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    qtrnch is offline Junior Member
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    Default Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    While trying to remove quilting lines from my red border with water, the red fabric bled onto the outside edges of my white quilt! Apparently, the fabric was not pre-washed . My stupid mistake, but does anybody have an idea on how to remove those spots without making it worse? Should I try to wash the whole thing in retayne?

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    There was a recipe for making your own cloth squares to throw on the washer that keeps the colors from bleeding on to others. I will see if I can find it but in the mean time maybe someone else can help you with this. I am very leary of red and try to remember to pre wash it but some times I do forget then have a mess on my hands.

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    Shout also makes something called color catchers . . . haven't used them but it's similar to what GrannyAnn mentioned above.

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    You can make your own laundry color catchers.I tried to copy the link but couldn't. It is on a blog called One Good thing by Jillee
    and under Make your own Laundry Color Catches.

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    I would try using spray on shout, where it bled, then wash with color catchers. But DO NOT dry it unless stain is gone. You may have to repeat this a couple times.
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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    Since you already have an existing stain, forget about making your own color catchers right now. Go to the grocery store and buy a box of them. They are in the laundry aisle. Use several, wash with detergent and in cold water. As others have said DO NOT DRY the quilt. Rewash if stains still show with a few more color catchers. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    This happened to me and I used a tide stick, then put in the wash with 2 color catchers, put out on the line to dry so I coul see if all the stain was gone. Do not dry until you are sure all stain is gone. In my case it was. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    Color Catchers are great to use to stop dye transfer, but they won't take the dye out of the fabric.

    Try this:

    http://laundry.about.com/u/sty/laund...tains.2VH7.htm

    Repeat as needed until the dye is gone. It might take several times to completely work.

    I try to use Color Catchers with any new (or newish) quilt. They have saved me in the past.
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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    Color Catchers -- Can be used up to 30 quilts (I'm ocd and write down how many times I've used it haha) BUT if one bleds, Borax 20 mule team use with some laundry det. Has helped me out of many "spots"

    ;-debbie (OH I make a paste with Borax and put on the stain as well as 1 scoop)

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    Default Re: Red fabric bled onto white fabric, Help!

    color catchers works best i think

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