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Thread: Flannel used with regular cotton?

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    Flannel used with regular cotton?

    Has anyone tried to combine both cotton and cotton flannel in one quilt? We want to make a T-shirt quilt and we have three yards of the color for the school colors but it is flannel. Not enough for the whole quilt. Your comments will be appreciated.

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    I'm not usually a pre-washer, but in this case, I think I would wash all the fabrics separated according to whether they are cotton or flannel. I think I would probably wash in hot water, especially the flannel since it tends to shrink more. I'd also throw in a couple of color catchers with each load.

    Love to see a picture when you're finished.

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    I would use a stablizer with the flannel
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    I'm not a pre-washer either, but in the case of flannel, I'd wash the heck out of it, 'cause it shrinks and bleeds.

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    i make lots of cotton with flanne quilts- they are wonderful quilts- i make lots of quilts- i use many different fibers===wool, cotton, silk, velvet, corduroy, denim...and yes- i even put them all together sometimes- the key is to pre-wash and make sure your fabrics will play nice together. my wool applique quilt is felted wool appliques on a fabulous double sided Benartex flannel-
    it washes up wonderfully...flannels tend to (generally) shrink the most- because they have a looser weave than the cottons you are used to using- but beyond that- they generally go together very well
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I have made several mixed cotton/flannel but I do wash and dry the flannel about 3 times before using it. I don't use a stabilizer.

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    Use the stabilizer on the Tshirts. You won't need it on the flannel. Be sure to use a ball-point needle on the Tshirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    Use the stabilizer on the Tshirts. You won't need it on the flannel. Be sure to use a ball-point needle on the Tshirts.
    I agree. I've used cotton and flannel on baby things and cotton with t-shirts on a quilt. No problem ( I always pre-wash) as long as you stabilize that t-shirt fabric!

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