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  • Alpha O
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    Sheeting is also a fabric category. Since all here are quilters, you should know the name:

    http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics...tton_sheeting/

    Some cheaper fabric:
    http://www.inweavefabric.com/2m8/extra-wide-fabric.html

    There is plain white at 6.99 a yard

    Hancock's used to carry it in various solids. I used it for curtains and pillowcases.
    Last edited by Alpha O; November 1, 2016, 06:17 AM.

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  • toggpine
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    You might check out the thrift store for material for that floozie's new dress. I have bought several, nice, 100% cotton sheets that way. We made table cloths and pillow cases out of them. Some of the white and off-white ones we dyed before we created with them. You will need to wash them a time or two before you use them, to get rid of the "Goodwill" smell, but at least you will know what they feel like from the beginning.

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  • AMG
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    Originally posted by Alpha O View Post
    I think I'll go back to good sheeting for the main body of the case if I can find any. I'll embroider or quilt the hem only, and do it on the sheeting as a base.
    Sheeting usually comes wider than quilting cotton.
    I think I may repurpous an old sheet for The Floozie. After how much the dark blue fabric I washed several times, I don't think it was a good chock. Plus it didn't soften up much after drying either.

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  • wildernessquilter
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    I have made lots of pillowcases and I never wash first. Of course I don't wash first on my fabric for quilts either.

    Now my advise is.... Do whatever it is that works for you.

    Sue

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  • Alpha O
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    I think I'll go back to good sheeting for the main body of the case if I can find any. I'll embroider or quilt the hem only, and do it on the sheeting as a base.
    Sheeting usually comes wider than quilting cotton.

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  • Claire Hallman
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    For next time or someone else that comes along.

    I frequently wash yardage and anything as small as a fat quarter. I do not press or starch anything until I am about to cut it. I do take things from the dryer and fold neatly so pressing is not really needed at that point.
    I have then sewn that yardage to unwashed jelly rolls or other pre-cuts without any problems at all. I do use color catchers the first [sometimes more] time washing quilts.

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  • AMG
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    Well, I decided to do both, lol. May be a good thing too. The Floozie Dress fabric I decided to was to make sure it didn't bleed horribly and to make sure it softened up suitably. Well. It bled like crazy - dark blue fabric - and two washes & 6 color catchers later...Whew! I also did another wash with vinegar to try to set the dye some more. Still not sure if that was the best fabric choice.

    I was mostly successful with the pillowcases I just started without washing - I think the first two turned out cute! My phone is being recalicitrant & won't let me post pics though.

    The next two - Star Wars BB8 ones - halted when I unrolled the 2nd burrito @ the body fabric was wrong side out. Blargh! Took forever to rip that seam out, and o had to put it away before kiddo got home. Will post pics later today when they're all done.

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  • Hulamoon
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    I prewash yardage.

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  • Alpha O
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    I wash the fabric. I have pillows that are just a tad too plump for standard cases, and getting the pillow in the case is a pain.
    If I wash, then the case shouldn't shrink any more. Used to be 44" wide fabric was great, but width is now less. You have to buy more to make pillowcases for these buggers.

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  • MayinJerset
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    I wash them after they are sewn because the ones I make are for kids in hospitals, the wash gets rid of chemicals used in the making of fabrics.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    I wouldn't wash either, unless it were flannel. As to your question about cutting the yardage and then washing, you'd wash the yardage first, then iron & cut it. If you wanted to wash it at all, that is.

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  • Mimi_Howard
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    Xmas gift for him & "that floozie" LOL[/QUOTE]


    I love the humor!

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  • AMG
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    Thanks all!! So glad to hear the confirmation.

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  • auntiemern
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    I never prewash fabric for pillowcases.

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  • Bubby
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    I wash my pillowcases after they are made.

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