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using flannel sheets instead of batting

Old 01-22-2014, 12:50 PM
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What about using flannel sheets for batting? Since flannel sheets are on sale right now, I was
wondering if anyone uses them and what were the results.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:06 PM
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I haven't used flannel sheets, but I have used regular flannel as batting. It was flannel that pilled after it was washed, so I didn't want it on the outside of the quilt. I've also used just 3 layers of flannel in rag quilts, so I suppose that's also using flannel as batting.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:16 PM
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I have used used flannel sheets (well, that's a strange sentence!). I mean I have used flannel sheets that were previously used on my bed, so they had been washed many times. I haven't used new ones, but I see no reason it wouldn't work. I would give them a couple of hot wash/dry cycles first to get the possible shrinking wonkiness out.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:30 PM
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My grandmother and great aunts used flannel instead of batting in all the wonderful quilts, which they hand pieced and hand quilted. I still the ones that they gave me and they are still going strong; although, the colors aren't quite as bright. They were made in the 30s.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:35 PM
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I have read on here that some have used flannel. I think flannel sheets are the same, maybe even a bit heavier. I haven't used flannel sheets or flannel but, I wouldn't have a problem using them if I had some. Flannel of any kind would hold up just as well as any batting.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:48 PM
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the nice thing about using flannel for batting is the quilting density does not really matter- you don't have to worry about quilting every 2-4" like some battings require- you can quilt around squares/blocks- or you can tie your quilt- flannel works well when you want a really 'flat' quilt- since there is no real 'loft' ... it adds weight, body & drape without loft.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:26 PM
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I love backing the quilts with flannel, and would think of using the flannel as batting. I lucked out, and bought queen size sets at a thrift store that were new, and since they were having 1/2 off day, I paid $5 per set. The only caveat I have is flannel shrinks a lot, so I wash them, and dry them a couple of times before I use them.
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