Win your DREAM Product from our shop! Join our new giveaway NOW!

Here’s your chance to win your DREAM PRODUCT from our shop!! Join our giveaway right now!

How to participate:

– Simply go to our kawaii shop and find your favorite product. Copy its link (URL), then come back to this blog post and leave a comment with the link pasted in. Just make sure to include your email address when you enter the contest, as we’ll contact the winner via email.

And that’s it! Easy, right?

This contest will end on Oct 15, at 9am Hong Kong time. It’s open WORLDWIDE! The winner must reply to our email within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited.

What are you hoping to win? Spooky Halloween fabric? Kawaii Christmas goodies?

Good luck everyone!

 

What dream product do you want to win??

What dream product do you want to win??

We have NEW fabric designs from Stof Fabrics!

We are proud to announce that we now stock new Scandinavian fabrics from the incredible brand, Stof Fabrics! They produce a wide range of stunning designs on various material types, such as cotton, knit, sweat fabrics etc. Also, several of their fabrics from their Avalana line are Oeko-Tex certified. We’re thrilled to feature their designs in our shop! Check out some of what they offer right here.

white knit fabric by Stof Fabrics with fish

white knit fabric by Stof Fabrics with fish

Stof Fabrics knit fabric in white with forest animal

Stof Fabrics knit fabric in white with forest animal

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

brown and white stripe Stof Fabrics knit fabric with bears

brown and white stripe Stof Fabrics knit fabric with bears

car knit fabric by Stof Fabrics in white

car knit fabric by Stof Fabrics in white

bear panel knit fabric by Stof Fabrics

bear panel knit fabric by Stof Fabrics

dark blue panda knit jersey fabric by Stof Fabrics

dark blue panda knit jersey fabric by Stof Fabrics

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

cream animal panel fabric by Stof Fabrics

cream animal panel fabric by Stof Fabrics

Stof Fabrics soft grey car sweat fabric

Stof Fabrics soft grey car sweat fabric

Why Is Flannel Fabric the Best Choice for Customers?

Flannel is a soft, warm material that is used to create a variety of items. Flannel fabric requires some cleaning steps to ensure that fabric is touchable and soft to remain the same as it was intended. Here are the best cleaning methods for washing flannel fabric shirts, blankets, sheets etc. If you are using a Flannel fabric for babies, it is going to give your baby something with a soft feel and help create a comfort zone.   

 

What makes  flannel fabric a favorite choice for sewing, apart from its low price, is the variety of solids and prints that are available to be charming to anybody at any age, from babies to men and women. While probably most associated with items for newborns and children, flannel is incredibly versatile and a fantastic choice for making all sorts of crafts from quilts, to toys and games, home items, everyday clothing, sleeping totes, sleepwear, household slippers, scarves and hats, family pet wear etc.

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

1. Types of Flannel Fabrics

2. How to wash flannel?

3. Bonus tips and advice

3.1 How to Stop Flannel From Fraying

3.2 Machine Washing Tips for Flannel Fabric Sheets, Shirts and Blankets

3.3 Hand Washing Tips for Flannel Fabric Sheets, Shirts and Blankets

4. 5 Easy Tips to Sew Flannel Fabric

 

Types of Flannel Fabrics

Some of the 6 best types of flannel fabrics include:

 

Baby Flannel:

Baby flannel is used for baby clothes and mostly blankets. This flannel is 100% cotton and also it is incredibly soft to protect your baby and keep your baby skin safe.

 

Bocking Flannel:

It is mostly used for gaming tables. It is a cotton or woolen blend, unlike most of the other flannels

 

Ceylon Flannel:

Ceylon is a cotton and wool blend. Mostly shirts and sheets are made of Ceylon Flannel because it is a soft and warm fabric.

 

Cotton Flannel:

Cotton flannel is heavy but it’s not actually heavy when combined with other wool. When combined with other clothing layers Cotton flannel becomes a popular clothing selection for chilled weather.

 

Diaper Flannel:

As the name itself suggests, it is a flannel fabric that is used for making cloth diapers as both sides will be soft.

 

Wool Flannel:

This is the original flannel fiber that is sometimes blended with other fibers. This wool flannel is 100% warm and strong.

