How to Select a Fabric for Children's Clothes

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How to Select a Fabric for Children's Clothes
Choose fabric carefully when you make children's clothing. (sewing machine image by pavel siamionov from

Many people feel that handmade children's clothing is a better option than store-bought versions. Homemade clothing is often cheaper, uses better-quality fabrics and can be made to fit each individual child. There is a large range of fabric choices for each garment that you make. Keep the use of the garment, the safety and comfort of the child in mind when you choose for your next project.

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    Pick a durable fabric if you are making a garment that will see hard use. Trousers and shorts can be dragged on the ground, sat on cement and have the pockets filled and emptied repeatedly. Denim, khaki and polyester blends are tough choices for these clothes.

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    Pick fabric that is comfortable for the child to wear. Scratchy lace and non-breathable fabrics will make a piece of clothing that your child won't like to wear. Soft fleece, cotton knits and faded cottons are all more comfortable choices for kids' clothes.

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    Make sure that the fabric is washable. Everyday children's clothing will be washed dozens of times, so avoid fabrics that shrink, wrinkle or fade in the wash. Permanent-press fabrics or tumble-dry knits are top choices for multiple washes.

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    Make children's pyjamas with only flame-retardant fabric. Look at the label on the end of the fabric bolt core. Flame-retardant fabric will be marked as such and will probably have a sign indicating that it is suitable for a child's pyjamas.

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    Let your child help you decide what pattern or colour to choose for her clothes. Pick a suitable fabric, but let her decide whether to go with a princess pattern or the race car motif. You may find one less argument in the morning when your child is getting dressed.

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