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There seems to be so many types of flannel out there! Or are they all the same? Somebody said here not to use the quilter's flannel because it does not withstand all the washing.<br>
What type of flannel is good for diapers? And what types of flannels are there anyway?<br>
Any flannel to avoid for some reason?<br><br>
When I go to Joann's or Hancock's there is so many but they all seem to be the one for quilts.<br><br>
Help please!
 

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I buy either diaper flannel or super flannel I also really like killingston flannel. Personally I love flannel to be against my DD skin It is soft and absorbant I liek to make my diapers with flannel outersor cotton woven, flannel against her skin and inners of either microfiber or hemp or organic cotton<br>
I've never heard not to use a certain flannel
 

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Quilter's flannels are GREAT! Much higher quality, thicker, less pilly, lovely prints. If you want to avoid any flannel, I think it would be the JoAnn's prints that they mass-produce and sell in vast quantities every fall. Many of those prints do pill quite a lot. But they still work, you just need more layers.
 

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I've heard used flannel sheets from a second hand store work great. I am going hunting at my local 2nd-hand store tomorrow. Though, it doesn't wick wetness away like microfleece, does it? I think that would be the big downside.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Quilter's flannels are GREAT! Much higher quality, thicker, less pilly, lovely prints. If you want to avoid any flannel, I think it would be the JoAnn's prints that they mass-produce and sell in vast quantities every fall. Many of those prints do pill quite a lot. But they still work, you just need more layers.</div>
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I just got some Quilter's flannel from joann's. It seems thick and soft and they had some cute prints, but is it the mass produced, very pilly stuff you're talking about? It was quite expensive--between 6 and $8/yd, but I did have a 40% off coupon.
 

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No, no, you bought the good stuff! Nice, isn't it?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
The flannel I am talking about sells for $3/yard normally, is always on sale, and goes as low as 99 cents on Black Friday. People buy it by the bolt then. Since it requires more layers for diapers, I don't think there is really a cost savings over the nicer stuff.
 

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ITA about the cheapo Jo-Ann's flannel. I think it's called snuggle flannel. I knew it could be bad but bought some with a sock monkey print since dd loves monkeys so. After I prewashed it was so pilly and faded that you could hardly see the monkey's anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Quilter's flannels are the way to go. DH has some boxers made from quilter's flannel and after weeks of regular washing there is not one sign of pilling or fading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I found out the hard way too. Its definitely worth it to get the more expensive stuff. I love the cute prints but it is SO pilly! And frays easily when you use less layers (or at least it did for me).
 

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We have a great quilting store here(looks like a store out of the 1800's), man are they expensive though($12-14CAD/metre). I can tell a huge difference between that and the cheap stuff.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ITA about the cheapo Jo-Ann's flannel. I think it's called snuggle flannel. I knew it could be bad but bought some with a sock monkey print since dd loves monkeys so. After I prewashed it was so pilly and faded that you could hardly see the monkey's anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Quilter's flannels are the way to go. DH has some boxers made from quilter's flannel and after weeks of regular washing there is not one sign of pilling or fading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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I wish I had known this *before* I used snuggle flannel for 6 dipes...oh well. I test washed and dried one of my dipes 5 times so far, and it still looks fine. So maybe it'll be okay, and I'm not using it for outers anymore--I'm just going to use it for hidden inner layers. I have a bunch though, and it's super cute. None of their other flannels come in kid prints at my Joann.<br><br>
Well, I have a quilt store near me...I'll try their flannel!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ITA about the cheapo Jo-Ann's flannel. I think it's called snuggle flannel. I knew it could be bad but bought some with a sock monkey print since dd loves monkeys so. After I prewashed it was so pilly and faded that you could hardly see the monkey's anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Quilter's flannels are the way to go. DH has some boxers made from quilter's flannel and after weeks of regular washing there is not one sign of pilling or fading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Darn it! I should have seen this 3 hours ago!! I JUST got back from Joann's and bought 2 yeards of that snuggle flannel! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: The first purchase I make bam, and it's the wrong one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I use snuggle flannel all the time. It does get a little fluffy and pilly after washing, but it still holds up surprisingly well. Ihave some dipes I've been using on DS for almost 2 years and they still have plenty of wear left in them They are faded and the flannel has lost most of its nap, but they still work great.<br>
I also made a diaper out of quilter's flannel and it completely fell apart after a couple washes, the flannel completely ripped around the stitches. They were made the exact same way as the other flannel diapers I've been using forever. So, I think that there is a pretty big variation in the different types of Joann's flannel.
 

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I've used the snuggle flannel as well and it really hasn't faded or gotten pilly for me. I use microfiber towels for inserts anyway and don't use the flannel itself for soaking. You can get the microfiber towels really cheaply at Sam's club 18 of them for $10. They are 16"x16" and only .55 cents a piece when you break it down. Totally absorbant and cheaper in the long run than using tons of layers of flannel.
 

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Most of dipes are made with the snuggle flannel from joanns- I got it all on sale for $2.00 a yard or less. They've all worked out great so far- a little pilling, but I think all flannel does that and no fading at all. I've also used the plaid flannel, bu it seems really thin and was hard to sew. There was one other type of flannel I used, it was on sale with the microfleece a while ago and it is super pilly, but still works just fine.
 
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