What is cotton flannel?
Cotton flannel is an extremely soft, insulating, and medium weight fabric woven from 100% cotton fibers. Cotton Flannel fabric is hypoallergenic, and retains its shape well. A relaxed and comfortable fabric, Cotton Flannel fabric is perfect for use as warm lounge / sleepwear, shirts, jackets, quilting, linings, bedding, drapery, and so much more.
What is the difference between flannel and cotton?
The difference between flannel and cotton is that flannel is a type of woven fabric, while cotton is a type of fiber. Flannel fabric can be made from any fiber including cotton and wool. Cotton fibers can be made into any type of woven fabric including flannel fabric.
How to sew cotton flannel?
Cotton Flannel fabric is easy to sew, both by hand and by sewing machine. First and foremost, it is always import to pre-wash Cotton Flannel fabric to maximize shrinkage before starting to sew. Cotton Flannel fabric is a loosly woven fabric, use clothespins to secure the fabric when sewing and to avoid any holes left by sewing pins. When sewing Cotton Flannel fabric any thread can be used, however, a 80/12 sewing needle is recomended. Lastly, finish Cotton Flannel seams with zigzag stitches or use and overlock / serger machine to finish edges and prevent any fraying.
How is cotton flannel made?
Cotton Flannel fabric is made by weaving cotton fibers in a plain or twill weave style. Once woven, the fabric is brushed with a metal tool to raise the cotton fibers, and create the plush flannel texture, and insulating properties Cotton Flannel fabric is known for. This brushing process is called napping, and makes the Cotton Flannel fabric more soft and thick.