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Thread: Using flannel

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    Using flannel

    I am new here. I am beginning a flannel quilt for my grandson who is on the way. I haven't used flannel before. I have already cut my squares. I have read that I should use a 1/2 seam allowance. I washed the flannel before cutting on the delicate setting. Does anyone have any other tips? I have read that people have used sizing with flannel.


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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    if you have already cut your squares you really don't need sizing or starch---that is generally used before cutting - it helps keep the flannel from stretching while cutting.
    i do not (baby) my flannels- and make many many flannel quilts- i toss them into the washer on a regular cycle- dry them in a hot dryer- use a bit wider seam allowance- and if they are heavy-double sided really good flannels i lengthen the stitch length a bit- too small of a stitch may cause a little bit of puckering along the seam line if they are heavy-
    other than that use like any other cotton fabric- that's what it is- just softer/loftier - and in my book much nicer to work with....some people complain about flannels being stretchy---in 48 years of sewing i've never experienced this problem- i have seen some thin-loose weave flannels that were stretchy - but i never bought them so have no experience with them.
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    Thanks! I appreciate your help!

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    Junior Member mtnmama's Avatar
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    I have made several flannel quilts and even hand quilted one. If you are making a baby quilt, it won't matter much what type of batting you use, but making a large quilt, I would suggest using a thin, low-loft poly batting. The one that I hand quilted was warm and natural cotton and with flannel backing, it was way too heavy.
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    I am making 10 flannel charity quilts for David's house. I have used flannel before, and it does stretch a bit. I use a longer stitch and a bit looser tension to prevent puckering. I iron without sizing, I don't like using chemicals for infants and young children quilts, just a quirk for me. Do use thin batting, or even a layer of flannel as batting. It folds nice, and is so cuddly. I do not use 1/2 inch seam allowance as it creates too much bulk.
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