If your quilt has some historic value or if it was gifted to you by someone that you really love, and for some reason that precious quilt tore or got a small hole in it, how would you repair it? What if you don't trust anyone else to repair the quilt and want to do it yourself? Worse yet, what if you have no idea how to repair the quilt -- what then?
DIY Pointers for Repairing Your Own Quilt.
1. The first step is identifying the damages that have been made to the quilt, with every detail recorded. Examine your quilt seam by seam, square by square, and note all the different fabrics, wear patterns, etc. After that, you will have to identify the techniques that are required to fix all the things that you have written down on a piece of paper.
2. Gather whatever you need to start your repairs. Always keep on hand a little more of the materials than you think it might require. Also, keep a few techniques up your sleeve. Include both silk and cotton threads; using silk for the finishing touches to the fabric would be great, but cotton is a little easier.
3. You can start by fixing the frayed seams, loose bindings, and other quick-fix stitching. Although authentic cotton batting is a little pricey, it is definitely worth the cost.
4. Always remember that after you complete a particular repair, you should note it down or mark it as completed on the list of repairs that you have made. This process of logging will keep you updated on how much of your work you have completed. If you used some new technique and wish to make a note of it, it could prove to be very useful for future reference.
5. Replace the torn parts of a quilt in such a way that any pattern or color is replaced with a patch of the same color or pattern. In this way, it will look like it belongs there, instead of looking like a patch; this will blend into the design much more elegantly. If you are running low on reproduction material, you can order it from various websites, which often offer the best restoration quality.
6. Try to stitch exactly like the original stitch. You can use a machine stitch, but it is advisable to use a hand stitch wherever possible.
7. When it comes to removing the old fabric pieces, try this instead: Place the new pieces on top of the old ones rather than removing them and then stitch on the new ones.
8. It is not necessary to stitch the fabric every time that it has torn apart. Try fabric melding products on the market to weld the stitches. Fabric melding products are used to join tears instead of the traditional way of stitching. Follow the instructions as directed, and the tear can be mended.
9. There are times when fusing the fabric will not work, such as when the fabric is something delicate, like chiffon. Damaged delicate quilt pieces can be really difficult to replace. Try trimming the fabric to a size a little bit bigger than the piece being repaired and re-quilt it, folding the sheer edges and stitching along the section's existing lines.
10. When you have completed all of the repairs that you have noted down, have a last look over the repaired quilt. This will ensure that everything you have done matches, and that you have done everything properly and haven't missed anything.
Tips on Storing Your Quilt.
- Display it at home
- Put it in an acid-free area
- Keep it away from heat, chemicals, and moisture
If you try any of the three suggested steps above, then you can be sure that your quilt will last for a very long time.
Now that you know the easy steps for repairing a quilt, let's try to do something different. I've been getting a lot of e-mails asking for instructions on how to make a Quillow, so I have decided to cover it here -- read on!
How to Make a Quillow: Introduction
Have you ever felt tired of carrying both a blanket and a pillow? If so, you could carry something like the so-called Quillow instead, which is like a blanket but when folded up fits into its own pocket forming a pillow. Simple and neat, isn't it? A Quillow can have a theme, and these themes can match a person's character or nature of work. For example, a diver can have pictures of deep sea images, or a dog lover can have pictures of puppies or dogs on their Quillows, and so on. Following are the steps on how to make your own cozy "Quillow".
What You Need to Make a Quillow
Quillows are the perfect thing for a picnic, long drives, etc. Some things you will need to make a Quillow:
- Quilt Batting
- Sewing Machine
- Yarn for Quilt Trying
- Two Pre-Washed Fabric Panels
The first thing that you will need to do when making your Quillow is form the pocket. In a Quillow, it is mostly the pocket that is subjected to wear and tear; hence, you should be extra-cautious and make sure the pocket is sturdy.
Pillow panels with fabric prints are available in a variety of styles for purchasing. However, rather than beginning with these complicated designs, we will stick with simple ones for now. I am using a star, but you can use some other design if you like.
Points for the Pocket
The pocket is the most durable part of the Quillow. A very strong material should be used for the pocket. If you cannot find anything durable, you can use a fusible webbing sandwich, which reinforces the pocket panels. Now that the top panels for the pillow are chosen, the panels should be laid out in such a way that their two right sides are on the same sides or, in other words, are facing each other. Except for a small space that is required for the pillow to be turned inside out, the sides are sewn together. The corners of the pillow are pushed to a point with the help of a pencil and then cut-off. The pillow is then turned right sides out, using a hand needle and thread. The hole is closed with a blind stitch. The pillow is then fluffed to give it that crisp look.
Placing of the Pillow
Now place the pillow on top of the quilt fabric panels. Machine stitch the pillow panel with the quilt panel in such a way that the pillow faces the vertical quilt opening to form a pocket; double stitch the top ending seams of your pocket for durability.
Lay out the top and bottom quilt fabrics with their right sides of fabric together, and the pocket facing inside. Now lay the batting on top of the pieces, together along the edge of the fabric. Turn the pinned pieces over with the fabric and trim it to fit the fabric.
Machine sew all around the pre-pinned quilt, leaving a 12-inch space to turn your quilt inside out, using a hand needle and thread. Blind stitch this space closed as you did with the pocket.
Some Finishing Touches
If your fabric has a pattern you want to tie off, you should tie your quilt with yarn, tying at every foot in order to keep the batting in place.