Did you ever have a stuffed animal or plush toy who lost a limb? We are big stuffie lovers at this house, and sometimes a precious stuffed friend just gets loved too much.
But never fear! A quick trip to the animal hospital (or sewing room) can have him all fixed up in no time!
Step 1: Clean the Wound
Sometimes, as in this case, part of the limb is still attached. Other times, the whole limb might be detached from the body. Either way, we want to clean up all those loose threads before we start stitching. Simply clip them off with a pair of sharp scissors.
Step 2: Prepare the Needle
Thread a needle with some thread that matches the fur of the stuffie (as close as you can.) Tie a knot on the end and you’re ready to go!
Step 3: Stitch on the Limb
Start by burying the knot inside the stuffie where it won’t be seen, and pulling up the needle at the edge of the hole. If the limb is no longer attached to the body, choose a spot to start stitching and hold the limb in place as you stitch. The arrow in this photo shows where I buried the knot.
When you are finished stitching, you won’t want to see your stitches on the outside of the stuffie. Keep your stitches small, tight, and close together.
Begin by taking a small stitch in the fabric along the opening.
Pull the thread tight and then take a stitch in the limb, down close to where you want it to sit in the opening.
Pull your thread tight and take another stitch along the opening.
Then take a stitch on the arm. You’ve got the idea. Keep doing this all the way around the limb until it is all stitched on.
As you go you may have to keep tucking the limb back into the hole. If it’s really being stubborn you could try keeping it in place with pins.
Voila! The limb is repaired and there is not a stitch to be seen!
Step 4: Tie a Knot
This is an important step. After your stuffie is healed, you don’t want to see him back in the hospital for a long time. To keep that limb secure you want to make a good knot. There are a few ways to do this, but this is the method I use.
Begin by taking a small stitch in the crease where the arm meets the body. Pull the thread, but not all the way. Leave a loop as shown below.
Take your needle and pass it through the loop.
Pull on the bottom thread (see arrow below) to close the original loop, and to make a new one.
Pass your needle and thread through the new loop and pull on the bottom string again to create a loop.
Pass your needle through the loop for a final time and pull on the bottom thread to create one more loop. At this point there will be a spot where the threads overlap, close to where you made your first stitch. This will become your knot.
Stick your finger on this spot to keep the knot in place and pull on the thread until your last loop is gone. You now have a knot!
To tuck the knot back into the stuffie where it won’t be seen, pass the needle down into the fabric as close to the knot as you can get, and take it out about an inch or so away. Pull the thread through, and pull tight (you don’t want to break the thread, but you want some force to pull the knot into the fabric.) Cut the thread close to the stuffie.
Step 5: Give Your Stuffie a Hug!
All fixed! Don’t you think he deserves a hug for being so brave?
Do you have a stuffed animal lover at your house? Have you ever had to repair an over-loved stuffie? What was your favourite stuffed animal as a kid? I’d love to hear your stories!