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View Poll Results: Which PLAID?????
A 7 23.33%
B 17 56.67%
C 4 13.33%
D 2 6.67%
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:15 PM
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those look like plaid flannel fabric which will ball up something fierce from getting in and out of your car daily. you need to get a hold of some TWILL plaids. also be sure to ask your source to cut you 4" swatches for your reference so you can feel and hold and see in real life what the colors and quality are. i would also ask for tighter weaves for durability. you can even ask them if they can brush or "peach" the fabric for it to be a little softer/buttery to the touch.

patternwise, i like c.
Hey man, thanks for the great info. Your right, they are all flannel and wool fabrics except B. B is 50% Polyester, 47% Rayon, and 3% Lycra so maybe that will work better?? I didn't give it much thought, but your right I don't want the fabric to "ball up" or wear very fast. At the same time the items I'm wraping won't really be touched like the seats are. Through my search I found some great patterns/fabrics on a site that sells them for kilts (tartans), but it was going to cost an arm and a leg.

I think I am going to go with B. Kind of glad it is winning the poll It's a better material to work with I think anyway. Thanks for all the replies and votes guys!!!
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ooooh 3% stretch is A LOT. not the best to work with for this scenario but doable. optimally you'd want a rigid fabric especially when you're working with a lined pattern. when it's stretchy and there are lines/plaids in the pattern any wobbles or misshaping of the fabric is emphasized due to the pattern itself.

don't get me wrong, it's definitely doable, just requires more care and patience when assembling and building out the patterns.
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you need to get a hold of some TWILL plaids.
+1 if you don't use twill you will regret it. plus laying a loose fabric like that will curve and bend making the pattern look like you did it... well... with crappy material
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I'm diggin' this kind of pattern since it also seems to incorporate a flannel style weaving..

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That one is sick...almost a tweed look for houndstooth.
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Hmmm...well I'm not entirely feeling the houndstooth fabric and most of what I did find was pretty expensive ($50+ a yard!). I think I need about 3 yards, on the safe side, for the items I'm doing and would like to keep this under $40. Before my plaid idea I was going to do a black tweed...in fact I even have 2 yards of it in the attic. I want something a little different and eye catching though so that's why I want to go with the plaid.

I get what you guys are saying about the non-twill fabrics. I think I am just going to buy 1 yard of option B (about $6) and see what I can do with it. If it's hard to work with or I don't like it then I'm only out $6 and I'll have to find something else. I've been to all my local fabric stores with no luck in finding any good plaid designs so I think I may have to order it.
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Have you checked back in the upholstery section of the fabric stores rather than the clothing/crafts? They're a little more expensive but the patterns are generally a bit better for car interiors and they're higher quality fabric meant to be used for this stuff
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go to goodwill and buy an old used tweed coat, lol
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How about that one!
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go to goodwill and buy an old used tweed coat, lol
I was just thinking that, the largest one you can find.
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b then c

not that is makes any difference but...
a plaid is the part of a full kilt that goes up and over the shoulder. The pattern of woven colors in the fabric is called a tartan. You have any scottish ancestry? if so do some research and go with a family tartan. I was thinking about this for my Golf but mine would have been this:
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Mine would be:
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but I'm not going for that style.
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