 

What you will need for Washing

1. Mild detergent

2. Fabric softener

3. Warm water

4. White vinegar

5. Dryer sheets

 

 

Top 5 Steps to Wash Flannel

1. Fill your washing machine with warm water. Precaution: Don’t use hot water to wash flannel fabric.

2. Add a mild detergent as the regular detergent may fade the flannel fabric. Strong detergents or bleach or any kind of alternatives must be avoided.   

3. Try washing the flannel on the permanent press. Also, it is best to keep the water at a consistent temperature.

4. Add some fabric softener to the rinse cycle. Use white vinegar as it is considered to be a natural fabric softener. It is necessary that you reduce the amount of lint on the flannel. If you don’t want to use fabric softener in your machine then a dryer sheet must be added to the drying cycle.

5. If your machine is drying then make sure to remove the piece that is dry because over-drying can cause fabric to become weak. Drying on low can keep your fabric in a perfect condition for a long time and also prevents shrinking.

Bonus Tips and Advice

Check out these bonus tips to keep your flannel fabric soft and prevent it from shrinking.

1. Make sure to check the label while washing any flannel fabric item. If it is made of wool flannel then it needs to be specially cleaned, in a way that is only done by professional cleaners.

2. Flannel is mostly known for shrinking and in some of the cases like bed sheets, is made slightly larger than needed to allow for shrinking to occur. While buying any flannel fabric shirt, keep this all in your mind and get the right size.

3. If the flannel fabric is losing its softness then it could be a result of the softener. Try to wash it without adding a fabric softener into the water and dry it without a dryer sheet. Also, running an extra wash cycle will remove any residue that can cause the fabric to feel stiff.

4. Flannel is known for its softness as there are several different qualities of flannel. It is suggested that you must carefully choose flannel fabrics as some of them are lower grade and don’t have the same softness that a high-quality fabric has.

5. Make sure that you empty the lint trap after each load as flannel will create lint in the dryer.

6. Here are amazing tips for sewing flannel fabric:

 

How to Stop Flannel From Fraying

 

Machine Washing Tips for Flannel Fabric Sheets, Shirts and Blankets

1. Set up your washer to warm wash and warm rinse. Do not use too much hot water.

2. Before starting a process add the correct amount of detergent.

3. To make fabric softer, add fabric softener or white vinegar.

4. Add flannel and start running the wash cycle until it completes.

5. Set the machine to low dry and remove. Once it dries, hang it to reduce wrinkles.

 

Hand Washing Tips for Flannel Fabric Sheets, Shirts and Blankets

1. Fill a container with warm water.

2. Add the detergent and mix it with your hands or any other tool once the water level has been reached.

3. Put flannel into the container and use your hands or any tool to rotate the flannel inside the container to mix it with the soapy water.

4. Dump out water and squeeze flannel until all the water has been removed.

5. Again fill the container with warm water but this time without detergent and rinse the fabric by rotating it. When you see the flannel rinsed, remove the water and then again refill it.

6. Now add the fabric softener or white vinegar into the water.

7. Submerge flannel and leave it for 5 to 6 minutes before dumping water out.

8. After that rinse the flannel in warm water as previously done so that all the fabric has no soapy residue. Squeeze as much as possible.

9. Hang to dry and to reduce wrinkles.

 

5 Easy Tips to Sew Flannel Fabric

Here are the 5 best tips on which you need to focus while sewing flannel fabric.

 

1. Pre-shrink Before You Sew

Most of the flannels are designed with 100% cotton, it’s fabric that is notorious for shrinking a lot when washed so it is better to pre-shrink it before you sew. Maximize the shrinking process by setting the machine on hot while using both the washer and dryer.

 

2. Buy a Little Bit More

Normally to a ¼ yard is best for shrinkage when the fabric will undergo pre-shrinking.

 

3. Use Fresh Needles and Thread

Flannel can be rough on cutting tools and needles, so try to start with a fresh machine size 80/12 needle.

 

4. Flannel Can Be Messy Sometimes

The looser weave and brushed surface accord itself to tons of lint, especially around the sewing machine, so be certain to completely clean the bobbin circumstance and around the needle shaft of your machine after dealing with flannel.

 

5. Smooth-Edge Tracing Wheel for Marking

Due to the soft nature of the fabric, mark it with a smooth-edge marking tool rather than using a spoked wheel to prevent holes in the flannel fabric.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q1. What is a flannel fabric made of?

