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« on: February 23, 2010 09:08:01 PM »

I don't know a dang thing about kids or babies and just found out my BFF of 20+ years is pregnant.  Grin I'm gonna go nuts making lots of stuff, of course.

I was thinking (sorry, first part isn't clothing) of making a reproduction of the beat up velveteen rabbit I've had my entire life for the kid since my friend always laughed at it. But I was thinking of using velvet to make it a bit more decadent (and cuz I have some already). Would this be an OK thing for a baby? I was also thinking of making the kid an outfit to match the rabbit... I'm sure velvet isn't the most practical choice, but other than laundering issues, is it OK for kids? Or should I skip that altogether and make just a matching bunny hat?

I see "baby" fabrics at the fabric store- are they really necessary?

« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010 04:56:08 AM »

Take a piece of your velvet and wash test it - lots of things say that you can't wash them, and you actually can. Use a small piece, and run it through the washer several times, hanging dry in between. I've tested many "dry clean only" fabrics and had about 70% success in them staying okay through gentle washing/hang drying. Besides, part of the velveteen rabbit's wonderfulness was his threadbare, used up self. Personally, I would have loved to receive one. I did get a pat the bunny, though, which is wonderful and probably a cheaper item, just some super soft white fabric (and he's bleachable!  Grin )
As for the baby fabrics, I don't know if you mean for baby clothes or what, but they're not something you need to buy, and you can usually find cheaper and cuter out of the baby section, unless you're going for a very baby look. Just make sure that you buy something soft enough to not bother baby, keeping in mind that most decent quality quilting cottons, once washed, fit the bill. And, as for myself, I stay away from the "children's sleepwear" fabrics, because they have been treated with all sorts of fire retardant ickiness.
Good luck!
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