Anyway, I was inspired by Jane's tutorial last week, and rushed straight to Fabricland to buy fabric for my own version of a baby blanket, for my friend's baby who is due next month.
The flannel is of course generally thinner than fleece, but I was really happy with how soft and fluffy it was. It did require a little bit of care and attention when handling it, as flannel tends to shrink a lot, and is rather stretchy when sewing. I did the following to make sure that it didn't misbehave too much:
- I prewashed it (to remove any chemicals), along with the printed cotton, on a 30 degree cycle, and then dried them on a very hot cycle. This is because flannel shrinks more when washed hot and dried cold (what a weird fabric!).
- I pressed it after washing and drying with a hot iron, by simply placing the iron on portions of the fabric, without dragging along it.
- When sewing, I pinned the fabrics together with the flannel at the bottom, to prevent it stretching and the blanket losing shape.
It was such a simple project (I whipped it up in one evening after work), and I was really happy with how cute and soft the result was!