Softening African Wax Print Fabric

Blog Introduction: African wax print fabric is a highly sought after material for clothing and home décor. These fabrics feature vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and an unmistakable texture that make them stand out from other fabrics. But as beautiful as these fabrics are, they can be quite stiff when new. Fortunately, there are ways to soften the fabric and get it ready for crafting and sewing projects.

Wash and Dry the Fabric  The easiest way to soften African wax print fabric is to wash and dry it. To do this, pre-wash the fabric with cold water on a gentle cycle. Avoid using any laundry detergent or fabric softener since these could damage the material. Once you’ve finished washing the fabric, put it in the dryer on low heat for 10 minutes. This will help break down some of the fibers in the fabric and make it more pliable. If you don’t have access to a dryer, you can also lay your fabric out on a flat surface and use an iron set at a low temperature to soften it up instead.

Steam Treatment Another effective method for softening African wax print fabric is steam treatment. To do this, run hot water into your sink or shower until steam begins to rise from the surface of the water. Then place your fabric over the sink or shower so that it is directly exposed to the steam without touching any part of the sink or shower itself. Allow your fabric to sit in this position for about 10 minutes before removing it from the steam source and laying it flat on a clean surface until cool enough to handle safely. You may want to repeat this process two or three times if needed to achieve optimal softness results.

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Vinegar Soak For an even softer feel, try soaking your African wax print fabric in a mixture of one cup of white vinegar per gallon of warm water for 15 minutes before washing and drying as usual according to instructions above. This method helps break down stubborn fibers in thicker fabrics while also adding extra softness that cannot be achieved through washing alone! 


African wax print fabrics are beautiful materials that can add unique style and flair to any garment or home décor project – but they can be quite stiff when new! Fortunately, there are ways you can soften them up so they are pliable enough for crafting purposes – such as washing & drying them; steaming them; or soaking them in vinegar & warm water prior to washing & drying as normal – all of which will ensure that your project turns out perfectly every time! Thanks for reading – happy crafting!