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Joining fleece and flannel

sew1955 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Are there any tricks to joining fleece to a woven like flannel?  I purchased both to make some baby blankets and had a difficult time just sewing the straight seams. 


  1. starzoe | | #1

    For a baby blanket I would cut the flannel the size you want, plus seam allowances, lay that on top of the uncut fleece, pin well and even hand baste the seamlines. Sew with the machine, you may have to decrease the presser foot a bit. Then cut the fleece to match the flannel.There are a number of applications for this method for small items, pocket linings, pot holders, etc.

  2. dionna | | #2

    Hi I made a thow like this but I had to take it all apart becasue the flannel shrunk so i think you should wash and dry the flannel in hot water a few times to shrink it the fabric and you really whould not have a problem the foot that you should use is the walking foot this foot will hold the fabric together 

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    I haven't done it yet, but I asked at several forums and also at several shops.  First I will use alot of safety pins!  I will outline quilt across in several places with a long sewing machine stitch to keep the layers from shifting.  (I was told that this is not necessary as the fleece will "stick to the woven".)

    The most common answer was to serge the edges with a wide overlock stitch, decreasing the presserfoot preassure for the thickness, longer stitch length, put the fleece side against the feed dogs.  This is what I will do with my grandson's twin sized quilt as soon as I finish the pieced top.  Mary

    1. sew1955 | | #4

      Thanks Mary.  I was wondering if the serger wasn't the best solution.  I will definitely try that.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        I wonder which one of us will finish first?  I hope to finish the pieceing of the woven fabric this week.  My grandson will be here to let me know how he wants it assembled.  I hope we both have great results!  (I think the fine tuning will be in the differential feed with the serger.) 

         Now I am considering using the coverstitch for quilting near the ditch across the two layers.  Mary

        No, it would be too bulky,now that I have thought about it.  Darn...oh well.  Mary

        Edited 11/20/2007 9:52 pm by MaryinColorado

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        blondie2sew | | #6

        Hi,I just wanted to let you know I have done this and As Mary Said use your sergerI made blankets for several people and cut my squares alternated my fleece and flannel but I constructed them with my flatlock stitch on my serger!! Worked out great!! I used what we would think of the wrong side of the stitch as my front side!! Very decorative!! Then all I did was put it with the backing which was fleece.You have a wonderful cozy blanket!! No batting was involved. Oh yeah I also did blankets with cotton and flannel then my fleece was the back tooHere I attached a photo so you can see the flatlock stitch!!Hope this is encouragement for you.The photos' attached are of the cotton/flannel/fleece combo BlondieEdited 11/25/2007 6:22 pm by blondie2sew

        Edited 11/25/2007 6:23 pm by blondie2sew

        1. Cherrypops | | #7

          Hey Bondie!

          I've missed your photos.

          That's awesome. My Thomas would love it. I cannot afford the real JD nor do I have anywhere to put it. Not on a farm here. We look in the store windows and wave at them as we drive by the shop on our way to Manly Beach. I think they sell the 'collectable toys', but gosh they aren't cheap either.

          Well done on the blanket/quilt. I'd considered using left-over squares from fitted cot-sheet corners the same way you have. mix and match the colours and fabrics.

          I haven't use Flat Fell on my serger yet. Looks promising now.

          Has it been a year already???  I never did get round to doing the Turkey Placemats you did. We don't have a Thanksgiving day in our home like you all do over there. Our biggie is Xmas. But my mum gave thanks to god everynight before we went to bed. so I have continued with that.




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            blondie2sew | | #8

            If you noticed I made this John Deer a bit more girlie...because the girl I made it for loves JD and I just couldn't bring myself to make it look boyish....She loved it I loved it...Too fun...and yes try that flat lock stitch it is the best for blankets!! As you noticed I also used the fun thread with lots of varied colors to it!! The JD fabric is in the cotton..the flower square is the flannel and the back of course is the fleece..The surround it cotton as wellGlad you enjoyed..

          2. Cherrypops | | #9

            I'm a bit of a tomboy, which is why I loved it too.

            Well done, and please when you have time post more photos.

            Busy time of year for all, I know.... I can be impatient sometimes...need to move over there and see your work first hand..You're great!

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            blondie2sew | | #10

            Ya know that is what I am talking about...we could sew together and kids play together...doesn't get any better then that!!I will post more as you know however I haven't done much to post but soon darlin soon!!Blondie

            Edited 11/25/2007 11:22 pm by blondie2sew

        2. MaryinColorado | | #11

          I love your blankie/quilt!  It turned out very nice.  What stitch did you use for the outside edge?  I'm thinking of a wrapped stitch. 

          My son collects John Deer stuff.  Mary

          1. Cherrypops | | #12

             Mary, If I am lucky to visit Blondie, you are on my list too!....Thomas loves John Deere stuff. Hubby went on business to Melbourne and brought back the catalogue.

            John Deer Collared Shirts for a 6yr old, mmmm I'll think about it for Thomas. He'd look good I reckon.

          2. MaryinColorado | | #13

            Okay, if you stop here first, we can car caravan to see Blondie!  I've been wanting to get back to that area for years.  We could take Thomas to ride the Silverton to Durango train.  It's an old steamer that goes through the mountains.  Some cars are even open air!  (touristy but worth it).  Then there's the Railroad Museum too.  I bet he'd love it!  Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #14

            Actually I used my rolled hem stitch I am all about easy!! Worked out great!!

          4. MaryinColorado | | #15

            It looks great, that's what I will do then.  Thanks again!  Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #16

            Anytime!!! I can't wait to see yours done!!

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