I realize that designing and sewing a stuffed animal may be a new sort of project for many people. If you sew at all you probably already have much of what you'll need to get started and, as I point out in the trailer, you can make beautiful softies from humble materials. But there are a few speciality supplies, like fur and eyes, that you might enjoy trying out. Here are some recommendations for where to find them.
In Stuffed Animals there's a fun pattern for a furry puppy:
Check out Luxury Faux Fur, a shop on Etsy with a great selection of fur fabrics. Here you can buy just a 1/2 yard or 1/3 yard cut so you're not buying and storing more fabric than you need, and you can find fun, funky colors unavailable in big box fabric stores. For the puppy you could use some gray and chocolate brown shag, for example.
If you've never made a classic teddy bear, give it a try. The teddy bear was literally the very first stuffed animal that gained commercial popularity and it retains it's classic appeal today. Use the pattern in Stuffed Animals to see how the pieces come together, and then design your own unique bear using those basic building blocks.
I like safety eyes for teddy bears and there's a whole section in Stuffed Animals that explains how to use them. Most fabric stores carry only a limited selection of safety eyes, usually just 12 mm black and brown. Don't feel limited, though! Find every kind of eye size, shape and color you could hope for at 6060 on Etsy.
I just ordered 10 pairs of 12 mm safety eyes in a rainbow of colors. Aren't they pretty! Makes me want to sew. I'm thrilled that a package of eyes from 6060 will be included in the book release giveaway on May 7!
It's fun to experiment with new fabrics and try out some new techniques. Supplies from these Etsy shops will get you started on your stuffed animal making journey. It's a fun one!