A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
November Crafting Tips & Tricks: Check out Kittykill's latest DIY video, How to Make Glowing Wax Globes!
Total Members: 314,622
Currently Running With Scissors:
362 Guests and 10 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: ? about my first rag quilt  (Read 927 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
sally1019
« 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
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Alexus1325
« 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
THIS ROCKS   Logged

jenpoe
« 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... :/
THIS ROCKS   Logged
kjlutz
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I am woman watch me grow!
Offline Offline

Posts: 5901
Joined: 23-May-2007

I've got a smile on my face & trees all around me


View Profile available for personal swaps
« 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. 

THIS ROCKS   Logged

Sometimes you get to change the world, and other times the world changes you.

The only PhD I earned stands for Pretty Happy Dropout! Now starting new adventures!
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Clipboard Photo Display
Party with a Pumpkin Challenge Winner: Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece
November 15, 2017 Featured Projects



Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.