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Mixing regular cotton and flannel

Old 02-21-2017, 11:29 AM
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Are there any issues I should be aware of if I mix flannel with regular cotton in a quilt top? I have some leftover flannel from some dresses I've made but not really enough to use for anything by itself and I'm hoping I can use it the same way I use regular cotton.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:43 AM
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Flannel usually has a looser weave then quilting cotton and needs a wider seam allowance. I would either sew the flannel all together with wider seams or mix it with cotton squares but still use the wider seams.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:54 AM
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In addition to what Tartan has advised, I'd also suggest making sure it is well pre-washed. Due to the looser weave, it has a tendency to shrink more than typical quilting cotton. Otherwise, have fun!
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:49 PM
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I use both in quilts all the time, have never had an issue.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:07 PM
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Same here. I also pre-wash every fabric I have. With the flannel I measured it first then threw it in warm to hot water and a hot dryer. A couple times. The second wash showed no more shrinkage. Learned a long time ago to use 1/2" seam allowance.
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I use both in quilts all the time, have never had an issue.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:27 PM
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Prewash and 1/2" seam allowance - got it! Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:02 PM
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I agree with the others. Also, having learned this the hard way ... be sure to pre-wash your flannel in whatever laundering conditions the final recipient will use. Pre-washing in cold water/low heat does no good if your recipient then washes in hot water & dries on high heat. The flannel will shrink like crazy & the plain cotton fabric will crinkle a lot to compensate.

Flannel will stretch more readily than quilter's cotton. I take extra care in squaring up fabric, starch heavily & do extra basting when combining the two. I also find for piecing, putting the flannel on the bottom helps to ease in any little bit of extra fullness that may occur while moving through my machine.
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