Do you have a favorite quilt that is getting a little wore? Here is a quick and easy make-do way to fix small holes and imperfections in your favorite quilt.
*Please note: I do NOT recommend using this technique for heirloom quilts that are not used daily. This is intended for use on everyday quilts that are used often. Using this technique may reduce the value of an heirloom quilt. Please contact a professional if your collectible quilt needs repairs.
1 piece Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold adhesive
1 small strip/scrap of matching fabric (find fabric as close as possible to the area of your quilt that needs repairs.
Cut a strip of heat and bond the width of your scrap fabric you are using to repair the quilt. I recommend using Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold (the package on the right). If you don’t mind a little hand sewing you can use the sewable type (shown on the left) but you will need to be careful to sew through only the TOP layer of your fabric. Otherwise the stitches will show on the reverse side of your quilt.
Here is an example of the strips I cut for this repair. The strip on the left is the fabric. I used pieces from the original fabric which also contained small holes then cut around the holes.
Follow directions on the Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold and iron the adhesive onto the scrap fabric. Remove the paper backing and make sure your adhesive is not shiny (see directions on package).
Cut strip into small pieces a little larger than the hole you are repairing. I do not recommend trying to repair a hold larger than 1/2 with this method or repairing a loose or ripped seam. (I will be adding a mini tutorial on how to do that later).
Set the iron to the settings given in the Heat-n-Bond instructions. Iron the tiny patch onto the fabric. Allow to cool then check the edges to make sure it adhered correctly.
If you were careful picking your scrap for repairing the hole the repair will be barely noticeable. If not, you could always add interesting fabrics as patches that match your quilt. Sometimes patches can add character.
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