Dye Run

Dye Run

I always pre wash my fabrics.  Here’s just one reason why!  And this is after the 3rd rinse!  The reds have run quite badly.    This is not an uncommon result from reds.  It can then be transferred to other paler fabrics leaving them with pink streaks or just a general pink colour.  Similarly with blues and blacks which can result in your other fabrics taking a on a grey dirty look.

As quilt makers we go to a lot of trouble to make a quilt.  I don’t understand why there is a resistance in some camps to prewashing fabric.  image

I have heard ladies complain many times about making a quilt and then washing it only to find some of the colours have run!  This is a very disappointing scenario.

Whenever I bring my fabric home,I take it straight to the laundry.  I give it a gentle wash or even just a soak in hot water.  A gentle spin and then dry and fold away ready for use.

I store my fabrics away from direct light and with these!

Cupboard Keeps

I don’t want to make a quilt then have the dye bleed onto the surrounding fabrics.

Did you know fabrics are full of chemicals?  Isn’t it best the reduce the load of them too, before working with the fabric?

Just one other thought….I did an experiment recently to see how much the fabric shrinks.   Read more about this here.

Wash Your Precuts?

To be honest I was quite surprised at the amounts, which brings me to this ….why be so uptight about cutting fabrics to such precise sizes using 7/8″ increments, when the chances are it may shrink more than that?….another reason to prewash……


This image shows 5″ squares which were cut from unwashed fabric.  After washing and laying atop a regular 5″ x 5″ squares, you can see the amount of shrinkage.  They are all quality fabrics, however they do shrink at varying rates.

Just fabric for thought….

3 thoughts on “Dye Run”

  1. I so, so agree with you regarding pre-washing!! Thank you so much!! I always pre-wash (seriously. I do NOT want to spend hours & hours piecing and quilting, only to have colors run and ruin all my hard work.) And I get soooo frustrated hearing other quilters ranting about fabric that has run on their quilts, using the excuse “I’ve never pre-washed & have never had this happen before!” Well–there’s always a first time, why even risk it? Again, thank you for making me feel better! Love, love your blog, always full of beautiful ideas/patterns & tips!!

    1. Dear Cathy. Thank you for out so much for your comment. Absolutely. I’m fascinated that so many Quilter’s deliberately miss or have no interest in this step. After all, as you rightly pointed out – it’s many many hours of work in piecing and quilting.
      All the best to you,

  2. Good tips you shared today. When I first started quilting 2 years ago I had hardly any fabric so started buying new/as new quality duvet covers from charity shops. Most of them had been used so had been washed at least once but I still washed them myself anyway. When I started reading blogs I took the advice of washing all new fabrics, because of shrinkage and dye runs – it makes sense of course in the long run. I also like your idea of using cloves and just read your tut about making some sashes. Thanks 🙂

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