How to Fix a Woven Blanket or Bedspread March 31, 2016 11:36 5 Comments

 Bates bedspreads have been adorning America’s bedrooms since the first one rolled off the loom over 150 years ago. Decades of continuous production coupled with heirloom quality weaving makes it no surprise that there would be countless vintage ones still in use today.

 As a trusted and well-known retailer of Bates bedspreads and blankets, folks often turn to us with questions regarding their cherished Bates heirloom. One inquiry we commonly receive is “how do I fix a hole or tear”.   In this week’s blog, we will show you how.


Bates blankets and bedspreads are made of woven fabric, so the best way to fix a hole or tear in one is to darn it. And no, we don’t mean to shake your fist and curse at it – darning is a method of essentially recreating the weave.



  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • thread

You’ll probably want to use thread that matches in color to the original fabric, but for the sake of easy viewing, we’ll be using a contrasting thread. We also recommend using an embroidery hoop to keep the material tight, but this is an optional tool.


The first step is to secure the weave around the hole or tear by stitching a square around the damaged area, at least a ¼” out (the further out you start, the stronger your repair will be). Make sure to leave a long tail of thread at the beginning. 

Depending on the size of your hole, you may choose to include a pre-shrunk cotton patch on the backside of the fabric. This would be the time to stitch the patch on.


Continuing with the same, uncut thread, begin weaving from one end of the square to the other. Do your best to follow the original weave pattern.

It is important to note that you should leave the stitch somewhat loose so that your darning does not pucker after being washed.


When you reach the hole, simply carry the thread over the open space, and continue weaving into the intact fabric on the other side.

If you are using a patch, simply continue to weave into the patch, rather than skipping over the hole.

Once you have reached the opposite end of the square, begin weaving perpendicular to your previous stitches (make sure to alternate over and under). If all goes well, you should end up where you began and you can use the long tail you left in the beginning to tie off your thread.

Viola! The hole has been repaired and now you are free to continue to enjoy your cherished blanket or bedspread for years to come.  

If you prefer to have a more perfect looking repair (or you simply don’t have the time or patience to darn) you should check out the re-weaving experts in Chicago, Without A Trace. We reached out to them and they are more than willing to help out with the repairs.