How long does it take to manufacture a stuffed animal

March 02, 2023

Stuffed animals are huggable, cute, and a 24/7 companion for kids and many adults. We adore their beauty. But have you ever thought about the efforts put into making stuffed toys? Also, have you considered the time required to make the stuffed toys? 

Many people, naturally, ask, "How long does it take to manufacture a stuffed animal? " Even many people have a misconception that making stuffed toys are so easy that it can be done within a few hours. The actual scenario is different and quite surprising. 

So, we will discuss the time required to make a stuffed toy, from designing to making the prototype and the first production. Anyone interested in the stuffed toy industry will find it helpful. 

How Long Does It Take To Manufacture A Stuffed Animal?

There are multiple considerations when discussing the time needed to make a stuffed animal. The manufacturing time of the plushies will vary accordingly. It would take months to think about manufacturing the toy from scratch, like with a new design and concept. Conversely, making a stuffed toy with a fixed design will take a few days. 

Time required for the new stuffed animals:

A standard and new plush and stuffed animal manufacturing project will need 3 to 4 months to complete. The designer will spend 2 to 4 weeks on the prototype and concept development. Then, 1 to 2 weeks are required to analyze the design and find errors and improvement areas in the prototype. The designer will fix the fabric, exterior, shape, and different sizes of the stuffed animals at this stage. Plus, he will work on the decoration of the stuffed toy, including its eyes, hair, etc. 

There can also be a delay in approval. 

It happens with big brands undergoing multiple testing to maintain ASTM and UL certification. The final product will need around 4 to 8 weeks. It includes the following steps: 

  1. 1.The manufacturing process starts by collecting the manufacturing materials according to the design. The manufacturer will need fabric, stitching material, and decorating items. It usually takes 2 to 15 days, depending on the source of the materials. 

2.The manufacturer will also check the production plant facilities for the new plushies. At times, they may need to upgrade their machinery. Also, for customized plushies, they may need to train their workers. It will need a couple of days, on average. 

3.Finally, stuffed animal production will start. It will include multiple steps, such as stitching, filling the inside of the plushies, and decorating the exterior of the stuffed animals. The exterior decoration is crucial as it includes the eyes, nose, ears, hair, and any piece of writing. 

4.After the final product for the stuffed animal is ready, there will be a quality inspection. Once everything completes, the stuffed animal will go for packaging. 

5.If the plushies are for export, they will go into the transportation department. Depending on the shipping destination and medium, it can take a few days to months. Usually, shipment in the US and European markets takes 10 to 15 days. 

As you see, the manufacturing process follows multiple steps and days. You can expect to make the stuffed toy from scratch within 2 to 4 months. But what about the old toys with fixed design and production facilities? 

The time needed for old stuffed animals and plushies:

You can manufacture these stuffed toys within 7 to 10 days. Since you don't need to make any prototype, the manufacturing process becomes faster. Thus, for existing plushies, you will hardly need any delay in production. 

You can start manufacturing soon after a new order is placed. Then, within 7 to 10 days, you should be able to ship the order. Many brands will even have a few hundred pieces of stuffed animals of a specific model ready for quick shipment. 


Manufacturing stuffed animals is a challenging task with multiple steps. It includes design, prototype making, primary production, and shipment too. Thus, the production process for many new plushies can take months. However, ChaoMan Toy, with its streamlined manufacturing process, can deliver you a bulk amount of stuffed toys within a couple of days. 

We ensure proper hygiene, kid-friendly design, and fun for every stuffed animal and toy. So, you can expect rapid growth in sales with our plushies for a quick profit. Parents can also gift these toys to their kids and help them get an accompaniment of a cuddling friend.

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