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Jul 01, 2013, 11:27 PM
Pre washing red - how many times will this take?
I have some red flannel that I want to use as a backing. I have prewashed the material at least 5 times with color catchers, putting 2-3 color catchers in at a time. It is still bleeding.

I may have to give up and use a different color.
Jul 01, 2013, 11:31 PM
I did wash the purple crown royal bags in retayne (not sure that is the correct spelling)

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Jul 02, 2013, 12:09 AM
If you've got spare fabric from the quilt top, try putting it in the washer with the red. Some fabrics bleed forever. Some people swear by vinegar baths but modern dyes aren't effected by it like old dyes.
Jul 02, 2013, 08:42 AM
I think I would do a different backing!
Jul 02, 2013, 09:32 AM
I soaked several smaller pieces of red fabric in my sink with retayne and it took several rinsings after they had soaked but finally came through without any bleeding.


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Jul 02, 2013, 11:49 AM
If there's not any white or other really light colors in the top, go ahead and use it. Unless it's a small quilt, it's going to only be laundered by itself, so not a risk to other items.

~karen Wave
Jul 02, 2013, 04:42 PM
I would not use that fabric.5 times is plenty of washing, if the color is still bleeding it may never stop and what if someone should throw a special something in the wash with it and it gets ruined. I toss anything like that. I have a homespun fabric that was like that...I'm still using it for FMQ practice and then in the trash with it.Not worth it

"In Michigan"
Jul 02, 2013, 05:01 PM
I agree with May. There's other fabric to use. I would toss it also.

Jul 02, 2013, 10:05 PM
Use some other fabric. I made my t-shirt quilt with red flannel backing and it also never quits bleeding through to cotton sashing on front; it didn't affect any of the knit cotton t-shirts.