When your child accidentally tears their favourite teddy bear, it can seem like the end of the world. If the bear is ripped beyond redemption, you could let them look at new bears and toys from plush toys wholesalers to choose a new one. However, if teddy is fixable, you could dry your kid's tears by repairing the bear yourself. It's a simple job and you don't need any special sewing skills to be able to do it.
Here's how to repair a minor tear in a ripped teddy bear.
What you will need
- sewing needle
- thread of a suitable colour to match the teddy bear
How to do it
- The first thing to do is to pin the ends of the tear to prevent it from splitting even further.
- Now cut a piece of thread that is plenty long enough to fix the tear. A piece of thread that is at least four times the length of the tear should be sufficient.
- Thread the needle, pushing the thread through the needle's eye completely and pulling the end right through to match the other. This should effectively double over the thread, which will create a much stronger repair.
- Tie the ends of the thread in a double knot and trim away any excess.
- Put on your thimble to prevent puncturing your finger as you push the needle through the fabric. The finger on which you wear the thimble is a matter of personal choice; just pick the most comfortable option.
- Starting at one end of the tear, push the needle and thread through the inside of the fabric so that you bring both edges of the rip together. Make sure that you go right through the filling and both edges of the fabric. The knot will now be hidden inside the tear.
- Now you can work your way along the tear, bringing the needle from the side you started on over to the opposite side of the rip. Push the needle through the fabric and take it back over to the starting side, pulling the edges firmly together as you go. Keep working along the tear until you reach the other end.
- When you reach the end of the tear, make two stitches on top of each other to secure the repair. Slide the needle underneath the stitches and back through again. Pull the thread firmly and cut off the excess.
You should now have a perfectly repaired teddy bear, a happy child and hero status in our household!