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Flannel

| What is flannel?

A soft, medium-weight cotton fabric that has a napped, or fuzzy, finish on one or both sides. This napped finish either comes from brushing or from its characteristic loosely spun weave. Its soft, cozy feel makes it the perfect fabric to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long. It’s often woven with patterns, especially plaid and tartan, and is a favorite fabric for sheets during the winter.

Flannel has been made since the 17th century and likely originated in Wales. Though it was once made of wool, by the 20th century, flannel was more commonly made with cotton, sometimes mixed with silk. Nowadays, the softest, coziest flannel is 100% cotton.

When should I wear flannel?

Because flannel is warm and soft to the touch, it’s typically a cold-weather fabric perfect to keep you bundled up. Wear long-sleeve flannel button down shirts over a pair of jeans, for a classic Americana look. Women’s dresses can also be made with flannel, and you can also wear flannel tops tucked into high-waisted pants or skirts.

| Maintaining flannel

One of the best things about flannel is that it will get softer as it gets older, meaning it’s a low-maintenance fabric you don’t have to iron, dry clean, or replace very often. If your flannel clothes or bedding is 100% cotton, it’ll wash cleaner and won’t hold odors, making it even easier to care for.

Is flannel easy to clean?

Flannel is easy to clean and care for. We recommend a cold water wash and tumble dry on low.

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Does flannel wrinkle easily?

A knit fabric, flannel does not wrinkle easily.

| Flannel sheets for winter

There’s nothing cozier than switching to flannel sheets when the weather cools down. Look for 100% cotton flannel sheets for the ultimate in softness, warmth, and ease of care.

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