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any hints how to use flannel for back

Old 11-19-2012, 09:32 PM
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I have put MANY hours on top but want this 62 x 62 inch TV couch quilt to be cuddly. Never have used flannel. Any hints befor I purchase flannel?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:39 PM
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I love using flannel backings.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:50 PM
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Some flannels shrink a bit more than regular cotton fabric, but I've never had a problem with them. I do pre-wash everything, so I make sure I have a bit more than I need just in case.
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Buy good quality and yes as stated already, prewash. Flannel backing is my family favorites.
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I mainly use flannel for the back of my quilts. I always buy at least a foot more than I know I need- for one reason, it will shrink. It is loosely woven so there is no doubt to me it will shrink the other is in case it is off grain, And I wash it in warm or hot water, then dry it medium. A lot of people will tell you to wash and dry it a couple of times - I don't because almost everyone I know is going to wash the quilt in cool or cold water then dry it on low. So I am not worried there will be more shrinkage - it has never been a problem for me anyway. When I put it together I do do spray baste - so much easier - and I do pin every 6 inches or so. And after it is quilted or tied then I put the binding on and I do sew the binding on twice around, usually using a tighter stitch because I hand sew the binding on the back.
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Originally Posted by chairjogger View Post
I have put MANY hours on top but want this 62 x 62 inch TV couch quilt to be cuddly. Never have used flannel. Any hints befor I purchase flannel?
I'd look at the shirting flannel first. Shirting flannel is a tighter weave. You'll have a limited choice of colors in shirting. Then look at regular flannel. If it's course weave, keep looking.
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I made a quilt for a friend and put flannel on the back and it felt soooooo wonderful!! As others have said - wash it first because it shrinks differently than the cotton front. I don't wash my cottons and didn't have any problems when washing the finished product. I bought the flannel at a quilt store vs finding it at JoAnn's.
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Thank you all. Wondrful information! Just what I needed!
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i prefer double sided flannels- they are thicker- better quality- hold up and make wonderful backs, tops, pillows, what ever. they also do not tend to shrink as much as the single sided flannels (double sided is brushed on both sides) there isn't much better than a flannel quilt! so soft, cozy, cuddly.
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Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
I'd look at the shirting flannel first. Shirting flannel is a tighter weave. You'll have a limited choice of colors in shirting. Then look at regular flannel. If it's course weave, keep looking.
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