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by Prof. Furman Cummerata II Published 2 years ago Updated 1 year ago
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Stuffed Animal Repair 101: Giving Plush Pals New Life

  • Involve your child. This is scary stuff for a little one. ...
  • Don't panic. ...
  • Assess the damage. ...
  • Unstuff and wash. ...
  • Reattach any missing limbs or ears and restuff. ...
  • Patch and repair. ...
  • Adjust stuffing and close. ...
  • Give the toy a checkup and health certificate. ...

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Full Answer

Where can I get my stuffed animal repaired?

Stuffed Animal Hospital offers stuffed animal repair, teddy bear repair, plush toy repair, blankie and blanket repair. Stuffed Animal Hospital also cleans and provides cleaning for stuffed animals, teddy bears, plush toys, blankies and blankets.

How to fix a tear in a stuffed animal?

Pinpoint the tear in your stuffed animal. Measure out the desired length of thread that will fully cover your tear. The amount of thread that you use will vary depending on the size of the hole. However, it is always better to use too much thread rather than too little. Push the thread through the hole of the needle.

How to clean a stuffed animal?

NOTE: Make sure to wear a little dusk mask just in a case there's weird old dust inside your stuffed animal. Next, I filled up my sink with cold water and soaked him in there. I used gentle fabric soap and soaked him for about an hour. I then slowly laundered him with my hands to make sure he'd get a good scrubbing.

What should I look for when buying a used stuffed animal?

1) Take a lot of photos from every angle if it is a major repair. You’ll forget what direction things went or what color the eyes were, especially if you have to stop to do something else. 2) It’s a stuffed animal, not a real person.

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How do you fix a ripped stuffed animal?

Begin stitching up the tear. Bring the needle from the starting side over to the other side of the tear. Push the thread through the top of the fabric. Bring the needle back over to the starting side and pull it back up through the interior of the fabric once more.

How do you refurbish a stuffed animal?

2:493:53How to make an old stuffed animal look new again - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipAnd just make a little slice. Right here and then stuff him back up. And then just a little stitchMoreAnd just make a little slice. Right here and then stuff him back up. And then just a little stitch to put them back and he'll be fluffier. And beautiful.

How do you fix a hole in a stuffed animal without sewing?

3:535:20How to Fix a Torn Stuffed Animal - Easy No Sew DIY - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipSo you're gonna take a glue gun or it across that inside seam squeeze it together without burningMoreSo you're gonna take a glue gun or it across that inside seam squeeze it together without burning your fingers you might want to wear it cotton gloves for this hold it to the course.

How do you get rid of bald spots on stuffed animals?

Use a matted knife or precision scissor for extra accuracy. Sew the fake fur onto the animal with invisible thread. Make sure there is enough fake fur to cover the balding area, but not too much to cause a large, clump-like appearance. Align the fur and sew the seems with your invisible threading.

How do you clean a 30 year old stuffed animal?

Hand-washing stuffed animalsStep 1: Fill a sink or basin with lukewarm water and detergent.Step 2: Wash using a pumping motion.Step 3: Let it soak for 30-60 minutes depending on its condition.Step 4: Rinse until free of suds.Step 5: Squeeze out any water and let it dry on a towel, using a hair dryer to fluff up the fur.

Can you hot glue a stuffed animal?

I used hot glue but you can use whatever. Attach fabric and stuffed animal of your choice. I used hot glue but you can use whatever.

How do you sew stuff on a stuffed animal?

0:267:04Attaching Parts to a Plush Toy - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipYou'll want to use a sturdy thread for attaching parts I'm using organic cotton thread which has aMoreYou'll want to use a sturdy thread for attaching parts I'm using organic cotton thread which has a lower tensile strength.

How do you sew a tear in fabric?

0:101:48How to repair a rip in clothing - Sew torn clothes - No machine - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipJust going in through the same side of fabric. And out through the other side and every now and thenMoreJust going in through the same side of fabric. And out through the other side and every now and then just put your needle through the loop of thread.

Can you get a stuffed animal Restuffed?

The first thing to do is go to a fabric or craft store and get polyester fiberfill stuffing. Polyester fiberfill is the best thing for re-stuffing as it is both hand and machine washable. You can even put it in the dryer with the worry of it bunching up and distorting the shape of the animal.

How do you make plush toys fluffy again?

6 Techniques In Making Stuffed Toys Soft & Fluffy AgainCarefully Handwash It.Use A Conditioner.Use Clothes Dryer with Softener Sheets.Use A Towel & Rub It Dry.Brush Its Fur.Use Steam Cleaner (If With Electronics)Soak The Stuffed Animal In Fabric Softener.Brush It Down.More items...•

How do you change the color of a stuffed animal?

The best dye to use for stuffed animal fur is Rit Dyes. Follow the dyeing instructions on the packaging (the stove top method is usually used). We would recommend that you test dyeing a small patch from your teddy's fur first before you decide to dunk the whole piece. You can also color fake fur using acrylic paint.

