What Is Batik Fabric?
Batik is a way of dyeing fabric using wax to protect certain parts of the fabric so those parts don’t absorb the dye. The wax is used to create patterns on the fabric and is removed after the dyeing process. This can create a marbled or mottled effect on the fabric. It’s easy to fall in love with the richness of the colours used in batiks. This fabric can be used to make fashionable clothes and is also very popular with quilters and crafters.
Before you sew with Batik fabrics!
Before starting your project pre-wash batik fabrics to help stop the dye from running. Some batik fabrics come with special washing instructions, therefore, please check before you put them in the washing machine.
How much will my fabric shrink if I wash it?
Because these fabrics go through a complex dyeing process, the fabric will already have shrunk so you should get less shrinkage than with other fabrics. If you plan to use a tumble dryer to dry your fabric after washing it, dry on a low heat setting, a warm heat could cause the fabric to shrink and spoil as can wringing out excess water. This is because the wax that creates the design sinks into the fabric you may find both sides look similar rather than there being a clear ‘right’ side.
What type of needle should I use to sew Batik fabric?
It is best to use a sharp needle either an 80/12 or 90/14 size of Microtex needles we get from Schmetz have a very slim acute point. Batiks have a dense thread count. This very thin acute point creates beautiful stitches for quilt piecing. A 50 weight thread is good for piecing batiks.
So many vibrant colours make you just want to sew and yet, there seems to be a myth out there regarding mixing batiks and printed cotton into one project! We think they are fantastic fabrics and can be mixed with cotton for quilting and patchwork projects.
An inspiration for using batik fabrics in quilting.
An undertone is the complexion of your skin, and most people fall between one of three categories: Cool, Warm and Neutral. By understanding what your undertone is, it can help you discover the best shades of colour to wear.
FREE DOWNLOADS - IDEAS SUITABLE FOR BATIK FABRICS.
Make a tote bag, ideal for shopping.
Make in a day quilt topper for beginners - nice tutorial.
Very berry handmade have a fantastically easy tutorial to make a wonderful patchwork cushion covers.
Craftsy has several nice quilted and patchwork bag patterns.
From "Sewing for beginners" this great tutorial on sewing a lovely patchwork skirt for young girls. Would work well with Batik fabrics.