What Materials Do I Need to Make a Plush?

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: November 10, 2021
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Do you want to make your own plush? It is easier than you might think. You will need some fabric, stuffing, thread, and a needle. The best fabrics are wool or fleece for this project because they can be easily cut into shapes and sewn with the sewing machine. There are also many tutorials online that will teach you how to make up a basic doll without any prior experience in sewing!

Do you love cuddling up with a soft, fluffy stuffed animal? If so, you might want to learn how to make your own. In this blog post, we’ll go over all the materials you need and then show you what steps to take in order to create your very own plush. 

Don’t worry if making a plush sound is too hard – it’s actually really easy! All that is needed are some basic sewing skills and a few hours of time. So grab your scissors and let’s get started!

What Materials Do I Need to Make a Plush??

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The first thing you will need to do is pick out some fabric for your plush. There are so many different fabrics available, so you can choose anything that fits your tastes. Some people like bright colors while others prefer more muted hues; the choice is completely up to you!

If your plush is for a child, try picking out some bright or colorful cotton prints for them.  You’ll want to avoid using stretchy fabrics with this project because they are difficult to cut and sew (no matter how skilled of a seamstress you are). For example, it may be hard achieving the right shape if using a spandex jersey knit.

It is easier to make smooth curves with standard quilting cotton. If you want your plush to be really soft and cuddly, try using fleece for the entire project. It is very easy to cut and sew (even with a regular sewing machine!) and it makes for a warm, snuggly toy. 

For those who already know how to use a sewing machine or would like an easier, more professional-looking doll; simply buy some fabric from your local craft store and avoid the trouble of trying to cut out shapes yourself! 

There are many different materials that you can choose from for this step: cotton prints or broadcloth, wool flannel, felt, fleece, etc. Your choice depends on what kind of texture you’re going for as well as personal preference. Always remember that if you want a plush toy that is going to last longer, use a thicker fabric.

Fleece is the way to go when it comes to making stuffed animals. It’s very easy to sew and doesn’t fray like other fabrics! You can find fleece in many different colors at your local craft store; choose the one that best matches your tastes.

When cutting out shapes from fleece, remember that you cannot machine sew through thick layers of it (it may break your needle). The easiest method for cutting out shapes in fleece is using scissors. Always make sure you have a large enough piece of fabric underneath when cutting, otherwise, you might accidentally cut through the bottom layer as well!


This is a very important step – if you don’t have enough stuffing your plush will end up looking limp and lifeless. You can purchase a bag of poly-fill or cotton at any local craft store; it is inexpensive and easy to find! Make sure that the stuffing you pick out is high quality so that it does not bunch up when sewn in (if it bunches, it can create lumpy spots where the fabric overlaps).

If you do not want to buy pre-made stuffing, there are other options for creating your own: batting, old socks stuffed with rice or beans, quilt batting scraps, etc. For those who would like a more environmentally friendly toy, just use an old sweater and fill the pieces with its insides! Just make sure you do not sew through the sweater’s sleeve when attaching it to your plush.

For this project, you will need only one small bag of poly-fill or cotton – enough for the main part of the plush. You can use any type of cotton stuffing, but remember that if it is too thin, your plush may end up looking lumpy with fabric bunching together in certain spots. For an even fluffier look, try using a high loft batting in place of traditional stuffing! It is light and fluffy so it creates soft lumps with every stitch sewn in.

For those who would like their doll to have “eyes,” this is where you can add in plastic safety eyes or sew on faceplates instead. Eyelashes for humans and animals alike are available online, so if you cannot find them at your local craft store you can order some easily! You can purchase embroidery floss in many different colors from the same place; it’s an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to any plush doll!

If you would like your plush to have a more defined face, try using two googly eyes in place of the black dot face. For extra effect, add some eyelashes or felt details around them! You can choose any color you want – just make sure they match your chosen fabric for the best results!

Tapestry needles, hand-sewing needles, thread/embroidery floss.

Two bear plus toy beside a tea jar

This item is only needed if you plan on putting detailing into your plush. Tapestry and hand-sewing needles are very different: tapestry needles are larger and have a larger eye that can easily fit embroidery floss or thicker threads, whereas hand-sew needles are smaller with smaller eyes that work better for sewing up plushies. Tapestry needles are also generally used for cross stitching, which is not what you will be doing with this project.

Tapestry needles come in different sizes – choose the one that best matches the thickness of your thread/threads. Tip: If you plan on using thick wool yarn to create your plush’s hair, use a big tapestry needle so it can fit through the yarn without breaking!

Hand-sewing needles are small with small eyes just like tapestry needles. However, they are meant to sew two pieces of fabric together in order to create a simple running stitch! If you are making an amigurumi or plush that does not require any outside detailing, this type of needle is the one you will want.

Thick embroidery floss can be found at your local craft store in many different colors. It’s great for stitching details onto plushies, so if you would like to add some embroidering to your doll use it with either a tapestry or hand-sewing needle! Again, make sure the color matches the color of your choice for the best results.


With these materials and a few more steps, you can create the perfect plush toy for your loved one! If you have any questions or concerns about anything in this blog post please comment below. Let us know if we helped clarify what materials to use when making a doll as well as which colors are best for each type of fabric. We hope that our list of supplies will help those who want to make their own toys but don’t know where to start! Happy crafting!

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