Published on April 14th, 2008 | by Kelly Rand35
Tools to Use: Stuffing
One craft that I have yet to delve into is the art of making a softie. These cute creatures, some with faces only a mother would love, abound on the internet. I would even say that there is a softie explosion of popularity happening right now with all the attention being made to creating your very own cute and cuddly creature.
There are several books devoted to softies and plushes, as well as quick and easy tutorials on creating a softie. And don’t forget the plethora of amigurumi. Heck, there’s even a gallery showcasing some of the best plush makers around.
With all the craft love for the softie, how can we make them a bit more lovable for the Earth? It’s all in the stuffing.
There are a couple of greener options that you can use to stuff your softie with:
- The amazing NearSea Naturals offers an organic cotton stuffing by the pound. All of NearSea Naturals’ products are made in the U.S. and are organic. By choosing organic stuffing you can help reduce the need for pesticides that are used to grow conventional cotton.
- Wool stuffing is also an option. Found at Magic Cabin and Joy’s Waldorf Dolls online, wool is a fiber that just can’t be beat in terms of being a renewable resource.
- Available at big craft stores like JoAnn’s and off of Amazon, you can find Eco-Friendly Fiberfill. This fill is a corn based fiber and is hypo-allergenic. The Wortsted Witch did a run down of the pros and cons of this fill here.
- If you are like me, you have lots of fabric scraps that you just can’t get rid of. These fabric scraps can be used to stuff your plush project. Just cut up your leftover fabric pieces to manageable, stuffable sizes and have at it.
Been using any of the above products or another eco-friendly option to fill your plush? Let us know in the comments.
[Image from NearSea Naturals]
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