Using Flannel in Quilts

When I think of Fall, one of the things that come to mind is Flannel. Flannel shirts, soft blankets, and rag quilts. 

Flannel is a popular choice for quilts for several reasons, and it offers various benefits to quilters and those who use the quilts. Here are some of the benefits of using flannel in quilts:

Soft Flannel Fabrics

  1. Warmth and Coziness: Flannel is known for its warmth and softness. It provides a cozy feel, making flannel quilts perfect for cold weather, winter nights, or as a layering option on a bed.

  2. Comfort: Flannel is gentle on the skin, making it an excellent choice for quilts that will be used for snuggling, especially by children or those with sensitive skin.

  3. Durability: High-quality flannel is durable and can withstand regular use and washing, making flannel quilts long-lasting.

  4. Ease of Sewing: Flannel is relatively easy to work with for quilting. It cuts cleanly, sews smoothly, and holds its shape well, which can be advantageous for quilters, especially beginners.

  5. Versatility: Flannel comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it versatile for different quilt designs, from traditional to modern or rustic. You can find flannel in various themes, including seasonal and holiday prints

  6. Great for Rag Quilts: Flannel is often used in rag quilts, where the raw edges are intentionally left exposed and fray when washed. This creates a rustic and textured appearance that many people love.

  7. Easy Care: Flannel quilts are typically easy to care for. They can be machine-washed and dried, and they often become softer with each wash, enhancing their comfort over time.

While flannel has numerous advantages, it's important to note that the quality of flannel can vary. It's a good idea to choose high-quality flannel for quilting to ensure that your finished quilt is both comfortable and durable.

Also, I prefer to pre-wash flannel before I sew it. Flannel shrinks more that other cotton fabrics. 

Have fun quilting!


  • Hey Kaye!
    I always suggest prewashing the flannel, because it shrinks at a higher rate than cotton.

  • Does flannel need any extra preparation before sewing?

    Kaye Wathen
  • Does flannel need any extra preparation before sewing?

    Kaye Wathen

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