For fabrics, Fleece, Flannel, or Cotton are best. Try to stay away from synthetics as they do have a tendency to melt. If you’re not sure about the fabric you have, cut off a small piece and do a microwave check. Everything going into this project should be able to withstand at least 2.5 minutes in the microwave without any ill effects such as melting, sparking, exploding, or fuming. This means no metallics!! No metallic thread or buttons or pieces of any sort. You don’t want anything that could explode your microwave or get hot enough to burn you. Remember you want this little guy to be a soft companion for cold winter nights, so make him cuddly and safe as well as cute!
For filling, you can use any sort of grain, such as wheat, oats, or rice. If you use oats, your fleecy friend will smell perpetually of oatmeal. Beans work as well but be careful not to get your buddy wet or he may go to seed.
If I wanted to get super scientific I could do microwave tests to find out the most efficient filling, but unfortunately for you, I’m lazy. I used rice because it’s cheap, easy, and I had heaps of it laying around my house. I’ve always hated oatmeal anyhow.
If your fabric is fuzzy or heavily patterned, you will want some felt to make a background for your face. If you use material that isn't fuzzy, you can skip the felt and embroider your facial features strait onto the fabric.
I used several pairs of scissors, but you can get away with one sharp pair if you're not picky about how long they stay sharp.
If necessary, you can replace the sewing machine with a good supply of patience and hand-sewing.
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