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Thread: Use of Fabric Question

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    Senior Member GrammaO's Avatar
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    There is a little boy at our church who has some health problems that are affecting development. One of his favorite things to do after service is touch the flags. he loves the satiny feel to them. I'd like to make him a small quilt full of different textures-terry cloth, suede, velvet, satin, flannel, cotton, etc. Whatever has good tactile feel to it. Any thoughts on how well this type of project might hold up to washing and handling?

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    make a crazy quilt, or a pattern from simple shapes. sew wider seams than normal. it should work out nicely.

    you are a sweetiepie for sure. the Quilting Fairies will watch over you. ;-)

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    There are many fabrics with texture that are washable.Sounds like a great project!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-22093-1.htm

    Check out this thread- it has some good ideas for this type of thing.

    I would suggest making a little wider seams on this quilt. That will give it a little more stability for heavy use. Maybe you could zigzag around the satin. Or, when I use satin in quilts, I use quilt basting spray and "glue" it to a piece of muslin. It helps to stabilize it for sewing.

    I would like to see pictures of this quilt when you're done! I bet it will be cute and the little guy will love it. (And I bet his mom and dad will be really touched by your thoughtful gesture!)

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    Actually it's a great project for infants/toddlers as well.

    I think this is a wonderful thing you're doing Gramma and the little boy is going to love it!

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    Thanks for the suggestion about wider seams. Also I should probably prewash everything for shrinkage? I appreciate the feedback!

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    Aw, what a sweet thing to do! I am sure he will love it!

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    Sweet! He will be happy.

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    Very thoughtful, I have made several "taggies" using fleece and ribbons of various textures for babies. They are about 10" with the ribbons sewn in between the layer.

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    What if you just did different patches of the different kinds of fabric, I think you're probably looking to do something very basic. That way he would have a larger area to feel. Depending on the kind of satin used, I might back it in muslin. Very slippery to sew and I would zig zag or overcast the edges to prevent raveling.

    I worked with an autistic child, elementary level, and he loved stuff like this.

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