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Thread: Flannel sheet for batting?

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    I'm working on a large quilt, about 65" x 70" and was going to buy batting, as I'm just about ready to start quilting. Then I remembered I have a queen size flannel sheet I don't need anymore. The thought struck me that I could use that sheet for batting. Anyone done this before? I will be using the quilt to wrap up in on the couch, so it will get quite a bit of use. Having the flannel inside sounds really nice to me. It will be thin, but warm, I think. Any thoughts?

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    you're in CA, so it should b plenty warm. maybe not here in OH

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    Yes will be nice!!!

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    Make sure the flannel has been washed and dried until it stops shrinking. Other than that you are good to go!

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    Sounds like a good idea.

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    I love using flannel as batting, especially in baby quilts. SOOOO soft and "pliable" no matter how close you quilt it. And yes they are warm.

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    Sabra, flannel works really well as long as it is preshrunk. You just end up with a lighter, slightly less fluffy quilt. Because flannel is so sturdy, you do not have to quilt is as closely as you do batting.

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    Works well.

    The quilt can be tied, too, and the flannel won't shift or wad up.

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    yep, that is what I used for my southern family members!

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    I made a king size quilt for my daughter - one of the first I quilted on my frame. Putting batting inside made it too thick to fit in the throat of the machine so I used flannel. She loves it and says it is very warm. I would not hesitate to use it again. :lol: :lol:

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    I used a flannel sheet in my son quilt

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    Thanks for asking about this. Now I know that I can put it between the two babies' quilts I need to finish one of these days.
    THX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriholic
    Thanks for asking about this. Now I know that I can put it between the two babies' quilts I need to finish one of these days.
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    Me too. I've been putting of doing the quilting on the quilt for my new granddaughter because I couldn't decide which batting to use. Think I'll go ahead and use flannel. It should work well since they live in California.

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    Why not? I have used flannel as batting before, it definitely gives the quilt a different feel, soft and cuddly, you just don't want to quilt to densely! Sounds like an economical practical and "green" solution.

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    You have no idea how happy I am that you asked this question. Making a twin quilt for grandson in florida. That will work perfectly!!!

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    Sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Another example of "what's old is new again"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I love using flannel as batting, especially in baby quilts. SOOOO soft and "pliable" no matter how close you quilt it. And yes they are warm.
    That's the reason I like to use it too.

    Pat

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    Thank you everyone for your comments! I didn't realize how "normal" it was to use flannel inside. I'm looking forward to saving some $$ by not buying batting, and reusing something. Also thanks to those who put the quilting tips in; I hadn't thought about how dense or sparse the quilting should be. Can't wait for it to be finished!

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