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Thread: Ever Use Flannel for Batting?

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    yep flannel works! I like it for wall hangings and preshink it and use it for table mats and runners...

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    I'm a beginner but I don't see why flannel wouldn't work. I have been thinking about using fleece for batting. It will lay flat very nicely so I am going to try it.

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    I like your bear. very nice job.

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    The bear is all finished. The flannel worked great. It's a nice heft and the stitching went well. I didn't want to have to use a walking foot because of the many sharp turns on the applique pieces. The thickness of the flannel allowed me to use my regular foot.

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    Great job.

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    Very cool!

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    Wonderful bear ! I've used flannel as a batting. Had no problems with it.

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    Beautiful picture - nice job. Don't see why flannel wouldn't work. I quilted a wall hanging for a friend that had flannel for batting and it worked just fine.

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    I haven't used flannel, but have used fleece which give a nice dimension with machine quilting

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    I've used flannel for batting on baby quilts and wall hangings.Love your bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    I'm making a small (very small) wall hanging. It's raw-edged applique with lots of tiny little pieces. (I guess I'll post a picture.) I'm thinking I want to use the top-stitching as quilting, but I want a thin batting. Is there any reason I shouldn't use flannel instead of traditional batting? It won't ever be washed, so shrinkage isn't an issue. I just want to make sure I'm not committing myself to a disaster. It's from a kit a friend asked me to do, and let me tell you, it's been a bear. (No pun intended.)
    I would still wash the flannel first, but I have used flannel just fine. I would wash it because someday, someone else will have it, and may want to 'freshen' it. (Just MHO)

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    I use flannel for batting for what I call "wash quilts." I make a quilt sandwich with top, one or two layers of flannel and backing.. (Flannel and backing should be about 4 -5 inches larger than the top. I then stitch lines one inch apart either a straight stitch or a small fancy stitch. After the layers are sewn together, I wash it in hot water with retayne ( to preserve the color fastness) and then dry on low. I wash and dry it about four times. The flannel shrinks about 5 - 10%, causing lots of nice little puckers. Using the retayne keeps the colors bright. These quilts are great because you can wash them whenever you wash your sheets, if you want.

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    Good info. I can imagine this would be good for baby quilts. Thanks!

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