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Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by malpacasso on Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:46 pm

Hi! I have been heavily considering re-stuffing my alpacasso. Today, I received my Girly Kids Sora-Chan from Tokyo Otaku Mode and though he is otherwise perfect, he has an understuffed back right leg that prevents him from standing correctly and would probably develop a permanent crease over time if I left it and propped him up. I have seen mentions of re-stuffing here and on YouTube and I was wondering if anyone with experience could give me some advice/link me to a guide/just be a general help. I would be incredibly grateful! Here are some pictures of Sora-Chan (renamed Lady Candyfloss von Bon Bon)




Seriously, if anyone has advice/suggestions/anything really, it is very much appreciated!

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Tamabonotchi on Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:24 pm

Here is the guide made by ophiuroidea on stuffing!

http://ophiuroidea.tumblr.com/post/103609463196/alpacasso-makeover-bootleg-stuffing

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Kellie on Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:10 am

I restuffed my Oshare Lace and I literally can't remember which leg I did it on, seriously I can't even find my stitching.

Make sure you do it along the seam on the inner portion of a leg and using seam rippers, slowly open a hand sized hole.
I then pushed around what stuffing was already inside, then added a hefty amount more until she was overstuffed pretty much. Of course, now, she is the perfect amount because of cuddles!

http://quilttaffy.blogspot.com/2008/07/invisible-closing-seam-tutorial.html

^ This is a great great guide that outlines the seam closing stitch I used!
It was time consuming, but considering I can't find the stitches anymore, I think I succeeded.

Best of luck!



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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by malpacasso on Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:19 pm

Thank you guys so much for being a tremendous help! I think I'll be trying this sometime this week since I have free time (on my bootleg first) and I'll be sure to post pictures/process thoughts when I do.



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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Guest on Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:58 pm

Omg, I've been looking everywhere for that post of stuffing alpacasso. My brown Valentine's one looks like it's anorexic, definitely going to be doing this. Thanks ladies~

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by malpacasso on Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:14 pm

I have successfully restuffed my alpacas! Both guides posted here were tremendously helpful and I can't thank both Tamabonotchi and Kellie enough! And I hope this helps you too, Tsuta!
Okay, here we go!

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Florean (YesAnime alpaca) and Candy (Amuse Alpacasso) eagerly awaiting major surgery. I just used polyfil I had laying around and thread.

I used a seam ripper to pull out the seam. I didn't rip through it, just unthreaded it. The hole was made on the inside of one of his back legs.

I stuffed him really, really full. Like as full as I could. I suppose he didn't really need it, but it's still really nice.
I used the stitch that Kellie suggested and it was not difficult. It's just time consuming. I had to take a little bit of stuffing out of the leg to get it to sew shut, but that's totally fine. You can't even see it. I even used a thread that was slightly more coral-orange in color and because the stitch hides the thread so well, it doesn't even matter. My only sort of gripe is that the fur gets in the way and is a bit of a nuisance. But it's a small price to pay.
Now Candy:

Instead of cutting her in the leg like I did Florean, I noticed she had a sort of...puffy/looseish seam on one side. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and open her up there. (You'll notice her ribbon is gone. I wasn't really happy with it so I'm working on making another accessory for her with it. I'll post that when I'm done.)

I opened her up using the same seam unthreading as before. I didn't make quite as big a hole because I wasn't planning on doing anything other than fixing her poor foot and making her head slightly less wobbly.
I stuffed her foot, it was really badly understuffed. However, it is much better now!
I then sewed her back up! I am not as happy with this but I realize it isn't my fault. Her seam was already sort of wonky and there wasn't a lot I could do to mask that.
I gave her a once over and made an interesting discovery:

Her back legs are crooked. Poor babe. I'm really glad to have her but I am a little disappointed in Tokyo Otaku Mode for sending me a plush with some pretty noticeable defects. I only paid 9 dollars for her after discounts and promotions, so I can't be too upset. Plus, it doesn't really matter to me. I like her anyways.

Here they are looking super cutie!
Overall, it was a positive experience. Time consuming but worth. I'm definitely not the best at stuff like this, but if I ever get another plush with a defect, at least I know how to fix it now. Hope you guys liked the pictures!

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Ryama-san on Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:12 pm

I'm so glad I did that stuffing guide (I'm ophiuroidea from Tumblr btw)...I can't believe how many people have used it!

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by malpacasso on Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:12 pm

@Ryama-san wrote:I'm so glad I did that stuffing guide (I'm ophiuroidea from Tumblr btw)...I can't believe how many people have used it!
Ah hello!! Thank you so much, it was really helpful and incredibly appreciated!

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by plushie pens on Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:40 pm

Question for anyone who has done this, are you able to feel your seam at all? I restuffed two of mine and I can feel the seam, but not really see it I don't know if its because I opened mine on the side instead of the leg area.

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by malpacasso on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:00 pm

@plushie pens wrote:Question for anyone who has done this, are you able to feel your seam at all? I restuffed two of mine and I can feel the seam, but not really see it I don't know if its because I opened mine on the side instead of the leg area.
I cannot feel the seam that I did on the leg area, at all. Can't see it, can't feel it. I can feel the one on the side, however, I already could when I opened the plush up because it was already sort of loose/puffy. I think because the seams on the side are much more exposed, it makes a lot of sense that you'd be able to feel it, unfortunately.

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Ryama-san on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:03 pm

Yeah I can feel the seam on mine a bit, partially because I sewed it back together kind of funny. If you fold the two pieces of fabric under and sew them to the inside then you won't feel the seam as much...but it's hard because they have so much fur!

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Post by plushie pens on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:13 pm

Boo, well at least I'm not the only one, I'll try redoing them again, and hopefully. But at least I don't ever plan on selling those two, but it just a bit annoying knowing that I can feel it. Sad

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by plushie pens on Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:02 pm

So after over an hour of stitching (and I'm an advid sewer) I finally concealed the seam in my yellow ribbon Bon bon! I can't even really feel it, except where I tied it, and I cannot see it at all! All I did was keep the fur out of the hole when stitching! I'm beyond happy and now plan on refixing my large goodnight!

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Re: Re-stuffing Questions!

Post by Tamabonotchi on Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:04 pm

I re-stuffed three of my alpacasso. Too scared to mess it up so I had my mom help with the cutting and sewing orz but they look much better now that their heads don't flop around! On my pink baby we made a big cut right at the front of her chest and on my marine baby and funwari small cuts on their necks.
The resewn seams don't feel that noticeable, in fact my pink baby is pretty rough seams in some places and her closed wound is nothing compared to the rough seams.

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