Where to Get Your Poekie Supplies
Here is a detailed list of what we use and where we get it:
Fleece, best is the “anti-pill” kind. You can get it at any fabric store. Joann Fabrics has walls of it. You only need to buy small amounts, like a 1/4 of a yard.
• Fluff: Any pillow stuffing will do, but we prefer our ‘Heavenly Fluff,’ which is the most expensive kin. Officially it is Silky Soft Stuffing by Fairfield. You can get stuffing at any fabric store.
• Pellets: Fairfield makes the best quality. Michael’s Crafts Stores is supposed to carry them, but often they don’t have them. You can order 5lbs bags for 30 dollars online at Batt-Mart. (That’s enough for 50 Poekies!). Here’s the link to the page: http://www.batt-mart.com/site/490194/product/BM-LQPP-5, or you can google “Fairfield Poly-pellets” for smaller bags. I’ve used Batt-Mart for years.
• You need strong sewing thread, Black and white is all you need. I have not found any regular sewing thread that works as well as the beading thread we use at the Planet. It’s called “Nymo Nylon Beading Thread, Size D.” You can get it in small spools at any bead-store (about 2 dollars a piece). You can also order it online in small or big spools at Fire Mountain. Here’s the link to the page: http://www.firemountaingems.com. Make sure you get SIZE D.
• For the mouths we use embroidery floss which you can get at any fabric store.
For the eyes we use bigger glass seed beads. They’re often called “E-beads,” or go by “Size #6.” They’re available at any bead-store. Or order them at Fire Mountain. Here’s the link to the page: http://www.firemountaingems.com/.
Needles and Pins:
I use size number 7 or 8 sharp embroidery needles. For the thicker mouth thread I use a fatter needle that has a sharp point. They’re available at any fabric store.
After years of experimenting, we have settled on Crayola Fabric Markers. Sharpie Permanent markers work fine, but your hands get covered with ink and it’s hard to clean. Crayola Fabric Markers are available at any fabric store.
Buy a good pair of scissors at a fabric store (around 10 dollars) and ONLY use them for cutting fabric. The moment you use them for paper, they won’t work so well on fabric anymore.