Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Preparing Fabric

   Before you start sewing away on your new project, you've got to prepare your fabric. Here are some tips to help you with that!

1. There is no need to prewash any "pack" of preassorted fabric; ie. charm packs, fat quarters, jelly rolls, etc. If you are making something from a pack of fabric and buy additional fabric to go along with it, do not prewash that either.

2. Flannel and fleece do not need to be prewashed! (Unless you are planning to match it with another type of fabric that has been washed).

3. Any cotton fabric will need to be prewashed.

4. You can put your fabric in a "quick rinse" cycle, or simply put it in a bucket of warm/hot water and let it soak for a bit. Just as long as you get the fabric in some warm water so it will pre-shrink. Do remember to put like colors together (just like regular laundry) so colors don't run.

5. If you grab your fabric out of the dryer soon enough, you won't have to iron it!

**The most important thing to remember is that if you prewash one fabric, ALL of the fabrics you use need to be prewashed!! The opposite is also true; if you do not prewash one fabric, do not prewash ANY of your fabrics!

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