Why We Need to Prewash Quilt Fabric

In preparation of my quilt borders, I needed to order extra fabric.  It arrived promptly from the Holly and Ivy Etsy shop.

Prior to anxiously cutting into the fabric, I realized that I had to delay one day by prewashing / soaking the rusty burgandy Moda fabric (the good stuff).  Gosh, am I glad I did!

First soak in lukewarm water and dye-free All (small amount)
Second soak in very warm water and Synthrapol SP
(a textile detergent)
Last, but not least, third soak in cold water and white vinegar
Phew! I am now confident to proceed without fabric worries other than attempting to line up fabric for a nice mitered border.  Here’s a sneak peak:

Practicing border layouts
Check out other Esther’s blog to see her last WOW linky party for 2013.


4 thoughts on “Why We Need to Prewash Quilt Fabric

  1. I prewash some but not all. I did prewash my reds and greens in the quilt currently on the frame – but I'm very much afraid it will still bleed in the washer – I plan on tons of water and a lot of color catchers! I mainly pre wash batiks, navy, red,very dark browns and greens


  2. My gosh, it looks like raspberry cordial. When you rinse in vinegar and water, how much vinegar do you use? Your spdesign wall looks exciting with that lovely quilt in progress


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