How to Repair Moth Holes in a Wool Blanket
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When you discover moth holes in a wool blanket or garment, you should repair the item right away. The more you handle it, the larger the holes will get. Also, check other wool or animal fibre items in your home to be sure the moth problem is not widespread. If you knit or spin, check your yarn and fibre.
Holes are not caused by the actual flying moths; they are caused by moth larvae, so even if you don't see moths, look for bugs and damaged woollens.
Place the wool blanket inside the zipper seal bag and close. Place the bag in the freezer. Leave the bag in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any remaining moth eggs or larvae.
- When you discover moth holes in a wool blanket or garment, you should repair the item right away.
- Holes are not caused by the actual flying moths; they are caused by moth larvae, so even if you don't see moths, look for bugs and damaged woollens.
Remove the blanket from the bag. Spread the blanket on a flat surface and identify the holes. While you may have initially noticed the larges hole, there may be smaller ones that need repair as well.
Cut an 18-inch length of wool floss. Thread the tapestry needle. Tie a knot in the end of the floss.
Carefully pull the edges of a hole together, then hand stitch in place with the needle and thread. Work slowly and make sure your stitches are at least a quarter inch from the edge of the hole.
- Remove the blanket from the bag.
- Carefully pull the edges of a hole together, then hand stitch in place with the needle and thread.
Tie a knot in the thread close to the blanket to secure, then trim the end with scissors. Repeat for any remaining holes.
- "The Knitter's Book of Yarn'; Clara Parkes; 2007
- "The Knitter's Book of Wool"; Clara Parkes; 2009
- "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home"; Martha Stewart; 2006
- If you can't find a wool embroidery floss that matches, pull a strand of fringe from the edge of a fringed wool blanket to make the repairs.
- If the hole is too big to mend, cover it with an applique cut from a contrasting wool fabric
- Do not wash or dry the wool blanket before repairing, doing so will enlarge the moth holes.
- Don't use cotton thread to repair the wool blanket, wool stretches, but cotton doesn't, so an even bigger tear will form in the repaired area when you use the blanket.
Sarah Emerald is the author of books and magazine articles specializing in crafts, family, business and the home, including Create and Decorate, Hilton Head Monthly and Crafts magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a small private college in the southeastern U.S.