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Unread 09-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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Smile Help sewing plush toy for baby~!

Hi there~! My sister is having a baby in October and I really want to do something special, so instead of buying a toy I really want to make one. I already have experience sewing stuffed animals so I know how to construct them. Specifically, I'll be making her a lion, because my sister did mission trips to Kenya, and the baby girl's name is even going to be Savannah~!

But I'm a little worried about making the toy safe for a baby. The biggest concerns I'm having are with the the fabric choice, especially for the mane. If I make the stitches strong enough, would yarn be good to use for the mane? What's the best choice of fabric for the rest of the toy? I would like something soft, yet durable, and easy to get stains out of.

If you have any advice at all, please offer it! I'll take any help at all that I can get~ I want this to be perfect for my new niece~ Name suggestions for this little guy would be great, too!
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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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I would do either a female lion or a lion club.

I made my cousin's son a bear out of cotton flannel and the eyes were just embroidery floss, so he couldnt eat them. It washes up nicely and is sooooo soft.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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As for adding details (ex, on the face), I'd try applique. Unlike buttons, there's not really a way to pull applique off!
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Unread 09-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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Fleece would probably wash quite well and it's quite soft and warm to the touch.

I can't imagine wool/yarn would be a problem.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 07:30 AM   #5
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Unread 09-09-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Your worry is right.A plush toy may not suitable for the baby .I think cotton may be the best material of the toy for baby.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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A plush toy may not suitable for the baby
...okay so you're definitely a robot. Got it.

Anyway, as regards the mane, a yarn mane would be fine but a few layers of fleece, snipped into fringe, would also work and is probably longer-wearing and more washable.
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...okay so you're definitely a robot. Got it.

Anyway, as regards the mane, a yarn mane would be fine but a few layers of fleece, snipped into fringe, would also work and is probably longer-wearing and more washable.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #9
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I think cotton may be the best material of the toy for baby.
While cotton is pretty easy to work with, it also has a tendency to fray-- which will be really obvious if there are any places where the construction isn't top-notch. It's rather tough to stuff smaller cotton pieces too; this I know from experience.

Personally, I like the fleece idea, especially with the cut strips for the mane! That's super cute, and saves you from having to pattern/sew/stuff the mane.
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Unread 09-14-2012, 05:03 PM   #11
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One thing that might help would be to look at toys made for newborns, how are they made? What fabrics do they use?

Using fleece to make the mane like Mango said sounds like a wonderful idea and will wash very well. Pieces of yarn braids would be more prone to fray over time and I can't imagine how it would be easily washed. Avoid details that utilize things like buttons or plastic, not only is it possible to get damaged when washed but the baby can rip them right off.

I'd say stick to cotton and various blends of it, careful of what colors you use since the dye can run (think like when you buy a new pair of dark jeans how you're suppose to wash them first).
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