Quilt Care Instructions

I’ve gotten into the habit of adding care instructions with all of the quilts I make for others. It is a simple list of rules that should be followed to care for a quilt but I can honestly admit I break most of them. For instance, I always put my quilts in the dryer because I like the shriveled look and I usually add fabric softener to make them soft. I know I’ve pulled a thread or two when I’m too lazy to get up and hunt for scissors but the one thing I always do is wash my quilts in cold water. The instructions I include are below:

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I print these instructions on decorative printer paper that fits the holiday or season the quilt is given. I started doing this after attending an open sewing group at my LQS and hearing the ladies speaking of things that had ruined their quilts in the past. They all agreed that fabric softener was the biggest no-no so I try not to use it every time I wash a quilt. One lady even admitted to never washing her quilts, just hanging them on a line outside to freshen them. That wouldn’t work for me because I have a Labrador Retriever and two cats that sleep on my bed. I’m curious to know if you have any special care instructions for your quilts?

2 thoughts on “Quilt Care Instructions

  1. I think this is a good idea. I don’t usually include care instructions with the quilt but do usually provide that info later, and tell them if they don’t know what to do, they should just contact me. I don’t know anything about fabric softener and what that does (never use it), but I don’t know that hanging quilts to dry is a good idea. Sun damage is probably the most likely thing to happen to a quilt, whether hung on the line or simply draped over a sofa near the window. Ultimately a gift given is theirs to ruin as they choose. 😦 If they let their pets chew it up or use it to pack for moving, once it’s given I can’t do anything about it, sad as that is. Fortunately, I believe most of the quilts I’ve given are well cared for.

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    • Hi Melanie, like I said in my post I break all of the rules lol! My grandmother didn’t have a dryer so she hung all of her quilts (and clothes) to dry but since I’ve never had a clothes line, the best I could do would be draping a quilt over my long arm machine in my sewing room. I usually just throw it in the dryer though. I’ve never given any thought to sun damage and I may include that in my instructions. Thanks so much for the comment!

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