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Thread: mixing flannel and cottens

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    Junior Member iwillquilt's Avatar
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    I have read that you should use all flannel or all cotten. Would it be ok to use cotten for sunbonnet sues on flannel backing?

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    I would be sure to prewash the fabrics. The flannel will shrink a lot more than the cotton.

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    I agree. As long as the flannel is washed it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I would be sure to prewash the fabrics. The flannel will shrink a lot more than the cotton.
    Oh, yessssss - flannel shrinks more than qulting cotton. I had to redo a quilt because I didn't prewash the flannel. Good thing it was a 24x24 wall hanging!

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    I made a silk robe with flannel lining for hubby, it turned out great!! Pre-wash everything to shrink!! I found that keeping the flannel down and the silk up worked very well and not so good the other way. Lot's of cleaning bobbin area too!!

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    years ago they used what they had and you know some of theose quilts are still around. most of these quilt were made to use

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    I use flannel for backing cotton tops a lot. Never had a problem and just love the way it turns out. Flannel is sooooo cozy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    I use flannel for backing cotton tops a lot. Never had a problem and just love the way it turns out. Flannel is sooooo cozy.
    I guess I should correct myself. I actually ment to use the flannel as the main background as well as the backing. But I am thinking from what I am hearing that it would still be ok. As long as I wash everything to shrink it first. Thank you all for your comments. I love learning everything I can on this site. It is full of wonderful, generous folks.

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    Ahh, I get it...appliqueing your Sue's on the flannel? I think it would be great! You may have a bit more trouble getting them to lay flat though, since the flannel definitely has more give. I think if you starch it well, it should be ok.

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