SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Quilters' Corner > How would you handle Baby Panel made of Flannel ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
How would you handle Baby Panel made of Flannel
...preshrinking question..
Canadian Jane
star
Canadian Jane
Advanced Beginner
Alberta CANADA
Member since 10/30/10
Posts: 2001
Send Message

      



Date: 4/24/13 4:08 PM

I have a baby panel made of cotton flannel that needs some borders as the width is a bit skimpy.

In the past I have prewashed washed flanel panels then peiced the prewashed boarders to the sides.

But, sometimes after washing the panel got a little wonky around the edges and it was hard to work with. I wasn't able to just resquare it off to the design and the size of final boarder on the panel without it looking strange. (Taking the entire final boarder on the panel would have looked even more weird.) This happened even though I had finished the edges with a zig zag (designed for knits) or serger to prevent fraying and warping.

I am wondering if I should add on my boarders first, then wash the finished peice before quilting it? I hesitate not to preshrink as flannel does shrink a fair bit.

Any advice here?

Amy-may
star
Amy-may
Intermediate
Illinois USA
Member since 6/7/05
Posts: 1224
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 4/24/13 4:49 PM

I'd always prewash. Flannel can shrink a lot, and not necessarily in any predictable way. Sewing 2 flannels together then washing just sounds like a recipe for disaster.

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7501
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 4/24/13 5:54 PM

How to handle a panel made of flannel?

I think you may be a poet who didn't know it.


(Pre wash all flannel a couple times, no kidding this time.)


-- Edited on 4/24/13 5:55 PM --

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Cat n Bull
star
Cat n Bull  Friend of PR
North Carolina USA
Member since 2/17/06
Posts: 4613
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 4/24/13 5:59 PM

Well, if you are MORE concerned about the fabric being distorted than you are about the possibility of uneven shrinkage between the panel fabric and border fabric, then just make it then wash it.

Flannel IS going to shrink, and it is going to shrink the same amount wether you wash it first or not.

What are you using on the back?

------
Cathryn

Canadian Jane
star
Canadian Jane
Advanced Beginner
Alberta CANADA
Member since 10/30/10
Posts: 2001
Send Message

      



In reply to Cat n Bull <<


Date: 4/24/13 9:04 PM

for Patti:

I guess I should have told you,
The back will be flannel too....

I am wondering if I sew the flannel sides on, if I can avoid the warping that seems to happen at the ends and corners of the panel and not have to deal with that.

I have to say that part of the problem may be my iron. If is very heavy and might actually be stretching the fabric.



PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7501
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 4/24/13 9:45 PM

Ironing (back & forth motion) can distort, but pressing (up & down motion) should not.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Quilters' Corner >> How would you handle Baby Panel made of Flannel

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
More Knits
More Knits

Class Details

Online Class
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets

Class Details

BurdaStyle Magazine 07-2011-102

photo
by: sandramary

Review
Kwik Sew 2891

photo
by: HolleyM

Review
Sew Chic Pretty Petticoat Pattern (ln1208)

Sew Chic Pretty Petticoat Pattern (ln1208)

More Info
Sewing Workshop Village Bag Pattern

Sewing Workshop Village Bag Pattern

More Info

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.