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Old 02-03-2020, 04:37 PM
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Hi everyone! I’m making a small draggable, droolable quilt for my brand new (and precious!) grand daughter. I have it all planned out and it’s going to be (I hope) adorable. My problem is the flannel colors that I have. I’m going with pastels as opposed to bright. When I put all the fabrics together, it was quite noticeable that I was missing green and orange pastels. The next obvious step was online. Dang! I had a terrible time finding a flannel in pastel orange and green. I did finally find a few greens that work but the only orange I could find was bright.

So here’s my crazy thought… If I take this fabric and add it to a mild bleach solution, will that fade the color? I know too much bleach will weaken the fiber and I don’t want that but I really need a pastel orange. I made a sample daisy using the pastels I have and one of the petals was this orange and it all but came out and smacked me in the face…it’s sooooo orange!

What do I do?
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:56 PM
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Could you make tea and dye the orange flannel in it to tone the brightness down? My only suggestion.
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:57 PM
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I donít think bleach will fade fabric evenly. I believe it would leave splotches of white on creamsicle orange. Are you looking for peach? Maybe a batik would do the trick. Or maybe you have enough pastels without orange. Can you show a picture?
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:05 PM
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I you really want pastel orange, I would try dying white flannel rather than bleaching darker orange.
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:12 PM
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Please don't bleach any flannel! However many washings you do the bleach will not wash all the way out, according to my Dr!
I learned this lesson the hard way, don't ask, but it was a painful lesson for me.

Do you really really have to have orange in the quilt? Sounds like it will be plenty cute/adorable without it.


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Old 02-03-2020, 05:13 PM
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There would be nothing wrong with using cotton for the orange. It is perfectly okay to mix the fabrics and being just a small part of the overall design, would it look odd?
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:27 PM
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Try searching for " peach" or "apricot" flannelflanne

​​​​​or "creamsicle"
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Old 02-03-2020, 06:57 PM
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Is the wrong side lighter? You might be able to use the back.
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:07 PM
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I agree with Dunster - dye white flannel the color you want.
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Old 02-04-2020, 05:18 AM
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Maybe instead of searching for an orange, search for a peach color instead??
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