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    01-30-2011, 10:24 AM
Green Broke
Question Blanket, Rug, Sheet care???

It's getting to "that time of year" when our rugs, turn outs and stable sheets are looking like they have seen better days. I know one of my looks that way. So I'm curious, when you get rips, tears, etc...what are your favorite, tried and true ways of getting that blanket to stick it out one or two more months???
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    01-30-2011, 08:02 PM
Green Broke seriously... even if you're favorite patch up is duct tape, just want to know people's tried and true ways so I can try them out.
    01-30-2011, 08:35 PM
For rips and tears, I send them off for repairs! Or I'll donate them to our local horse rescue (they fix & use them). If it's a torn keeper or buckle/strap, I bust out my needle & thread and fix it myself. If the nylon edging/binding gets damaged, I'll heat up my electric stove top and melt it back together! I suppose you could use a lighter too.
    01-30-2011, 08:40 PM
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I just sew it back together! I'll have to take a picture of Lacey's midweight blanket sometime, it has tons of patches on it but it's still doing fine!

I just use ripstop nylon, that "make an iron-on applique" stuff that turns any fabric into an iron-on (you can get it at sewing stores), stick them together, then iron it on on the inside of the hole and the outside, then machine sew around the edges of the patch with heavy duty thread. I usually let the holes build up so I need to do 3 or 4 patches at once since it does take an hour or two to get 4 done, depending on the size of the hole. Then, once I'm done sewing, I spray water proofing on the freshly sewed areas, and I'm good to go. The one issue I've had is that sometimes the lining doesn't like to cooperate so that blanket does fit a little differently now, but nothing horrendous, just different.

I had a thought the other day about making patches with little pictures on them out of other cloths (like, a nylon base, with other colors ironed+sewn on), but she hasn't ripped it recently so I haven't gotten to try that out. Darn. Haha!
    01-30-2011, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
Rambo makes a patch kit. My QH's Rambo turnout has 2 itsy, bitsy lil holes (pinhead sized), so I am planning on buying their kit to fix them. It has an adhesive as well as patches. I think just a dab of adhesive will fix the holes as they are so small.

It's supposed to be -25 this week (ugh, ugh, ugh) so no blanket repair is going on, instead we're dragging out all the blankets we've got to ensure everyone stays warm.
    02-06-2011, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
This is why I um, how would you handle this???
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    02-06-2011, 01:09 PM
Green Broke
Does he wear it outside or just inside? If it's an inside blanket, Id put it back together as best as I could, whipstitch the tears closed, then run it through the sewing machine on a wide zigzag to re-enforce the stitching.

Outside, I have no idea because then you've got to deal with waterproofing and I've never done that.
    02-06-2011, 03:38 PM
Green Broke
He's primarily inside right now. He may be going to an "in and out" next month but...this is also his "laundry day" blanket so he only wears it overnight while his Weatherbeta gets cleaned.
    02-06-2011, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
Hmm... well I may be able to offer better repair advice in a few days. My trainer just called, my horse SHREDDED her blanket. It's apparently in about 15 pieces.

Argh! It *was* a Rambo too!

Wonder if I can fix it?
    02-06-2011, 05:09 PM
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I would just get some ripstop nylon and the iron-on making stuff (I checked and the stuff I have is "Trans-Bond", I have another brand that's "Heat n' Bond: iron-on adhesive" but that has seemed a little less strong) and make 2 giant patches (since it looks like he went all the way through in some places?) that are the correct size, plus 2 inches on all sides.
Then, iron on the inside one first (turn the blanket inside out, and make sure to have the iron on overlap all the holes by that extra 2 inches, etc), having the iron on each spot for about 30 seconds, then, turn it right-side out again, rearrange the batting so that it's in the correct spots and iron on the outside one.
When you do this, be sure to make the two patches line up somewhat so that when you sew, they'll both be sewn at the same time (less work! ).
Then, I'd use the sewing machine and do a zigzag stitch all the way around the outside edge of the outside patch.
And then, if you're feeling really good about what you've done, you could stitch it again about 1 inch in from your first stitching to make it a little stronger, but that's not super necessary.
Also, if you do the iron-on stuff, you don't exactly have to sew it, but I've found that when it's not sewn, it can start looking a little ratty rather quickly and sometimes the edges come up and such. So, if you've run out of time, or something, don't sew, but if you have the time, I'd really recommend sewing it.

Gah! I really want to just jump through the computer and fix it for you, I totally have a plan of action right now.

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