Patchwork Fabrics

If you are getting into the world of the patchwork you should know that the choice of fabrics is the most important thing for the work to be with the result we are looking for. For this reason, here we leave you with all the tips and advice and guidelines to take into account when choosing and working with Patchwork fabrics.

How to choose fabrics for Patchwork 

Patchwork fabrics

Choosing fabrics for Patchwork is one of the fundamental steps. Because a good choice of the same, will leave us an optimal result in the work that we are going to elaborate. The truth is that it is not always an easy step to take. Even for those who have been using this technique for a long time, they don't always want to go out of the ordinary. Because perhaps that means 'taking a false step'.

Type of fabrics for Patchwork

We have a wide variety of fabrics to be chosen. One of the most common is 100% cotton, why? Because it is perfect for this job thanks to its density. This type of cotton fabrics, have a higher density than the common ones, as well as a slightly higher weight. So its quality is also better.

Admittedly, they are somewhat expensive, so you have the option of combining both cotton and polyester, although they are risky options. Mostly in terms of the finish. So, assuming that cotton is the main type of fabric to choose, you have other varieties.

  • Silk: Undoubtedly, it is a fabric that will not leave an amazing result. The finish will please everyone and everyone will want to copy your design. The truth is that it also has its downside. It is an expensive fabric and it is complicated to work with because it is quite thin and slippery.
  • Cotton flannelHere we have the best option when we think about making winter quilts as well as quilts for double beds or children's beds.
  • LanaA few years ago it was one of the great queens of fabrics. But nowadays it is not used as much as it used to be. Besides it has a high price, so it is not too advisable.
  • LinoIt is a little thicker than cotton. It tends to look very good for both modern and vintage style ideas.

The truth is that after discovering the types of fabrics, we have to say that for quilts as well as other projects, organic cotton 100% will be the best choice. As a second choice, we will go with linen.

Choosing fabric colours

Cotton patchwork fabrics

It is true that we can not establish a single rule. Because everyone has their own taste, both in terms of fabrics and colours. But it is true that sometimes the doubts do not come to us by the fabrics themselves, but also by the colors. Patchwork is not at all boring in this sense, but we must try colours and shades that don't hurt our heads when we have to look at them fixedly.

Hence, we must highlight the primary colors such as red, yellow and blue. Starting from them and their mixtures, we will get mauve, green and orange. From the latter we can also refer to new shades, within the same color. It is not superfluous to make a choice of those you prefer, but without being too showy.

This thinking about the primary and secondary colors leaves us with the idea of which ones we can also mix in the Patchwork to get a good result.

Where to buy Patchwork fabrics

Cheap patchwork fabrics

Finding the fabrics to start making Patchwork is something very simple. Mostly because we have two different paths to take.

  • On the one hand, the handicraft shops as well as haberdasheries always have the aforementioned fabrics. You only have to look for those that are near your place of residence and you will see how there you have everything you need. You can buy them by the meter and ask all those that have some discounts. Especially in those where there is little quantity left, surely we can find great deals.
  • Of course, on the other hand, you can also buy the Patchwork fabrics online. There are numerous pages to which you have access. In them, you can discover all kinds of fabrics, viewing the virtual catalogue. You can also access different offers, colours and pre-cut fabrics. Sites like Amazon always have that perfect variety at an unbeatable price. So it is one of the options to take into account.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to join fabrics

First we must put together all the pieces of fabric that we have cut out. To make them completely equal, it is not superfluous to iron them before putting them together. To get an idea, we will place the pieces of fabric next to each other forming rows. So, we will start sewing the first row horizontally.

Once we have a whole row, we will then move to the bottom row and sew all the remnants of this new row as well.

Finally, we'll join the ones in the top row as well as the ones in the bottom row. This is roughly the way to sew, but we will to join the fabrics we have to take the first piece and put it face to face with the second one.. We join them with pins, just in the area where they are going to be sewn. Then, sew them by machine and remove the pins. Now we will have pieces of two remnants and not just one.

We will have to sew the remaining ones so that we get a single final piece of fabric. If you want to see it and thus, take good note of the explanations, then do not miss the following video, which is perfect for beginners.

How fabrics are cut

The vast majority of Patchwork fabrics must be cut to the thread. That is, make a cut in the fabric parallel to its edge. To do this we will need:

Once we have all the material, we will follow these steps.

First, we will iron the fabric to avoid any folds. We place the fabric on an iron or cutting base, so that it is completely well aligned with the marks that usually has this iron. You can make a first cut to equalize the fabric.

Then, cut the length parallel to the edge or border. Use a ruler to know how much fabric to cut, depending on how much you need. Remember to leave a seam allowance. You can leave 0.7 centimeters. Try to make a clean cut in the fabric, because otherwise, it will be badly cut and with some irregular pieces. The width is cut in the same way, thus getting equal pieces. If you want to cut fabrics in the shape of a circle, then you will need a compass style circular cutter.

How to bend

There are several ways of folding fabrics or storing them. One of the simplest ones is indicated for the fat quarter. They are those larger pieces of fabric cut rectangular shape. Fold this fabric in half. Now, in that smaller piece that we get, we will have to divide it in two, that is, make two marks on it horizontally and fold it twice. So, finally we will be left with a much smaller rectangle of fabric, because we will still have to fold it again.

How to fold a Patchwork fabric

Again, we draw an imaginary line down the center of it. Fold one end towards the center and then the other. To 'close' the fabric so that it doesn't open or unravel, place one of the resulting ends inside the other. Another of the ways to fold and keep fabrics tucked upThe first step is to help us with some templates, where we will wrap the fabrics so that all of them can be seen. This is perfect for those small pieces, scraps, which are of different colors or prints. This way, we will have them well organized and in place.

How should patchwork fabrics be washed? 

This question is a bit complicated to answer. Because to begin with, the question of washing or not washing patchwork fabrics always generates a lot of controversy. Mostly because there are many people who choose not to wash them, while others are happy to do so.

We must begin by saying that 100% cotton fabrics that are used, shrink on their first wash.. That's why many people want to wash them before and not when the work is finished, because it can get ruined. Also, on the other hand, if you work with dark fabrics they can fade. With all this in mind, let's see how to wash Patchwork fabrics.

It is best to wash them by hand. Because we will be protecting the garment more, although if you have a special mesh bag for washing machine, you can always put it with the rest of the laundry.

If you don't want your fabrics to continue fadingthen, place a wide bowl and pour him warm water. On it a couple of drops of vinegar, no more. That makes the colors are fixed and you do not have to worry about fading.

Soak the fabrics a little and then change the water, add a little soap and rinse them in cold water. Allow fabrics to air dry and that's it. Of course, if you want to save all these steps, you can also clean them with dye-absorbing wipes. You can find them in any supermarket next to the washing and cleaning products.

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