Many quilters and quilting experts advise against washing pre-cuts. Those cut edges can turn into a raveled mess and smaller cuts tend to distort.
But, what if you just bought a package of deep reds? Red dye is notorious for bleeding. Pre-washing fabric is a good way to remove much of the excess dye and to keep the fabric from bleeding into other sections of a quilt.
Fortunately, Laura from Sew Very Easy has developed a method for washing fat quarters and pre-cuts without raveling and distortion. As it turns out, it’s not the washing itself that causes problems but how the fabric is handled.
Watch the following video to learn her method. Once dried and ironed, pre-cuts look brand new, like the laundered pre-cuts in the photo at the top of this page.
Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.
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