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Thread: men's flannel shirts for quilting?

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    Super Member sew cornie's Avatar
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    I know men's cotton dress shirts are easily used as fabric for piecing a quilt, but what about men's flannel shirts? If the flannel isn't baby soft but not threadbare either, are they still good enough to use? Anyone done this before?

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    I have used cut up flannel shirts for making cuddle rag quilts, and it works great!

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    I have. I just tried to match the weight of each flannel piece. Some flannels are thinner/thicker than others. Came out great. The guy who received it loved it.

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    I use them frequently. I get them on tag day at the Goodwill shop for a nickle each.

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    Depends on the flannel - but if it still looks like it will hold up for a while yet, that was prime fabric "back in the day" - -

    Hold them up to the light and avoid the thin spots.

    The shirt tails (the parts that were tucked into the pants) usually are in excellent condition.

    The wear pattern on the shirts would depend somewhat on the type of work that the wearer did. (And how long they wore them)

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    Here's a link to a 7 men's shirt quilt

    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html

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    I get flannel shirts from thrift stores for .25 and .50. Try to keep thinknesses the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    I get flannel shirts from thrift stores for .25 and .50. Try to keep thinknesses the same.
    That's what I was trying to say - try to keep the thickness/weight of the flannels the same.

    Some are very light and thing - others are that heavy chamois type of flannel.

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    sure no reason not to- you can use anything you want to. thrift stores and yard sales are great resources for unique fabrics

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    The nice thing about them is that they will not shrink any more.

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