Quilt Fabric Preparation

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, and Basic Quiltmaking Supplies be sure to check them out!


Today, we’ll review a commonly debated question: whether or not to prewash our quilting fabrics before use.

Note: please click image to go directly to the video lesson.

fabric prep Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Preparation, To Wash or Not to Wash

In this free McCall’s Quilting University video lesson, Kathy Hannah discusses the pros and cons of washing fabric before use in quilting. She’ll show you an easy way to test color fastness of fabric, and tips for preparing fabric for the washing machine. Did you know there are specific times when you’ll want to be sure to prewash your fabrics, as well as times when you’ll want to be sure not to prewash your fabrics?

You’ll learn lots of valuable tips from Kathy, and you may wish to print out the summary web page for easy reference.

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