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ninjaturtlegal
« on: July 09, 2013 11:22:04 AM »

I see all these wonderful and delightfully cheery fabrics, and to me they just scream "baby clothes!". Upon further examination, there are warnings saying not for children's clothes or children's sleepwear. What am I supposed to be using? Are they irritating to babies skin? Is that why is suggests not to use them? I am so confused. I really want to start making cute little things for my baby now, so I don't get overwhelmed later.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013 03:40:58 PM »

The reason the fabric says it's not suitable for children's clothing is because it is not flame resistant. Meaning, if a child is wearing a garment made out of this and reaches over a candle or some sort of open flame the fabric is more likely to go up in flames. The company basically says this to avoid law suits and it's really up to you if you think your baby will be near a risky flame. This fabric also means (God forbid) that if there was a house fire, the child would go up in flames much more quickly. It's harder to find fabric that says it is suitable for children's clothing but they are out there, even though washing with fabric softener can remove the safety chemicals added. I also think this is usually geared towards smaller children who don't know yet to stay away from a flame or who couldn't get themself out of a burning house. Like I said it's up to you and how closely you will watch over your child, but remember, there's always risks for everything!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013 04:07:25 PM »

Thank you! That is very informative. I am going to have to think a little more about fabrics to use. I just thought it was because it would cause rashes or something.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013 08:08:03 PM »

I just use basic cotton. There are specific fabrics for apparel though.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013 11:47:29 AM »

As a mother of 5, I can tell you that I ignore that little label. And all the other people in the fabric store ignore it, too. It just means that fabric doesn't have creepy chemicals on it that keep the baby from spontaneously combusting. The only "approved" fabric is nasty feeling unnatural stuff that costs twice and much and is not even close to being as cute.

Quilting cotton, jersey, flannel, shirting fabric- all make great baby clothes fabric. Linen- not so much. It is scratchy and makes them cry. Silky fabrics and minky fabric- while they feel nice, are completely disgusting when spit up upon.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013 04:38:33 PM »

As a mother of 5, I can tell you that I ignore that little label. And all the other people in the fabric store ignore it, too. It just means that fabric doesn't have creepy chemicals on it that keep the baby from spontaneously combusting. The only "approved" fabric is nasty feeling unnatural stuff that costs twice and much and is not even close to being as cute.

Quilting cotton, jersey, flannel, shirting fabric- all make great baby clothes fabric. Linen- not so much. It is scratchy and makes them cry. Silky fabrics and minky fabric- while they feel nice, are completely disgusting when spit up upon.

By jersey, do you mean knit? I have a lot of that laying around, and some really cute stuff too. My baby is due in 3 months, and I have this fabric with what seems like some kind of insulator to keep it warm, with these whales and anchors on it. I can make us matching hoodies. OOOO So cute.
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