Once in a while i get asked about how I clean my handmade bags. I wouldn't say that I have it down to a science or anything, but I can offer some tips that might help you. I don't wash mine very often and usually only if there's a huge spill on it or at the end of a season (I usually change mine with the seasons, don't you?!). I really like having the ability to put mine in the wash and freshen things up! First, I don't usually pre-wash my fabrics. I used to all the time, but then it became overwhelming with piles of washed fabric sitting in the corner waiting to be pressed.
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