Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: How Can You Tell Flannel from Regular Cotton Fabric?? Is it hard sometimes?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    The California Hills
    Posts
    565

    How Can You Tell Flannel from Regular Cotton Fabric?? Is it hard sometimes?

    I know this sounds like a crazy question. I purchased a bundle of scrap fabrics from the Riley Blake Sugar & Spice line and while I was taking each piece of fabric out of the package, I noticed on only a subliminal level that the green argyle print was so soft--I actually stroked it a few times before moving to the next fabric. After I had all the fabrics out I realized that the green argyle one seemed "dull" in finish compared to the other and then it hit me that it must be flannel. It is slightly fuzzy and doesn't have the sheen that the other fabrics have.

    I couldn't find any markings on the selvage to indicate one way or another. I let the seller know that I received one piece of flannel and wouldn't be able to use it in my project and if she could swap it out for a regular cotton piece. She sent a note back that said that she didn't carry ANY flannel so it couldn't be so. I still feel like it probably is flannel (and I know from research that this line came in flannel as well as regular). One more message back to her and she was quite insistent and was obviously not going to do anything about it (I just asked her if she still had some left in her shop if she could see if it felt fuzzy?). I am not 100% certain but I really want to know.

    So, if you have any of this fabric (Riley Blake Sugar & Spice--the green argyle specifically--is it a bit fuzzy and "dull" in finish and doesn't seem to match any of the other fabrics in the line in feel?? I told the seller that I would probably take it in to my LQS and have them take a look just so I could settle my curiosity but haven't had a chance to do this yet (the seller didn't respond back after the second time--she just thinks I am crazy and doesn't want to deal with it). I just want to know.

  2. #2
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,917
    Blog Entries
    1
    Is it possible that this piece of fabric is a "brushed" cotton? Sometimes brushed cottons will feel almost like a flannel. You could contact Riley Blake Designs and ask them if they made this fabric in a cotton, brushed cotton or a flannel. They may not have made this line in flannel. That would certainly clear up the mystery. http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  3. #3
    Super Member willferg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Northern California, Sonoma Co.
    Posts
    1,942
    I agree about the brushed cotton. I once received a bundle of flannels, and some of them felt like a hybrid between cotton and flannel -- not quite one or the other. I still feel them and go back and forth. I choose to call them whatever I need them to be!

  4. #4
    Senior Member frustratedquilter40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    928
    I also have a piece that is thinner than flannel but yet softer than cotton. I agree with what others have replied I think it is brushed cotton you are looking at.
    ​Christine

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    603
    Here is a link that may help. It seems Riley Blake's flannel is a double brushed cotton.
    http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/faq/

  6. #6
    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    9,543
    the Riley Blake flannels are double sided flannels---so, is your soft/brushed on both sides (or does it have a definite right/wrong side?)
    it is probably simply a brushed cotton---
    and WHy would you not be able to use it in your project? I don't understand that statement- even if it was flannel- flannel is 100% cotton too- and is used with regular (flat cottons) all the time- i would be thrilled to receive something as luscious as one of the fabulous brushed cottons with a fq pack.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy
    Colleen's custom quilting; longarm services and custom quilt commissions.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    The California Hills
    Posts
    565
    ckcowl--my concern about it being flannel was simply related to what I have heard about shrinkage. I am using scrap fabrics so I don't intent to prewash and since all the other pieces will be regular cotton, I am concerned about uneven shrinkage.

    Why would Riley Blake make one fabric out of a collection a brushed cotton? There are 2 other argyle prints in this line (red and aqua) and they aren't brushed cotton? I now have pieces from all the fabrics from this line and this is the only one. That just seems weird.

    As I said, my concern is shrinkage. If this will shrink relatively consistently to regular cotton, then I don't need to worry. Just not sure.

  8. #8
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,609
    If you wash everything before you cut it - most of the shrinkage will be removed from the pieces - so I don't see why it would matter how much it did - or didn't shrink.

    It does seem odd to me also that only one piece would feel drastically different from the rest.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.