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downproof comforter

sewpat | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

With the recent cold spell, I pulled out an old English eiderdown.  It is wonderfully cosy and lightweight.  But the down migrates thru’ the taffeta cover.  Does anyone have a solution to my problem?  I’m hoping there is a product out there that will seal the pores of the cover.  What would you do, chum?

Edited 2/2/2005 10:04 pm ET by pat


  1. rekha | | #1

    I know a downproof cotton material is available from http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/products.cfm?productID=224, but I haven't ever used it to comment on it. Hope this helps.

    1. sewpat | | #2

      Thank you for the information.  I'll check out the product and report back.  I think all those hardly-seen bits of down floating around in my bedroom are giving me the sneezes!

      1. rekha | | #3

        If your duvet, sorrry comforter, has been in storage for a long while, it might be a good idea to give it a wash and proof it, in order to get rid of any fungal spores. I use Granger's but you may have something more appropriate at your outdoors shop.

        1. sewpat | | #4

          The web site you suggest, rekha, is for fabric with which I could make a cover -- and that might be the route I have to take.  But this is quite a fancy quilted pink taffeta comforter with corded piping around the edges, and encasing it would make it  just another ho-hum warmth-producing layer. 

          1. Do you have any thoughts about spray sizing the comforter?  2. I have washed it, but what do you mean when you say "proof" it?


  2. FitnessNut | | #5

    I have a bottle of a wash-in product that helps to "down-proof" fabric. I've used it on down filled ski jackets with good success. It is called Down Proof, made by Nikwax and available for $16.95 Canadian at http://www.justmakeit.com/notions/waterproofing/index.html

    1. rekha | | #6

      The 'downproof' that you refer to is strictly speaking waterproofing of  down. I think the question related to stopping down from coming out through the fabric. The only way I can think of doing this is to undo the stitches from one side of your pretty duvet, cover it in the downproof fabric and then use your original as a duvet 'cover'. Hope this helps.

      1. FitnessNut | | #7

        Oops....guess you're right. But it does help prevent the down from coming through the exterior fabric.IMO, there is no way to make this item truly downproof without either covering it in downproof fabric or doing as you suggest, which is not something I'd want to do. Transferring the down to another "container" would be messy at best ;-)

    2. sewpat | | #8

      Thank you so much for giving time to help solve my small problem.   I am very impressed with your thoughtful suggestions, and am overwhelmed by the medium of this forum to connect with Nottingham and Alberta from here in California. 

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