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Thread: Flannel backing

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    I am making a baby quilt and want to use a flannel backing. The quilt top is 100% cotton. Is there anything that I need to know when using a flannel backing with a cotton top?

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    Wash the flannel at least once, to shrink it.

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    Yes, it will shrink....a lot! You must pre-wash it several times, even if you don't pre-wash the cotton.

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    I always wash/dry flannel atleast twice, it tends to shrink a lot more than quilting cotton :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I always wash/dry flannel atleast twice, it tends to shrink a lot more than quilting cotton :D:D:D
    I do the same. The dryer especially seems to shrink it a lot.

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    flannel backed quilts are wonderful! pre-wash, use good quality flannel (double sided if possible) and you will love the results. when i use good (benartex double sided flannel) i have found one pre-wash is enough...when using lesser - single sided inexpensive flannel you will want to wash it a couple times...problem with the lesser quality flannels is ... they pill....get those tiny (balls) all over the surface. this does not happen when using good quality flannel.

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    Oh. Forgot to mention I also starch the flannel heavily before sandwiching the quilt (if I am going to machine quilt). Keeps the flannel from puckering.

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    Thanks everyone. I have now finished my two baby quilts with flannel backing - no problem. It was actually easier to machine quilt than using cotton backing. Thanks again. - Cynthia

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