Quilt Restoration: Crepeline Applique

Sometimes, instead of replacing or covering a damaged or fragile patch with a replacement, the patch is stabilized and protected with crepeline. This is a choice that might be made when a particular fabric in the quilt has significance to the owner — a favorite dressmaking fabric, for example, or an apron remnant.

Crepeline is a very fine see-through silk material that is used in a variety of conservation, restoration, and artistic applications. Individual threads in the material are smaller in diameter than a human hair.

It is laid in side by side, just as I explained in an earlier post.


Very fine stitches are taken in order to minimize their appearance against the fabric. This is the view through my magnifying lenses:

Two sides are laid in:

Here’s another magnified view of the stitching line:

Here’s a normal view:

And here’s the finished product. The fragile fabric is protected against casual snags by rings or fingernails, and the owner can continue to enjoy the memory of this fabric.

3 comments

  1. Based on your tutorials I think I’ll just rip out or work around the deteriorating patches on my inherited crazy quilts! Or hire someone to fix them for me… ;- )

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