How to Fix the Sound on a Stuffed Animal

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The beloved Pony

One toy that has been popular in our house is a little blue pony that, when hugged, makes a galloping noise followed by a whinny.  After much love, the sound got shorter and shorter until all you would hear were the first gallop.  It’s a tiny little toy, and wouldn’t be that expensive to replace, but I didn’t like the idea of throwing a perfectly good toy away just because the battery needs to be replaced.

Also, the idea of all those batteries ending up in the landfill just because the toy stopped making noise, made me uncomfortable.  I mean, how many of us tear a toy apart to remove the little batteries when they stop making noise?  Especially when it requires a tiny screwdriver and a bit of patience.

Since I already had a little screwdriver, and a little patience, I decided to perform surgery on the pony and replace the batteries.  It took less time than it would to drive to the store to buy a new one, and two new batteries cost $1.75 versus $11 for a new toy.

Here’s how I did it:

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1. Cut the side stitching just enough to make room to remove the sound maker

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2. Pull the mesh bag containing the batteries out of the small hole

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3. Remove the sound maker from the mesh bag

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4. Use a small screwdriver to remove the battery cover

5. Replace batteries

5. Replace batteries

6. Sew sound maker back into the mesh bag

6. Sew sound maker back into the mesh bag

7. Insert sound maker back into the toy

7. Insert sound maker back into the toy

8. Sew the seam back up

8. Sew the seam back up

9. Hug the toy to enjoy the sound of a job well done!

9. Hug the toy to enjoy the sound of a job well done!

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