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    Senior Member thebossbab's Avatar
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    Hello Everyone, I just did a search about washing fabrics and got many answers. But I'm still not sure what to do. I'm making coasters and hot pads to sell at a craft fair this November and I have 100-150 of 1 yard of fabric (mostly all 100% cotton from Joann's & Hancock Fabrics--nothing very expensive). Thinking of washing much less ironing all of that is quite daunting. So do I wash or not? I'm not knowledgable enough to know what is best. I don't want to think that I sold an end product to someone only to shrink and be unusable after one washing :oops: So any and all advice/comments are very much appreciated to this newbee.
    Thanks, Becky

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    You'll probably find that half of us will tell you that it's alright not to wash and the other half that say the opposite. I never wash unless I'm using flannel because it shrinks so much. I do however, test swatches to make sure it doesn't bleed. The trick is wash everything or wash nothing. If you don't wash, you'll get a little shrinkage and get that old fashioned look once the quilt is washed.

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    Thanks Bernie.....not washing will save me on time since I'm busy with work etc. just like most.
    Becky

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebossbab
    Hello Everyone, I just did a search about washing fabrics and got many answers. But I'm still not sure what to do. I'm making coasters and hot pads to sell at a craft fair this November and I have 100-150 of 1 yard of fabric (mostly all 100% cotton from Joann's & Hancock Fabrics--nothing very expensive). Thinking of washing much less ironing all of that is quite daunting. So do I wash or not? I'm not knowledgable enough to know what is best. I don't want to think that I sold an end product to someone only to shrink and be unusable after one washing :oops: So any and all advice/comments are very much appreciated to this newbee.
    Thanks, Becky
    For coasters and hot pads, I wouldn't worry about washing. On such a small object shrinkage will be minimal anyway. I always consider what I am going to do with the fabric before washing it. For quilts and kids stuff I do wash it. The QFK fabric I don't because they have to be washed before sending back anyway. I like the crinkled look. Flannel I always wash first regardless of what I am doing with it.

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    I don't prewash-just check for bleeding.

    Just a hint: use Scotchgard on your coastes and table runners--they won't stain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I don't prewash-just check for bleeding.

    Just a hint: use Scotchgard on your coastes and table runners--they won't stain.
    Thanks for this tip!

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    You could make a few samples. Wash a couple and compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebossbab
    Hello Everyone, I just did a search about washing fabrics and got many answers. But I'm still not sure what to do. I'm making coasters and hot pads to sell at a craft fair this November and I have 100-150 of 1 yard of fabric (mostly all 100% cotton from Joann's & Hancock Fabrics--nothing very expensive). Thinking of washing much less ironing all of that is quite daunting. So do I wash or not? I'm not knowledgable enough to know what is best. I don't want to think that I sold an end product to someone only to shrink and be unusable after one washing :oops: So any and all advice/comments are very much appreciated to this newbee.
    Thanks, Becky

    My thoughts too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebossbab
    Hello Everyone, I just did a search about washing fabrics and got many answers. But I'm still not sure what to do. I'm making coasters and hot pads to sell at a craft fair this November and I have 100-150 of 1 yard of fabric (mostly all 100% cotton from Joann's & Hancock Fabrics--nothing very expensive). Thinking of washing much less ironing all of that is quite daunting. So do I wash or not? I'm not knowledgable enough to know what is best. I don't want to think that I sold an end product to someone only to shrink and be unusable after one washing :oops: So any and all advice/comments are very much appreciated to this newbee.
    Thanks, Becky
    I'd be interested in the coasters and hot pads you're going to make. Can you share a picture when you get some done? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I don't prewash-just check for bleeding.

    Just a hint: use Scotchgard on your coastes and table runners--they won't stain.
    Thanks JanRN....that's a good idea and one I'll use.
    Becky

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    MommaDorian.....I have a pattern http://www.busybeequilters.com/QuiltedCoasters.html for the coasters and also watched a video on youtube for the hot pads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sipzCAflJQ8
    I understood how to make the coasters after I watched the video on the hot pads. They look very quick and easy to do. As I do more sewing again I will venture into making my first real quilt. I can't wait to start :-)
    Becky

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    thanks grann of 6...I think you just sealed the deal for me on no washing :thumbup:
    Becky

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