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Thread: binding with ribbon on unwashed flannel?

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    armaynes's Avatar
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    Dec 2009
    Lewiston, ID
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by armaynes
    Will do, I'm also curious how much it will shrink. This is my first time working with flannel and it's been such a PAIN!
    To make it easier to work with next time, I recommend prewashing and drying flannel *twice*, then heavily starching it before you cut. Starch stabilizes flannel and keeps the edges from stretching out of shape as you sew pieces together. To starch, I mix a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, lay the fabric on my kitchen island and "paint" the strach on using a large wall painting brush, throw the saturated fabric in the dryer, then iron with steam.

    If you do all this, you won't have to wash your unbound quilt before applying binding, plus the pieces will be much easier to sew together accurately. Washing the quilt after it is bound removes all the starch.
    I will DEFINITELY wash my flannel next time! I did use spray starch and it didn't seem to do much good. Guess I'll try the painting like you suggest next time. Thanks! I've gotten so many great ideas from one question! :)

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    Super Member Pzazz's Avatar
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    Sep 2009
    NW Minnesota
    I have made numerous baby quilts with flanellette. I always wash first. I also use satin ribbon to bind them, because as armaynes noted, babies like the different textures. I have not had to, (yet), re-bind one, but since the ribbon doesn't involve any hand sewing, I wouldn't hesitate to rebind if needed. I think it would take a lot of washings before it would get to that point.

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    Super Member CajunQuilter2's Avatar
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    Back home in Louisiana for now....where next?? who knows....
    Quote Originally Posted by armaynes
    What is "blocking?" I'm sure I'll hate myself for a stupid question, but several people have mentioned it and I'm not sure on the meaning. Is it just squaring up my quilt? Or is there more to it? Thanks!
    There are no stupid questions here, just questions to learn from. We have all been beginners at some point in time.

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