Here's my partial list:
- Pre-washing removes excess dye. Don't just think in terms of dyes bleeding when you do wash your finished project, think about skin irritation, too.
- Pre-washing removes any odors. (Not to sound picky, but sometimes fabs that have been in a shop a while get a wee bit musty...)
- Pre-washing = pre-shrinking.
- Since I always let my Guide Dog for the Color Blind check my new fabrics, pre-washing also removes any Sibe fuzz that may have transferred over.
- Pre-washed fab feels nicer to me. And I love the smell of fresh laundry.
- My top reason: my quilting mentor told me to. Hahahahaha! But seriously, she did and it made sense, so I do. Fabric, except those pre-cuts, is not allowed into my Studio until it's been washed. Here's how I do it!
To help prevent tons of unravelling, trim the corners off -- just about 1/4 of an inch in:
|The extremely cool fabs I won from Fabricworm being prepped for the wash|
You'll still have a little fraying, but not as badly as if you don't trim the corners. No, I don't count fat quarters as pre-cuts. They get washed. Always. Throw it in the washer and dryer, using normal cycles. Give it a work out! And give it one of these in the wash:
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Toss one sheet in when you wash your fabric -- or if you don't pre-wash, make sure you toss one in when you do wash your project. You'll be so glad you did; the sheets soak up excess dye to prevent bleeding over onto other fabs.
Those are my thoughts on washing fabric. In other news, Jill's Super Shopper is DONE and in the mail; I'll post pix of the finished bag tomorrow!
Thanks for reading!