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Thread: Seams for flannel

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    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
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    Seams for flannel

    I am making a quilt that uses a lap size cuddle fabric piece on the front and the back will be pieced with 6 inch squares (6 1/2 unf) of flannel. I have not used flannel before so would appreciate some tips. Is a 1/4 seam enough since flannel is somewhat more loosely woven than cotton quilting fabric. What is a good stitch length? Any other helps would be great. I also plan to use a batting between.
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    ​I like to use 3/8 seam allowance for flannel.

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    i always prewash flannel ..some woven more loosely than others ..all shrink and all shrink at different rates. i use 1/2" seam allowance whether piecing blocks or for backing. i do this w minkie, faux fur & other novelty fabrics like the minkie thpe hancoks used to sell. i've used all of the above frequently for quilts & toys for my grands ..and everything has stood up well to too frequent laundering by their mother and childrens typical rough usage.
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    Roguequilter is right on the money!!!!! I always use 1/2" on the back of the seam allowance and, and, I make the binding just a little more larger so that it doesn't maybe want to make it smaller and comes apart. Hope that helps.
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    I always use 1/2 " seams on flannel.
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    Rule #1 --- Prewash flannel! Almost all shrink a lot!
    Rule #2 --- I would advise not piecing with small pieces because it can ravel.

    When I use it, I make large blocks, 10"X10" or 12"X12" and back with a plain piece of flannel... no batting. They make soft and cuddly little blankies. I've made many dozens of them over the years for donations to Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

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    Thank you all for your answers. I saw the quilt I am planning to make in a quilt shop window. I really liked it. There was a page of instructions to make it. It called for 6” finished squares that is why I mentioned that size. I suppose I could make them bigger. What needle size is good to use and also what stitch length?

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