I received this email from Jessie over the weekend and asked her if I might share it with you:
I was wondering if you had any tips for making a patch where there was an injury to the lovie.
This is Singer. She is 34 years old. She was injured in an incident involving a desk lamp in 1999. She’s lived in a box for the years since but I want to be able to see her again without feeling so sad about her wound.
My thoughts were to get a piece of white fur and run it through the wash a bunch of times with all the clothes for a week or two until it looks like her fur, then cut out the wound and stitch in the new fur. Do you think this would work?
Any ideas would be welcome!!!!
Here’s Singer’s injury:
A few years ago I did a series here on the blog about repairing beloved stuffed animals. The posts were titled, “Animal Hospital: Intensive Care for the Intensely Loved.” I put a call out on our local listserve for moms in town asking if anyone had a special softie in need of repair. It was a wonderful experience! I worked on a lamb in need of new paw pads, a very saggy bear, and a piggie in need of a new nose, among many others.
I also learned that people are willing to pay for you to fix their child’s lovey. After I’d finished my series, I continued to get desperate calls from moms all over town. You might have to work fast (1 hour until nap time!), but it’s a lucrative gig if you want it. Ask around. You’ll see.
I still repair lovies for the children of friends from time to time and I always write a little note explaining how brave the softie was and how much better he feels now that he’s been freshened up. It’s seriously so fun.
So, back to Singer. I emailed back to Jesse and advised her to:
- trim away the bits of fur and stuffing that are very burnt so that the dark color and odd texture will gone
- take Singer to the fabric store and try to find a fur with the closest match in color and softness
- create a patch that’s 1/4″ larger all the way around, then fold the edges under by 1/4″ and baste
- ladder stitch the patch to Singer’s existing fur, going around twice for a really secure attachment (and perhaps using upholstery thread for added strength)
Singer won’t look perfect. She’ll have a battle scar, but at least her stuffing will stay inside and she won’t have to live tucked away in a box any longer.
Thanks, Jesse, for writing to me! And Singer, I’m wishing you a swift recovery.