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How Do You Stuff Soft Stuffed Animals?

Posted on by Paula Pellet

Hiya friends and happy April! If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed I’ve been sharing out a lot of sweet stuffed soft animal toys to craft up. I’ve shared so many cute projects that I’ve gotten quite a few Pellet Mail questions about what tips I have for stuffing these cute creations. If you’re wondering how do you stuff soft animals, just read ahead!


Weighted plastic pellets add some gentle comfort but you want to stuff your creations with some softness, too!

Where Should You Use Stuffing in a Soft Animal?

When crafting up a weighted stuffed animal friend, I recommend keeping your weight in the center of your creation. This means filling up any arms, legs, tail or head with some type of soft stuffing. After these are sufficiently stuffed, then pour in your plastic pellets to give your new friend a comforting weight.

What Can You Use for Stuffing?

Many of my friends want to know what stuffing they should use to fill out the softer parts of weighted creations, or to balance out the gentle weight my Quality Plastic Pellets provide. The most popular options are polyester fiber or cotton fiber fill. You can easily obtain these at local craft stores and they’re washable and usually ok in the dryer at low temperatures.

I love a good up-cycle story! Old nylon stockings or socks make great stuffing ideas. Stiffer fabrics such as old clothing can be used, but cut the item into small strips. Not only does this make stuffing your creation easier, but it helps eliminate some of that bulky, uneven look that sometimes results from using recycled stuffing choices.

I don’t recommend using newspaper or other non-washable materials. If your weighted creation is well-loved you’ll want to be able to wash it! In addition, these items tend to lose their volume after a while and can make your softie slouch.

Softie Stuffing Tips

For pouring plastic pellets into creations, I always recommend having a funnel handy. The best tool you can have when adding your soft stuffing to your creation is a stick with a flat end such as a wooden dowel rod. The flat end will not only help you push the stuffing along but help prevent you poking through seams as you push. Use your wooden stick to push your stuffing into the tips of extremities or limbs. Always be firm but gentle, and push through a little stuffing each time rather than the bulk at once.

Make sure you stuff your soft animal equally. Pay special attention to keeping limbs equal and the head stuffed enough to keep its shape. It’s ok to have a little bit of wiggle room and you don’t want your seams to look like they’re going to burst, but it will be difficult to re-adjust stuffing after your soft animal is stitched so do it before!

I hope this helps you in your creative question for stuffing your next soft animal creation. If you’ve whipped up something cuddly, cute, and weighted recently, be sure to share it on my Facebook page! And if you need to purchase plastic pellets for your next project, just click the link below:

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I’m an expert on all things plastic pellets, and I’m here to help you navigate through the sometimes confusing world of plastic pellets and stuffing materials. Whether your question is about our pellet materials or ordering from Quality Plastic Pellets, I’m here to help!

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