Advice Needed: Fabric “Dust”

It’s Cindy reporting in from rainy Ohio today.

Help!!!  Sandy and I need some advice from our readers.  We’ve been working on creating several new patterns using Jelly Rolls AND we have a huge problem with fabric “dust”.

You know, those little thread pieces that adorn the tops and bottoms of jelly rolls?!

As soon as I unrolled a jelly roll, I immediately realized there were a TON of loose little threads!  I think most of those little threads ended up on my black sweater…YIKES!  NOT  a good wardrobe choice when working with jelly rolls!

What is your method for solving the fabric “dust” problem?

We’d love to hear from you!




32 thoughts on “Advice Needed: Fabric “Dust”

  1. JEAN says:

    C’mon! Take ’em outside and shake them. Run the sweeper over them. Use a whisk broom. We’re women. Dust doesn’t get us! Use your imagination! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. sandradny says:

    My favorite advice is to take off your glasses, get a glass of wine and ignore them! You’re welcome. Cheers!!!

  3. piecefulwendy says:

    Pat Sloan has some tips, and she recommends lint rolling the top and bottom of the jellyroll before you unwrap it. If you’ve unwrapped it, rewrap it and secure it with a rubber band, then use the lint roller.

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Lint rollers seem to be the way to go! Mine is used for dog hair, so why not jelly rolls?!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Barb! I am going to do this the next time because I used a lint roller on my sweater…after the fact!

  4. Pam Jolly says:

    I use a lint roller, the kind that have adhesive tape. I roll it over the top and bottom of the jelly roll, before it is opened. I do this several times until there are no more threads sticking to the adhesive . Then I unroll the jelly roll and it is pretty much fabric dust free.

  5. Kathy E. says:

    I read once that someone used a lint roller! She ran it across the top and bottom of the jelly roll while it was still wrapped tightly and it picked up all the fuzzy dust. Not sure what to do with the strings, but you could use the lint roller on your black sweater too!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Kathy! I had to use several lint roller strips to get my sweater all cleaned up! I could eliminate this step by rolling the jelly roll first!

  6. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Cindy! Don’t you just love the advice from your sister?!! Hmm. I honestly haven’t really noticed an issue . . . or I just ignore it like Sandy said. How about a piece of masking tape to the edges before you unroll it? Or another thing I use to remove those little pieces from my design wall flannel is a silicone scrubby – it catches the little pieces of thread really easily. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Hello! I just sent the pattern pdf to you! If you can’t open the file, let me know and we’ll try another way!

  7. Shasta says:

    Those dust specks are the mark of a quilter, like a badge of honor. Embrace it!

    I don’t use a lot of jelly rolls, but I wonder if you could vacuum them before opening. Or maybe open them outside and fling them around until you have blessed the whole neighborhood!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Yes, I like the idea of shaking them outside and blessing the neighborhood! Great idea, mom used to have us shake out the rugs outside and what a great way to share “fabric pixie dust”!

  8. Susan Ioanou-Silver says:

    I run a thread catcher several times over the top and bottom before I ever open them – helps allot – thread catcher – sticky tape rollers

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