Choly Knight

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Plush Sewing Basics: Choosing Fabric

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Hi everyone! I’ve got a bit of a new feature for you all today! I’ve gotten a lot of amazing people participating in my Monthly Crafting Challenge and sending me emails to say that they’ve learned to sew through my patterns. I’m so humbled and flattered to have so many amazing fans out there! But I was also a little nervous because my patterns assume you have basic sewing knowledge – so I thought I should elaborate more on some fundamental sewing information to make sure all you newbies out there were covered. There are other tutorials out there that have this kind of information, but some of you were interested in exactly how I do things. So here we go!

I’ve always wanted to try doing infographics, and I think there could stand to be more sewing infographics out there so I thought I’d give it a try! This is my first ever, so please be kind, haha! This one is how to choose the plush fabric that’s right for you. Just for you newbies out there that are cutting your teeth on my patterns ❤ Hopefully in this infographic format the info will be easier to digest, share, and save.

Choosing Plush Fabric Infographic

So what fabrics do I use?
I personally prefer knits like minky and fleece for my plushies, and I design most of my patterns to accommodate the stretch that they give. I like that fleece and minky are thicker and more huggable. I like cotton, flannel, and felt for accents and other detail work. The bright colors and patterns from cotton and flannel make them great for details, and their thin nature makes them easy to sew tiny pieces. With this guide hopefully you’ll see why I suggest fleece and minky in the fabric requirements for my patterns!
It’s of course not the end-all-be-all on plush fabric information, but I wanted to give you all something to work off of. Plus there’ll be more infographics in the future to elaborate on these topics! As for where I get these fabrics, I’ve written up a new FAQ that covers all of my major suppliers 😀

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11 thoughts on “Plush Sewing Basics: Choosing Fabric

  1. This is very informative.
    I am familiar in using soft felt, hard felt, faux and fleece.
    And I think I’ve used minky already, though I thought it’s just another type of fleece. lol
    Thank you for sharing this Choly!

    • Thank you so much!
      The naming can definitely get confusing — I think because minky is still a relatively new fabric and lots of different manufacturers are trying to make their own versions 🙂
      I have another infographic in the works where I try to break down all the different types of fleece and minky that I know of and hopefully clear up some of the naming!

  2. Yay! Thank you for uploading this! This is so helpful! I “Liked” it and am going to add it to my “Sewing Tips” Pinterest board! ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Thank you for posting this! I am familiar with using felt because it’s found at dollar stores as a cheap start to making plushies. I have used old clothing (mostly sweaters) to make them repurposed. They smell like clean linen and can be shaped easiy making for good practice with hand sewing (so cuddly). Fleece is my favorite fabric though and I love using felt and this short minky velvety fabric to make details. One day I will get enough money to make great high quality plushies like you ❤

    • You’re very welcome! I’m so glad it could help!
      I definitely used old clothes myself when I started out 🙂 It’s not a bad way to get started and then you can work up to the good stuff ❤

  4. Unfortunately both fleece and minky are so expensive! My only alternative is probably felt or cotton.

    Still, awesome information! Thanks ^^

    • Aw yeah, I understand! Luckily at my local JoAnn fabrics the fleece is often on discount for as much or less than the cost of felt — $3-5 a yard — which makes a bunch of plushies 🙂
      Craft felt is inexpensive everywhere and nearly all the time though ♥

  5. As a sewing newbie, your blog is super helpful! I love the tutorials and patterns because they’re very clear and they’ve helped me a lot with my first plush sewing projects 🙂 I’m wondering though, do you buy your minky and fleece fabrics online or in local stores? It’s quite hard to find those fabrics where I live (for a decent price, that is) and I was wondering if you have any suggestions for websites where I can get those fabrics ^^

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