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.



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