Pass the needle through the back of the cloth doll
whip stitch to repair the doll
trim off the threads
This doll is repaired!
Cloth dolls often need sewing repairs as they age. This Woody doll lost his arm and my child wasn’t ready to say goodbye. So let’s get out a needle and thread and apply these simple steps to repair a treasured cloth doll.
Chose a thread color that closely matches the area of the doll to be repaired. It is always best to go a shade lighter than darker for a less noticeable sewing repair.
Thread the sewing needle and double up the thread, knotting at the bottom. Be generous with the thread, as you will need enough to sew around twice. This will make your repair stronger.
Trim any excess or loose batting off and gently tuck the remaining into the cloth.
Start by pulling the needle through on the bottom or back of the doll inside the repair area so that the knot will be hidden inside the doll.
Using a standard whipstitch, go around the dolls repair site twice. Gently overlap the fabric for the best repair.
When you are done sewing, make several knots. Finally, pass the needle through the area and come out a quarter inch or so from your last knot. Trim off the excess thread.
The repair is complete! This doll is now back in the arms of a very happy child.