How can I stop the stamped pattern from rubbing off

by Dee DW
(Dearborn, MI, USA)

I am cross stitching a large baby quilt. The quilt has the pattern stamped on it with blue ink that washes away when the quilt is completed.

Unfortunately, as I stitch the blue pattern is wearing away and I am having to count threads and free hand the blanket.

Is there something I can spray, or apply, while working on the stitching which will still wash away once the quilt is completed?

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by: Carol

Hi Dee,

It is unusual for a stamped pattern to disappear while you are stitching the design. Often they are a permanent mark that won't even wash out.

What I might recommend is to use a water soluble fabric marking pen, such as this one at Amazon to lightly go over the pattern. You should then be able to remove the marks with a damp cloth once the area is stitched.

Please be aware that some of the erasable fabric marking pens will disappear after just a couple of hours, through contact with the air, so these would not prove as useful in your situation.

I hope this helps,


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