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Thread: combining fabrics

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    combining fabrics

    I know, I know...you can do whatever you wish, but:
    I am making a baby quilt from a pattern for "monsters." They recommend using short pile fleece and felt.
    I have some wonderfully bright cotton fabrics that I could use for the blocks. Could I then fuse the fleece and felt to that? I really have enough cotton for the monster bodies, but I do want to have different fabric feels for the baby.
    Would the fusing of the different fabrics work OK?

    Thanks in advance for your wonder knowledge you share!

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    Would you share the name of the pattern? I would love to make one for my GD.

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    It is McCall's Crafts pattern M6411. I found it on sale at our local Joann's (by making a phone call) for $1.99 last week! The envelope for the pattern say $18.95. If they don't have it, just google it. I found it online for $3.99.
    I also looked at Erica's Craft and Sewing Center in Bloomington, IN (I think it's ericas.com) and they have wonderful baby quilt designs. I have purchased one from them also for the same mom-to-be.

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    Is felt washable?
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    I would think so! It is for a baby quilt afterall.
    In the pattern, the felt would be used for eyeballs, spots, teeth and scales. I suppose cotton would do.

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    Rather than fusing the felt and soft pile, I would just use the bright cotton and add touches of minkee or a suede type
    fabric for texture. Would love to see the finished product.

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    Good thoughts suggestions, thanks. I think I might try your suggestion, Rose.
    And MadQuilter, I googled washing felt. Apparently there is an acrylic felt which is washable as opposed to the wool felt which is not.

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    If you fuse it, I would think you would want to stitch it down too so the baby doesn't pull it off and swallow it.

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    Just as long as it is washable and you use fusible stuff, I can't see it would not work. I think it will be wonderful feeling experience for the baby. Good luck and let us see pictures when you are finished.

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    There is a washable wool felt! I bought some for an layered applique sweatshirt that I made for a Christmas present this past year. It washes up wonderfully! I pre-washed all my colors though before cutting and putting the applique together.

    I purchased it at Hancock Fabrics as I couldn't find it at Joann's.
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    I have used both regular cotton and flannel in an appliqued baby quilt. I used fusible then did a hand-sewn blanket stitch for accent and because of numerous washings in it's future.

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    That is a cute pattern & the quilt will be adorable. I think you can use any washable fabric and fuse it. I like the idea of stitching it down so it can't possibly come loose & the baby swallow it. Be sure to share pictures when you're finished.
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    I used some felt a couple of years ago, and it bled when washed. Just test first.

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    I will certainly post pictures...IF I can do it!
    I started on the quilt today, deciding to go with colorful cottons.
    Thanks to all that responded
    Oh yes, I intend to stitch the appliqué down even with fusing.

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