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    Shiny Thimble

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    Lightbulb How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to share how I preshrunk / preshrank (?) my cotton batting.

    (I'm new to this forum so if it belongs in a different area or existing thread please move it - thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience, I'm a moderator on a forum so I know what it's like).


    After searching online I read that someone put their batting in the bath tub and it took a lot of work to squish the water out of it. After that she had trouble handling it to get it hung out to dry. I had previously decided that I was going to put mine in the washing machine so I could spin it.

    My solution: I put my queen size batting inside a doona / quilt cover. It fitted okay in my medium sized washing machine. I filled the machine and poked at it with a dowel to ensure it was all wet and left it to soak for a while. I skipped the washing / agitation part and then did the eco rinse and spin. Fast spin was okay.

    When I first hung it out on the clothes line over 2 lines there was a bit of bunching so after it dried a tiny bit I decided to take the doona cover off. Without taking it off the clothes line I was able to ease the cover off one half and then over the line and off the other half. I then put the batting on the outer line so that I was able to spread it out and not crinkled along the "fold".

    It didn't go completely to plan and I did have a small "accident". The corner of one piece did drag on the ground a bit and I had mowed yesterday and I don't use a catcher, so I did have to pick off some dried grass. I did it straight away so I knew it was done.

    So I hope that helps somebody.

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    It really isn't necessary to wash & pre-shrink batting. Use it just as it comes out of the package or off the roll.

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Welcome to the forum!! I hope you enjoy your time here.

    Personally, I don't pre-shrink my batting (I use an 80% cotton, 20% poly batting). But for those who do, I'm sure they will appreciate your experience with this process and how it went for you.
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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    I guess you made it work for you.

    However, next time you make a quilt, don't wash your batting. It isn't necessary.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Welcome to the forum! I always preshrink/wash my batting as I dont want the 3% shrinkage to happen the first time the quilt is washed. Plus, I like the slight fluff that comes in the dryer. I don't know if that extra fluff happens with line drying?

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Welcome to our Forum and thank you for sharing your process. Honestly I have never prewashed my batting but some people do. I like that all over crinkly look when the entire quilt is washed the first time.

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    Shiny Thimble

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Hi everyone and thank you for the lovely welcome.

    I preshrink everything. In my late teens (I'm 61 now) I made a really pretty top which I wore once and washed. It shrank and I ended up giving it to my boyfriend's sister who wore it as a dress. It was really disappointing.

    No, I'm not planning on wearing my quilt but I wanted to preshrink the fabrics because they are different types (some are batik) and from various suppliers and I also wanted to check for running.

    I also want my quilt to be flat, not have the crinkly look.

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing. I have never pre-shrunk batting and normally I don't pre-wash cotton fabric before I sew. I do pre-wash flannel because it usually shrinks a different amount than regular fabric. Different strokes for different folks! One thing I love about quilting is that we can all do our own thing.

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    Default Re: How to preshrink / pre-shrink / pre shrink batting

    I spritz my batting with water until just damp on both sides and then dry in the dryer. I like to decrease the little bit of shrinkage if I can. I also like the look and feel of the batting when it comes out of the dryer.
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