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Thread: Help... I ruined a project! ):

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    Lilaciris's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    Does flannel bleed more than other fabrics?

    I am not an accomplished sewer, despite loving making quilts. I was so happy that I was able to finish a grocery cart from a McCall's pattern that is intended as a gift. I made it with a minkee interior, and flannel exterior. It turned out very nice...BUT...

    Now that it's done there is dye transfer from the chocolate colored flannel (bebe chic flannel) to the icy blue minkee, which looks much like baby had an accident in there! :shock: :shock: I DID prewash the fabrics separately before starting this. The first dye transfer occurred during the construction process. I washed it again after it was finished hoping that would take care of it. I looked at it coming out of the wash and it looked good, so I tossed it in the dryer, which I'm afriad was a huge mistake becuase on closer inspection there is new dye transfer on the edges which happened in the washing process and now it's been through the dryer. :oops:

    So, I am REMAKING the entire project :cry:. A chocolate with blue dot fabric quilter's cotton version is available, rather than the flannel. Will that bleed too, or is it flannel that will not hold the color?


    Thanks for your input.
    Stop in at a Joann's store and pickup a dye grabber. They work wonders! Throw it into the washer and it grabs the dye, even on things that have been dried.

    I made the mistake of putting a red flannel back on one of my quilts and it bled. It had been a couple of years and I tried using one on it and it helped, although some of the yellows still look muted because of the dye transfer.

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    Maybe I am getting old but I thought putting vinegar in the wash helped hold the colors and stop bleeding? I would go with the cottons and stay away from anything that could bleed. What a nightmare. I didnt know fabric still bleed any longer. Knock on wood I have been fortunate. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    Maybe I am getting old but I thought putting vinegar in the wash helped hold the colors and stop bleeding? I would go with the cottons and stay away from anything that could bleed. What a nightmare. I didnt know fabric still bleed any longer. Knock on wood I have been fortunate. Good luck!
    Vinegar used to work on a lot of the natural dyes. These days, though, all the dyes are chemical in nature so vinegar is unlikely to work anymore.

    Bleeding is caused by incorrectly set dyes or over-saturation of dye (fabric fibers can hold only so much dye). It still happens.

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