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Thread: Using cotton flannel instead of batting

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    Wondering if anyone uses cotton flannel instead of batting. Many of my Mom's quilts that she made had flannel cotton instead of polyfill. The quilts were thin but very warm.

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    Prewash the flannel. It shrinks a whole bunch. Then it'll be fine to use for batting.

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    When you wash the flannel make sure to use HOT water so you will not have an unpleasant suprise later.

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    Thank you for reminding me about the flannel shrinking....been there done that!heheheh

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    I like to use flannel too, and yes I too wash it in hot water, sometimes twice just to make sure it is done shrinking :D:D:D

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    i made my husband a wolf quilt in 8" blocks and the top was cotton and he wanted flannel on the bk. it keeps him warm he says. I have washed it several times and dried in dryer and everything is still in tact.

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    I used flannel in this table topper. It's actually pretty awesome. While it's not thick and fluffy, it's pretty dense, which I figure is great for soemething like this.
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    Love the xxxx on the edge

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    i liked using the flannel also. i like your table topper.

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    What a great idea. I never heard that you could use flannel

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    I've been using it inside baby quilts for batting, it makes a very sturdy quilt. And it does not require as much quilting. I enjoy the softness of it, plus it's cheaper for me than poly batting.

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    I don't like poly batting so I use flannel or all cotton batting. I use a double layer of flannel for some of the baby quilts and some of the larger quilts. I even buy flannel sheets at the second hand stores to use in lap quilts and some of the bigger quilts. It's wonderful for us southerners. :wink:

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    Using flannel is a great idea. I remember not too long ago that the Warm 'N Natural batting was affordable. It's now $10.99 a yard and even with a 40% off coupon, it can get very pricey if you have a queen or king size quilt. I will try flannel on my next project.

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    I love the whole darn thing. One of the icest table covers/toppers I have seen in some time.

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    Flannel makes a great batting. I also like it for backing.

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    flannel would be awesome as batting. Just wash it first.

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    Can you wash it in tap water and dry in the dryer to get the shrinking over? Or do you have to use hot water?

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    I think it is best to use hot water and a hot dryer for maximum shrinkage.

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    Never though to use it instead of batting, great idea. Batting sure has gotten expensive!

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    Flannel is great! Use it for table toppers and runners and get not-to-much fluff. An excellent purchase with a 40% off coupon for Jo-Ann's. Get a nice supply to keep on hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    I think it is best to use hot water and a hot dryer for maximum shrinkage.
    Thank you; I plan to try this for the first time next week when I finish this darned piano key border. Am working on a basket table topper, in pastels for spring. Flannel sounds perfect for the batting.

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    A warning, buy extra for each pattern to allow for shrinkage. It really is the best you can use it in so many projects like the rag quilts, the table runners, sofa throws, so many.

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    thanks for all of the comments on this thread

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    Wow, do I love those Ohio blocks!!!!!!!!!!!! What a nice table cover, I like that the flannel gives a thinner finish than the batting, well done!

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    I've always been afraid to use it because I have heard so many horror stories about how it stretches and distorts. Maybe I'll try it.

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