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How would you handle Baby Panel made of Flannel
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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?

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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.

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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 --

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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?

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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.



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Date: 4/24/13 9:45 PM

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

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