Shrink Test

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To pre-wash or not to pre-wash? That is totes the question today! Do you do it?? Personally, I so rarely pre-wash, especially if I’m making a quilt (shhh, don’t tell, sometimes even with a garment). Pre-washing adds in a lot of steps to a project and if I am feeling inspired to make something I want to do it NOW. I know some people always pre-wash, it’s like second nature to them. As soon as their fabric comes home it goes straight into the wash. This got me curious about how much I’m really risking in my act of defiance/laziness. How much is my fabric really going to shrink? So I took a swatch from each of the fabric manufactures we carry at the shop and gave ’em a whirl in the washer. The results were kind of shocking and not all results were the same.

I started with a 6 1/2 inch square of fabric and I did my best to keep everything on grain. All of the fabrics chosen are woven, quilting weight, cotton. They all went into my washing machine on cold and tumble dried low. I used a gentle detergent because, well, my skin is sensitive like that.  After the wash and dry I pressed each square very lightly just to get them flat again but not overly pressing out of shape. I’m super happy to report none of the swatches had any noticeable fading! I threw a color catcher in, just in case, since I had quite an assortment of colors, and it came out perfectly clean. Yay, no bleeding! The results of shrinking and fraying were all over the map though. There are some clear winners amongst the group!

agf

Fabric Used: AGF – Pure Elements – Empire Yellow
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

andover

Fabric Used: Andover – Alison Glass – Sun Print Text – Ocean
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

birch

Fabric Used: Birch Organics – Charley Harper – Nurture – Koala 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: less than 1/8 inch 
Fray Amount: Small amount but enough to have to trim

 

cloud 9

Fabric Used: Cloud 9 Organics – Rae Hoekstra – Lotus Pond – Diamonds Are Forever – Green 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

dear stella

Fabric Used: Dear Stella – Nutmeg – Rakes – Cream 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Lots of fraying along the crossgrain

 

fs-w

Fabric Used: Westminster/Free Spirit – Anna Maria Horner – Honor Roll – Overachiever – Burgundy 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8= – 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Tons along the crossgrain. About 1/2 more needs to be trimmed to get rid of all the fraying

 

mm

Fabric Used: Michael Miller – Cotton Couture Solids – Turf
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: none
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

moda

Fabric Used: Moda – Sweetwater – Feed Company – Vanilla Navy
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Minimal along grainline but lots along crossgrain

 

rk

Fabric Used: Robert Kaufman – Kona Cotton – Honeysuckle 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: not even 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Almost none

 

timeless

Fabric Used: Timeless Treasures – Adult Novelty – Wolf – Mustard
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal but shrank kind of wonky and uneven

 

windham

Fabric Used: Windham Fabrics – Heather Ross – Far Far Away – Unicorns – Green 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: No fraying along the grainline only the crossgrain

 

cands

Fabric Used: Cotton & Steel – Rashida Coleman-Hale – Mochi – Moon Bunnies – Navy
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Small bit of fraying 

 

alexanderhenry

Fabric Used: Alexander Henry – Heath – Eggplant
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

Although I’ve never had an issue with a quilt shrinking unevenly after it’s all made up, this little test may have converted me into being a pre-washer! What about you? Do you pre-wash? Has this post changed your mind one way or the other? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Bundle of the Week

Saltwater from Riley Blake is on special this week. This adorable stack of fat quarters is usually $19 but you can get it for only $15! Those mermaids and narwhals are just too cute!

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These would make such a cute baby quilt! I think they would be perfect in this Lunden Designs pattern – By Land or By Sea (it’s one of our shops favorites!)

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Get this bundle for 20% off until April 28th

Bundle of the Week

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This week we have a bright and happy fat quarter bundle of Serengeti from Birch Organics on sale.  They have some super cute free projects for this line over on their blog. I especially love this arrow pillow!   Get this bundle for 20% off (omg only $23!) until April 21st.

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Bundle of the Week

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This week we have a totes adorbs fat quarter bundle of Cats from Makower UK on sale. This line is just too fluffin’ cute! These would be puuuurrrrfect for Janice’s tumbling cat block mini quilt. Get it meow before they’re back to regular price! The sale is on until April 14th.

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This one is a yummy spin on a Moscow Mule, with gin instead of vodka. Ingredients: gin ginger beer lime juice simple syrup fresh mint leaves Muddle about 10 mint leaves in a copper mug or glass. Add 1.5 ounces of gin, the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 ounce simple syrup and ice. Fill to the […]

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Here is the second make from my selfish sewing list. Living in Los Angeles most of my life, I’ve completely lost the ability to get dressed (in something cute) when it drops below 70 degrees. So I’ve been trying to add colder weather options into my wardrobe. This Lisette top was the perfect addition into my closet!  Pattern: Lisette […]

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Bundle of the Week

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This week we have a fat quarter bundle of the AWESOME new line Elizabeth from Tula Pink on sale. Regularly priced at $32 you can get it for only $25 until April 7th. I think this bundle would make a great Boxcar Tote by Green Bee Patterns. The big outer pockets are just begging for a […]

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Little Foxy Top

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A few months ago I made a post about my “selfish sewing” plans and I’m finally posting an update. I’ve made 3 out of 5 of the things I wanted… which is a win I think! Here is the first (and maybe my favorite) of the 3 garments. Pattern: Sewaholic – Alma Blouse Size: 6 […]

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SPRING CLEANING SALE and some Fun Links!

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Woo hoo!  It’s spring and we are cleaning out, making room, and bringing in the new. Our Spring Cleaning sale is on now through April 4th with 20% off all fabric yardage including SALE items! Stash away, spring chickens! Online use code CLEAN20. Here are some fun links from around the web: I don’t know how […]

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Pattern Winner!

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