How do I make brushed amigurumi?
Always brush before you stu !
Once you’re confident with the brushing technique and the different effects you can create, you can decide which ones to use, and where on your amigurumi toys you want the fluffiness to appear. On any one toy, you can leave some areas unbrushed, lightly brush some areas and heavily brush other areas to create the overall look you’re after. The main thing to think about, if you’re making a toy of a real creature, is where on the body fur would normally be and where it wouldn’t be.
Step 1 On our cute little reindeer, we heavily brushed the areas that would naturally have fur, such as the body, arms, legs and head (but not the face); we lightly brushed the face area (see Step 2); and then we left other areas unbrushed in contrast, including the hooves, antlers, nose and scarf. Step 2 With the head, it’s a good idea to brush the face slightly less than the rest of the head, so that any facial features you add afterwards aren’t too distorted by fluff. After brushing, you can attach the safety eyes and embroider the face –doing the facial features after the brushing ensures they won’t get damaged by the brush.
Step 3 When it comes to making up your toy, it’s important to do the right things in the right order. First of all, it’s best to do as much brushing as you can before stuffing, otherwise you risk pulling out some of the stuffing fibres, which might be visible on the outside of your toy. After brushing and stuffing, you can sew the pieces together and then carefully brush over the joins to help hide them. If you need to, you can lightly brush over the surface of any areas you’d like to fluff up again, and perfect the look you want.