How to Fix Tears in Down Coats

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Repairing a down coat depends on the tears.
Repairing a down coat depends on the tears. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Down jackets have feathers to insulate you from the cold weather. The jackets, however, are extremely fragile. Whether you’re skiing or completing daily tasks, your down jacket is susceptible to rips and tears. Any damage can cause the feathers to fly out of the jacket, leaving your once fluffy barrier deflated. You have four options to repair the rip in your down jacket. You can return it to the manufacturer for repair. You can pay a professional to repair the tear. You can throw the jacket away and purchase a new one, or you can repair it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Seam sealer
  • Tent-repair tape
  • Feathers

Fix Tears on Outside of Down Coat

Clean the damaged area of any debris. Use scissors to trim the threads caused by the tear.

Replace any of the missing down feathers. You can buy packets of down feathers from various retailers. Place the feathers in the jacket in a way that doesn’t cause the rip to become larger. You want the ripped area to have the same amount of feathers as the rest of your jacket, so don’t overstuff the area.

Pull the ripped sections together, then place straight pins in the area. You want to keep the torn sections securely in place.

Use a needle and thread to sew the ripped material together.

Coat the stitches using an outdoor repair adhesive that seals seams. Place a light coat of adhesive to prevent the stitches from coming apart.

Fix Tears on Inside of Down Coat

Clean the inside of the coat where the tear is. Trim any loose threads. Pull the sections together.

Use tent-repair tape to secure the ripped sections together on the outside of the jacket. When the tear goes from the interior of the coat to the outside, you must stop the feathers from exiting the coat.

Turn the coat inside out. You want to repair the tear on the inside of the jacket.

Apply the seam sealing adhesive to the inside surface of the coat. This is the area underneath the feathers. You want to prevent the outside of the jacket from coming apart. Stuff feathers back into the coat. Put the ripped sections together.

Apply the adhesive to the torn area. Start approximately 1/4 inch beyond the tear on each side of the torn section. Let it dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any time you’re away from home when the jacket tears, you can try to instantly repair it. Use tape. Place a small amount of tape over the tear to prevent the feathers from flying out. You must, however, remove the tape from the area along with any sticky residue. You don’t want to repair your down jacket with the tape residue still on it.
  • You may have to repeat the process depending on how many tears you have on the coat.

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