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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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  1. Inspect the damage. Clip any dangling threads, fabric, or feathers using small scissors. .
    • 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.

    • Clean the fabric area that you are repairing with Isopropyl alcohol prior to applying the patch. This will remove dirt and oil allowing the adhesive to bond well to the fabric. Allow fabric to dry for a short period before adhering the patch

  2. Grab your repair tape. Flip the repair tape to the back side. Using a permanent marker, draw an oval slightly larger than the hole.
    • 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.

  3. Cut out your shape using scissors. Cut out your shape using scissors.
    • Cut out your shape using scissors.

  4. 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. 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.
    • 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.

  5. 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. 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.

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

  7. 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. 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.
    • 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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Brittany McCrigler

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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

Hi Hylah, Yes you can wash your jacket and if the patches are starting to peel a little after 7 years you have some options. 1) Contact Patagonia Burlington Store and ask for some more patches, each store has a variety of patches, zipper sliders, Zipper pulls, snaps, buttons to help with easy repairs. 2) Send it to us for Repair, you could take it to the store or start the process on-line . https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html

Holes are not warranty but due to wear and tear, we will repair it for you no problem. Our goal is to keep product in use as long as possible. After they have reached there end of life use, we can recycle it for you and then you can invest in another long lasting durable product. Please check out this link for additional questions. https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Rep...

Marty Chapman -

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

Have you seen this product? "'''fixmytear'''". It's a repair tape which sticks very well to vinyl, canvas, rubber, leather and most other surfaces. Apply it to both sides if you can for extra strength. Absolutely life saving tape.

https://www.amazon.com/Fixmytear-Magic-R...

https://www.amazon.com/fixmytear-Magic-R...

bobhunter50023 - Reply

Nooooonono. Send it to Patagonia! They will fix it for you or even replace it with something new.

You are welcome.

Debs Halcrow - Reply

@debshalcrow Thanks for your comment, but these guides were made in conjunction with Patagonia to help users. This guide can help patch a leak so you can get back outside and on with your adventure without having to wait 4-5 weeks for Patagonia’s repair team to return your jacket. Also, repairing something yourself adds personality and history to your jacket. There are fun shaped tape patches available, as well as a guide on how to do the full baffle sewing repair, to help make the repair easy to do. As Patagonia shares via Worn Wear, repaired and reused is better than new. https://wornwear.patagonia.com/

Brittany McCrigler - Reply

I have a Patagonia pullover windbreaker from 1991. Has a kangaroo style zipper pocket in the front. The pocket fabric is netting basically and has weakened creating a few holes over the years. In addition a dog tried to attack and bite my arm leaving a tear the size of a quarter on a sleeve. Is the Tenacious Tape the best way to go to repair these holes? If so, wondering if I’ll need to apply a patch on both sides of the fabrics?

Patty Ka'iakapu - Reply

Can you use this tape with a Patagonia fuzzy sweater?

Susan Crayne - Reply

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