How to Fix a Ripped Down Comforter

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Things You'll Need

  • Thread (color matching the comforter perfectly)

  • Fine hand-sewing needle

  • Scissors

Mend rips in a down comforter with careful hand stitches.

A down comforter covering a bed can make a cozy and attractive spot, ideal for sleeping and lounging. The down fill inside the comforter creates natural warmth that you may enjoy winter after winter. With use, you may encounter wear in your comforter. If your comforter needs mending, fix a ripped down comforter with a careful hand-stitching method. Use tiny and precise stitches to keep them undetectable after you finish fixing the comforter.


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Step 1

Cut a 12-inch length of thread and thread the needle. Tie a tiny knot in the end of the thread.

Step 2

Align the edges of the tear in the comforter. If the comforter tore at a seam, you will have seam allowances to help you fix the rip. If the comforter tore in the fabric, pull the rip together to create a 1/4-inch seam allowance on each side of the tear. If your comforter does not have a liner, you may see escaping down feathers through the tear. If this is the case, push the feathers down into the comforter so they will not fall out of the tear.


Step 3

Insert the needle through one side of the fabric at the beginning of the tear so the knot will sit on the inside of the fabric after you stitch the tear together. Push the needle out at the exact spot you wish to sew the fabrics together.

Step 4

Insert the needle into the fabric straight across on the other side of the tear. Slide the needle through the fabric about 1/8 inch and then push the needle back out. Pull the thread taut.


Step 5

Return the needle straight across back to the other side of the tear and slide the needle through the fabric about 1/8 inch again. Pull the thread taut.

Step 6

Continue going back and forth across the tear with the needle, taking tiny stitches and pulling the thread taut each time. Because your stitches are tiny and the thread matches the fabric, the mending should be inconspicuous.


Step 7

Tie a small knot in the thread when you finish stitching at the end of the tear. Insert the needle back down into the fabric and take a 1-inch-long stitch. Bring the needle back up again and pull the needle and thread taut. Clip off the excess thread.