Many hobby tailors start making clothes for their offspring. There are several reasons for this: the small selection in shops, individual gifts for friends and families with children and the small size of the clothes are just a few. Why you want to design clothes for babies is entirely up to you. To make it easier for you to get started, we have listed the best fabrics for baby clothing and all the information here.
The choice of fabrics can be overwhelming – where do I start? Check out this blog for a handy list of the best fabrics for wholesale baby clothing. But that’s not all. In addition to the names, we have also listed the properties and other information. First, let’s start with the things to consider when choosing baby fabrics.
Properties to Consider
The skin of young children is often more sensitive than that of adults. Therefore the sensitivity of the fabrics should come first in the selection. Soft and comfortable fabrics are best for making baby clothes. Newborns only lose the remains of their umbilical cord after a few weeks. Clothing for the little ones should therefore be particularly comfortable on the skin.
Our recommendations are: natural materials. These aren’t suitable for every scenario, but they are a good place to start.
From the selection of natural fabrics, we recommend bounce stretch cotton jersey. This natural fabric is incredibly stretchy, super-soft and breathable.
Another good choice are our organic fabrics. These are 100% natural and organic.
We recommend organic cotton ticking from the organic materials. The natural fabric can easily be washed at 30 °C. It’s unprocessed and won’t be bleached, which gives it a warm beige undertone.
Natural fabrics for baby clothing are not a must. Synthetic fabrics are also suitable for the youngest. However, if you are looking for the perfect material for the little one’s first days, then natural fabrics are definitely worth a look.
Other Things to Consider
While comfort goes hand in hand with sensitivity, this is a point that deserves its own category. It is a property that is not based on the material from which the fabrics are made. Fabrics for baby clothing should ideally be soft and remain soft even when worn and washed regularly.
You are sure to find what you are looking for in our selection of soft fabrics. Not all clothing has to be made of soft textiles. However, most will benefit from these fabrics.
We’d opt for Lima cotton batistedecide. The cotton fabric has a fantastic feel. The tight binding is heat-insulating, but still light and breathable, which makes the fabric ideal for garments that are worn all year round. The cotton batiste consists of a natural base made of 100% cotton and a top made of a polyester mix. The result is a material with the sensitivity of a natural substance that is easy to care for like polyester. Lima cotton batiste can be machine washed at 30 °C and tumble dried on low heat.
Freedom of Movement
Especially with older children, but also with babies and toddlers, it is important that the fabrics offer sufficient freedom of movement. The little ones eventually learn important things like lifting their head, rolling over to the other side, crawling, and a lot more. That’s why baby clothes shouldn’t restrict your little ones, but help them move freely.
We recommend: stretch fabrics. These are often knitted fabrics and not only incredibly stretchy, but also dimensionally stable. This means that the materials always spring back to their original shape after being stretched.
We like soft fashion jersey from this category. Although it is a synthetic material, it combines the properties of all four requirements. The jersey fabric is – as the name suggests – incredibly soft, it is stretchy and acts like a second skin to offer maximum freedom of movement. It is comfortable, breathable, hard-wearing and easy to care for.
Finding the right breathable fabric for baby clothing is not easy. Baby clothing should be breathable, but that doesn’t mean the fabric has to be thin or light. We have a selection of breathable fabrics in all possible weight classes, from super-light 15 to relatively heavy 350 g/m². Breathable fabrics should also wick moisture to the outside so that it can evaporate in the air.
Here you can find all of our breathable fabrics. They dissipate moisture to the outside and ensure a constant exchange of air.
We recommend coarse-meshed jersey made from these fabrics. The fabric is perfect for evacuating moisture to the outside, convinces with four-way stretch and is dimensionally stable. With a medium weight, this material is particularly suitable for jackets and cardigans that are soft and comfortable on the skin. Another advantage of this fabric is its unique structure. Thanks to a special knitting process, the coarse stitches are looser in some places and tighter in others.
Other Important Points
One characteristic that all baby clothes have in common is that they are tough. Toddlers’ clothes can be changed two, three, or even four times a day, and all of these rompers, tights, and vests need to be washed.
The fabric you choose has to withstand a baby’s everyday life: from playing on your back with the mobile, crawling through the children’s room, suddenly sitting when they have sit too long and much more.
Baby clothes should also be easy to care for. The daily trip to the washing machine (and maybe also the dryer) shouldn’t take longer than necessary – and we don’t have time for hand washing either. Forget delicate laundry and ironing, the clothes for the little ones should be ready to wear quickly. Synthetic fabrics are generally easier to care for. With us, however, you will also find natural textiles for sensitive skin that are still easy to clean.
How to Choose the Right Fabrics
Every single piece of clothing for babies has its own characteristics. It is therefore important to see which properties are the most important for a particular garment. Sometimes a compromise is needed. We have a selection of fabrics made from a poly mix. Synthetic and natural fibers are mixed here. These blends give you a combination of the best properties of each fiber and are a great compromise if you can’t decide between natural and man-made fibers.
There are some fabrics that do not have every property on our list and are still useful. Here you will find other fabrics that are perfect for certain uses and further information. Be inspired by our honorable mentions.
Microfiber terrycloth is one of the polyester blends we just mentioned. This fabric consists of high-tech microfibers with an absorbent pile. The material is solid and relatively heavy with a weight of 320 g/m². Because the fabric is so absorbent, quick-drying and fire-resistant, it can be used for nightgowns, towels and bathrobes.
Polar fleece is a polyester-based fabric. With a weight of 285 g/m², the fabric is light and warm. Polar fleece is stretchable in all four directions, which makes it supple and incredibly robust. In addition to edges that do not fray, the fabric is also hydrophobic – this means that water rolls off the surface. Like the microfiber terrycloth, this fleece fabric is also fire-resistant. It is therefore perfect for making pajamas, scarves, sweaters, blankets and other baby clothes for the cold months.