Pre-wash your fabrics before you sew them.
If you’re a quilter go ahead and ignore this one, but if most of the projects you sew are articles of clothing, then this is pretty important. Practically every seamstress has a story about “that time they sewed something awesome, and them promptly shrunk it in the laundry.” (like this one) We’ve all done it! But one way to spare yourself this frustration, is to get into the habit of tossing your new fabric purchases directly into the hamper as soon as you get home from the store. Then you know whenever you grab something from your stash it’s already pre-shrunk and ready to go.
The problem is that there are so many different kinds of fabric and fiber blends that it can be hard to remember how exactly each one needs to be handled. It’s nice if you have the care instructions from the bolt end as a reminder, but lets face it… sometimes you just forget. So I’ve made a handy Fabric Pre-washing Printable that you can post right next to you washing machine to help you remember.
Go ahead and use it as an excuse to buy even more fabric!Have a great weekend!
Please, please, please! Keep in mind that these are only the most general guidelines. Every fabric reacts differently when washed, and the best directions are those directly from the manufacturer. (aka. don’t e-mail me saying that you followed my chart and your $40/yard fabric is ruined. Launder at your own risk! ;-D)