How to Repair the Mesh on a Pack 'N' Play

Fabric mesh squares can be used to repair a small hole in a Pack 'n Play.
Fabric mesh squares can be used to repair a small hole in a Pack 'n Play. (Image: black mesh image by paul mitchell from

A Pack 'n Play is a portable play yard for a baby that can be used as a crib, bassinet and, with some models, a diaper changing table. It is safe for baby to play in while indoors or out. The sides are made of mesh, but the mesh can tear and create a small hole. If the hole is less than three or four inches, it can be patched or repaired.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 fabric mesh squares
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

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Cut out two mesh squares slightly bigger than the hole in the Pack 'n Play. Place one on either side of the hole and pin into place. Make sure the mesh squares are aligned, and cover the hole on all sides.

Thread the needle. It is best to use button thread, which is stronger than regular thread, but either will do. Tie in a double knot to ensure that the knot is thick enough not to slide through the mesh.

Push the needle through the outside mesh piece, the fabric of the Pack 'n Play, and then the inside mesh piece. Pull the thread through, taking care that the knot does not pull through. Stitch two or three stitches to hold your thread in place.

Sew all the way around the patch, making sure that the thread goes through all three layers each time.

Glue all the way around the mesh squares with a hot glue gun. This will give the patch extra stability. Remove straight pins and let the area dry.


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