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Thread: Flannel Rag Quilt Question

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    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
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    I have been making my first flannel rag quilt. It now measures 50 x 51". How much does flannel usually shrink when washed? I want to know about what size to make it end up for a lap quilt? Thank you.

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    Funny thing about the rag quilts I've made, they actually didn't shrink much. I didn't prewash my flannel either. I sewed two layers of flannel together and put an X through the square before sewing them together. Once they were washed they frayed out but didn't shrink enough for me to notice. Good luck

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    I've made about 30 rag quilts, they are so quick and easy. I allow about two inches for shrinkage in length and width. The quality of the flannel has a lot to do with it.
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    it depends on the flannel- but allow an inch or two in both directions.

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    I don't think it is enough to worry about.

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    Oh, good. I thought they might shrink 30% or more. Whew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Funny thing about the rag quilts I've made, they actually didn't shrink much. I didn't prewash my flannel either. I sewed two layers of flannel together and put an X through the square before sewing them together. Once they were washed they frayed out but didn't shrink enough for me to notice. Good luck
    I do it the same way and didn't see any noticable shrinkage either.

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    I did some googling and most websites said flannel could have a shrinkage of up to about 5%. One site said up to 13%, but I have never had a quilt shrink anywhere near that much.

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    I used non-prewashed flannel for one of the ones I made for my daughter. Honestly, I don't think it shrunk all that much, maybe an inch or so.

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    I had cotton batting in the ones I made & did stitch the X as well.... They shrink.... but not a huge amount.

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