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Tips for Using Precuts

Jan 23rd 2020

The content below is from Quilter's Precut Companion— learn Tips for using Precuts! P.S. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a giveaway.

Tips for Using Precuts

To Wash or Not to Wash

Manufactures of precuts recommend that you don’t prewash them. With that in mind:

  • If you are using other fabrics with your precuts, don’t prewash those fabrics either. It’s best to use either all washed or all unwashed fabrics in your quilts.
  • If you think a fabric might bleed, test it by getting part of it wet, then press it between two pieces of white fabric. If you see any traces of color on the white fabric, the fabric you are testing will bleed when washed. If this is the case, don’t use that fabric or use a Shout Color Catcher when you wash the quilt.

Using Jelly Rolls for Binding 

The 21/2 ̋ strips are perfect for creating a scrappy binding. Determine the length you need, sew the ends together at an angle, and bind.

Handling the Pinked Edges

Many precuts have pinked edges to prevent them from fraying. When working with them:

  • Measure your pieces so you know exactly how big they are. Trim them to the needed size if necessary.
  • When sewing pinked edges together, line up the outer edge or top of the peak with your other piece of fabric.
  • When working with another piece that isn’t pinked, put the pinked edge on top.


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