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What to do with a yard of cotton flannel?
they are like, 1-1.5 yards
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Date: 10/9/11 3:08 PM

I bought some cotton flannels when I was a total beginner and didnít know about their fabric properties. After washing and drying, they shrank to about 1-1.5 yards :(

For one piece, I managed to make a below-the-knee length pj pants out of it, but I donít really enjoy wearing it. Flannel is way too hot to wear in the summer, and the knee length made it too cold to wear in the winter (I have to wear knee length wool socks with it...).

Now I have 2 more pieces of 1-1.5 yards cotton flannel. Is there any adult clothing I can make out of them? If not, what are some other pattern suggestions you have (Iím not looking for children patterns because I donít have any kids yet!)

Thanks!

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Date: 10/9/11 3:17 PM

What kind of print?

You can make a nice button-down shirt out of it, possibly (if it's not too big of a size, say small women's or kids). Look for a pattern with a simple collar and say, 3/4 sleeves. That would be good for fall unless you're somewhere really cold!

If you have pets, you could make simple pet-beds by sewing two squares together and stuffing very lightly. If you don't have pets, you could give them as gifts to people who do.

If you are getting more advanced in your sewing, you could use it as a "muslin" where you make the pattern out of cheap fabric first to figure out any fitting issues. Flannel would work well for things like coats which will have a heavier weight that you will want to simulate somewhat with the muslin.

You could make boxers for boys or men.

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Date: 10/9/11 3:58 PM

How about a skirt? Wear it with a pair of leggings and your good to go!

Nora :)

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Date: 10/9/11 4:25 PM

If you don't care about what your flannel PJs look like, make one leg out of one piece and the other leg from the other piece. You could add "cuffs" (bands) at the bottom from the opposite fabric to make it look intentional. Or trim a plain white tee with some of the leftovers for a "set."

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Date: 10/9/11 4:39 PM

Quote: Debbie Cook
make one leg out of one piece and the other leg from the other piece.

Good idea, a leg in each pattern, or..... if you use a pattern with no leg side seam you could insert one of the colours into the side. Wasn't there a fashion in the eighties for the front and back of jeans to be a different colour, or did I dream that?

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Date: 10/9/11 4:48 PM

Pillowcase, travel pillow, eyeshades, flannel boxers, hand/pocket warmers (the kind you fill with rice and the heat in the microwave)...

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Date: 10/9/11 4:49 PM

I've made everyday napkins out of flannel and find it is great for mopping up messes.

Another thought: how about using them to line a jacket. They wouldn't have to match so much and you may want to use a slicker fabric for the sleeves anyway.

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Date: 10/9/11 4:50 PM

Save all flannel and kid PJ knit fabric to cut up for nice snuggly kid quilts for the cold months. I am saving just for this to make two of said quilts. :)

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Date: 10/9/11 5:05 PM

If it wasn't a big buy, make washable covers for your Swiffer-type mop.
Just copy one and add elastic for the ends.

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Date: 10/10/11 8:52 AM

Nice soft flannel makes great infant blankets and they can age into being a child's favorite blankie. If the fabric isn't something you want to keep there might be places (police, shelter, etc) who could use whatever you make out of the fabric.

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