ever seen a cat chase a bit of string?
i mostly do photography instructables,this my first time in the sewing box , if this is really hum drum then i apologize.
Step 1: Inadequet tools fail
needle . leather working type. they accept strong thread and the point is a bit wider than the end with the hole.
waxed button thread is good, strong and knots stay tied with it.
beading thread is better. its for (i guess) making necklaces and wot not. its also nylon so using a lighter it melts you then can pinch and pull the end making a very thin solid slither to poke through the needle , e z .
some patch material
multipurpose spray adhesive