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15 Free Flannel Quilt Patterns for Maximum Cuddling

Add warmth to any quilting pattern with these charming fall and winter quilts. Includes lap quilts, bed quilts, and baby quilt patterns.

Updated July 30, 2019
Free Flannel Quilt Patterns

The snuggle is real! If you're looking for a way to take your quilting projects from cute to cozy, consider creating one of these free flannel quilt patterns. Adding flannel to your quilts adds a layer of warmth, comfy textures, and a wintertime style that is hard to pass by. In the cold, chilly months when the wind is blowing, you're going to be reaching for your flannel quilt. We're sure of it. In fact, you might have to make a few quilts with flannel so your whole family has a layer of warmth to snuggle under.

There are a few ways to quilt with flannel and this collection has a little bit of everything. Many of these patterns are rag quilt patterns, meaning they use lots of pieces of different types of fabric while others use flannel as their backing. Quilting with flannel backing is a simple way to transform any free quilting pattern into something just a little bit warmer. Looking ahead to a long, cold wintertime season? These are the quilts for you.

Flannel Quilt Patterns

The cozy patterns below range in size. Explore flannel quilt patterns for your bed, flannel lap quilt patterns, and so much more. Warmth and style meet to make stunning quilts you won't want to miss in this collection.

Get ready to snuggle up this winter with a warm and cuddly flannel quilt that's incredibly beginner friendly! 

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This charming flannel rag quilt pattern is the perfect project to welcome fall. Add bright and beautiful colors to your snuggles with this charming idea.

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Before the wind-chill gets too chilly, learn how to make your next favorite cuddle quilt with this plaid flannel quilt pattern.

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The rustic appeal makes this easy quilt pattern one that you can put over a couch, keep in a bedroom, or give to someone who could use a quilt to snuggle up with.

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Made using layer cakes, this DIY lap quilt is super simple for beginners and is so easy that's it's ideal for a first quilt project.

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Learn how to make rag quilts that look soft and ready for cuddling. They're great for any occasion, whether you need a new throw for the front room or a new blanket for the kids.

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Put your hubby's old worn out shirts to good use with this beginner-friendly tutorial for how to make a duvet cover.

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Made in beautiful shades of ocean blue, meadow green, and slate gray, this DIY picnic quilt pieces together quickly and uses flannel for batting, making it a great way to recycle any old flannel sheets you've got stored in your linen closet.

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Flannel Baby Quilt Patterns

No one needs a little extra warmth more than the littlest member of your family. Flannel baby quilt patterns are an excellent gift for a brand new winter baby. If you have a friend who will be taking their bundle of joy home from the hospital while the snow flies, these baby quilt patterns are the perfect gift.

This baby quilt pattern is an easy way to make a last-minute hand-sewn receiving blanket for the new baby that your family is expecting this season.

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With its fuzzy exterior and wind-blocking ability, flannel has the power to warm our hearts and souls all year-round. Piece scraps side-by-side, or overlap them for an uneven look.

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You can complete this simple baby quilt in a few hours by using the whole cloth quilting method to stitch ultra-soft fleece and cotton fabrics together.

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Cute rag quilts make the best quick baby girl quilts. This Borders Baby Rag Quilt uses pink and brown flannel squares in a concentric pattern for an adorable baby quilt.

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You can pick up a pile of vintage hankies at a county fair or flea market and use this free baby quilt pattern to make a quick, beautiful quilt with vintage charm.

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This charming baby quilt is super simple to make and only takes about a day to create, meaning you can design a pretty quilt for your new granddaughter in no time at all.

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Learn how to quilt a soft and sumptuous quilt your little bundle can bundle up in comfortably. This particular rag quilt pattern can be made with flannel, and makes a great gift for expecting mamas and papas-to-be.

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Tips for Quilting with Flannel Backing

Didn't find a quilt you love in the collection above? That's okay! You can transform a quilt pattern you already love into a flannel quilt in one simple step. Use flannel fabric as your quilt backing. This simple tip makes your quilt extra warm without adding too much weight.

You can buy flannel fabric to do this or be budget friendly and use an old flannel sheet!

Check out the tips below before trying this. 

1. Change Your Sewing Machine Needles
Flannel is a little bit thicker than your average quilting cotton. So, you will want to start with a sharper needle. This will help your machine run smoothly. If you're creating a quilt pattern with a flannel top and back, you may consider changing your needle size altogether.

2. Wash the Flannel First!
Flannel can shrink! So, you want to make sure you have tackled all shrinkage before adding it to the quilt, especially if your new quilt is a sandwich of flannel and other fabrics.

3. Buy Higher Quality Flannel
Not all flannel fabric is created equal. Some flannels can be especially pilly or lose a lot of little tufts of fluff while you're working with them. Spend the extra few bucks on some nicer fabric so you can avoid clogging up your machine. Even better, try using an old flannel sheet that has already been through the wash a bunch of times to avoid this altogether.

What type of flannel do you prefer: printed patterns or solid colors?

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