How to Attach the Head of a Stuffed Animal

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Don't throw away your child's stuffed animal if the head falls off.
Don't throw away your child's stuffed animal if the head falls off. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A favorite stuffed animal can withstand a lot of abuse, and the arms, legs and heads can often start to come unsewn. Don't throw away the loved stuffed animal if the head comes off. It will take just a few minutes to sew the head back on. Use a curved sewing needle and thread that matches the fur of the stuffed animal, so the repair is well hidden. If you are not a great sewer, tie a ribbon around the neck to hide the stitches.

Things You'll Need

  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Curved needle

Cut a long piece of thread. The thread should match the stuffed animal's fur color.

Thread the needle. Tie a knot in the end of the thread.

Put the stuffed animal head on the body; make sure it is facing the correct direction. Push the needle through the neck of the bear; start the stitching from inside the neck so the knot does not show. Push the needle into the head from the outside; at this point, if you're using a curved needle, it should automatically go back though the neck from inside the bear. Continue to push the needle through the head and neck, pulling the thread tight.

Sew around the entire neck, running the needle through the neck and head. When you get back to where you started, knot the thread and trim the end.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using a curved needle is helpful for sewing when you can't get to the front and back of the material.
  • Before reattaching the head, add stuffing to the animal if necessary.
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