Tips for Washing and Storing Fabric
Learn how to prep newly purchased fabric for sewing and crafting projects with these tips.
Michelle DeHoop asks expert Alex Anderson: "I would like to know your thoughts about what to do with fabric once you purchase it and bring it home, either for a project or to add to your stash."
What Alex recommends:
- Wash fabrics when you bring them home to remove excess dye and chemicals.
- If you choose not to wash the fabric, test to see if the color will run. A simple way to test for colorfastness is to place a swatch of the fabric in a bowl of water. Microwave for two to three minutes. If the water is not clear, you should rinse the fabric until the water runs clear.
- After washing or rinsing the fabric, you can restore "like-new" crispness by pressing fabric with spray starch or sizing.
- If you plan on storing the fabric for a period of time, use sizing because spray starch attracts silverfish.
Always wash your starched fabrics or quilt tops before storing.