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Sewing on flannel

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by CityGirlintheCountry, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I am making pajamas for my nieces and bought some cute lightweight flannel. I haven't washed it and it is still kind of stiff. I know you are supposed to wash fabric before you sew it, but it sure would be easier to cut out and sew with it still a little stiff. Do we think it would be okay to wash the pjs after construction?

  2. steigersa

    steigersa In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2011
    I know your supposed to wash fabric before sewing but I never wash it. I like the way it is when it's still starched. LOL I love pajamas when they are just made and look new not washed alrea
  3. NanaKat

    NanaKat Free Ranging Premium Member

    Yes, you can wash it after you sew...but remember that flannel is cotton and will shrink some when washed.
    It is usually in the length so allow a little extra when you hem them. I usually allow an extra 1/2 inch.
    Besides children seem to grow in the spring.
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Yeah, I agree, I would oversize so when washed they will shrink to the proper size.
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

    Nov 10, 2010
    Just a comment - whenever I sew with flannel, I need to cleanout the sewing machine more often. That fuzz gets underneath in the bobbin area and causes it to tangle up the bobbin thread.

    Personally, for PJ's I would probably wash it to pre-shrink it - then I would iron and starch it.

    It is a nice effect on a quilt when the flannel pieces all shrink up in different directions and different amounts. That makes the quilt seem so cozy.
    PJ's - maybe not so much if the pieces shrink in different directions.
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Flannel does shrink a lot more than regular cloth fabric.
  7. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Thanks, y'all! I will go the wash it and iron it route then. I don't want to go through all the effort to make them just to have them shrink funny. This weekend is the sewing marathon. Wish me luck!

  8. dfr1973

    dfr1973 Songster

    Nov 20, 2011
    rural central FL
    I was warned when planning to sew with cotton flannel that it doesn't just shrink - it's a "progressive shrinker" so I washed mine three times before cutting. And YES flannel fuzzes up a machine every bit as badly as fleece does.
  9. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Quote:Sorry, going to hijack for a minute here....you live very near me!!!! I don't know but one other BYCer in this area [​IMG]
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Hey, Shia!!! There are a ton of Middle TN BYCers. Hop over on the Middle TN thread. There are some really, really fun people in this area. We do meet ups every so often for a late lunch and chicken talk. [​IMG]

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