It’s winter and that means it is time to break out the flannel! Our dedicated team at Nature’s Fabrics has put together a quick guide on things you can make with flannel fabric and why choosing the right type is important.
What Are the Different Types of Flannel?
To make it clear, there are three different types of flannel that you can use to make wonderful winter gifts and useful items for your family. The three most common and those we carry at Nature’s Fabrics are:
- Wool Flannel: This is the most traditional form of flannel. It is often much heavier and doesn’t breathe as well as other fabrics, but is very warm.
- Cotton Flannel: The most popular flannel you see these days in garments and home products. It’s super soft and washes very well.
- Bamboo Flannel: A newer variety of flannel, but also very popular. Generally, it is a little more lightweight and isn’t as warm.
For some projects, like sweaters or jackets, you’ll want to choose wool over other options due to the fact it is a bit denser and warmer. But if the flannel is just for softness and looks, you might prefer bamboo. And cotton is always good for smaller projects, like scarves and blankets.
Winter Project Ideas for Flannel Fabrics
No matter what type of flannel you choose, there are a ton of different things you can sew with it. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Infinity Scarves
Staying warm during the cold months is always important, but you don’t want to sacrifice style, either. That’s where homemade flannel infinity scarves are such a wonderful project idea. You can make them in a wide range of winter prints or solid colors designed to match every outfit you own.
2. Throw Blankets
Who doesn’t love curling up under a snuggly soft blanket with a cup of warm coffee on a cold winter morning? One super easy winter project is a flannel throw. You can make the finished project as big or as small as you would like, including with enough space to comfortably fit two adults or just one person. This is one of those do-it-yourself crafts that makes an excellent holiday or housewarming gift, too.
3. Hand Warmers
If you have a few extra scraps of flannel around, you can easily create reusable hand warmers. This project only takes a bit of fabric, rice, and some optional essential oils. Best of all, they make a great gift to keep those you love warm during cold mornings. A word of caution, though. Use cotton flannel for best results.
4. Floor Pillows
There’s nothing better than getting the whole family together for a movie night with hot cocoa, plenty of popcorn, and a marathon of holiday movies. To help make space and improve comfort, you can use flannel fabrics to make custom floor pillows for everybody. We love this free pattern, which is simple enough to complete in an evening.
Find Your New Favorite Flannel at Nature’s Fabrics
Are you ready to find a few new flannel fabrics to add to your stash? Nature’s Fabrics offers a wide range of affordable retail and wholesale fabrics. Please contact us today with any questions you might have.