Fixing Damaged Weighted Items
Hiya friends! This week I want to chat about what to do if you damage your weighted items and the plastic pellets inside them. Oh no—right?? Even as careful as we can be, sometimes things go wrong. In fact, people sometimes message me on my Facebook page with questions about what to do if they damage their items due to tears, heat and more. That’s why I’ve listed out some of the major issues you can have and how to fix them, so your weighted items will continue to be loved!
Help! My Weighted Quilt has a Rip!
As well loved as our weighted blankets are, sometimes they take a bit of well-meaning wear and tear. Resulting tears and rips can lead to escaped pellets and a mess! Fixing a hole in a finished quilt can be pretty tricky. There are two different types of tears and fixes:
- A seam of your quilt is torn. These are pretty straight-forward fixes since it’s usually just the binding thread that has failed. Using thread that matches your quilt, thread your needle, pull the thread through until the ends touch, and then tie a knot binding the two ends together. “Tuck” in the fabric that made the interior of your seam. Start from the inside of your quilt, so your knot remains inside. Stitch the opposite side, then guide the needle to the opposite seam and back again. Continue this until the seam is totally stitched. Now, finish the seam with a “slip stitch”. Move your needle through the fabric to the other side, then loop OVER and back to the other side. Pull the needle through the stitch you made to make a knot. Repeat once more to secure. Cut your thread and you’re done!
- You have a tear in the middle of your quilt. Iron on patches make fixing tears within fabric easy. Just make sure you use a low-heat patch, so you don’t damage your pellets. If you’re worried about the patch standing out, you can actually make your own patch using the same fabric (or coordinating) as the torn piece. Cut a piece of fabric about 1 inch larger than your tear on all sides. Now you have two options: you can use a fusible web tape (low heat only!) to create an iron on patch out of your chosen fabric, or you can pin and sew the patch into place. If you decide to pin and sew, make sure you hem each side of your patch so you don’t end up with a messy, frayed patch. After hemming, use straight pins to secure the patch in place over the tear. Stitch the fabric on and knot to finish.
Dryer Damage on Weighted Items
“I accidentally left my weighted friend in the dryer for too long/on high heat—what do I do?” I’ve heard that a few times, so be assured you aren’t alone. First, examine how badly the weighted item is damaged. Washing the item by itself on delicate with ½ cup of baking soda should take care of a lightly singed smell. For stronger odors, wash on delicate with 1 cup of vinegar.
Is your item still smelly? You may need to replace the pellets. Examine the weighted item with your nose. Is the whole item equally crispy smelling or just a particular part? Find the offending portions and use a seam ripper to gently open the damaged area and remove the pellets. You can purchase new pellets here. Fill with your new pellets, and then stitch shut (see the seam stitching instructions above).
I hope this helps fix your loved weighted items! Do you have a weighted item salvage success story? Share with me on Facebook!