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My husband has a comforter that is the only thing left from his mother. The batting inside is a mess, but the stitching all around as well as the seams that stitch down in intervals are still intact. The fabric is getting extremely thin in areas too. He sleeps with it every night. I do have a sewing machine, but my skills are minimal at best.
The back story of the sentimentality is when my husband was 6 years old, he was in 'charge' of his 4 1/2 year old brother and as they were crossing the street (household side street) with their 4 wheel foot scooters, a car barreled down the street killing his little brother instantly. As you can imagine the toll on the family and responsibility my husband still can not let go of.
But this blanket was his mother's and he slept with her for years due to nightmares. As he got older as did she, she kept it and prior to passing away gave it to him. So I wanted to add the heartfelt sentiments behind this blanket. I would hand sew if necessary. I know I need to re-stuff the batting some way, but can I reinforce the thin material somehow? Any and all suggestions will be gratefully appreciated.
Try displaying the comforter in the bedroom, etc., as it seems much too fragile to continue use on the bed. Hang it on a wall, folded over a chair, etc.
How can I repair an old comforter that is losing its insides? My mom doesn't want to part with it but as I wash it the insides keeps coming out. Thank you.
You mention the insides are coming out; does it have the seam loose to where it needs to be stitched? Walmart sells batting in a roll in which you buy the size you need. If you want to make it full again and plump, you just undo one end of the comforter by using a seam ripper and you insert your new filling inside making sure to get it straight in there in the corners then just stitch it back up. I make all sizes of comforters and the filling is ready to unroll and use and sells for $7 to $15 depending on the size and thickness you want to purchase. you can leave your old filling inside and just layer it on top of it which will make it plumper.
I would repair the hole, and then get a nice snap closed cover that you put the comforter inside and it doubles the warmth and keeps it cleaner. I have one that is flannel, and I use it for a sheet now, but in the summer it's in storage. You can get them just about anywhere.
You can also "sandwich" the comforter between two fleece blankets and "tie" the edges closed like you might a quilt.