Like Paula, I use my fingers and occasionally a chopstick, but I ALWAYS use my Barbara Wills stuffing fork. I actually have two sizes of her doll stuffing forks--the regular blue and white one that Paula posted above and also a smaller one. The regular blue and white one is the one I always reach for when the stuffing comes out, but the small one is handy for small, tight spots.
guess I will ad my 2 cents, I took a fondue fork with the long handle and broke off the tips with pliers and it has enough roughness to grab that stuffing and stuff. I got the fondue forks at a garage sale so I have a set of 6 to use in all different locations of the house. Hope this helps
Can I be the unconventional one and say when I need a specific size tool I send the kids out the back to find me a stick? I have a small stash of smooth sticks that i snap the ends off so they are jagged which grabs the stuffing. I usually use Gum tree twigs cos they have smooth bark which doesnt snag the stuffing. Chop sticks are good some times, or the wrong end of a crochet hook. A pen can be useful too. OK, so i just use what ever is closest that fits in the hole!
What an innovative lot you are !
Afraid I've been boringly conventional ! Nevertheless you can all be sure I'll be giving a lot of these a try... however think I may have a problem with twigs from a gum tree !! Brilliant ! :D
I have to say I have had problems with locating the Ultimate Stuffing Tool, seems the site doesn't exist ?
Anyone found the same thing ?
Found The Ultimate Stuffing tool ! Site does exist and Donna kindly emailed me !
I used a 10" long straight mattress needle and cut the eye off 1/2 way up , much like the fondue fork idea except it is smaller for smaller bears. I then glued a fondue fork handle (or any wooden knob with a hole drilled in the center) over the pointy end of the needle. The mattress needles were 2 for $5 at the craft store and the fondue forks were 4/$1 at the Dollar store. It looks very much like the small Stuffing Fork that Paula showed above.
I also use cotter pin turners too for stuffing
Am I the only one that uses a plain wooden stuffing tool with T-shaped handle, wigshaped at the end, for stuffing with polyfil? Easy to work with and to force the stuffing material into the bear because of the T-shaped handle.
I only use the metal stuffing tool, forkshaped at the end, when stuffing a bear with woodwool / excelsior.