Fabric Care

Recently purchased an O! Jolly! sweater knit fabric? 
Here's how to care for your sweater knit fabric and any items made from it. If you've recently purchased natural white or grown in color cotton, please see care instructions below the photo.

Remove your fabric from paper packing materials, if any.

Always prepare your fabric before cutting and sewing. Sew a zigzag stitch or overlock stitch on any raw or cut edges on the fabric before washing. Follow the same procedure you plan to use when laundering your finished item. Here are some recommendations for wool or bamboo:
  1. Launder similar colors together. Mix a small amount of mild detergent or soap in sufficient cool water to completely submerge your fabric. (Do not use Woolite. Woolite contains "optical brighteners" which can remove natural oils and "dry-out" the fabric. Do not use bleach.) 
  2. Allow fabric to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse gently in cool water. You may use fabric softener, if you like.
  4. Remove excess water by rolling fabric in a towel and squeezing gently or by using the gentle spin cycle only of a washing machine.
  5. Gently smooth the fabric into shape on a flat surface, being careful not to overstretch the fabric. 
  6. Allow fabric to air dry away from direct sunlight. 
OR you may have your fabric dry cleaned.
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If you've purchased the natural white cotton or grown in color cotton, here are the fabric care instructions: 

  1. Sew a zigzag stitch or overlock stitch on any raw or cut edges.
  2. Hand wash or machine wash on gentle in either warm or cold water. Do not bleach. Do not use Woolite. (See above.) Warm water may brighten or whiten the natural white cotton a little. Warm, alkaline water tends to deepen the color-grown cotton colors. The color cotton will not fade in the wash. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the warm wash water to intensify the cotton colors, if you'd like. 
  3. Rinse gently in cold water.
  4. Remove excess water by rolling fabric in a towel. Or use a gentle spin cycle on your washing machine.
  5. Lay fabric or finished garment flat to air dry. You may also tumble dry. Be sure to remove fabric immediately or when still slightly damp to avoid wrinkles.
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Last update 06March2016