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
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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

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  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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