I’m in need of opinions, please.
I’m in the process of making a blue jean throw for a fundraiser. Usually, I back the throws with a quality flannel sheet or cotton sheet. My jean throw is made of torn pieces that are stitched together so the grain is straight even if the pieces have sometimes been worn out of shape. Most of my jean projects are made of squares, rectangles, etc., not random pieces.
When the top is complete, I take the measurements and tear the backing. Then I ease or stretch, if needed, the top on to the back and stitch the two together with machine basting around the edges. Everything is squared up, on grain. Next, I “attach” the throw to a plastic table top with packaging tape until everything is stretched out, even and flat. I would use a quilting frame, if I had one. Then I safety pin it together where I will be tying it. The tape is removed. I tie it and bind it. The problem is that I am bothered as sometimes there are uneven spots where there is excess fabric as the fabrics go back to their original worn shape. It is square or on grain but it doesn’t look as flat as I would like when I’m finished. I do preshrink the sheet so that isn’t the problem.
My question is…should I skip the stretching and making the top and the backing on grain, and just make the back flat to fit the top so the appearance is more attractive. Will there be problems when it is washed later if I do that?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.