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« on: October 23, 2010 05:47:57 AM »

I am going to make my 2 kids each a rag quilt. I purchased my flannel and am ready, but have 1 important question. Should I wash my flannel before making the quilt or wait and wash after assembled? I have seen contradicting instructions and need advice from those who frequently make these. Thanks  Smiley
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010 09:13:23 AM »

Always pre-wash unless you intend to dry clean something (like delicate silk fabrics). My understanding of rag quilts is that you throw it in the wash after you have clipped the seam allowances just to rag it up. You definitely want to prewash the flannel prior to assembly, though, because it will shrink anywhere from a tiny bit to losing half a foot of your yardage! The stuff they carry at Fabricland (the non-child-specific ones, that is) seems to shrink about 2 inches to the metre, which is ALOT. I always buy at least a quarter yard more fabric than a clothing pattern calls for, just because of the shrink factor.

Best of luck on your raggy adventure Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010 11:40:33 AM »

I prewash all my fabric besides flannel. Not because it doesn't need to be done, but because every time I wash it, it balls up and looks like crap Sad I'm not sure how to avoid that, so I stopped washing it at all... :/
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010 12:09:26 PM »

Normally you prewash fabric, but for rag quilts you get a better effect if you DON'T prewash it first.  It makes it rag-up nicer. 


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