Pre-washing fabric without fraying

I have a Jo-Ann store nearby now so I think it’s pretty safe to say I can kiss my “reduce my fabric stash” goal goodbye.┬áThis blue and purple tie-dye cotton told me it wanted to come home with me today and be a peasant top. I have trouble saying no to fabric and cats so naturally it got to come home with me. I usually launder my fabrics before I start working on them but what to do about those raw edges? If you’ve got a serger just serge them along the edge and it’s ready for washing. You can also get away with a plain straight stitch about a quarter of an inch away from the edge of most fabrics. There will be some fraying with this method but it will stop at the stitching. Serging prevents all fraying.

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