When you are embarking on your journey to create the perfect custom plush creation one of the things you have to think about is what your plush will be covered and/or filled with. While there are lots of choices, one of the most durable is polyester. It can be used for stuffing, it can be used for clothing or accessories and it can even be used for the plush project itself, depending on your needs.
Did you know that polyester is from a category of polymers that contain the ester functional group? This explains where it gets its name, the poly from polymer and the ester chain come together to form what we know of as this synthetic product that can be used in anything from textiles to safety ropes and so much more in between. It is derived from a mix of coal, air, water and petroleum which are processed together, the fibers are formed from the chemical reaction that occurs between the acid and the alcohol, which can then be woven into fabrics at will. Polyester comes in different forms for different uses, from soft flowy fabrics and fluffy puffs to strong ropes and yarns.
Polyester fiber is widely used for stuffing as it is cushiony and insulating. It is also easy to wash and dry, which is perfect when you are talking about stuffed toys. Polyester is very stain resistant and is made to be very strong, fiber wise and it is mildew resistant while retaining its shape well. And, it won’t shrink or stretch. All of these factors make it a great choice for stuffing of your custom plush, but what about the outside and the accessories?
Since the fibers are strong, are quick to dry and stand up to the elements well, polyester is also a great choice for the covering of your custom plush character. It has high colour retention which means your creation will look good for years to come without fading. It is also better than fibers like cotton when it comes to reducing wrinkles. While you may think polyester itself won’t do for what you have in mind for your custom plush, remember there are also polyester blends and microfiber blends that are still as durable but softer to the touch than traditional polyester textiles, both of which would make a great cover for that character you are about to bring to life.