How to care for printed linen textiles

15/11/2021
By Merely Susan
Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

We all start looking for more value in our purchases. We choose items that will stand the test of time, are manufactured in an honest and environmentally friendly manner, and can offer flexibility, versatility and durability to stay in use for decades.

For me, a thoughtful approach to textile design is more than an appearance which is visually attractive. I am committed to encouraging my clients to make conscious (pro-ecological) choices, i.e. choosing certified, natural and high-quality materials and timeless pattern designs for their collections and projects.

What are the Merely Susan fabrics? I have worked for a long time to create such material that will be consistent with the values ​​that I believe in and based on, I want to develop my brand. I started the design process to gain knowledge about methods of fabric production and printing technology.

I wanted support local production and cooperation with domestic companies.  I made considered decisions about materials, technologies and finishing methods. Why linen caught my attention? It is a gentle and durable material that meets the needs of modern life with elegance and lightness.

What I appreciate about linen fabrics is that they get softer over time. They become softer with each wash. Traces of use can be a beautiful element of their history. I hope that my customers will appreciate the thoughtful fabrics and use them to create things that, thanks to proper care, will be enchanting for a long time.

 

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

 

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

 

Characteristics of the material

The basic linen fabric available in the Merely Susan store is digitally printed 100% linen with a weight of 150 g / m2. It is soft and soothing to the touch thanks to the use of appropriate methods of finishing the fabric in the technological process. I recommend it, among others, for sewing light clothing as well as products and textiles for children.

 

How to care for linen fabrics

I believe that it is worth choosing beautiful things that can delight us for a long time. Products made of linen fabrics can serve for generations if they are properly cared for.

Proper care of such products, as well as the willingness to renew or reuse them, are in line with the philosophy of my brand. In this article, I want to tell you how you can care for linen and products made from it.

I have already mentioned that the unique feature of linen is that it becomes softer with each wash, although choosing the right detergent is key to keeping it in good condition. The selection of a mild detergent and a gentle program is the key to keeping linen fabrics in good condition.

Many detergents available on the market contain optical bleaching agents that will not work well for washing colored fabrics, especially those with print, because they can cause discoloration. Despite the fact that linen, also the one with the print, has high abrasion resistance, it is best to wash it as gently as possible.

 

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

Morning Mist, cream, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

 

Romantic Garden, green, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

Romantic Garden, green, printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs, watercolor flowers in vintage style

 

Finally, we have some tips for you on how to wash your linen sheets. These tips will work for other products made of linen fabrics and printed linen fabrics.

 

  • Soap or a mild detergent will be the best for washing (even for heavily soiled sheets, I suggest using half the recommended amount of detergent) 
  • I suggest that you do not use chlorine bleach and phosphate detergents as they can damage the fiber. 
  • Whenever possible, wash colored linen and printed linen fabrics in a gentle washing program, e.g. wool. 
  • Make sure the detergent does not come into direct contact with the fabric with the print 
  • Do not use bleaching agents when washing (you can make an exception for white underwear and bedding) 
  • Colored linen fabrics and linen fabrics with a print, wash at 30 ° C, and white linen at 60 ° C 
  • If possible, air dry the flax. You can dry white linen in the sunlight, but avoid direct rays on colored fabrics and linen fabrics with a print. 
  • If you are drying colored linen, you can put extra material on the rope to avoid discoloration at the fold 
  • Completely unfold the fabric before washing (avoid too many fabrics in the washing machine) 
  • Wash linen fabrics with similar colors (especially white and light linen) 
  • If you are using a tumble dryer, set a lower number of revolutions (I recommend up to 400 rpm) and remove the fabric, which will still be slightly damp – do not let the fabric dry out, as this may damage the fibers 
  • Linen fabrics should not be twisted when wet 
  • Iron printed linen fabrics at a temperature not higher than 200 ° C

 

Printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs from Romantic Garden collection

Printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs from Romantic Garden collection

 

Printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs from Romantic Garden collection

Printed linen fabric with floral pattern designs from Romantic Garden collection

 

Hope you learned from this article how to properly care for linen fabrics. If you love this material as much as I do, I invite you to discover the unique printed fabrics with my original designs at the Merely Susan fabric store (You can also check out my fabric store on etsy: click here).

Share this article with other people who are also lovers of this beautiful material, as well as with your customers, so that they can properly care for the products you sew for them. Thanks to proper care, products made of linen will delight them and serve them for a long time.

 


 

The photos show Merely Susan linen fabrics printed with patterns from the “Romantic Garden” collection: Morning Mist, Rose Dream and Romantic Garden. You can find out more about this collection from my portfolio: Read about the Romantic Garden Collection.

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