Tips for Sewing with Flannel

ComfyflannelsWinter is HERE! Cold weather means cozy quilts – and what’s better to cuddle up with than warm, cozy, soft flannel? But quilting and sewing with flannel can be tricky – it doesn’t behave like your standard quilting cottons. So here are some tips for working with flannel.

  1. Buy more fabric than you think you will need – at least 1/4 yard more. Flannels shrink and fray more than traditional quilting cotton when washed and dried.
  2. If pre-washing, use mild detergent and no bleach. To minimize fraying, put your flannel inside a large pillowcase and pin shut.
  3. Dry on a high setting to get maximum shrinkage (better before than after you’ve sewn your project!). Add a large bath towel into the dryer – this helps prevent twisting and minimizes wrinkles and creases. Don’t overdry though.
  4. If your project is a quilt, choose a simple design, with large, uncomplicated blocks. Avoid sewing with tiny pieces.
  5. Flannel has more stretch than quilting cotton so PRESS, don’t iron. Also you can spray starch before cutting. This not only helps prevent stretching, but also helps any slide and possible fraying. Handle your flannel with care.
  6. Larger flannel pieces make it easier to control stretching, so again, choose a simple quilt pattern.
  7. Now is the time to use your large (60mm) rotary cutter!
  8. Use a new, sharp needle, size 12/80
  9. Increase your stitch length to 3 (12 stitches/inch). A shorter stitch length can add a stretch the flannel and makes it harder to pull out a seam if you make a mistake 🙂
  10. Do not use steam when pressing. (Remember – don’t IRON!)
  11. Clean your bobbin area often. Flannel leaves a lot of lint behind.
  12. As flannel is a heavier weight than quilting cotton, use a low-loft batting. 
  13. If you are machine quilting, use a longer stitch length.
  14. For hand quilters, use perle cotton.
  15. You’ll need a slightly wider strip for binding to compensate for the weight of flannel. Cut at least 2.5 in. wide for a French fold (or double fold) binding.

What can you make with flannel?

Clothing such as scarves, baby layettes, shirts, pajama pants, jacket lining, nightgowns, bathrobes
Blankets! Just think of cuddly baby receiving blankets or as backing of fleece blankets. Rag quilts.
Bedding such as for cribs or entire bed sets. It’s incredible snuggly for winter!
Baby bibs, burb cloths
Dog beds, blankets.
Stuffed animals and other plushies

Enjoy!

~Marlene

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Deal of the Week: Save 33% on Lecien Isso Ecco & Heart 2016: Flowers Pink/Red, Oxford Weight

Jan 2 Deal of the Week

Check out our newest Deal of the Week – Lecien Isso Ecco + Heart Flowers – for only $10 yard. That’s a savings of $5 on this gorgeous oxford/canvas weight, 100% cotton fabric, perfect for bags, totes, purses, pillows and other home decor items.

33% savings until Sunday, January 8 at midnight, EST.

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19.99% Boxing Week Sale Starts NOW!

Happy Holidays! And Our Boxing Week Sale Starts NOW!2016-boxing-week-saleSave 19.99% on all BATIKS!

We’re starting early, I know – but with Christmas Day a Sunday we wanted to reach everyone before they left their work and email behind to enjoy family and friends.

The sale runs from Dec 23, 2016 to Jan 2, 2017. More than 450 items are on all – all yardage, pre-cuts, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, charm packs — anything in the BATIK category.

You’ll get great deals of new fabric as well as items already on SALE!

USE COUPON CODE: HOLIDAY2016

Please note:

  • Fabric sells out quickly. Quantities are limited and cannot be backordered.
  • We always strive to send fabric as one continuous piece off the bolt; however sometimes this is not possible. Please indicate in the comments section if you require this feature.
  • Orders are processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will send what we have — and of course adjust your bill accordingly — if you do not add specific instructions during checkout.
  • Shipping starts January 3, 2017. Please allow extra shipping time for this order!

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Our online shop is always open!

But just a reminder that product orders placed between Dec 24, 2016 and New Years will ship the first week of January, 2017!

Have a great holiday everyone.

