National Flannel Day
About National Flannel Day
When is National Flannel Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 10
There’s still plenty of winter weather to come. And, spring can have its share of chilly days. too. So, what shall we wear on this cold day? The best choice is warm and comfortable flannel clothing. Anything made of this durable and versatile fabric will keep you warm and make a fashion statement, too. Today is National Flannel Day, a February 10 holiday. In addition to clothing, many other things are made of flannel. So, we encourage you to celebrate this holiday by finding all of the flannel things you own. Then, use them today. If you don’t have a lot of clothing or other flannel items to choose from, then head off to the store and buy a new flannel shirt or pajamas.
Flannel material has been around for over 400 years. It is the clothing fabric of choice for farmers, outdoor workers, skiers, hunters, and ice fishermen, to name a few. They are among the many sports and outdoorsmen to make flannel the material of choice to keep them warm. Originally created and designed for outerwear in cold weather, people find all sorts of uses for it. Most applications are intended to keep you warm on cold days. But, it has also become a bit of a fashion statement. For example, Country Western singers wear flannel shirts for their concerts and other singing engagements.
How We Use Flannel
More often than not, flannel is made into a plaid pattern. As a result, many people think of flannel as a plaid pattern. However, it is not a pattern. Rather, it is a fabric.
Over the centuries people around the world found many uses for flannel.
Among the uses are:
- Shirts are by far the most popular use of flannel.
- It is used for jackets, coats, and other outerwear. It is the lining for many outdoor clothing.
- Gloves and mittens
- Underwear and bras.
- Other clothing items
- Sheets and bedding
- Pajamas and other sleepwear
- A flannel sleeping bag will keep you warm while camping outdoors on a cold night.
- Believe it or not, it was also in common use for diapers.
- Arts and crafts
Did You Know? The world record for the largest flannel shirt is 282’1″ tall and 201’8″ wide.
What do you actually know about flannel? Here is some interesting trivia to share with your friends.:
- In 16th century Wales, a Scottish farmer is the first to create flannel. It is made with worsted yarn.
- When it was first made in Wales, it was called “Wales Cotton”. However, at the time it was made from wool, not cotton.
- In 17th century France, it was called “Flanelle”.
- Are you a “Flannel Mouth”? In the Old West, this term described a fast or smooth talker. Salesmen and politicians fit this description.
- You can brush it to make it extra soft.
- Originally made from wool. It is now often made of cotton, synthetic material, or a combination of these three materials.
- Famous Lumberjack Paul Bunyan wore flannel. See picture above.
How to Celebrate National Flannel Day
It’s easy to keep warm as you celebrate this holiday.
- Wear flannel shirts and other clothing today.
- Wear your flannel pajamas tonight.
- Put the flannel sheets on your beds and sleep cozy and warm.
- Have a party. Everyone has to wear something flannel.
- Buy something flannel.
- Give it to someone as a gift.
“Don’t give me that flannel”. This expression is used in Britain. It means “Don’t give me any lies and excuses”.
History and Origin of National Flannel Day
This holiday was created in 2013. The objective is to celebrate the cultural and historical significance of flannel. Another objective is to bring awareness about the value of this warm fabric. Our research has not yet identified who created this warm and comfortable holiday.
The date selected for this holiday is at a good time. There’s still a little winter weather left. And, we still use it during cool spring days and nights.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a true “National” day. Nor, have we found any congressional records or presidential proclamation.
Thanks to the Grunge Movement, flannel became fashionable in the 1990s. Singers, bands, actors, and others made it a popular attire.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.
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