Repairing a Ripped Stuffed Animal for Sewing Beginners

Our stuffed monkey toy nearly lost his head, but mom is here to save the day and sew it back on! This is my third video on sewing up a ripped stuffed animal, and I chose to record this one because the tear was in the neck, where the others were in easier places. I also made it for people who don’t know how to sew.

My first stuffed animal repair video is one of my top watched YouTube videos with over 70k views, and tons of comments and questions. Many of them coming from younger viewers who don’t know how to sew and are trying to repair their own stuffed toy. So for this video I start at the very beginning, with what needle to use, how to thread and tie it, etc.

How to Repair a Tear in a Stuffed Animal

Materials needed:

  • One torn stuffed animal
  • One sewing needle, any type, but I use a Universal Ball Point
  • Any kind of thread- I’m using polyester all-purpose thread. Try to find a matching color if possible.
  • Scissors

Tips from the video:

  • Thread the needle so your thread doubles.
  • Tie a BIG knot at the end. This will help it not pull through the fuax fur mesh.
  • Don’t tug hard on your first stitch or it will pull through. Tug lightly until you can get your second stitch in.
  • It’s ok if it doesn’t close all the way on your first row of stitches. You can easily go back and stitch it up again to make it more secure.
  • Always sew a knot at the end. Do this by keeping a stitch loose and threading it through before pulling it tight. Do that 2-3 times.

Watch the video on sewing up a stuffed animal:

Good luck with your stuffed animal repair! And please feel free to ask me any questions. I usually see them sooner here than if they are posted on the YouTube video, but I do check both places.

About the Author

Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.

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