Flannel is a soft fabric made from cotton, wool or synthetic fiber.

 

Q2. Is flannel warm?

Flannel sheets are not warm. It has a fluffy surface. There is much more space for air to enter within the fluffy surface of flannel sheets.

 

Q3. Are flannel and fleece the same thing?

Flannel is a pattern or square, unlike fleece, and it is usually man-made. Flannel is made from a natural material, cotton. Flannel fabric is lightweight and soft against the skin.

 

Q4. Should Flannel be washed before sewing?   

Most flannels are made of 100% cotton so the fabric is notorious for shrinking when washed. It is suggested you pre-shrink it before you sew as it is the best way to work with it.

 

Q5. Does flannel shrink?

Yes, flannel can shrink if you do not wash it properly according to the washing tips mentioned above. That’s why washing it properly is necessary.

 

bird animal flannel fabric Robert Kaufman pink Swan Princess

bird animal flannel fabric Robert Kaufman pink Swan Princess

Check out our fabrics in the book: Ma petite ménagerie en couture

The very talented Sarah Romero (AKA Sacaptiloup) used fabrics she purchased from our shop to create exquisite bags featured in her book! The book, “Ma petite ménagerie en couture” showcases super cute designs perfect for little ones! Check out the pictures right here!

You can also check out her Facebook page and her Facebook Group, to see these items and more! Which design here is your favorite? If you’re feeling inspired, we’ve included some fabric suggestions in this post for you to check out!

The book: Ma petite ménagerie en couture

The book: Ma petite ménagerie en couture

What an adorable bag!

What an adorable bag!

These are great for kids!

These are great for kids!

This is just too cute!

This is just too cute!

white bird fabric Urban Zoologie Minis with colourful birds by Robert Kaufman

white bird fabric Urban Zoologie Minis with colourful birds by Robert Kaufman

cute brown crocodile turtle animal fabric Fun with Nature Blank Quilting USA

cute brown crocodile turtle animal fabric Fun with Nature Blank Quilting USA

colorful dinosaur land fabric by Timeless Treasures

colorful dinosaur land fabric by Timeless Treasures

Dear Stella with small colorful cats

Dear Stella with small colorful cats

grey mouse fabric by Cotton and Steel

grey mouse fabric by Cotton and Steel

bunny rabbit Trans-Pacific Textiles pink fabric

bunny rabbit Trans-Pacific Textiles pink fabric

seagull bird animal by Copenhagen Print Factory dark blue-purple fabric

seagull bird animal by Copenhagen Print Factory dark blue-purple fabric

shark animal Robert Kaufman navy blue fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

shark animal Robert Kaufman navy blue fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

We LOVE this jacket our cool customer created with Alexander Henry fabric!

Our super duper customer created an amazing jacket lined with an Alexander Henry skull fabric she purchased from us! It was made by Myrk (make sure to take a look at her Instagram page using the handle @tmryk39 ). Doesn’t it look amazing? We love how it’s so contemporary and stylish! If you happen to love skull fabrics, you should check out some of our other designs here, to help you get started on your next sewing project!

Remember to send us pictures of the awesome items you create!

How cool is this jacket??

How cool is this jacket??

We want this in our wardrobe!

We want this in our wardrobe!

dark brown Alexander Henry fabric red skull

dark brown Alexander Henry fabric red skull

beige dark green Alexander Henry fabric skull rose Royal

beige dark green Alexander Henry fabric skull rose Royal

light cream with skull blue flower knit fabric Alexander Henry Regent Skull

light cream with skull blue flower knit fabric Alexander Henry Regent Skull

skull heavy oxford fabric black Skullduggery Alexander Henry

skull heavy oxford fabric black Skullduggery Alexander Henry

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and white skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and white skulls

black Alexander Henry rose fabric with skulls

black Alexander Henry rose fabric with skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric with decorated skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric with decorated skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric with skulls on fire

black Alexander Henry fabric with skulls on fire

black Alexander Henry card skull fabric USA

black Alexander Henry card skull fabric USA

EXCLUSIVE Timeless Treasures fabric SALE right now!

