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Saving An Old Baby Blanket?

So this blanket has a date of 1977 on the corner. It was my mom's when she was a baby and maybe her unborn older brother's first, we are not sure. I've had it my whole life (I'm 14). I've come to terms that it is normal for teens, even adults to have emotional support blankets. I'm prepared to share my life with this blanket, but the thing is, even when I was a new born baby I rubbed in between my fingers, and still do, just not as much. I'm not ashamed of it, but I don't bring it in public. Anyways, because of the rubbing, there are so many holes. You can tell it on the yellow bear I've rubbed my whole life (the softest part), but I've recently switched to the black bear. I want to preserve it so it lasts longer, but I don't want to cut it up.

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Would it be a good idea to sew new fabric on the back? If so, any fabric ideas? Something not so hard that it is stiff and something not so thin, it breaks easy. Also something soft that I can be comfortable sleeping with.

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December 10, 20200 found this helpful
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This looks like a very small throw blanket for a crib or laying on the floor. I can see some of the frayed edges and wear and tear on the blanket. I had a baby blanket that was my daughter's that she just loved. I was lucky back then because my grandmother made quilts and was able to save this blanket for me. She added some new quilt backing to the blanket and redid the edges of the blanket. It did change the size of the blanket some but it was still the same blanket.

I found a good site online that you should contact for some help. They do this for a business. If you really love this blanket I would get some help in saving it for you. Try to contact this company and ask them a few questions to see how much they would charge you to do this. www.quiltrepair.com/.../

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December 10, 20200 found this helpful
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While you could probably do it yourself, it sounds like this blanket is extra special so you will probably want to have it professionally restored. Every town is different so maybe a reputable dry cleaner can tell you people (or maybe they) offer restoration services.

Things you can do to preserve it in the interim are hand wash it in a stationary tub or bath tub. Use woolite or dreft or other super gentle soap (but only use soap if it is dirty) otherwise, cool water rinse just to freshen it--hand soak, do not wring, dry flat if you can or hang carefull.

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December 11, 20200 found this helpful

Start by mending the damages, maybe stitching down the frayed seams and loose bindings. To make it stronger you could add a stronger backing, by adding more of quilted materials to the back. Because of the love of this quilt, be sure to pick out sturdy materials and fabric that you could love on for more years to come. Also if not in use, put in a protected container so that the colors and vintage work will stay protected.

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December 11, 20200 found this helpful

Please do not try this by yourself as I believe you would be very disappointed in results.
This looks to be a very well loved but now fragile blanket and will take someone with alteration/quilting expertise.
It may be expensive to have this done but it will be well worth the cost.
I realize that you may not have a lot of money but perhaps you can think of some ways to earn the money or maybe someone will help you with the cost.
First thing is to find out how much it will cost to make your blanket usable again.
There are dry cleaners who have seamstresses but I'm not sure I would trust them with something like this.
I feel sure there are quilting stores/shops in your area and one of these may be glad to help you out but they will have to see the blanket to be able to tell you if they can do it and also the cost.
Hopefully, you have someone who will drive you to some of these places.
You can locate any of these with Google - quilting shops - your zip code and see what shows up.
You may be able to call Michael's or JoAnn's craft store and ask them if they have anyone they could recommend.
Maybe you could make a request to your family that part of your Christmas present could be a little cash to help pay for this.
If you are a member of a church you might ask your Sunday School teacher if they know anyone at the church who might could help repair this.

If all else fails, you might place an ad on Freecycle and Nextdoor.com asking for help with doing this repair. There may be someone who could help for free. Be sure to let your parents talk to anyone you speak with so they know there is an adult involved.

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