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Thread: Flannel Not Suitable For Children's Sleepware. Quilts?

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    Senior Member ShirlR's Avatar
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    When I go into JoAnn's or Hancock's to shop for flannel, I see so many of these bolts that say they are not suitable for children's sleepware, yet the patterns are for babies and young children. A friend has given me 2 boxes of some very large flannel scraps with childrens' designs on them. Since I do not know which of these scraps may have come from bolts with such a warning on them, what safe use can I make of these? If they are not safe for childrens' sleepware, how could a person possibly use them for quilts? (I had planned on making some quilts for charity with these, but would not want to use unsafe material. Thank you in advance, folks, for giving me direction on the use of these scraps. Oh, and where can one buy "safe" material for childrens' sleepware?

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    I make quilts with all kinds of flannel, even those with this label.

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    there is nothing wrong with the fabric, it just doesn't meet the fire safty protocals to be used in sleepware.
    Inorder for any garment to be considered sleepware it must either be form fitting or flame retardent.
    These rules do not apply to blankets or quilts, so you can use them in your quilt.

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    I use all of the above in childrens quilts, never worry about that warning unless you are making childrens sleepwear, I agree with the others. Happy sewing!

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    I've used this fabric in a baby quilt before and it came out darling. I don't believe the same rules apply for quilts as they do for sleepware, at least as far as the warning goes. It will make lovely quilts, don't worry, and snuggly soft for any baby!

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    I use this fabric to make pjs for my kids. It does not have flame retardant on it that is the ONLY reason that it has that on the selvage. Because if one grandma made pjs for her grandkids and the house burnt down and a child died in the fire and they had grammies pjs on the parents could sue the fabric manufactors for not specifing that it was not flame retardant. It is just a "black box warning" to cover their butts! On top of that more than half of "fire related deaths" are not burns, they are deaths do to smoke inhalation, which flame redardent clothing is not going to prevent unless the clothing it oufitted with its own oxygen tank and self contained respirator mask


    It is pointless to use anything that is flame retardent if the family uses fabric softener in the washer or the drier. This removes the chemicals from the clothing thus rendering it useless!

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    None of the quilting fabrics are rated for children's sleepware, so if you use quilting cottons for kids quilts, you may as well use the flannel as well. No difference.

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    Most of the flame retardant chemicals wash out after numerous washings... :wink: None of the other bedding you purchase is flame retardant....
    I would not be afraid to use any flannel in a quilt :D:D:D

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    The problem is, kids in PJ's near a gas burner on the stove - that's why they want it to be flame-resistant. Quilts usually don't get near the stove, so I wouldn't worry about it.

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    I use it wherever I want. . I worry more about polyester in fabrics for sleepwear than the unmarked flannel. All that fleece stuff, minki, and polyesters melt and stick to the skin.

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