Flannel is a versatile fabric that can be used to make everything from pajamas to sheets to quilts. Flannel fabric has a number of properties that make it a popular choice for bedding and clothing, such as its soft texture, its ability to absorb and then release perspiration and its elasticity. Flannel is also breathable, durable and drapable. Most flannels are made from cotton or wool blends and come in different patterns, so when it comes to designing clothes and bedding, the options are endless.
With a pattern and a sewing machine, flannel fabrics can easily be transformed into warm and cozy sleepwear for your entire family. Flannel pajamas are popular for both children and adults due to the comfort and warmth they provide, especially during the winter months. Since flannel comes in a variety of colors, prints and styles, you can make any type of gown, shorts, tops, footies and pants, for a man, woman, teenager or child.
Flannel sheets are popular bedding choices since they are soft, comfortable, durable and warm. You don't have to spend a lot of money buying flannel sheets; you can make them instead. By following a pattern and putting your sewing machine to good use, you can transform your flannel fabrics into custom bedding that will last for years, keep you and your family warm and comfortable at night, and fit your bed perfectly.
A less common way to use flannel fabric is to make a flannel quilt. Flannel fabric squares can easily be cut and incorporated into a quilt, giving it a unique appearance that will differentiate it from other quilts. These squares can be used to make a formal, casual, designer, or baby quilt. Flannel fabric ideas for a quilt include animal print flannel, flannel bear prints, designer flannel, flannel abstract prints, floral flannel, polka dot flannel, holiday flannel, striped flannels and 3-D baby flannel.
Aletha Reil has a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She has been writing for more than three years and is currently working as a women's fitness columnist for a prominent website.