|How to Preshrink Fabric
percent cotton fabrics don’t always shrink the maximum amount the first time.
your fabric. Place notions in a lingerie bag to keep them from getting lost.
warm to hot water for about 10 minutes. Don’t wring the interfacing because it could
damage the adhesive or create wrinkles you won’t be able to press out. Instead, roll the
interfacing between layers of a towel and blot the water out. Lay it flat to dry, it may
stretch if hung. And don’t put fusible interfacing in the dryer. The heat of the dryer could
damage the adhesive or the adhesive could damage your dryer. Do not press the
interfacing or you’ll melt the adhesive.
For an item you plan to hand wash:
notions as you did your fabric. Preshrink your interfacing** using the method described
How to Preshrink dry-clean only fabric*
Even though you won’t be laundering your finished item, you may still need to preshrink your
fabric. Some fabrics can shrink just from being exposed to the heat and moisture from an iron.
rule, cooler settings for delicate fabrics, hotter settings for cottons and wools.
trace it. Dampen the square of fabric, then press it dry. Place the square on top of
your tracing. If your fabric square is smaller, your fabric shrank. Preshrink your
yardage using one of the methods below.
thoroughly. Remove the press cloth and allow your fabric to dry. If you can see
wrinkles between the pressed area and the non-pressed area or if you can see
the indentation from your iron, your fabric shrank. Preshrink your fabric using one
of the methods below.
damaged if dampened.
until it’s damp. Leave the fabric in place until it’s completely dry. Steam the next
section the same way and continue until all your fabric has been steamed.
dampen the fabric itself. Press your fabric on the wrong side with your iron. Leave
the fabric in place until it’s completely dry. Steam the next section the same way
and continue until all your fabric has been steamed.
them air dry.
the piece just prior to application by holding your iron over it and steaming it for a few
seconds. Don’t press fusible interfacing or you’ll melt the adhesive.
Follow your fabric’s care instructions.
There’s debate over whether interfacing needs to be preshrunk. Some recommend it while others believe it’s not
necessary. If you choose not to preshrink your interfacing, steam shrink the piece just prior to application by
holding your iron over it and steaming it for a few seconds.
|How to Preshrink washable fabric*
fabric you suspect might shrink after
laundering. (Not all fabrics shrink when
laundered. If you’re unsure about your
fabric, launder it anyway just to be on the
the raw edges to keep them from fraying.
regular load of laundry. However, if your
fabric is a dark or bright color that may
bleed, launder it separately.