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Introduction

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

  1. Gather all of your materials. Pinpoint the tear in your stuffed animal. Measure out the desired length of thread that will fully cover your tear.
    • Gather all of your materials.

    • 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.

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

    • Working with needles can be dangerous.

  3. Take both of the threads and match up their ends. Double knot the two ends together.
    • Take both of the threads and match up their ends.

    • Double knot the two ends together.

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  5. Cut off any excess thread at the end of the double knot.
    • Cut off any excess thread at the end of the double knot.

  6. Bring the sewing needle to the top of the tear in the fabric.
    • Bring the sewing needle to the top of the tear in the fabric.

    • Push the needle in through the interior of the fabric.

    • Putting the needle on the inside of the fabric hides the knot.

  7. 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.
    • 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.

  8. Continue stitching up the tear until you reach the end of the tear.
    • Continue stitching up the tear until you reach the end of the tear.

  9. On your final stitch, pull the needle and thread through the loop.
    • On your final stitch, pull the needle and thread through the loop.

    • Repeat this step once more to make sure your knot is secure.

    • Pull the needle tight.

    • Don't pull the needle too tight so that you break your thread.

  10. Cut the end of the thread once the knot has been secured.
    • Cut the end of the thread once the knot has been secured.

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I have a vintage Mickey Mouse (1970s) he has red velvet shorts with yellow felt buttons. It looks like they were just attached by adhesive when made. One of the buttons have been lost due to time and left a bare patch of velvet. I am unable to find hints or suggestions on how to repair our Mickey. It was my husband's as a child and our youngest was in love with it until the button disappeared. He wont play with it now because he think he hurt it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Heidi Carstens - Reply

You could sew on Another button, I'm sure you could find a very similar button on Amazon and quickly thread it back together, good as new. If you need any more help, just let me know :)

Zara Hunt -

How about you try to make a duplicate button and sew it on to your Mickey. You can probably make one by cutting two pieces of yellow felt fabric and sewing them together, you can then sem the button on Mickey where the bare patch is. If it looks awkward, then you can make another button and replace it with the other (original) button if it looks different from the new one you made. You can always make a new button, but maybe not an original one.

By doing this repair, you might take some of the vintageness out of Mickey, but your son would be happy and play with him again. Which is more important? Don’t forget the reason why Mickey was made in the first place. You'll be restoring Mickey’s purpose of being played by children again!

Omar Farid - Reply

Simple and easy to follow instructions! Thank you so much!

I’m still only learning to sew, and a dog we were looking after decided to chew on my little sister’s FAVOURITE unicorn stuffy, and left a HUGE tear in it. Searched for ages to find instructions on how to sew it back up, but they were all extremely complicated, overdone, or way too confusing to follow. This one, however, was amazing! I was able to fix it for her like new! Thank you!

Maddy Smith - Reply

I have a Large Fireman Sam Plushie and between the feet and the legs the stuffed toy is ripped. What should I do?

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