Time Saving Tips for Working with Flannel

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Flannel quilts are so warm and cuddly but flannel does present a few challenges. In the following video Laura from Sew Very Easy walks us through making an easy flannel quilt.

In the process she provides many wonderful tips for using flannel’s properties to advantage and speeding up the process at the same time. She starts with how to wash, press and straighten the fabric for cutting and ends with ideas for backing the quilt.

Her techniques are different than what you may be used to and probably much faster too. While Laura is making a specific quilt, you can use her time saving tips with any flannel quilt. In fact, her cutting tips will save time regardless of the fabric you’re using.


The quilt she’s demonstrating is a free pattern from Marcus Fabrics called “Primo Plaids” by Vanessa Goertzen. Large blocks make it a simple quilt to complete.

Primo Plaids Quilt Pattern

In the video Laura rotated the blocks so her quilt has a random look. However, the pattern allows you to create an organized scrappy look with a distinct overall design, if that’s what you prefer.

It’s 88″ x 94″ once completed.

There’s also a companion tip sheet for working with flannel.

Click here for the free “Primo Plaids” quilt pattern.

Click here for the “It’s Flannel Season” tip sheet.

If you’ve never worked with flannel before you may also find our article “Tips for Making a Cozy Flannel Quilt” helpful. You’ll find it here.

In the video Laura talks about shuffling the cut fabric so each block is different. You’ll find her method in the video here.


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