How to Give a Vintage Teddy New Life
Today you are going to meet Ted. He is a vintage Teddy Bear that was living a rather sad life in the dark, tucked into an old toybox with a bunch of other vintage toys. Being a cute little vintage teddy, he was rescued by my 8 year old daughter after I bought the toy box at an auction. I bought the box and everything in it for $5. Becca wanted the bear and I finally caved and let her have it.
As cute as he is time had been rather hard on Ted (side note – he was named by Becca, my 8 year old) and his ‘issues’ soon surfaced. Becca became immediately attached to him after I said she could have him. He was constantly with her that day and she slept with him that night. The next day Becca started in with a runny nose and a cough. I figured it was allergies and treated her for that. Then we saw something on tv about natural remedies and they mentioned stuffed animals having dust mites in them and that you could put them in ziplock bags and put them in the freezer to kill the dust mites.
Since I had thought of that bear being the cause of the allergies being stirred up we decided Ted needed a night in the freezer. So Ted ‘took a trip to Alaska’.
Miss Larke, at 10 1/2 years old thought Ted was ‘creepy’. Not sure why but she didn’t want her sister keeping him and she thought the whole ‘Alaska trip’ was silly too. When he came out of the freezer, she picked him up and sniffed him really hard. She thought he smelled old and like the freezer. The next day she had a runny nose and hers escalated into a fever trying to fight off whatever it was that Mr. Ted was carrying.
Time to take things up a notch and really get to the root of whatever was going on here. Time to give Ted a new life.
On the back of Ted you could see where the final seam was handstitched to close him up after he was stuffed.
I cut through that stitching to open him back up and perform his ‘surgery’.
All the stuffing was removed and thrown away.
I washed him by hand in the kitchen sink using my homemade laundry soap and thieves essential oil, which kills all manner of germs.
Ted is happy to be loved again. Becca is happy that Ted is clean and healthy and ready to be played with.
And now you know how to revitalize an old teddy bear 😀
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