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Stout Mishap

So, when you have a puppy that likes to chew, this happens:

The pile of stuffing shown is actually the smallest amount that Stout has managed to pull out.  This is just the first pile that I took a picture of before cleaning it up.  

So, I decided to play upholsterer and try to sew up the couch.  I went to JoAnn's and purchased some foam on sale, grabbed my scissors, thread, needle, sharpie, pencil, and paper.  And here's how it went:

First, I needed to cut the foam to the size of the "hole" in the arm of the couch. Before I cut, I took one more look at the damage:

I took the piece of paper, placed it on the arm of the couch and pressed down in the shape of the "hole."  After I got a pretty good impression, I took the pencil and traced it.

Once I traced it, I cut the paper and put it on the foam.  Then I traced that on the foam with the sharpie and cut out two pieces (I needed two to make it as thick as the original stuffing). 

Next, I put it inside the couch to see if it fit.  I needed to trim some off the long side and a little on the corners in order for it to fit flush with the original stuffing and the edge of the arm.

After that, I just threaded my needle and sewed up the seam.  I thought I could try to sew from the inside out for just a little bit, as to not see a lot of the thread, but that did not work.  

Up close, it's not too bad, but far away, you can't even tell that there used to be a big gapping hole in the arm of the couch.

Now, since I've fixed this arm, Stout has chewed on two additional arms.  I think I'm just going to accept defeat on those ones.

How have you fixed your puppy mishap?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too!



  1. Clearly Stout is somehow related to his "cousins' Sophie and Pepper. They have destroyed many things!!! We have done the same attempts at repairing. Just gotta live with it!
    Aunt Nancy


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