Friday, April 1, 2011

Prepping Fabric

As I am getting reacquainted with my sewing machine, I am getting reacquainted with how to do things properly.  I learned to sew with my best friend and her mom, and then some more with my mom.  I made my prom gowns ( with lots of help from mom!) and now I make things here and there. With that said, it's been years since I really focused on finishing things properly. So, I thought why not work each week a little by little to properly work on a big project. Start to finish.

Now that I have these beautiful browns to work with...

Yummy Brown Fabrics

I decided to do the "right" thing and prewash them first. Normally I don't but because I know I will most likely be using white with these, I did not want the brown to stain the white of the finished project!

Now, I say "right" because I believe pre-washing is up for debate. Some people have luck not pre-washing, others do not.  I decided not to chance it.

In an attempt to prevent a huge frayed mess in my top load washer
( I read front loaders don't eat fabric as bad! Jealous.)
I read that you should clip your corners. So I did.  I was skeptic, but it did help!
I will be definitely clipping all my fabric corners before throwing in the wash!

Prepping Fabric

And here they are after being washed, prior to being dried.

Prepping Fabric


Now, after being dried and ironed. And ready to cut up!

Prepping Fabric

Next stop. Cutting.  Eek!
I'm always nervous cutting into fabric, I don't want to mess up!


Ready to cut

Using my pattern as my guide, I had to cut four pieces of each fabric. Using my straight edge and rotary cutter, I went to work.

Cutting the Fabric


In no time at all I had this beautiful pile of crisp, clean fabric. 

Reorganizing


Stop by next week, to see how I decided to assemble them!