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Date: 12/31/12 7:02 PM

Hi, folks. I need to pick your brains on what I should make a comforter cover out of. This cover will be over the down comforter, but under a decorative comforter.
The comforter is shedding feathers like crazy, so I want a "feather-impermeable" type of fabric. I have considered traditional pillow ticking-like fabric, or even using sheets with very high thread counts to stop the feathers.
Suggestions? Thanks for your help!

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Date: 12/31/12 7:04 PM

Velvet?

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Date: 12/31/12 7:11 PM

I suggest one side being flannel and the top being a sheet with a high thread count. Why the flannel? So the thing won't slip off the bed. I've had too many pretty satiny covers on my bed, only to wake up in the middle of the night freezing because they slipped off.

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Date: 12/31/12 8:01 PM

How old is the duvet? Maybe it is time to replace it.

We have down duvets on all our beds. There comes a point when you just have to replace them.

If you can determine where the feathers are coming from you can stitch a patch over that area. I have done this to lengthen the life of a duvet, but it is a sure sign it is close to the end.

I wash our duvets at least 2 times per year. I cannot afford to have a washing machine repair due to feathers clogging it up.

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Date: 12/31/12 8:22 PM

Traditional striped downproof ticking also comes in solids. Another downproof fabric is a tightly woven nylon taffeta or ripstop.

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Date: 12/31/12 8:27 PM

I love the idea of flannel on one side and tightly woven cotton on the other.
Since you are in Nebraska where I assume you have cold winters, I think that's an exceelent choice.

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Date: 12/31/12 9:49 PM

The flannel idea is great, and it got me thinking about using flannel-backed satin for this, just wrong side out, or wrong side down on the underneath. Hmmm.
The comforter is brand new, so it's not a "wear" issue. It was a high quality one that I splurged on for Christmas.
It's *Blank* cold in NE, so really warm choices are not a problem. 5 months of winter, sigh.

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Date: 12/31/12 9:52 PM

When I wash down, I take it to a laundromat, where they have enormous drum washers, so no fear for my washer. I do dry it partially in my dryer, then lay it out.

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Date: 1/1/13 7:12 AM

I vote for flannel. I just bought some to make a flannel cover for mine.

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Date: 1/1/13 11:52 PM

It has to be something with a very high thread count,l if you want those quills to stay inside.

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