How to Wash, Care and Repair a Quilt

I have a lovely quilt that my grandma and I made when I was thirteen.  Thankfully, I knew how to wash the quilt and care for it. But like all things, it has aged with time.

I was just looking at the old quilt this week, and to my dismay, there are a few holes in the top (and not small ones!) and near the hand pieced seams, the fabric is starting to tear.

Whether there is a favorite quilt that is damaged and can’t be let go of, or someone likes to collect antique quilts, the resources here showing how to repair a quilt will be helpful.

There are preservationists who will completely repair an antique quilt that is worth a lot of money. But for most, the quilt repair and restoration tips found here will be sufficient for the quilts that are for use as opposed to simply being on display.

There is a great resource on our page of quilt museums where one can see lovely antique quilts and quilting items displayed.

The variety of techniques available to repair and restore old quilts is plentiful. 

Many different techniques are shown in the tutorials below, including taking out and replacing pieced work, zig-zag stitches on seams, and removing the entire quilting to change the batting or backing.

How to Wash a Quilt

Also included in the list below are articles with detailed instructions on how to wash a quilt.  Washing a new quilt is much different than washing an old quilt, and the resources below will tell the best way for the quilt in question.

How do you remove yellow stains from an old quilt?

Old quilts often have stains, particularly yellow stains from sweat.  It is important to remove the stubborn yellow stains on the quilt without damaging the quilt or changing the color of the fabric.

Most people are amazed at how nicely the stains are removed using a simple mixture of Oxyclean and water.  A paste can be made with the Oxyclean and water and gently rubbed into the stain. The area is then rinsed with vinegar and water.  

Next, the quilt can be machine washed with laundry detergent and Oxyclean added to the load. It is important to check the stain after washing.  If it remains, do not dry the quilt. 

Try spraying the stain with more vinegar and let it dry in the sunshine.  Amazingly, the sun can help bleach many things safely.

Scroll down to find more ways to care for quilts, including how to wash a quilt and how to repair quilts.

You are sure to find the technique that works for you!

How to Wash, Care and Repair a Quilt

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Antique Quilts

Here is a guide to cleaning and caring for antique quilts. Antique Marks

Caring for Your Quilts

Keep your quilts looking great! How-to techniques. RLROUSE Directory

Clean and Care for Handmade Quilts

In this article find information on how often to clean a quilt, treat stains, store the quilt and repairing. The Spruce

Fix Popped and Torn Quilt Seams

Here is how a post at Keepsake Crafts by Sandy repaired a quilt with popped and torn seams. Keepsake Crafts

How to Care for Handmade Quilts

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How to care for handmade quilts in six easy steps - inspect, shake/vacuum, brush, wash, dry and store. Affiliate Link to Accuquilt Blog

How to Mend A Quilt

Is your quilt falling apart? This is one way to mend your favorite quilt. By Bekathwia via Instructables

How to Repair a Damaged Quilt

Learn how to repair frayed seams, how to repair small holes, large holes and holes near the binding. Darcy Quilts

How to Wash a Quilt

This is a how-to guide for washing handmade quilts by hand or machine. Casper

How to wash a Quilt?

Here are some most important tips you should know that will make the tasks easy. Aanya Linen

How to Wash and Care for a Quilt

Handmade quilts are precious and need to be treated well. Check out these simple instructions on how to wash and care for a quilt the right way and the wrong way. Suzy Quilts

Mend A Quilt

This post has a few tips on how to mend an old quilt. Crafty House

Patchwork Quilt Repair

How to repair old patchwork quilt with this tutorial. Lora B

Proper Way to Clean and Care

In this article learn how to hand wash, machine wash and dry a quilt; along with other frequently asked questions on quilt care and tips. Mydomaine

Quilt Care

FAQ on hanging, storage and shipping of quilts. Bryerpatch Studio

Quilt Care Information Sheet

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Learn how to care for quilts. Affiliate Link to

Quilt Care Instructions - To Print

Here are quilt care instructions that can be saved to your computer and then printed. The Click Creative

Quilt Repair

Information and examples on quilt restoragion. Ann Quilts

Quilt Repair By Hand

This article by From My Carolina Home explains how to replace the quilt's worn or torn patchwork. From My Carolina Home

Quilt Repair Techniques

There are many ways to repair a quilt - there is no right way or wrong way. Here are 5 options. Quilter's Review

Quilt Seam Repair

In this article are some possible ways to repair broken quilt seams. Quilt With Marci Baker

Quilt Storage

How should quilts be stored? Here are some options to consider. LE Quilts

Rag Quilt Washing

Rag quilt shed so here are some simple steps to help with the shredded lint. A Vision to Remember

Rebind A Quilt

Rebind A Quilt

Do you have an heirloom or much-loved quilt whose binding is frayed or torn? Frayed edges are a common problem since they get a lot of wear and tear. Replacing the old quilt binding with a new binding is a quilt repair that is easy to do.

This post is on how to replace the binding on an old much-loved quilt. Associate

Repair a Quilt

In this article learn how to repair a quilt. Sewn Handmade

Repair a Severely Damaged Quilt

Here is information on how From My Carolina Home repaired a severely damaged vintage quilt. Learn how! From My Carolina Home

Repairing A Vintage Quilt

This post is all about how to repair a vintage quilt. Lo and Behold Stitchery

Vintage Quilts

This article talks about the tips and tricks for safely washing an antique quilt to preserve and use it. Simple Simon and Company

Wash and Care for Your Quilts

You want that handmade quilt to last for generations to come! Learn how to care for and clean your quilts. All People Quilt

Washing a Quilt

This article has many tips of caring for a handmade quilt. Quiltdom

Washing A Vintage Quilt

There are so many factors to consider and how to clean that treasured quilt; so check this article on washing a vintage quilt. Stitched and Found

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