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    Flannel backing question

    I've never used flannel for backing on a quilt except for rag quilts. I didn't wash the flannel prior to stitching because both sides were flannel.

    Now, I'd like to use one of the boy theme charm packs I have here from MSQ, which is quilting cotton, for a small quilt and wonder if I need to wash the flannel for the backing first because only one side will be flannel. I'm thinking YES?

    #2
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    I would wash the flannel in hot water and dry it in the dryer, especially if it's a children's quilt, but I would do it regardless. I just assume that the flannel will shrink more than the cotton. I would err on the safe side.

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      #3
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      Definately wash the flannel if you are mixing it with cotton fabrics. The flannel will shrink differently than the cotton fabric. Sometimes flannel will shrink 1-3% ​more than cotton.

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        #4
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        Thanks gals. I'm using flannel yardage, so I'll serge the edge and wash & dry twice. Hope that will be enough.

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          #5
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          I'm a rebel I never pre wash and never had issues!!

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            #6
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            I don't use flannel that often, but when I did, I preshrank it before I used it.

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              #7
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              You must, must, must wash the flannel.
              Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

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