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    Default Help using flannel for backing

    I am backing several Christmas quilts with flannel. I cut one piece about 5” longer than I needed but after washing and drying twice it shrunk so much it was 2” shorter than top. I can use it for another top so no waste; but my question is this: How much longer should I plan the flannel so I don’t have this problem? Should I allow as much a foot extra? I have 4 more tops top do so your advice will be much appreciated. Thanks

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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Help using flannel for backing

    I buy a yard more flannel than I think I’ll need, and wash it before cutting. I have a lot of leftover flannel, but I will use that leftover in another quilt. I have found it is best for me to make a flannel top with flannel bottom.

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    Default Re: Help using flannel for backing

    I wash before cutting.

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    Default Re: Help using flannel for backing

    I always buy about a half yard more flannel than I think I will need. I wash/dry/press it first, then cut for my quilt. I have not had a problem doing it this way. I do buy very good quality flannel and I find the shrinkage is not quite as much as a lesser quality flannel.
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    Default Re: Help using flannel for backing

    Wash before cutting to solve this problem. But at least 1/3 yd more than you think you need. Flannel shrinks much more than regular cotton...but the better the flannel the less it shrinks.
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    Default Re: Help using flannel for backing

    This is very helpful. I have two flannel tops, and I have a cotton top that will be backed with flannel. I never thought about the extra shrinkage in flannel.
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