I've recently learned a great lesson in pre-washing fabric, well I had a pre-washing incident and I am yet to assess exactly what I have learnt.....
These are my lovely owl and mushrooms Alexander Henry prints, and I pre-washed them along with the other fabrics inteded for my next project all together. I bought the other fabrics from Spotlight and they were a poly/cotton blend. I suspect the culprit of the above and below pictured grievous assault was the red!
The pictures don't look toooooo bad, but in real life the fabrics now look murky and horrible, luckily I only prewash half of what I had of each fabric so I'll use the other half in the quilt. Do you think some of that dye-gone type stuff will work to get the fabrics back to their pre-pre-washing beautiful state?
And do I take from this to.....
a. not pre-wash fabrics?
b. pre-wash dark colours separately?
c. don't buy cheap poly/cotton blends?
d. to pre-wash fabric on a very cool wash?
There we have it, still so much to learn!
But the fabrics are intended for an outdoor play quilt - here are all the fabrics together.
I want this quilt to be used and so I want to back the quilt in something hardwearing - any ideas anyone?