It's no secret that stuffing is used to shape soft toys. Now there are a lot of them. They differ from each other in properties, texture, density, etc. Not many people know how to choose the right filler, so let's consider the most common of them today. Let's find out what modern needlewomen stuff soft toys with.
A well-known material of synthetic origin, which is widely used in needlework. Sintepon, as a filler for toys, is used quite often. Its undoubted advantage is its light texture, as well as its synthetic composition, which significantly reduces the possibility of allergies. But it is worth remembering that the synthetic winterizer often goes astray after washing, forming lumps. This should be taken into account, especially if this filler will be in toys that children often play with.
To use the synthetic winterizer as a filler for soft toys, itmust be crushed into small pieces for even distribution throughout the product. Of course, this process takes time. But the result is a soft toy that, when squeezed, instantly restores its original shape. Not every filler can boast of such a property. However, one should not forget that poor-quality synthetic winterizer may contain harmful substances in the composition, contact with which is sometimes very dangerous for humans.
Down and feather
Natural filler in the form of wool, down, feathers will not be the best option for stuffing soft toys. Although these materials are of natural origin and are obtained naturally. Naturally, a soft toy with wool or fluff inside will retain heat much longer. This is very important when it comes to items that children like to sleep with. Down and feather is a very light stuffing for soft toys with a rather pleasant texture.
But very often such fillers get lost in toys, forming lumps that are quite difficult to return to their primary state. Such problems are observed after washing. Drying a toy with such a filler is a rather difficult process that requires a long time. Often down, feathers and wool cause allergies, and are also attacked by moths and ticks. These fillers are well suited for knitted toys, as well as products with which a person does not have constant contact.
Modern synthetic filling ideal formaking toys. It is sold in the form of dense balls, which are quite light in weight. With it, you can easily stuff any toy - the holofiber will easily fill the entire space. Often, when choosing a filler, the question arises of how to fill a toy so that after washing it retains its shape. With the advent of holofiber, this problem is considered solved.
The material dries quickly, does not lose shape, does not stray into lumps, which is so important for soft toys. The hypoallergenic composition of holofiber balls makes it the number one filler. With his help, many unusual crafts were made. For many modern craftswomen, this toy filler has become a favorite, and all due to a number of advantages over other stuffing materials. The density of the product can be adjusted by the amount of holofiber; when making a large-sized toy, small filler balls are combined to form one large element. This wonder filling is made from polyester, which is known to be odor-resistant and non-toxic.
The usual and familiar material for everyone is foam rubber, which can be found on sale in any market and in a hardware store. It comes in various thicknesses. To work with this material, you need a clerical knife or hot wire, because it is quite difficult to cut it. Foam rubber is a filler that is used to stuff soft toys of even shape that require special rigidity. The most popular among such items are cubes and pyramids.
Foam rubber is a quick-drying material that will not cause allergies. You can use this filler, after cutting it into small pieces. But this type of packing will not last long, it will begin to crumble, stick together and stray into lumps. If you use thick foam rubber, then you should dry it thoroughly after washing to avoid dampness and mustiness.
To increase tactile sensations, stuffing from cereals, seeds, seeds, legumes, pasta, sand and even herbs is often used. Natural filler for toys can be combined with synthetic materials or completely stuffed with it. Before use, the components are recommended to be roasted in the oven. Under no circumstances should toys with such fillers be washed. But what if you can't do without washing? This problem is solved with the help of a bag in which the filler is placed, and a snake is sewn on the toy itself.
Herbs, as a filler for toys, are used to add flavor to the product. You need to use only well-dried plants, which must be sewn into a bag. But, unfortunately, the service life of such "fragrant" toys is quite short.
Granules in the form of balls, which are used as a filler for toys, is called granulate. Balls come in three types: glass, metal and plastic. Granulate is what soft toys are stuffed with to make them heavier and more stable. Most often, this filler is found inlimbs of plush animals, as well as in the tummy area. Textured granulate is considered useful for the development of motor skills in young children. However, glass and metal beads are not allowed in toys due to the risk of them falling out through the seams. To avoid such cases, you need to place the balls in special nets or bags, but even this will not guarantee safety.
The filler for antistress toys, which is porous polystyrene balls, is very popular. Almost weightless toys stuffed with such elements are recommended for children, pregnant women and even adults.