Refilling a Comforter?

March 23, 2018

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.


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March 24, 20180 found this helpful
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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.

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February 3, 2019

I love my comforter; my whole bedroom matches it. How do I replace the batting or stuffing and have it look right? I have some sewing skills.


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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

Remove the stitches and take out the old batting. Buy new batting, which comes in a roll. Straight stitch down the middle and a couple more times to secure it.

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February 6, 20190 found this helpful

Comforters are made in so many different ways that it will be difficult to supply suggestions because they may be almost impossible to do with the way your comforter is put together.


  • If your comforter is sewed together in squares it would take "forever" to undo the threads and take it apart enough to replace the batting.
  • I assume you have tried washing and "re-fluffing" your comforter but just in case; this link shows a good example of how this can be done. They are using tennis balls in the dryer but some people say they use new or clean tennis shoes instead.
  • This is a good method but you have to use caution because if the material is weak, old, fragile, has holes, this method may do damage to the fabric.
  • I had a similar problem several years ago as my granddaughter used her mother's "hand-me-down" comforter and just would not let us replace it. This comforter had squares and of course, clumps were balled up in each square. Just too many squares to unravel so I cut a slit in each square, removed all of the stuffing and washed the now flat comforter to remove any left over stuffing.
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  • I measured the "top" and went looking for something that would look nice as a "bottom". I found a nice used flat cotton blanket at a "rummage sale" (forerunner of the yard sale idea) but it was not very pretty so I bought a nice flat sheet and made a "sandwich" type comforter with the blanket in the middle.
  • Long story but I just sewed the three pieces together and even overlapped the sheet as a binding on the top and bottom of the comforter. I then just tacked it in numerous places and it is still in good usable condition over 30 years later.
  • Maybe something like this would work but measurements are essential but they can be cut to size.
  • If the stitching is in large squares then maybe you can unravel it and replace the stuffing but I would give it a lot of thought about what type of stuffing as the same problem could happen again.
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  • Some people use quilt batting for stuffing but I like cotton blankets (whatever thickness you want) because they will never bunch up like stuffing.
  • Here is a statement from a previous question/answer:
  • "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."
  • The following is a link to how someone solve a similar problem.
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February 18, 20190 found this helpful

What Yas happened that you feel it needs replaced? How is it assembled?

If it is quilted, taking it apart will be a huge undertaking.

If it is simply sewed on all 4 sides, you could use a seam ripper and separate the top from the bottom. If the existing batting is just bunched, you could try to refluff and then restitch.


There are lots of YouTube videos that may be helpful for you.

Happy stitching!

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March 31, 2009

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.

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March 31, 20092 found this helpful

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.

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April 2, 20090 found this helpful

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.
Good Luck!

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