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Alternative stuffing for amigurumis

Everyone who wants to make an amigurumi should be clear that he needs at least 3 things: yarn, hook and stuffing.

Today I want to talk about the last one and how we can use alternative stuffing for amigurumis when the right material is not within our reach or is something exceptional.

In my patterns you can read that we use synthetic fiberfill.

But what exactly is synthetic fiberfill?

It is a 100% polyester synthetic fiber also called Polyfill. It is a soft, washable and perfect material to fill your amigurumis because it adapts to the fabric without deforming it. But not only is it used for this, but you can use it as a filling in all kinds of work such as ragdolls, felt creations or cushions. You can find it more compact or lighter.

Sample of synthetic fiberfill
Synthetic fiberfill
Sample of synthetic fiber filling or Polyfill
A more compact synthetic fiber filling

Being clear that this is the ideal filling material, you should not despair if you do not find it or do not have it and want to continue with your work.

Let’s see different “homemade” options that will get you out of trouble:

  • Remains of wool or yarn:

What better option than filling your wool dolls with that same material.

When we crochet, when we finish off, many times we have a piece of yarn that we can’t use because it’s too small. Store all these leftover threads in a box and you can use them as fillers, for example, in small parts of your amigurumis.

Thread leftovers
Thread leftovers
  • Unfinished or unrecoverable projects:

We all make mistakes when crocheting and sometimes it’s not possible to reuse the material to start over with our project. Parts of our failed amigurumis impossible to undo can be used to fill in new ones. The concept is to continue with the idea of ​​the previous point: fill wool with wool.

Sample of an unfinished fabric
Unfinished Project
  • Miscellaneous fabrics:

Recycling old clothes may be another alternative. Soft, fine fabrics such as a handkerchief or nylon stockings, or more rigid, such as tulle or even the foam of shoulder pads. Cut them to fill large pieces or to give consistency to certain parts.

Nylon stockings.  Alternative stuffing for amigurumis.
Nylon stockings
Shoulder pad.  Alternative stuffing for amigurumis.
Foam of a shoulder pad
Tulle.  Alternative stuffing for amigurumis.
Handkerchief.  Alternative stuffing for amigurumis.

As you can see, there are several the alternative stuffing for amigurumis you can go to, always taking into account that if you want a good result, you should consider them as something exceptional.

What about you? What is the rarest stuffing you’ve used for your amigurumis? Tell me in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Alternative stuffing for amigurumis

  1. the Nick and Judy Hoops pattern needs more details, there is no instructions on how to attach the parts except for the ears and face . also some of the steps are hard to follow like the tail I made the tail 5 times trying to follow the steps and it never turned out like the picture so had to make my own tail in fact none of the pieces turned out like the pieces pictured . I have been crocheting for years so it is not like I just started either. I only bought the pattern because my daughter asked for these characters and I did not know who they were. the pattern is to hard to figure out what you are saying to do, I did not find a tutorial or video for this pattern either

    1. Hello Sandra,

      How are you? I hope everything goes well.

      First I would like to apologize for the difficulties you have encountered with my patterns. I’m very sorry.

      I also want to thank you for your sincerity and honesty, since it helps me improve and do things differently.

      Personally, I am available to all the people who crochet my patterns to help them with all those doubts they have, complementing and adding images and explanations if necessary so that the patterns are to their liking.

      Both patterns are from 3 years ago. Currently, my patterns contain an assembly section and I have also improved the English translation, which can sometimes be an obstacle. Of course, this is not an excuse.

      Please accept my apology.

      Kind regards

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