Traditionally flannel was made from loosely spun and carded wool. It was a well-known product of Wales since the early 17th Century. In the 19th Century, it was made specifically in the Welsh Plains. By this time it was not only made by wool alone, but a blend of wool/ cotton as well as synthetic fibers too. The origin of the word is uncertain, but a Welsh origin has been suggested.
Here in North America, flannel was commonly thought to be the fabric of woodsmen, lumberjacks, and farmers. In the Pacific Northwest, flannel has become associated with grunge rockers and their music. This idea was further popularized by the fact that many rock, metal and grunge musicians from the early 1990’s ofter wore clothing made from the material. Today it is commonly used for children’s winter pajamas as well as pajama pants for adults
USES FOR YOUR FLANNEL
Flannel fabric is known for its warmth, making it an ideal fabric for winter wear & bedding. Precisely because of that quality, sheets& pjs made from this material are incredibly insulating, making one feel as snug as a bug in a rug. Though flannel has been symbolic of tough men, outdoor labor and activity, it is growing in popularity among female fashionistas who create layered looks for winter using flannel shirting. And because our flannels are made from 100% cotton they are safe for infant & children’s nightwear.
At J&O, our solid flannels are available in over ten different colors. Our novelty flannels are available in over fifty different prints. With so many designs and prints to choose from, we guarantee you will find what you are looking for.We also carry flannels of your favorite NFL and college teams.
CARING FOR YOUR FLANNEL
· Wash before using for the first time, good flannel will increase in softness with washing
· When possible, wash flannels fabrics separately from other items as flannel has a tendency to lint in the dryer.
· To keep flannel colors bright, use a cotton-friendly detergent that carries the Seal of Cotton because it will provide optimum cleaning performance, reduce fading, and enhance the overall appearance of cotton fabrics.
· Remove from the dryer as soon as the fabric dries. Over-drying can cause wrinkles to set and colors to fade prematurely.
STORAGE OF YOUR FLANNEL
Before storing your flannel fabrics for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your flannels in attics or basements; these places tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew, insects and other threats. The best location in your home for flannel storage is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your flannels can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your flannel fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed.
* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.