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How to Re-Stuff an Old Stuffed Animal

By Mary Ylisela ; Updated April 18, 2017
An old stuffed animal can last many more years after being re-stuffed.

Stuffed animals often become a favorite 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.

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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.

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 odor.

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.

A few simple straight stitches hold the seam together on your stuffed animal.

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

Things You Will Need

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


Avoid losing a lot of stuffing from a favorite stuffed animal by sewing up small holes before they get larger.

If you're not handy with a needle and thread, but want a favorite animal to be re-stuffed, 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 odor.

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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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