How to Repair Stuffed Animals

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: December 15, 2021
  • Time to read: 6 min.

The life of a child’s favorite stuffed animal is hard. They are dragged across the carpet, pounced on by dogs, and thrown in the air over and over again. If your child has had their favorite toy for more than a few months, chances are it needs to be repaired. This blog post will teach you how to sew up some common tears so that your children can continue loving their teddy bear or bunny rabbit for years to come!

How to Repair Stuffed Animals Eyes

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Check to see if the eyes have been held on by a safety pin or sewn on securely. Try tugging them off gently to make sure they aren’t attached via a quick stitch that can be undone without too much effort. If they are attached firmly, skip ahead to step four. If they aren’t attached, sew them back on.

Step 3:

You can use a needle and thread to reattach the eyes if they are not sewn on too tightly. Otherwise, get out your glue gun! Make sure that you do not get any of the hot glue or melted plastic in the animal’s eye sockets. If you want to be extra careful, cut small circles from craft foam and stick them over each eye socket before gluing anything down.

Step 4:

Use a strong, durable thread (I used embroidery floss) and a large needle to re-sew your stuffed animal’s eyes back onto its head. First hand-stitch two curved stitches across the top of each eye so they look like eyelashes. Knot the thread securely when you’re done, and cut off any excess with scissors.

How to Repair Stuffed Animals Muzzle

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Use some black or dark brown felt (can be found at craft stores) to create an even line between your stuffed animal’s nose, mouth/chin area, eyes, and forehead. Cut out a long strip of felt, make sure it is wide enough to trace around your stuffed animal’s muzzle/mouth area with a pencil/pen and cut along the edge of this line for your new muzzle piece.

Step 3:

Using small stitches (try using embroidery floss or very thin thread), hand-stitch the new muzzle piece onto where the old one was ripped off. This creates a cute little furry dimple under your teddy bear’s snout!

How to Repair Stuffed Animals Arms/Legs

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Use a pair of sharp scissors to carefully cut through one area where an arm/leg was sewn on at the base. Cut as close as you can to the seam without cutting into it! Do not try ripping the stuffed animal’s limb off by yanking it up and down since you might accidentally rip its body. Try using your fingers to slowly pull apart any loops of thread around a stitch you want to undo instead. Repeat for every single stitch holding your animal’s limb onto its body.

Step 3:

Un-stuff the limb you cut off by flipping it inside out, much like when you are fixing button eyes. If there is any stuffing left in it, take it out with your fingers or a small pair of scissors. Do not try ripping through the fabric! You want to make sure that the arm/leg opening is completely empty before moving on to step four.

Step 4:

Place the removed limb somewhere it won’t get dirty while still allowing you access to its inner workings. It can be helpful to put this into an old plastic baggie so nothing spills onto it accidentally. Examine where your animal’s seams were split open and how they can be sewn again so you know what needs to be done.

Step 5:

Sew the arm/leg back onto its body by hand-stitching a curved line across where it was cut open with a needle and thread. Knot the thread securely on the inside of your animal’s limb so you don’t have any excess thread poking out from its stitches. If you want, use small pieces of colored embroidery floss to add designs around the edge of your stitches or whatever pattern you desire all over your stuffed animal!

How to Repair Seams Opening Up

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Using small stitches (try using embroidery floss or very thin thread), sew around where the seams split open on each part of your stuffed animal’s body that needs help by hand stitching closed those areas/seams! Knot off your thread securely when done so you don’t have excess thread sticking out from between stitches.

How to Make Button Eyes Look Good As New

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Rub some all-purpose white/clear glue (like Elmer’s) onto each button on the front of your stuffed animal’s face! Press down firmly on these buttons’ material and allow them to dry completely before moving on to step three (the glue can take 10 minutes to dry completely).

Step 3:

Using small stitches (try using embroidery floss or very thin thread), sew around where the seams split open on each part of your stuffed animal’s body that needs help by hand stitching closed those areas/seams! Knot off your thread securely when done so you don’t have excess thread sticking out from between stitches.

How to Fix a Tail That Is Coming Undone at the Seam

Step 1:

Turn your stuffed animal inside out. If you’re not sure how to flip the animal over and look at the bottom of it for a seam running from head to toe. Unzip or cut this along with any other zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. Turn the fabric right side out again by putting your hand in one end and pulling until everything is back in place properly.

Step 2:

Using small stitches (try using embroidery floss or very thin thread), sew around where the seams split open on each part of your stuffed animal’s body that needs help by hand stitching closed those areas/seams! Knot off your thread securely when done so you don’t have excess thread sticking out from between stitches.

Wrap Up

You can feel confident knowing that your favorite stuffed animal will be ready to go on adventures again in no time. Remember, don’t give up! If you have any questions or concerns please leave a comment below. We hope this guide has helped and we wish you the best of luck with repairing your precious friend’s stuffing. 

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