Fixing a Worn Kid's Blanket?

I have a blanket that's been with me for as long as I can remember. I'm older now, but I still want to preserve it as a memory and make it look (and feel) as good as new. There are no holes or anything, it's just worn from years and years of use. Is there anyway I can add to get its softness back in the edges and small patches? I'll do whatever I have to keep this childhood memory.


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October 26, 20200 found this helpful

Once a blanket gets that threadbare, there isn't really anything you can do to bring it back to like new condition. But you can do something to keep it from getting worse. It goes without saying that you shouldn't use the blanket anymore. Either store it away or hang it on a wall where it is out of direct sunlight to keep it from fading. The best idea is to properly store it.... wrap it in a clean cotton sheet, and store in an acid-free box, in a dry spot of your home, such as a closet shelf. By protecting what's left of it, you can hold onto the memory and take it out once in awhile to admire for nostalgia's sake.

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful

This question has been asked on several sites now and it seems that the majority of the people say to cut up the blanket and make a rag purse out of it. While others suggest that you purchase a fleece backing and use an infusion product to infuse the two pieces together. However, I did find one person who said that she put in an advertisement on Esty and asked if anyone could help her out. She was able to find two different grandmothers on the site that were excellent at repairing old quilts and also darning. I do believe this would be the best way to go from all that I have read. If you can find a grandmother in your area that repairs old quilts this would be the best person in the world to help you out in repairing your baby blanket.

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful

I can easily see why you are so eager to 'restore' this blanket but you may have to settle for just trying to save it.
I would suggest you try to find a very good seamstress and see if they have some ideas about how to fix this up for you. But if you take it to someone and they do not treat it gently then please do not leave it with them.
Most likely you will need a backing and maybe even a frame for display but I really believe you should discontinue washing this item or you may lose it entirely.
If you can lay it flat on an outdoor table and wet it with blue Dawn it may take some of the stiffness out. Lay it on a thick towel with brightest color face down, wet with Dawn gently rub Dawn in cloth, and let it set for on hour; then rinse with clear water but just by running water gently over the blanket (reason for being outside).
Others may have good suggestions but think carefully before doing anymore washing, especially agitating, ringing out, twisting, etc.

Good luck and post back with what you decide to do.

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