Quilting with Eucalan

For many, quilting is a year-round craft, but the cooler temperatures of autumn and the upcoming International Quilt Market have us thinking about wrapping up in cozy handmade quilts this season! Today we’ll share some of our favourite tips for quilting with Eucalan!

Preparation Of Pentagon Pieces Of Fabric For Sewing Patchwork Bl

Washing Fabric Before you Begin

Before you begin the actual cutting and sewing, you’ll need to pre-wash any fabric that you intend to use in your quilt.

First, check for colour fastness on whatever you plan to clean. How to tell if something is colourfast? Moisten a clean white cloth (100% cotton or other natural fibre). Press firmly on coloured area in an inconspicuous place. If colour is not “fast” it will transfer to cloth, so wash at your own risk or have dry cleaned. Also, use caution and be sure to wash fabric separately from lighter colours to prevent any colour transfer. Be gentle to your fabric – don’t rub too vigorously. Dark colours most prone to bleed into lighter colours are black, navy, dark green, burgundy and red. We’ve got a great video tutorial on how to do this!

Once you have checked for colour fastness, you’re ready to move on to quilting!

During Quilting

Anyone who has ever quilted knows that half of your making time is spent ironing between sewing steps! Eucalan can help here too. Mix your favourite scent of Eucalan and water in a small spray bottle (1 part Eucalan to 12 parts water). Shake to ensure the soap is incorporated into the water. Use a light misting when ironing your fabric and pay special attention to how your seams are laying.

Patchwork on the sewing machine quilted stages

Washing

Once your quilt is finished, it’s time to give it a good wash before using. If you have a washing machine big enough to handle a quilt, the good news is that you can use Eucalan in the washer!

If you have a top loading machine, set your washing machine to the delicate cycle and fill the drum with cool water. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of Eucalan for a large quilt. Then submerge the item in the drum and run through the gentle or handwash cycle.

If you have a front loading machine, place your item in the drum. Set the machine to the delicate cycle and cool water. Add 2 tablespoons of Eucalan to the detergent compartment and run the cycle.

Drying

To dry your quilt, you have two options. First, you can hang it to dry – just make sure it’s away from direct sunlight which can cause whites to yellow or colours to fade. Your second option is to machine dry, provided your materials will stand up to tumble drying. Set the dryer to low or cool air and dry the quilt gently; it’s important to avoid high heat so that your items don’t shrink.

Keeping Your Quilt Clean

Any time you think your quilt needs some freshening up, you can follow the washing instructions above. If you find any problem areas, you can also spot clean with full-strength Eucalan. If you’re looking for more information about how to treat specific stains, sign up for our newsletter and get a free pdf download of our handy Guide to Stain Removal.

If you’re looking for some tips and tutorials on how to get started or some pattern inspiration, we’ve got a Pinterest board full of quilting ideas!

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Crafting and Laundering Baby Items with Eucalan

Did you know that Eucalan is delicate enough for everything your baby touches? Our formula is designed to be gentle on all that’s precious to you, whether that be your hand knit or crocheted items, lingerie, or the most precious: the items that surround your baby! Today we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite knitting and crochet patterns to celebrate your little one and keep them warm. We’ve also added our newest video on how to keep everything your baby touches clean and fresh with Eucalan, even when you’re on the go!

Sweaters

Winter is coming and we know you want to keep your little one warm in chilly temperatures! If you’re looking for something sweet and traditional, try the Norweigian Fir Top Down Cardigan by OGE Knitwear Designs. It doesn’t get cuter than the Teddy Bear Sweater by PetiteKnit for your littlest cub. Add some colourwork to your repertoire with Little Luminosity by Tanis Lavallee. Or gather up all your scraps and make them a fluffy Pengweeno by Stephen West. Check out this great use for all those stripey socks yarns: Little Sock Arms by Stephanie Lotven. And for our crocheters, what’s sweeter than this colourful Child Size Hooded Cardigan by Ashlea Konecny?

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Hats

Keep your littlest ones warm with cozy hats! We love the free Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho; perfect for keeping those little ears safe from the cold! Or try your hand at cables with the I Heart Cables by Justyna Lorkowska. If you’ve got colour-changing yarn (or handspun!) check out the adorable Quynn by Woolly Wormhead. Add a little texture to a plain hat with Gather by Tin Can Knits (and check out their other free patterns). If crochet is your craft, we love the Big Heart Slouch Beanie by Phanessa Fong. Or get colourful with the Babala Hat by Mamachee!

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Lovies

Are you looking for a lovey for your littlest love? There are some super sweet patterns on Ravelry and these are our favourites! Look how cuddly and soft the Sweetie Bear Lovey by Ariane Gallizzi is! Or check out all the bunnies and their fun outfits like Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress by Little Cotton Rabbits. Littles love dinosaurs and Little Dino by Susan B. Anderson is sure to please. Or have some monstrous fun with Bonk by Susan Claudino-Aguilar. Who doesn’t need a Ragdoll Unicorn by Spin A Yarn Crochet? Or try a super sweet Little Lamb Baby Lovey by Ashleigh Kiser!

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Blankets

Gorgeous baby blankets have so many uses! Not only will they keep your little one warm, but they’re perfect for laying on the floor and creating the perfect place for your little one to play! For a simple pattern with bits of texture check out Little Moments by Fifty-Four Ten Studio (or their other free offerings!) Add some graphic elements with Chevron Blanket by Melissa Clulow. Or create a patchwork of color with Vivid by Tin Can Knits. If you’re looking for more traditional lace, try Baby Chalice Blanket by Karen Lauger. And for our crocheters try adding some colour with Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Dolally or go wild with Little Larksfoot Rainbow Blanket by Kristin Ballering!

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Laundering Baby Items with Eucalan

Now that you’ve created some lovely items for baby, how can you keep them clean and germ-free? Check out our latest video on Laundering Baby Items with Eucalan. Whether they’re store-bought or handmade, keep every item that your baby touches fresh and clean with Eucalan!

 

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