The stuffed toy graveyard, on top of our fridge, became instated just as soon as Pierogi came out of his teething stage. All of a sudden, no stuffed toy was untouchable. Even the toughest of toys eventually gave in. When I could no longer handle Mr. Froggy falling into my water glass, from the top of the fridge as I reached into the freezer for ice, I decided that something had to be done. Here are the five tips that I followed to repair each and every last toy.
1. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know how to sew (by hand or with a machine). My only sewing experience dates back to my home ec classes in junior high and I was still able to repair the 12 toys from our stuffed toy graveyard.
2. Buy a few emergency sewing kits from a dollar store. These kits usually come equipped with several colors of thread, include a needle and the kits that I used were even pre-threaded. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
3. Learn the easy-peasy, yet fancy looking ladder stitch. I followed this tutorial, especially for guidance on tying off the knot.
4. Give your dog safe toys to begin with. Although this toy repair video reviews a different sewing technique, I appreciate the reminder of giving your dog safe toys to begin with. No toys with easy-to-chew-off pieces (like plastic eyes) or toys stuffed with those tiny foam balls rather than stuffing.
5. For our squeaker loving friends... Mad respect that you can pull out the squeaker in under thirty seconds, but this little squeaker pocket is pretty brilliant and just seems to be a little safer for everyone :)
Reunited at last! (Mr. Froggy was Pierogi's very first dog toy.)
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