How to Re-Stuff an Old Stuffed Animal

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How to Re-Stuff an Old Stuffed Animal
An old stuffed animal can last many more years after being restuffed. (sad bunny image by Rita Ballantyne from

Stuffed animals often become a favourite and cherished toy. In the process, old stuffed animals become bedraggled in appearance: their seams become ripped and the stuffing comes out. An old stuffed animal doesn't have to be thrown away. Re-stuffing the toy can breathe new life into it and provide many more years of love to its owner.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Seam ripper
  • Garbage bag
  • Polyester or cotton stuffing
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Pull out loose threads or open a seam with a seam ripper. To remove old stuffing and make room for new stuffing you need an opening in the seam large enough to fit two fingers.

  2. 2

    Pull out old stuffing and throw it away in a garbage bag. Stuffing from a very old stuffed animal can contain mildew spores or may have an unpleasant odour.

  3. 3

    Push new stuffing into the cavity of your stuffed animal. Fill the appendages first and make sure to push the stuffing into the ends of the arms and legs, as well as the top of the head. Add more stuffing to fill the body cavity to your preference.

  4. 4

    Sew the open seam back together with a sewing needle and thread in a colour that matches the stuffed animal.

    How to Re-Stuff an Old Stuffed Animal
    A few simple straight stitches hold the seam together on your stuffed animal. (needle and thread image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid losing a lot of stuffing from a favourite stuffed animal by sewing up small holes before they get larger.
  • If you're not handy with a needle and thread, but want a favourite animal to be restuffed, bring it to a dry cleaner's or shoe repair shop for repair.
  • Spray a smelly old stuffed animal with diluted white vinegar and set it in the sun to remove mildew or odour.

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