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Pre-Washing Your Fabric: Pros and Cons


Ask any sewing or quilting enthusiast if you really need to pre-wash your fabric and, pro or con, you’re sure to get an impassioned speech. In the same way that every knitter knows the best way to turn a heel on a sock and every embroiderer knows the secret to a perfect french knot, every experienced fabric crafter has an answer to the pre-washing question, and bone-deep conviction that her approach is definitely the correct one.

So, what’s a new fabric crafter to do? Get the facts and decide what’s best for you and your projects, of course! If you’re ready to choose sides, this handy pros and cons guide to pre-washing fabric that Angela from Fussy Cut shared on Craftsy is a great place to start.

In case you’re wondering, I fall into the anti pre-washing camp, mostly due to the fact that I live in a small Brooklyn apartment with no laundry in the building. Unless I’m working with special fabrics, I just can’t bring myself to carve a chunk out of my busy days to go sit in the laundromat for a couple of hours. For me, it’s simply not worth it.

So, what about you? Do you pre-wash your fabrics?


Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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