Fabrics and knitted fabrics safe for children
If you sew for children - whether it's your own or for sale - you definitely want the materials you use to be not only beautiful, but also safe and high quality.
The first point is therefore to check that the material is certified Oeko-Tex Standard 100 in class I (i.e. safe for children and babies).
Oczywiście all our fabrics and knitwear have this certificateboth on the base material itself and on the pigments used for printing.
Second, you need to judge whether the imprint will not wash out quickly. You won't know it unless you buy the fabric and wash it 100 times. Or - and I recommend this option because it is definitely easier - check if the material is certified Washing ISO and at what level.
Of course - you guessed it - all our printed fabrics and knitted fabrics are Washing ISO certified with a score of 5/5 (i.e. the maximum) for washing at 40 degrees and 4/5 (very good) for washing at 60 degrees.
For this reason, we recommend washing at 40 degrees, because then you are 100% safe, but I wash myself at 60 degrees and after several dozen washes, I still do not see that the print would argue. He'll probably argue eventually, but you'll sooner get bored of wearing the same thing or your baby will grow out of it than it does.
The composition and type of material ideal for sewing for children
And finally, third: what type of material to choose. What composition and weave should be?
Things, which we sew for children can be generally divided into several groups:
1. sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweatpants, snoods, warm hats - these things are sewn from sweatshirt knit, that is colloquially sweatshirt.
2. T-shirts, pajamas, thinner caps - that's what we use single jersey cotton fabric (single-bearing)
3. elegant dresses, blouses - the best one is premium cotton, i.e. 100% cotton fabric with a noble satin weave (softer and more elegant from standard linen cotton weave)
4.clothes, sheets, protectors, sleeping bags, blankets - we usually use the usual bedding cotton plain weave, and if we care about more elegance and softnessthen we choose premium cotton, i.e. cotton satin.
Patterns of fabrics for sewing for children
And now the coolest part! PATTERN SELECTION!
I have to warn you that this is also the hardest part, because there are so many choices that make your head spin!
There are basically two strategies to approach this topic:
1. choose a color: what color is the favorite color of the baby you are sewing for? What color fits him in the room (if you sew e.g. bedding)? What color matches his beauty (if you sew clothes) - not everyone is comfortable with intense colors, although let's agree: children look great in almost everything on a tablet or phone).
2. choose the subject: what to do interest child? what does he most often ask? for what he has sensitive phase? what is his hobby, favorite fairy tale? Kim wants stay in the future? If you start with choosing a theme, you can then use the filter to select the type of material and, possibly, colors. You will find the filter on the left side (on a computer) or below (on a tablet or phone).
Of course, you can just delve into our cavernous palette children's designs, but who said that for children you need to sew with typically children's patterns? See what stylish creations are made from patterns that are not typically children's, but they are simply beautiful?
And if they absolutely must be children's patterns, then we have plenty to choose from, but I especially recommend our lovely fairy-tale patterns from Cartoons collection. You will meet here Moomin, The little prince, Alice in Wonderland and unicorns, rainbows, princesses, dragons and gnomes:
However, a bit older children the patterns related to magic and will delight Harry Potter:
Is there a way I can order samples for the fabrics that you have? Can you guide me a little bit on this process, please?
I am interested in finding premium cotton for baby clothes, since I am in the process of starting my own clothing shop dedicated to babies and kids.
Yes, the process of ordering samples is detailed here: https://houseofcotton.uk/how-to-order-samples-and-personalized-materials/