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Thread: bleeding batik

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    My niece wants me to make her a tote bag and use a batik for the lining. The rest of the bag will be poke a dot fabrics. I didn't wash my fabric, but rinsed it in water and found that the batik bleeds. What should I do for this?

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    ok i got ahead of myself. after i wrote this i did a search and found threads on bleeding fabrics. would it be ok to just soak this fabric in the vinager and salt or should i also wash it with detergent too?

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    i rinse my batiks by hand until the water runs clear then i put it in the dryer.

    when its dry i spray starch and iron.

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    Wash it with a color catcher and regular laundry soap a couple times. Make sure there is plenty of water circulating around and through the bag, and DO NOT put into the dryer until the color is stable - any runs will get set in.

    It never fails to amaze me that people don't pre-wash.

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    I agree with the Shout color catcher sheets. They are amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Wash it with a color catcher and regular laundry soap a couple times. Make sure there is plenty of water circulating around and through the bag, and DO NOT put into the dryer until the color is stable - any runs will get set in.

    It never fails to amaze me that people don't pre-wash.
    Ditto. Batiks bleed a LOT. I had a Hoffman one that bled and bled and bled, and the actual color of the fabric never seemed to fade at all!

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    Thanks everyone. Yes I use the color catchers all the time they are wonderful.

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