Should you prewash fabric to be made for gifts?

stitcheasy2003November 3, 2006


My question is:Should you prewash fabric to be made for gifts?

I am going to make some pillowcases, placemats, potholders etc. for gifts. I want the fabric to look new, just like in the store. Should I still prewash the fabric? How do I keep the new look if its washed? In the stores they are not prewashed? In that case why prewash?

Thank you B.

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Yes! Prewashing will not ruin the fabric, and it will preshrink your fabric. If you do not preshrink the fabric, your poor gift recipient will see the item warp when THEY wash it for the first time. Unless you are making a rag finish project, which is laundered AFTER construction, prewash all fabric. Zigzag or apply FrayChek to the cut edges of the fabric before you wash it to minimize unravellilng in the wash. Use a gentle cycle and dry as you would for the finished item.

You will wash out the manufacturer's sizing, which is easily replaced (giving the item a crisp feel) with a quick ironing with spray starch once the item is completed. The starching makes the item look new and unwashed.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 1:48PM
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