We have a new and EXCLUSIVE SALE for Timeless Treasures fabrics, starting right now! These fabrics are very limited in stock, once they’re sold out they won’t be restocked! Make sure to grab your favorite designs before they’re gone for good! This sale lasts ONLY until the end of this month.

Head to our EXCLUSIVE sale for awesome discounts!!

Head to our EXCLUSIVE sale for awesome discounts!!

cream fabric with coral orange flower green leaf by Timeless Treasures

cream fabric with coral orange flower green leaf by Timeless Treasures

dark grey-green cute house tree camp fabric Timeless Treasures

dark grey-green cute house tree camp fabric Timeless Treasures

purple brown triangle pattern fabric Timeless Treasures

purple brown triangle pattern fabric Timeless Treasures

black batik purple lime green flower fabric by Timeless Treasures

black batik purple lime green flower fabric by Timeless Treasures

orange batik light orange cross fabric by Timeless Treasures

orange batik light orange cross fabric by Timeless Treasures

teal orange black stripe triangle shape design fabric Timeless Treasures

teal orange black stripe triangle shape design fabric Timeless Treasures

pink with light yellow starfish fabric Timeless Treasures

pink with light yellow starfish fabric Timeless Treasures

black fabric with colorful retro car by Timeless Treasures

black fabric with colorful retro car by Timeless Treasures

fabric with green leaf colorful butterfly insect by Timeless Treasures

fabric with green leaf colorful butterfly insect by Timeless Treasures

light blue fabric with silver metallic Paisley fabric by Timeless Treasures

light blue fabric with silver metallic Paisley fabric by Timeless Treasures

Hey bloggers! Want to review our products?

If you’re a blogger and you like reviewing products, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for bloggers who focus on beautiful fabrics and/or kawaii squishies to team up with, who will review products from our shop.

If you have your own blog with followers, please contact Maggie at: maggie@modes4u.com

Please make sure to include the following information:

1) Your name
2) The name and URL of your blog
3) What your blog focuses on (e.g. squishies etc.)
4) How many followers you have
5) The country you live in
6) What other social media channels you use that you would mention/promote the review

We’re looking for bloggers who will write detailed reviews of our products and include relevant links to our shop. The review must also include at least 3 high quality photos of the products. Reviews also need to be written within 2 weeks of receiving our products. Please ensure to let us know when your review is live!

If your blog is chosen, we will contact you within a week with more details. Even if you don’t hear back, please know we certainly appreciate you reaching out to us!

We look forward to hearing from you!

We're looking for bloggers who do reviews of squishies and fabrics

We’re looking for bloggers who do reviews of squishies and fabrics

Do you review products?

Do you review products?

If you're a blogger who reviews these products, please contact us!

If you’re a blogger who reviews these products, please contact us!

We would love to see the review you write up!

We would love to see the review you write up!

Our fabrics are stunning!

Our fabrics are stunning!

We have oodles of gorgeous fabrics!

We have oodles of gorgeous fabrics!

This is one of the cutest baby outfits we’ve ever seen!

We can’t stop staring at this adorable baby outfit! Isn’t it super cute? It was made by our very talented customer, Ms. Lidwine (you can find these images on her Instagram page, with the handle: @lidwine.tamburini ) using a lovely double-gauze fabric by Cosmo, which she purchased from us. It’s a darling little onesie that is great for summer. It can even be worn over a top and trousers when the weather cools down too. What a practical and stylish little outfit!

If you’re now feeling inspired to create something for little ones, we have some suggestions in this post for double-gauze fabrics you can use. Please do send us photos of your creations, we love seeing the amazing items you make!

What a sweet little onesie!

What a sweet little onesie!

It's adorable and practical!

