Preshrinking your fabric is not a step to skip. It is a simple process and worth waiting to get started on cutting and sewing to assure that what ever you sew will stay looking now and the same size that was sewn. Fabric shrinking after it was sewn will lead to puckered seams because the fabric shrunk but the seam didn't, as well as other problems.
Time Required: Varies
- Zig zag or serge the raw ends of the fabric to prevent it from fraying.
- Launder the fabric just as you would the item you are going to make with the fabric. The fabric can even go in the washer with like laundry.
- Dry the fabric just as you would the finished item.
- Press the fabric and fold it for cutting if folded fabric is required.