6 Tips for Working with Homespun Fabric

I recently came into a stack of gorgeous homespun fabrics! Homespun fabrics that you buy in stores today are made to mimic the fabric that women made by their own weaving and dyeing process centuries ago. They’re traditionally plaids, stripes, or ikats. Because they’re yarn-dyed, they have rich color on both sides of the fabric, and the looser weave gives it a homemade look.

Because of the looser weave of homespun fabrics, they require extra care when sewing! Here are some important tips to know when using these beautiful fabrics in your projects.

P.S. Check out my video and free quilt pattern using homespun fabrics at the end of this blog!

1. Use lots of starch! Starch helps keep the fabric’s shape when cutting and sewing. I love Flatter spray by Soak. It comes in fun scents like fig. (Buy it here. *affiliate link)

2. Use a slightly larger seam allowance to protect against unraveling. I use a 3/8″ seam allowance, which I mark on my machine using washi tape.

3. Use a leader strip to help the fabric move smoothly through the machine without the fabric being pulled under the presser foot. Start sewing on a scrap of fabric, then sew right onto the fabric for your project.

4. Use lots of pins. Homespun fabrics can stretch easily, so pins will help seam intersections line up.

5. When you wash your quilt, use color catchers. The color catcher on the top got washed with this quilt and picked up lots of dye. Continue to wash with color catchers until they come out white. (Buy it here. * affiliate link)

6. Prepare for shrinkage if you wash. This quilt wth a homespun top and a flannel backing started at 63″ square. After washing in cold water and drying on low, it shrunk four inches.

Get this free quilt pattern here to put your skills to the test with homespun fabrics!

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