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Any tips for blanket repair?

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  • joyful
    Piece of cake.

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  • Mallard
    I have been repairing blankets for 20+ years.

    This sounds like it can easily be fixed....
    As already mentioned, you will need a large...preferably 16... gage needle for your machine. Use a brand new one...they dull very easily. I find size 18 too big for most patch jobs.
    I do not use industrial thread...I just use poly/cotton thread.

    Do you have an old blanket you can use for patches? You wil need both the outer waterprrof fabric as well as the lining, and you may be able to take some poly fill out of an old blanket.
    If not, your local sewing store should have some ripstop in stock.

    Alternatively, find a blanket repair person...ask at your local tack shop.

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  • red mares
    I've patched and resurrected several blankets - on a $100 Walmart Brother sewing machine. If you're going to do, you need the right needles (size 18 heavy weight) and possibly leather needles depending on how heavy the material is. You also need a presser foot with the little rollers on the bottom and upholstry or outdoor thread. You should be able to find all of this at your local Jo-Ann fabrics or WallyWorld. Iron on fusible tape helps

    I like to patch my blankets with something similar in weight, but cotton duct cloth works on most anything. Cut any frayed ed edges around the hole. Cut your patch bigger than your hole by about an inch in all directions. Use the iron on stuff to hold it in place. Use a wide zig-zag stitch to hold the edges down and a go around it with a straight stitch as well. Ok, so I'm a frustrated engineer.

    The worst repair I ever did was on a quilted winter blanket. I ironed on a patch over new batting. I think the horse had it on 20 minutes before she caught it on something and pulled the new patch off and took the side of the blanket with it.

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  • jetsmom
    Get a piece of Duck cloth or canvas to sew over it, and spray with waterproofing.

    Gorilla tape works in a pinch. Or use the iron on patches.

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  • Tiki
    There is also a place in West Virginia that takes blankes by mail, repairs them and ships them back. She does very good work.

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  • Jaegermonster
    I take mine to a place that works on boat sails and upholstery. They have all the big machines and also waterproof fabrics, and have patched several of my blankets. You might want to see if there is anything like that near you, maybe a marina or something.

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  • wateryglen
    just my idear!

    We're lucky to have several blanket repair & cleaning people in our area so obviously that's the way to go....but personally? I'd sew it myself with some nylon pieces or USE DUCT TAPE!!
    Death knell?!!! Hell no!!!

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  • ReSomething
    started a topic Any tips for blanket repair?

    Any tips for blanket repair?

    The dog grabbed this one, and it now has a hole the size of my hand. I've quilted in felt to replace the polyfill and used that fuseable stuff to patch over the top - wasn't thinking straight so I just plopped it on and left the paper on the back, I tried to sandwich some plastic for waterproofing in there but heat is not so good for plastic! This should survive Ricky the Carniverous pony's attempts to help the old guy out by ripping it off. i'm hoping anyway.

    Is a hole a death knell for a blanket or successfully repairable? By whom and how?