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Quilting Flannel

“Warm and Cozy”

Quilting flannel can help create a wonderfully warm quilt for your loved ones.  Flannel can be used to make an excellent children’s quilt.

It raises a few questions though.

What do you look for when picking the material out?

What designs work well when you are making a quilt with it?

How do you quilt with flannel?

We’ll answer those questions for you here.

Selecting Material

This is a material that you have to get your hands on.  There is no other way that you can tell if the fabric is good enough quality for your projects.

This is mostly due to the weave of the flannel.

Low quality flannel fabric has a very loose weave to it.  This makes it hard to create a quilt that will hold up over time.  Let alone stay intact while you’re quilting.

If you find such a material and still want to make something out of it there is one thing you can do to accomplish this.  Make your grace seam larger.  Instead of the usual ¼ inch, use ½ inch.  This gives you more stability when working with the product even if it unravels.

Also, when stitching your pieces, work slowly.

Lastly, to avoid bearding, use high quality batting.  We recommend bamboo because it won’t shift inside your finished quilt.

You can avoid such hardships if you are able to find material that is of a tight weave.  The fabric will hold up over a longer period of time, be warmer, and have fewer complications when sewing.

That’s why you have to get your hands on the cloth to tell if the flannel you want to work with is of the quality you desire.


We find that designs with sharp edges work best with quilting flannel. 

Curves can be harder to work with, especially if the material is of low quality.  In that case the fabric will unravel as you are working with it and cause migraines to appear.  This is particularly true when working with appliqué.

If you are lucky enough to find a tight weaved flannel of high quality then you shouldn’t have any additional problems when doing appliqué.

However, keep in mind that squares, rectangles, and triangles work best when using flannel as your medium.


When machine quilting with flannel you want to keep a slower steady pace.  This is to prevent the sewing foot from snagging on your working pieces.

Iron press your fabric before you piece your top and again before you actually quilt.  Try pressing it going in one direction.

When you use your machine to sew, stitch going the same direction and the pressed fabric.

That is the easiest way to prevent the sewing foot from grabbing the material.

This is true with fleece as well.

Hand quilting this type of material can be ideal.  You can make low grade fleece look good this way.  As long as you use good quality batting, the material won’t have a bearding problem.

What’s bearding you ask?

Bearding is when the batting starts leaking through your outer fabric.  The look is just like that of a man’s facial beard.  Hence the name. J

Here is an example of low grade fleece that make at quilt.  Note that it was hand quilted to make it look of higher quality.

Wrap Up

Quilting flannel comes in several different weaves.  Now you can tell the good from the not so good and what you can do to work around it.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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