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Logan L. Johnson

Can I repair a ripped inflatable?

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I have an inflatable snowman that is about 10 years old. 2 years ago the piece where the rope (the one used to stake it) ripped off in a wind storm. They still inflate, but they lean forward. Could I fix this or should I continue to leave them out of the display? I doubt I still have the rope, but I have plenty of string and some white cloth. 

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6 hours ago, Logan L. Johnson said:

But how would I attach a stake to keep it from falling forward? Sew the string into it? 

Look at how the other attachment points are done.  Try to come up with something similar to create a new attachment point.  if I remember correctly they use a strap with a D ring that is sewn to the fabric.  Do you have the part that came off?  If so you use it and sew it back on.  (You can pick up a package of D rings from a fabric store if you don't have the one that came off.)  Just move it a couple inches up or down so that it's attached to an undamaged spot in the fabric.  Sew up the hole that was left when the strap pulled off.  It doesn't have to be air tight.  Just sew it back together so that there's not an open leak.

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They inflate fully so a leak isn't really an issue. I just need that string LOL. I will look in the fabric section at walmart for some of the d-rings. I may staple the fabric used to hold it on due to my complete lack of even basic sewing skills. 

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Sometimes in a pinch, I use a metal round key ring, or I have used a cable tie before(just make a loop out of it).   Key rounds are usually easier to find,  believe me, I have had to repair many of them, I would reinforce the area you sew with extra fabric, I also use the waxed thread from Hobby Lobby, it seems to hold real well, they also sell curved needles which are a lot easier to use.  good luck

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I like the
Tarp clips or grabbers a lot.  But we put it on a 20" reindeer and it kept pulling off, finally had to sew something on.  I wish they would put more tie downs on inflatables, and reinforce them too.

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