This year, a lot of us will be shopping the thrift stores and yard sales for Bunnies to fill our Easter Baskets. There is nothing in the world like seeing a child on Easter morning hugging that sweet Easter bunny. So I am going to give you some ideas on how to clean up those Easter Rabbits that you find at your favorite thrift store or yard sale.
As any one of you knows that read my articles regularly, I am a big fan of helping others in need. Again at this time of year, there will be a lot of kids that won't be getting an Easter basket. I firmly believe that our teenagers should be taught about community service young and that helping out should be a habit, not just something we do on special occasions like Christmas and Easter, but this would be a great project for a Girl Scout group or a church youth group to do. Everyone loves Easter baskets and Easter baskets could even be made up for a senior center or community center. There is nothing like spreading the joy, believe me. Also this is the time to contact your local community center or Senior Center about making up baskets, They will be able to tell you just how many to make and you will have enough time to make them.
I hope this gives you some great ideas on how you can save money on your bunnies. I wish you all a wonderful Easter with lots of egg hunts and beautiful weather.
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So this is a long winded question. Basically I've had this Disney plush since 2000 as it was sold at my local Toys R Us. It came with a VHS package for Lady and the Tramp 2, Scamps Great Adventure. Unfortunately, over the years she was a little too loved and has developed some holes and her under coating on under her fur is starting to pop up which was once covered.
I have the tag, but have been back and forth with Disney forever trying to find the company that made her. She was a limited edition and had to be produced around 1998-1999 as she was sold in stores around Valentine's Day 2000. I have the no. reg no. number which is Made by Not Reg. No. 24H4480. I also have a list of all the factories that produce for Disney the only problem is there are over 200 in China alone. I'd assume it was made in China via the tag. The barcode on the packaging led back to Walt Disney Home Entertainment Buena Vista, California. However, their consumer department told me due to the age of the product they no longer have that information. I find that a bit hard to believe because she's part of their property and if someone tried to reproduce (potential lawsuit) her they would have all the evidence that they made her.
Some toy companies told me Disney made it themselves and others said it was made in China. The question is where? The reason for going to them is because I'm trying to find the plans on how they made her because if I'm going to pay a vintage repair store to fix her, I want it done exactly like the manufacturer did. I'm pretty serious about this issue as I've written to the president (lol longshot) and I wrote to Bob Iger who another person in FL received it and didn't help at all. He was some supervisor at the World resort. I would truly appreciate any insight you may be able to offer. Note the pictures are what she semi looks like. This one is exactly the same except it's her twin. Made from the same materials and everything I just don't have a picture of mine to upload.
I believe you are working on a losing battle as a company in China made this toy and they made it to Disney's specifications and those plans would never be released to anyone.
I do not believe you can duplicate the material but a good restorer may be able to take your 'twin' and come up with very similar material.
I have seen very good restorations of vintage toys but as you know, any type of work like this will be very costly (and the price will probably go higher if they find out how much you like this toy).
Sorry you are having such a difficult time with this project.
Perhaps you could find a similar one on eBay and use the fabric on your toy.
Where can I take an old stuffed monkey that I want to get "reclothed"? The cloth is old, and he needs to be patched up.
Libby from Colorado Springs, Colorado
get a hold of a clothing tailor in your area.. I am sure they can fix it.. look in the phone book for seamstress..
Look online for a doll hospital.
Those of us who watch Antiques Roadshow know you shouldn't try to fix up a possible antique before you get a professional opinion on its value as is. If the toy is old and/or collectible, it might be worth more just the way it is. Just a thought.
Try a tailor or a dressmaker. If it's an antique, leave it alone because the value will drop significantly if it is altered.
If it's just an old favorite stuffed toy whose only value is sentimental, then you could always go to a cloth shop and peruse the pattern books.
I have a stuffed bear that when the paw is pressed it sang a song. This no longer works. The batteries have been changed and tested so it is not the batteries. I would like to find someone who can fix this musical feature of the bear. This is not the only one that I have that is broken.
By Barbara from Lakewood Ranch, FL
You might try a jewelry store that does watch repair. We once had a watch repairman at a jewelry store repair a very expensive music box.
At craft stores carry the individual musical devices that can be placed in stuffed animals. They come in different tunes. And can be put into the paw of your bear. It might not be the same musical tune as the original, but it would be music.
The device has a little raised button on its top side. When you press the paw of the animal, it activates the music, then it plays the tune.
Sorry I cannot think of the exact name of this little device. But your craft store will know what you are talking about. These little devices are also found in the catalogs for crocheters and knitters. They are designed to go in the little animals, or puppets or whatever. They are not terribly expensive either.
Hope this helps you.
Does the bear still have the makers tag on it? If you can locate the company they may be able to give you a solution to it or send you a replacement. My niece had a talking doll that stopped talking and the company that made it replaced it for free.
How do I remove the mini music box from a stuffed animal? (I can't get the wind-up key disconnected from the actual box)
rkay82 from Indiana
There should be a seam on the back of the stuffed animal. Carefully open the seam and remove music box and hand sew closed. If there isn't a seam make a small slit in the material, remove box and stitch it closed by hand sewing.
Try unscrewing the key BACKWARDS. Some of them go on that way
so you don't unwind while using it!
I was wondering if you could tell me where I could get a stuffed dog's back legs, both. This dog has "hard jointed bone" under his stuffing. The legs use to bend and he could stand up. I am trying to fix my daughter's favorite "friend" and his legs are broken and about to fall off. I can not send it to a doll hospital to be fixed she cannot be without him.
You may have to find a similar toy and perform a transplant operation.
If you can find a brand new version of the exact same animal, this could work as well, if you have the right story. When I was little, my mom purchased more than one copy of my favorite stuffed toy, unbeknownst to me. When she wanted to switch out my old, faded, worn toy, she'd tell me that Kitten was going to the spa and she'd come back as good as new.
She'd take the old toy and later the same day introduce the new one.
If your child is not familiar with the miraculous properties of the health spa, you could use the term "hospital."
This is a page about removing mildew from a stuffed toy. Stuffies can get wet and if left that way, begin to grow mildew that needs to be removed for the health of your child.
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How do you clean large stuffed animals?
Stuffed Animals can be nice, but do get dusty. Years ago when my kids were small and had stuffed animals, I received this tip on an easy way to clean them & it works great.
Does anyone have any tips for cleaning stuffed toys? I have some toys that I would like to give to friends that have children but would like to spiff them up before I do.