Favorite Tools #2 – Shout Color Catchers

Shout Color CatchersOn my last soapbox, I blogged about how much I advocate pre-washing fabrics for quilts.

To make this job easier, I love using Shout Color Catchers. You can get them pretty inexpensively at Target or Wal-Mart and they work wonders with quilt fabrics.

They are rectangular sheets of material that almost look like dryer sheets.  You put them in with the fabric during the wash cycle. The extra color that comes off in the water adheres to the sheets, not other fabrics. I’ll use at least 2 per load when washing a bundle of fabric, and will throw in more if I’m washing a large quilt.

After discovering problems with some of my personal stash fabrics running, I used several sheets when washing my sister-in-law’s wedding quilt I recently finished (only 2 years late). I had sewn the blocks so long ago, I couldn’t remember if they had been pre-washed or not. I used 4 color catchers with the quilt and it came out fine. I breathed a huge sigh of relief!

Color CatchersI used this red batik fabric in a small wholecloth quilt I recently made. I wanted to make sure it didn’t run so I washed it twice – with one color catcher each time.

The first color catcher sheet came out orange after the first wash; by the second wash, the excess color was mostly gone so I knew it was now safe to use this fabric!

I’m still experimenting with pre-washing,  using color catchers in every load of cut yardage, and throwing a sheet in with quilts made from fabric that I can’t pre-wash like Moda Precuts.

During my previous post about pre-washing I got a really good comment about using Retayne, a dye fixative, with unwashed precuts. I forgot I even had some! So that will be my next experiment I think…..

3 thoughts on “Favorite Tools #2 – Shout Color Catchers

  1. Lindsay says:

    Brilliant! I am also a panicky washer, so a product like this would definitely make me rest easier! I remember seeing them on TV when they were new years and years ago, but I kind of forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder… I’ll be picking some up soon!

  2. Carol says:

    I have been using them for years in my regular laundry and have not had a single piece of clothing ruined because of “bleeding”. I wish everyone would try them because they WOULD USE THEM REGULARLY and I could get them in my local store. Thanks for the help sending out the message.

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