How do you fluff a stuffed animal?

Once a stuffed animal is dried, fluff up the fur gently with a brush. Some stuffed animals are made from synthetic fibers, so special care needs to be taken to brush them. A regular hairbrush can be used, but it should have soft, widespread bristles.

Introduction

Does your favorite stuffed animal have a tear in it? Use this guide to return your furry friend to mint condition.

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Push the thread through the hole of the needle. Make sure to pull the thread all the way through.

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Begin stitching up the tear. Bring the needle from the starting side over to the other side of the tear.

What to do when your little one's beloved seems beyond repair?

Despite our best efforts, accidents will happen, toys will be injured, and tears will be shed. So, what to do when your little one's beloved seems beyond repair? Don't give up. Do a thorough assessment before calling is quits, and see if with a little TLC, your little one and her plush love can get back to snuggling, saving the world, dancing, or whatever it is they do when we aren't watching.

How to make a mangled toy look better?

Unstuff and wash. You may not need this step, but washing can be much easier without the stuffing, and replacing or rearranging the stuffing can make a mangled toy look 100 percent better. Most toys have a spot several inches long (usually along their back) where they were turned, stuffed, and hand-stitched closed.

Can you reattach a toy that has become detached?

Now is the time to reattach any limbs or ears that have become detached . These parts will be much easier to attach properly before you stuff. Don't be afraid to turn the toy inside out for this step, it will make for a much cleaner attachment. Use the other limbs as a guide for your repair.

Is there a backup toy plan?

For one, there is the backup toy plan. This is a great option if you know that this toy will be a favorite at a time when purchasing a backup is still an option. We didn't. Once you have said backup in hand, you are supposed to routinely switch out the toys so they become one and the same in your child's heart.

Is a Velveteen Rabbit a perfect toy?

Any repair you do will likely not be perfect, but perfection probably isn't what your child loves about their toy. A favorite bear with a missing arm is still a favorite bear, hold out hope that the toy can be salvaged. "The Velveteen Rabbit" has always been a favorite story of mine, and I figure a little extra wear on a toy just brings it closer to being "real." Plus, battle scars add character!

Is plush repair scary?

This is scary stuff for a little one. And like any new experience, knowing what to expect, and being involved in the process can help to make it less mysterious and a little bit easier. I find that foods that my daughter wouldn't normally touch are gobbled up at dinner when she gets to help with cooking and food preparation. I figure that plush repair works sort of the same way.

What happens when you hug a stuffed animal?

When a stuffed animal has been very, very loved it can begin to sag. Being hugged, served tea, used as a pillow (and a tissue), washed and washed again – all of this can leave a special lovey looking rather slumped over. Sometimes the stuffing inside shifts and compresses to such a degree that portions of the body are rendered rather limp and hollow.

How to restuff a toy?

To begin restuffing you need to open up the toy’s body. Start by searching along the seams to find the area through which the toy was stuffed when it was originally made. If you examine the seams carefully and you’ll find one that looks a little different from the others.

How to open a seam?

Use your seam ripper to carefully cut through the stitches at the opening. If you’re not sure how to use a seam ripper, I recommend watching this video first.

How to keep crane mane from bursting?

Use your palms to rub the toy as you stuff, evening out the stuffing and making sure there are no hollow parts or lumps. You may want to keep the toy a bit squishy or you may want to stuff it firmly. For an old toy like Crane Mane, I recommend going light on the stuffing to avoid bursting thorugh the weaker areas of the fabric.

Where can I find fiberfill?

I recommend purchasing a bag of polyester fiberfill to use as stuffing. You can find fiberfill at most fabric stores, and even at big box craft stores. Fiberfill is a good choice because a toy stuffed with fiberfill is easy to care for. It can be washed by hand in the sink with warm soapy water, or it can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and you can put it in the dryer without worrying that the stuffing will shift, bunch up, shrink, or otherwise deteriorate.

Can you put stuffing in the dryer?

It can be washed by hand in the sink with warm soapy water, or it can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and you can put it in the dryer without worrying that the stuffing will shift, bunch up, shrink, or otherwise deteriorate.

What happens if you don't sew a stuffed animal?

Because that’s the thing. Even if you don’t sew, you’ll get out the needle and thread to repair a special stuffed animal for a child. Beloved stuffed animals become a member of the family and are often as important to the parents as they are to the child.

Is Pigawig's patch clean?

The patch stands out quite a bit because it is clean and new, but after a few romps outside and a couple of hugs to tear- stained cheeks it’ll blend right in. And with an appropriately sized patch Pigawig looks more similar to his original handsome self .

Do you have to wear a mask when you have stuffed animals?

NOTE: Make sure to wear a little dusk mask just in a case there's weird old dust inside your stuffed animal.

Can you sew a baby blanket to a baby's back?

You can find an old baby blanket that was yours (or buy fabric) and sew a little jacket for him/her and sew it to their back so you can’t see the spot where fur has come off. Or you can do the yarn thing that @Querrie said and make a little jacket that is not sewn on.

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