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post #1 of 2 Old 02-12-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Seriously rethinking do it yourself blanket repair, lol.

This is the second blanket this winter to be ripped to the point that it can't be used. The first one had probably a 10" square ripped and the lining ripped as well. That was my medium turnout, and I sent it for repair. the lady picked it up and dropped it off and the bill was $40 to clean and repair it. Yay!

Well, this other blanket is an $80 waterproof sheet, no insulation. I didn't want to spend half the cost of the blanket to repair it. It has a huge gaping rip, probably 16"on 2 sides, and the liner is ripped. I figured to patch it together to get through 2 more months, and then be done with it.

So, I took it to the car wash, hung it on the mat racks, and power hosed it. That was about 30 mins and $10, although the car is clean now, too.

Then I went to fabric store for nylon patches, heavy duty thread, a heavy duty repair needle, and backpack strap material, which is supposed to help a ripped blanket hang together. That was another 30 minutes and about $15.

I still have to do the actual sewing when the blanket is dry. Is still smells, so I'm not sure it's coming in the house. I will probably be sewing outside ...

So, hmm, at least 2 hours of my time, and $25.

The $40 repair bill is looking like a much better deal ...
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I am currently resurrecting torn blankets and discovered that there is a very sticky tape designed for repairing sails and that it's clear.
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