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September 08, 2022
Hey hey hey!
I’m back again with another blog, but it’s Fall/Winter edition this time! I am so happy to be back with y’all talking about all the FANTASTIC fabric that Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer. For the loyal fan base, we ALL know that RCF is known for their Club Fabric Prints. With their eco-friendly printing process and plethora of beautiful prints, it’s hard not to lean towards buying them all up.
But did you know, that In addition to their knits, RCF has a really nice selection of woven materials in their repertoire? From Stretch Linen (which is GREAT by the way) to delicate Swiss Dot; there are so many options available for your home projects. This time around, I wanted to experiment with their Flannel selection (pics below). Now these aren’t all of RCF’s Flannel selection (link), but look at the color pallet (drools in fabric, LOL!
I love a good plaid, but this year I have been gravitating towards stripes quite a bit, so I opted to get the Black Burgundy Cream and White Yarn Dyed Stripe Robert Kaufman Taos Flannel. My first impression of the flannel was how lush it was, it is not your typical thin flannel that you might find at your local craft store (wink wink). If I had to guess, I would venture to say that it is about a midweight flannel.
Okay! Now to my project 😊. I immediately thought of making pajama pants when I felt the softness and thickness of the fabric, which would be perfect for the frigid Kansas winters (last year we were subzero quite a few days >.<). But I had two yards of it, so, I figured I would also make a top out of it. I ended up making my son the Sew A little Seams Birch Top (link), which I love because it has so many options for kids (i.e. hood, collar, front tie top, curved hem, kangaroo pocket, etc.). I really love how it turned out.
The pajama pant pattern I used were the FREE walk the plank pj pants from Patterns For Pirates (youth link; adult link). There are no side seams (crotch seam only) so they would be perfect for sensory sensitive people 😊.
In my experience, flannel is relatively easy to work with as long as you make sure you finish your seams (serge, zigzag, or use French seams) to keep any fraying in check. You can also apply fray check as well if you feel you need to. But I didn’t have much issue with any atypical fraying of the fabric.
Anyways, my time is up! I hope that you will give RCF’s Flannel a try. I will be grabbing some more colors and patterns, for sure, in preparation for this Fall/Winter as they make great seasonal transition pieces.
Until next time 😉.
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