Replacing the Batting in a Comforter?

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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