It’s adorable and practical!

navy blue denim style double gauze fabric white whale animal from Japan

navy blue denim style double gauze fabric white whale animal from Japan

Kokka double gauze white organic green dot nani iro fabric

Kokka double gauze white organic green dot nani iro fabric

white double gauze fabric panda animal from Japan

white double gauze fabric panda animal from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric dinosaur animal from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric dinosaur animal from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric car transport vehicle from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric car transport vehicle from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric bear animal from Japan

light blue double gauze fabric bear animal from Japan

off-white Kokka double gauze unicorn animal castle heart fabric from Japan

off-white Kokka double gauze unicorn animal castle heart fabric from Japan

pink with light cream dot bird animal birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

pink with light cream dot bird animal birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

red Kokka double gauze bear elephant lion animal fabric from Japan

red Kokka double gauze bear elephant lion animal fabric from Japan

cream double gauze bicycle transport vehicle fabric from Japan

cream double gauze bicycle transport vehicle fabric from Japan

beige Kokka double gauze elephant animal rainbow fabric from Japan

beige Kokka double gauze elephant animal rainbow fabric from Japan

colorful double gauze fabric cute unicorn glitter embellishment from Japan

colorful double gauze fabric cute unicorn glitter embellishment from Japan

light cream with children small flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream with children small flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

You HAVE to check out this bag made by our customer!!

Our amazing customer, Merita, created an incredible bag using Asia fabric she purchased from our shop! This shoulder bag is so stylish and practical, it’s the kind that would be great for everyday use, or for a formal event. It uses a particular fabric design, by Alexander Henry. Does it inspire you to create something using a fabric you’ve purchased from us? If so, please do send us photos, as we love seeing them! We’ve included some suggestions for other fabrics you could use for your own bag project, check them out too.

You HAVE to check out this bag made by our customer!!

You HAVE to check out this bag made by our customer!!

How stylish!

How stylish!

It looks so spacious on the inside!

It looks so spacious on the inside!

It includes very handy side compartments and a clasp

It includes very handy side compartments and a clasp

There's a compartment with a zip too!

There’s a compartment with a zip too!

teal Alexander Henry Japanese flower fabric with gold

teal Alexander Henry Japanese flower fabric with gold

navy blue colorful dragon flower cloud gold metallic embellishment fabric

navy blue colorful dragon flower cloud gold metallic embellishment fabric

pink structured pink white cherry blossom flower leaf dobby fabric from Japan

pink structured pink white cherry blossom flower leaf dobby fabric from Japan

colorful structured stripe blossom flower leaf dobby fabric from Japan

colorful structured stripe blossom flower leaf dobby fabric from Japan

beige beautiful flower mountain fabric from Japan

beige beautiful flower mountain fabric from Japan

pink Asia purple pink white blossom flower gold metallic embellishment fabric

pink Asia purple pink white blossom flower gold metallic embellishment fabric

dark green structured marigold yellow light cream flower dobby fabric from Japan

dark green structured marigold yellow light cream flower dobby fabric from Japan

pink structured cute red white flower dobby fabric from Japan

pink structured cute red white flower dobby fabric from Japan

colorful structured pretty stripe light cream flower dobby fabric from Japan

colorful structured pretty stripe light cream flower dobby fabric from Japan

Hobby Show 2018 (Part 3)

Continuing with our posts regarding the Hobby Show held in Tokyo this year, Sandra and Alan took more photos of the amazing items on display, including stunning Japanese fabrics and clothes! There were lots of gorgeous pre-cut fabrics, and plenty of displays showing off what can be made with these fabrics. To inspire attendees, booth organizers had created all sorts of items from different designs and these included dresses, tops, bags, toys and pouches. There were also lots of lovely sewing notions available, which people often use to decorate projects. Check out some of the images right here!

Look at the variety of fabrics!

Look at the variety of fabrics!

Check out the little doll clothes

Check out the little doll clothes

Beautiful tops on display

Beautiful tops on display

Check out these fabric pieces!

Check out these fabric pieces!

More fabric pieces

More fabric pieces

Notions for decorating with

Notions for decorating with

Look at these fabric pieces too!

Look at these fabric pieces too!

Super cute bags

Super cute bags

Adorable pouches

Adorable pouches

Oodles of fabrics!

Oodles of fabrics!

What a display!

What a display!

Lovely notions

Lovely notions

Super cute buttons

Super cute buttons

Lots more fabric pieces on display here

Lots more fabric pieces on display here

Curious attendees take a look at fabrics

Curious attendees take a look at fabrics

Do you like the fabrics here?

Do you like the fabrics here?

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

These are pouches!

These are pouches!

Nice variety!

Nice variety!

Wow!

Wow!

What a cute dress!

What a cute dress!

More adorable dresses!

More adorable dresses!

How pretty!

How pretty!