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Introduction

Holes in a down jacket can mean being a walking pillow-fight. Prevent feathers from leaking and ensure that the hole doesn't grow with a temporary patch. While patching your jacket with repair tape will hold for a while, and is a great way to repair on the fly, eventually you will want to put a real patch on the jacket. For details on patching a down jacket, check out our Baffle Repair Guide.

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Image 1/1: Do not pull feathers out with your finger. Pulling feathers encourages more feathers to come out the hole and makes the problem worse.
  • Inspect the damage. Clip any dangling threads, fabric, or feathers using small scissors.

    • Do not pull feathers out with your finger. Pulling feathers encourages more feathers to come out the hole and makes the problem worse.

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Image 1/3: Flip the repair tape to the back side. Image 2/3: Using a permanent marker, draw an oval slightly larger than the hole. Image 3/3: If you have a wide hole, you can use a rectangle, but be sure to round the edges. Rounding the edges prevents the corners from getting caught and peeling up.
  • Grab your repair tape.

  • Flip the repair tape to the back side.

  • Using a permanent marker, draw an oval slightly larger than the hole.

    • If you have a wide hole, you can use a rectangle, but be sure to round the edges. Rounding the edges prevents the corners from getting caught and peeling up.

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  • Cut out your shape using scissors.

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  • Lay the shape over the hole to ensure that the patch is large enough. You want the patch to be reach the fabric on all sides with at least an 1/8" of overlap.

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Image 1/3: Be sure not to touch the sticky side, as this will gum up the tape and it will not stick well. Image 2/3: Be sure not to touch the sticky side, as this will gum up the tape and it will not stick well. Image 3/3: Be sure not to touch the sticky side, as this will gum up the tape and it will not stick well.
  • Using your fingernail, or a pin, peel the backing off the repair tape, so that you only have the clear sticky layer.

  • Be sure not to touch the sticky side, as this will gum up the tape and it will not stick well.

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  • Lay the tape over the hole and press the tape down with your finger.

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  • Use a fingernail or a spudger to work all of the air out of the tape, rubbing it and pressing down on it with a warm palm until it is well-adhered.

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3 Comments

I have now put four or five tenacious tape patches on my son's down sweater (9 year old are tough in VT). But now it is very dirty. Can I wash it like I would if it didn't have the tenacious tape - or do i need to do something different?

Hylah - Reply

its water proof so i guess it can be washed

sheilaym1 - Reply

I've found super glue works pretty well and doesn't show the down.

Patrick Marcott - Reply

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