Thank you for supporting our small Canadian online fabric store ~ Marlene

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December 2 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway – Mini Jelly Roll from Studio E

Dec-2FlareFabricsTGIF-STudioEOur  Dec 2 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway this week is a mini jelly roll by Studio E fabrics – 18 different rich browns perfect for this time of year.

To enter to win, head to our Facebook page and post a comment.

Have a great weekend and we’ll announce the winner Monday!

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~ Marlene

 

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Black Friday Weekend Sale | Sample Spree Splurge + Alexander Henry Arrivals

An awesome 4 day sale! 

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We couldn’t pass up this crazy sale weekend without a sale of our own! The more you spend, the more you save. Save up to $15 when you spend more than $100. We’ve made the sale so easy – everything counts – even new arrivals and sale items.

Plus it’s so easy to get your discount – no coupon is needed. We just give you back the money at checkout! No hassles, no worries.

Sale starts Friday, Nov 25 and runs through to midnight, Monday, Nov. 28.


Sample Spree Bundles

Quilt Market Sample Spree is a chance to purchase not-yet-released fabric from top designers and manufacturers. Be the first to have the latest cottons – from Jennifer Sampou, Karen Lewis, and new bundles of batiks from Me + You, Hoffman’s modern batik division.

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Me + You Indah Solids and Batiks Hoffman Fabrics

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Me + You Indah Solids and Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics

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Blueberry Park Charm Packs by Karen Lewis; Black and White Wide by Jennifer Sampou


New Arrivals
Here at Flare Fabrics we are big fans of Alexander Henry Fabrics! Based in California, their fabric is eclectic, unusual, strong – designed by artists each one makes a statement. From dinosaurs, to jungles, to cockatoos to text! Perfect for quilting, apparel, home decor, handbags – options are limitless. Check out our newest arrivals.

Latest Alexander Henry Fabrics now in stock

Latest Alexander Henry Fabrics now in stock

We’ve also brought in a new fabric line this month – Lewis + Irene from the U.K. Scottie dogs and whales – what could be better!

The Glen: Scottie Dogs on Red or Snow

The Glen: Scottie Dogs on Red or Snow

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Quilt Market 2016 – A Sneak Peack of Quilts from Festival

Quilt Market is an insanely hectic time for retailers as we have only 3 days to walk 20 aisles of stalls looking for products we hope will excite and invigorate our customers.

It’s easy to immerse yourself in sales – but I always pop in to see some of the more than 1700 show quilts on display for before Quilt Festival begins. They are all incredible.

There’s never enough time – but here are a few that caught my eye. Can you tell that I started at the display of quilts from Japan 🙂

Kaloli Moondance by Susan Carlson, Maine

Kaloli Moondance by Susan Carlson, Maine

Corodylus Smylus - HEAD CLOSEUP

Corodylus Smylus – HEAD CLOSEUP

Corodylus Smylus - Tale Closeup

Corodylus Smylus – Tale Closeup

Corodylus Smylus by Susan Carlson, Maine

Corodylus Smylus by Susan Carlson, Maine

Black, White and Bright All Over Jane by Dena Brannen, Virginia

Black, White and Bright All Over Jane by Dena Brannen, Virginia

Sea of Colour, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknel, Alberta

Sea of Colour, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknel, Alberta

Rainbow Jane by Charlotte Hay, Montana

Rainbow Jane by Charlotte Hay, Montana

A Pair of Cranes Flying into the Rising Sun by Keiko Morita

A Pair of Cranes Flying into the Rising Sun by Keiko Morita

The Peony I saw That Day by Emiko Mukai, Japan

The Peony I saw That Day by Emiko Mukai, Japan

Beautiful Songs by Hiroko Nakayama, Japan

Beautiful Songs by Hiroko Nakayama, Japan

Fly Butterfly by Yoko Ueda, Japan

Fly Butterfly by Yoko Ueda, Japan

A Happy New Year in the RIsing Sun by Mihoko Tanaka

A Happy New Year in the RIsing Sun by Mihoko Tanaka

Bird of Good Luck (CHinese Pheonix) Movement #75 by Yasuko Saito

Bird of Good Luck (CHinese Pheonix) Movement #75 by Yasuko Saito

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