to the stuffed animals. Be sure to get premium polyester filling because low-grade polyester filing will clump easily.

Great for: Stuffed animals with small limbs, light-colored fur or thin later of fur (because this filling won’t show through as much as the other types), handmade stuffed animals (knitted or crocheted stuffed animals).

Cotton Filling:
Cotton is a natural fiber that has a wide range of texture.  It is usually soft and fluff, lightweight stuffing material. Good quality cotton will have been preshrunk.

Great for: Stuffed animals with small limbs, light-colored fur or thin later of fur (because this filling won’t show through as much as the other types), handmade stuffed animals (knitted or crocheted stuffed animals).

Wool Filling:
Wool filling is dense, natural, and durable.  However, it is not recommended for washing since this material is likely to change shape, shrink and clump together.

Good for: Oversized stuffed animals, teddy bears, stuffed animals with thick or dark color fur/surface area

Kopak Filling:
Kapok is a natural, golden silky fiber, which is harvested from the pods of a Kapok tree. The material is sturdy and has a yellow tint.  It is commonly in mattresses, pillows and upholstery. It was once a top material for stuffing teddy bear but became less popular since the arrival of polyester stuffing, which is softer than kapok and  less expensive.

Good for: Oversized stuffed animals, teddy bears, stuffed animals with thick or dark color fur/surface area

 

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