Often associated with a plaid pattern, flannel is made from cotton, wool or synthetics and is a thicker, warmer material than plain cotton. This soft fabric features a loose, stitching technique and does not wrinkle easily. Flannel is used for clothing and bedding, such as sheets, shirts or quilting squares. Shrinking flannel depends on the fabric blend.

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Flannel is softer and thicker than plain cotton.

Step 1

Look at the label of the flannel material to see if it has been preshrunk. If so, additional shrinkage will be minimal as opposed to not having been preshrunk.

Step 2

Wash your flannel in the washing machine on the hottest water setting. Add a color-safe detergent and wash the flannel by itself to prevent color bleeding onto other garments.

Step 3

Place the flannel into the dryer using the hottest setting. Remove the flannel promptly when drying is complete. The flannel may shrink as much as 13 percent.