So you’ve finished crocheting the base pattern for your amigurumi doll, good work! Now all that remains is deciding how to stuff it. You might not think stuffing for toys is something you have to think about, but there are many different materials out there, and each one has its strengths and weaknesses, especially in regards to something as specific as amigurumi.
In general, stuffed toys have a reputation for being fluffy and cuddly, but amigurumi can be either soft or have some stiff parts depending on their intended use. If you want to give them to children as playthings, you must consider overall wear and tear, the integrity of shape, whether or not they will wash in a machine, and so on. If you want your doll to be on display, you need to consider weight, the toy’s ability to be posed, and how it will sit on a shelf or in a display case.
These are just some of the criteria involved in deciding which toy stuffing to use for your project, but don’t let that intimidate you. Below are some of the different stuffing options and how each one can affect the appearance and texture of your crochet toys. Take your time choosing!
First, let’s look at the best amigurumi stuffing options. These materials are usually considered the best for soft toy stuffing, being easy to find, relatively cheap, and some of the most malleable substances on the market. When debating which of these toy fillings to use, keep in mind the specific look you want your doll to have.
Best amigurumi stuffing materials
Also known as “polyfill” stuffing, this fluffy padding is the most commonly used filling and is often found in stuffed animals, pillows, and coat linings. Polyester stuffing is created from a mix of various synthetic (polyester) fibers that are loosely spun to keep the light, airy texture. It is soft, extremely lightweight, and plushy, which makes it ideal for children and baby toys. When put inside a stuffed crochet toy, polyester fiberfill will also hold its shape perfectly.
Polyester cluster filling
Similar to fiberfill stuffing, cluster filling is also made from polyester, but instead of remaining loose and cloud-like, it is made up of smaller, individual groups of stuffing material all clustered together to form the main bulk. This provides a slightly different texture which allows you to stuff your creation a little at a time while still maintaining control over its shape.