Have you ever picked up a stuffed animal with a nice, weighty feel? Ever wondered how to achieve that feel in your handmade animals?
Use Poly Pellets!
Poly Pellets are small plastic-y beads that can be used to weight your stuffed animals. Today, I’ll tell you how to use them effectively.
How to use Poly Pellets
The trick to using Poly Pellets with a crocheted stuffed animal is to put the pellets inside a stocking or some other container. You see, the pellets are quite small:
If you simply pour the pellets into your amigurumi, then they will work their way through the stitches over time… not good! I’ve heard that there are larger pellets (that won’t come out) available in Europe, but I haven’t been able to find them on the American market.
Fortunately, it’s easy to put the pellets into a little stocking. I bought a pair of really cheap knee-high stockings (a light color is preferred if your animal is a light color), but you could also sew a little pouch if you desire. Once you have your vessel, poured the desired amount of pellets inside, and close up!
With the stocking, I tied a little knot… easy!
Now, place the bundle inside your amigurumi, and fill the remainder of your animal with stuffing, as usual!
Tips for using Poly Pellets
- Use a stocking or some sort of fabric to keep the pellets contained.
- Use the pellets sparingly. A fist-sized bundle is enough for an 8″ stuffed animal. Filling the entire animal with pellets will make it too heavy.
- Try using pellets in the bottom of an animal, so that it will sit upright more easily. Use plain stuffing for the head.
- Try using a small amount of pellets in dangling-style arms.
- Remember that Poly Pellets are not recommended for use with small children.
Update – Wendi designed this free Squishy Monster pattern especially for the fun feel that poly pellets can give. Have fun with it!