It’s Quick, Easy and Works Great!
Pressing sprays, such as spray starch and sizing, make cutting and piecing so much easier. That’s especially true if you pre-wash your fabrics or have pieces that require sewing on the bias. These sprays also help to remove stubborn wrinkles and creases that a hot iron and steam won’t eliminate.
Brands such as Mary Ellen’s Best Press are very popular with quilters. However, they can get pricey, especially if you’re working on a large quilt or have a lot of fabric to iron smooth.
Fortunately, you can make your own effective spray quite inexpensively. It’s very simple to do. All you need is a spray bottle, distilled water, cheap vodka and liquid starch. You may also want to add a drop of an essential oil, like lavender, for fragrance.
New Quilters has an easy recipe, and they provide a label to print and apply to your spray bottle (sticky labels work great). Nice!
A second recipe, from Laren Lang, uses cornstarch instead of liquid starch. This all-natural formula can scorch, so be careful while using it. Plus, it needs to be stored in the fridge.
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