I supposed I could have led with that…haha! You probably will have more luck hand quilting.
We get it, flannel. No one reveals all of their baggage on the first date. The more you know… the better you get at quilting with flannel.
Flannel has been around forever. Flannel fabric is a softly woven cloth made from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers. How does flannel get so soft?
This is especially true when quilting with flannel. Not all flannel is created equal. Flannel quality varies a ton, depending on what you buy. High priced flannel is often double-sided, washes and wears well, and shrinks and frays a little less. I know we all go for the lower-priced options sometimes. Low-qual flannel usually has a pretty low thread-count. Lower quality flannel can come with distorted plaid as well. I hate distorted plaid!
Flannel is already woven pretty loosely, making it a delicate fabric to work with. Otherwise, you might end up with a few holes. It all starts when you meet at the fabric store… or wherever you go to purchase your flannel. Most often this fuzzy fabric comes in narrower rolls. Use very mild detergent, and crank up your water temp so you can get all that shrinking out of the way before you start quilting with flannel.
You may want to use a lingerie bag to cut down on that fraying problem. Some I even recommend washing it twice. Drying is the same story: Tip — If you want, add a large bath towel into the dryer to keep the yardage from twisting and accumulating unwanted wrinkles. Since flannel is really stretchy, ironing can stretch out the fabric a little too much. Try pressing flannel instead holding the iron in place for a few seconds , or even trying starch.
Because of all of that stretchiness, flannel can slide a bit, making it hard to sew. Have questions about starch? Read about it here! You have to pardon the Flight of the Conchords reference. Because flannel is a thicker, softer fabric, quilting with flannel is kind of hard on your hardware.
Use sharp scissors, or a larger blade rotary cutter 2-inch diameter when cutting. As far as stitch length goes, try making them a bit longer than if you were quilting with light-weight quilting cotton. We all do it. We gotta hand it to you, flannel, you are flexible. It's the looser weave that produces all of that lint. A simple fix is to clean out the bobbin, and also around the needle after you are finished with your flannel project.
Share your experiences and any other tips you have in the comment section below! Thank you for the tips, above, on quilting or even just sewing, in general with flannel. Are the photos of your personal stash? The grey windowpane plaid with the pink? If you click on any of those photos, aside from the main image, it will take you to the specific site to buy. It is true about not knowing flannel thread count from online descriptions.
When I shop for fabric, and not just flannel, I typically frequent the same quality places because I know they only carry quality fabric. A local quilt shop is a great place to start. However, if you prefer to shop online, here is a list I compiled of quality fabric shops, Purl Soho being one of them.
Good luck, happy sewing and let me know if I can help in any other way! However, if you are a perfectionist and the off-kilter plaids are going to bug you, I would suggest marking guide marks with a ruler and chalk pencil, then cutting with sharp fabric scissors — that way you can have more control making the cuts straight with the plaid rather than cutting strips with a rotary cutter.
I just stumbled upon this aaaah-may-ZING post. That quilt is going to be used, loved and appreciated. I just got my first flannel baby quilt for our first Great Granddaughter back from the quilter. It is adorable, but I have been a little worried about some info I got at the quilt store I purchased the fabric from. I, of course, machine stitch the first side of the binding on, but always hand stitch binding on the front side. What is your take o this issue? You can see in my latest Instagram post that I machine stitched both sides of the binding down.
Thanks so much for all the great info on backing with flannel. My question is, do I still need to add batting when using flannel as a back? However, if you want to add some thickness and warmth to the quilt, you will probably want to. What batting would you recommend? I have a lot of batting info here if you want to check it out — https: To get a soft drape right out of the bag, I would recommend a poly blend or bamboo batting.
However, the more you wash any quilt, the more the drape will loosen up. I wrote a blog post about choosing the right thread for the job — check it out! However, I am machine-quilting a flannel-backed quilt for a friend, and I find that it is very hard work to free-motion this quilt. Naturally, my free-motion work is suffering from not being able to glide this quilt smoothly. I am using a domestic machine. Do you have any advice?
Hmmmm…are you using quilting gloves? I find those to be infinitely helpful when quilting. I use quilting gloves. I also put flannel-backed tablecloths plastic side up on the tables surrounding my machine. I back all my quilts with flannel as I like that cozy feel on one side of the quilt.
Since I have not yet had the courage to try free motion, all my quilts have been stitch-in-the-ditch or something equally simple. I did recently make a quilt using a flannel charm pack and found out just want you mean about flannel stretching! Some of the flannel is heavier than others. Should I use an iron on backing to make them more even in weight?
I too am trying to make a memory quilt out of flannel shirts. Also going to try to long arm quilt it. I just stumbled upon this site and freaking out as well. I have the flannel top of the quilt for my soon coming grand baby. I was looking for pointers on finishing up with the fleece backing. Finding out about fleece not shrinking and flannel shrinking a ton. What should I do now?? To reduce the shrinkage as much as possible, once your quilt is complete, wash it in cold water.
This article on washing and caring for quilts might help — https: The plaid flannels are not created eqaul and really depends on the manufacturer. I have some sitting on my ironing board as wee speak about to start a quilt- but with large blocks.
The larger plaid, you need to cut it on the stripes- many are loaded and get twisted on the bolt- another good way to determine a good tight one from the lesser- they take more care in the loading of the bolts.
It also makes it stiffer and feels different. Going to appliqué on top of the flannel instead of trying to use small patches for the blocks. Will see how it works out. TGhanks for the tips. This may be a frustrating answer, but you probably need to just keep shaking it and pulling at the raw edges until it stops shedding. Eventually it will…it just might take a while. You could try washing it again.
I bet that would loosen up some threads. When piecing a flannel quilt should the seams be pressed open or to the side? Is it ok to use steam or is a dry iron preferable? Pressing seams open or to the side is really just a personal preference. I like to press to the side just because I think seams are more stable that way. Steam is totally fine as long as you have pre-washed your flannel.
Has anyone out there tried this or is it a bad idea? I quilted with flannel and now noticed there was some stretch while I was quilting….. I know the feeling and it can be disappointing. Some of that might be due to your basting. I suggest leaving it as is and starting a new project.
If you cut parallel to the selvage, or lengthwise, your flannel will have little to no stretch. However, if you cut as you normally would when cutting for a quilt — with the selvages together and crosswise, it will have a bit more stretch.
Assuming you are cutting your flannel for pieces in a quilt, eventually they will be trimmed on all sides. I supposed I could have led with that…haha! She wanted it soft and snuggly, so I did things a little different than I usually do for a T-shirt quilt.
I used featherweight stabilizer, Warm and Natural batting, and backed it with flannel. Tell me it will be OK. More good news is that it will shrink uniformly, so if squared corners are your concern, you should be just fine. Your granddaughter is going to love it! Hi Suzy, I am making a quilt using a pieced top with a flannel back and no batting.
Check out my post on prewashing fabric for more on that — https: I bought a flannel panel for a baby quilt. I did not wash it. I got ready to quilt doing free motion around some of the figures starting in the center.
Urban Outfitters has awesome ones! It's worth a look: Just buy small guys shirts. Are you looking for a feminine shirt or just a shirt? Cabellea's and places like that or just go to Khol's on line and look in the boys or men's section.
Also, I belive Victorias Secret has some on line!! I was wondering the same I found one at forever 21 a couple of months ago I dont know if they will still have them. I know its kinda cheesey but Eddie Bower has some shirts. That is a huge fashion don't!
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