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Good quality fiber fill

petaluma | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I need a source for quality fiber fill for stuffed animals. I make
puppets for performers and my current fill packs down and felts. Help!
How do I tell the “good” from the “bad” and where do I find the “good”?!

Many thanks for your advice.


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Where are you located? (There is nothing added into your profile).

    How far do you wish to travel?

    Are you happy to shop online?

    Answering these questions will allow me to give more advice, specially on websites.


  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Absolutely the best and cheapest fiberfill I've ever used is from firm (not "soft" or "medium") bed pillows. I used to launder and re-use old bed pillows, which works fine (it's already as compacted as it will get), but now I buy new pillows whenever I see them on sale (Target and Mervyns often have them for 2/ $7.99; discount retailers and home stores often have them on clearance for less than $10.) The "firm" pillows are tightly packed, so you get a lot of fill, and the filling seems to last a long time. I open the cover and pull out what I need; when it's empty, I reuse the cover fabric for interior pillow covers or samples.

    1. petaluma | | #3

      Use pillows as a source of quality fiber fill:Your answer comes under the heading of "now, why didn't I think of that?" What a great idea. Thank you!Petaluma

      1. Teaf5 | | #4

        "Petaluma" as in Northern California? The hometown rivals we used to call "Chicka-luma"? Howdy, neighbor!

        1. petaluma | | #5

          That's the place. Petaluma...Chick-a-luma....only now we have more dairy and no chickens....and no fabric store. Well...a really good quilt supply store...but no basic fabric and notions and stuff. Dang JoAnn's anyway!If you know a good franchise fabric chain....send them our way!!!Petaluma

          1. Teaf5 | | #6

            Sorry, they're closing out Hancock's in Vacaville, and our local Joann's is so tiny that it doesn't carry much...sad for No.California sewers!

          2. petaluma | | #7

            Dang these monopolies....they drive out smaller businesses and then treat the customers like dirt!Of, course...if we wouldn't shop where the prices are cheapest...I guess the smaller places wouldn't go under. Sigh.Know any good online stores? Postage is getting cheaper than gas!Petaluma

          3. Teaf5 | | #8

            I haven't tried online shopping for fabrics yet, but several other threads on this forum have listed a lot of sites and positive experiences. Seeing and feeling all the possible fabrics in a store is such a pleasant experience for me that I cannot imagine an online fabric purchase at this point!

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