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Detail Stuffing Tool

I’m so excited to launch my new product today! The Detail Stuffing Tool came about because it’s really difficult to stuff tiny things, or to get that last bit of stuffing in before you close up a hole. After making a million AmiDogs legs (that’s what it feels like, anyway!) and other tiny pieces that have to be stuffed firmly, I realised I needed a better way of doing it…

Dollmakers have a special forked metal stuffing tool, and that’s where I got the inspiration for my tool. The dollmaker’sย tool costs around $15, and I wanted to produce something more affordable – if you’re anything like me, you lose tools far more often than you break them, so an inexpensive plastic tool is much more appealing!

Detail Stuffing Tool for amigurumi and plush by planetjune

Whether you crochet, knit, or sew stuffed toys or amigurumi, you need a Detail Stuffing Tool! Not convinced? I’ve made a short video to demonstrate the benefits of the tool, and techniques for using it:

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Get a grip on your stuffing: Fiberfill (especially the better quality ones) can be quite slippery, and if you try to use the end of your crochet hook or a chopstick to stuff, you’ll find that the fibres just slide around the edge of the stick, and you end up poking a hole in the stuffing instead of pushing the stuffing into the hole!ย The Detail Stuffing Tool has two prongs that catch the fibres of the stuffing so it can’t slip away as easily, and twisting the tool as you insert it spins the stuffing fibres into the piece with ease.

Stuff the tiniest pieces: The head of the Detail Stuffing Tool is small enough to fit inside the tiniest amigurumi part. The added bonus is that you can use it to add an extra bit of stuffing to a closed shape after you’ve finished crocheting (when you only have a 6 sc hole remaining to stitch closed) so you can stuff as firmly as you want without having to struggle to avoid catching the stuffing fibres while you crochet that last round.

Stuff right into the corners: The Detail Stuffing Tool also works really well to stuff tiny pieces for sewn plush toys. It can be really difficult to position the stuffing exactly where you want it to fill a tiny finger or arm or nose. By twirling the stuffing around the tool to make a firm blob of stuffing at the head of the tool, you can place the tool inside the tip of the piece, and then grip the stuffing from the outside as you withdraw the tool, so that the stuffing stays in place.

I’ve been using my prototype tool for a couple of months, and I couldn’t be without it now! It makes the pesky task of stuffing small pieces so much less frustrating, and I love that I can easily stuff all my pieces more firmly by adding additional stuffing into the tiny hole that remains after finishing the crocheting.

Detail Stuffing Tool for amigurumi and plush by planetjune

I hope you like my Detail Stuffing Tool – now available to purchase from the PlanetJune shop! I really think it’s a tool that’s been missing from the world of stuffed toymaking until now ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Comments »

  1. yarnpr0n said

    That’s awesome! I’ll definitely be getting one! Great idea, June. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Brilliant! This seems like a great idea and it looks like it doesn’t stretch the stitches like a tool can do when you try to stuff a tiny piece. I typically use my scissors to stuff and that’s the only issue with them is the point goes right between the outside stitches!
    This doesn’t seem to do that so great idea! Will have to add this to my list of things to purchase!

    • June said

      You’re right: because you spin the stuffing in, instead of poking like you would with a makeshift tool, it’s much gentler on your stitches, and the result isn’t lumpy!

  3. Sara said

    Congratulations on the new launch! What a great tool & idea!

  4. Christelle said

    Great! I need one now!
    Your presentation is extra : you’re a good seller ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Becky said

    I need one of those, considering how many frogs I am making lol.. working on number 3 and more to go

  6. Cora Shaw said

    What a great idea. I will order once we are working. We are now on a very strict budget.

    Cora

  7. Kari said

    I SO could’ve used one of these this week! Damn Canadian Post! Hehehe

    Seriously, this looks like an amazing tool, and I can’t wait to get my crafty hands on one! (Maybe one for sis, too!)

  8. Robyn said

    Brilliant!

  9. Bunnie said

    That is great! Well done on the idea and the tool!

  10. PZ Designs said

    Love your blog! Please accept the Sunshine Blog Award! Details here: http://pzdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine-blog-award-accepted-passed-on.html

  11. Kira said

    WOW June…you’re a genius. When I stuff I sometimes stretch what I crocheted and then it looks messy. Seriously…you’re amazing. (When you twisted the fiber fill onto the prong for the hamster demonstration, it reminded me of twisting cotton candy!) ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re kind of the best person ever.

  12. Andi Cross said

    What a wonderful idea! So clever! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need one!

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