Quilting with Flannel

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Flannel is a popular fabric choice when it comes to making garments, like flannel pajamas, but it is also a great choice when wanting to make nice, warm, snuggly quilts. ZJ Humbach shares tips for quilting with flannel that can make preparing and working with the fabric much easier.

Flannel

ZJ first shows several examples of flannel fabric available on the market today and explains how you can find many more colors, prints and even panels as you could in the past. ZJ then explains some of the main differences between flannel, which is cotton, and your typical quilting cotton fabric. One of the biggest differences is that flannel has a nap, which means that it needs to be treated similar to a directional fabric in some instances. ZJ explains why this is overly important when making a garment but how it should still be taken into consideration with quilting with flannel.

Washing Flannel Fabric

The topic of whether or not to pre wash fabric for quilting is constantly debated, however ZJ recommends pre washing and pre shrinking flannel prior to quilting with flannel. When quilting with different fabrics, such as flannel, how you prepare the fabric may differ from how you prepare quilting cotton. This is because flannel can both shrink as well as ravel. Pre shrinking the flannel helps ensure that your quilt will stay the size you want it to if it is washed after it is completed. Removing some of the lint when washing it can also help eliminate some of the lint that may otherwise end up in your machine. ZJ gives tips on how to help reduce the amount of raveling that can occur when washing the fabric by stay stitching the edges. For more quilting tips and techniques, check out more quilting tutorials.

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4 Responses to “Quilting with Flannel”
  1. Lisa

    I’ve completed a quilt top of 100% cotton. I did not prewash the fabric. Can I was the top before quilting if I want to pair it with a flannel back or just stick with the same type fabric for the backing?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lisa,

      I would not recommend washing the top before it is quilted. Trying to repress all of the seams is going to be very tedious and difficult and you may find that you have lots of raveling or blocks coming apart at the edge. I would recommend staying with they same type of fabric for the backing.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
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  2. Dale Denison

    What if you are using precut fabric, like jelly rolls, charm packs etc. How do you preshrink these without them unraveling. And couldn’t you wash in cold water to help that it doesn’t shrink too much?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Dale,

      Some people do not recommend prewashing the smaller pre cut fabrics, as it would become very tedious to press everything flat again once it is washed. However, yes, washing in cold water and drying on low to no heat can help reduce shrinking.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
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