Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes

Loving sisters dressed for a special occasion.

A wide variety of fabrics are suitable for infant and children’s clothes.  Safety and comfort should always be top priority when choosing material  for children’s garments. Ease of care is another consideration.

Satin, taffeta, and tulle can be used to make special occasion children’s clothes, but are not practical for everyday clothes for children. These fabrics require special care, and they are not as comfortable as cotton-based fabrics; they are also more prone to ignite if near an open flame.

For everyday children’s wear, stick with safer, easy-to-care for cottons and polyesters.

Soft, fine wale corduroy is excellent for durable rompers and overalls for toddlers. Corduroy comes in 100% cotton and in cotton/polyester blends.

High quality broadcloth is a great basic fabric for all sorts of children’s garments; it is very easy to sew and is available in both 100% cotton and in cotton/ polyester blends. This classic fabric comes in numerous cheerful colors.  Gingham and seersucker are also perfect for the young set.

Robert Kaufman fabrics. Gingham, broadcloth, and seersucker are perfect for kids' clothes.

Versatile terry cloth makes soft robes and rompers for babies and children.

Cotton prints make charming dresses and are easy to sew. Cotton eyelet and batiste are great for summer dresses and for christening gowns.

Cozy polyester fleece is ideal for warm garments and soft accessories such as blankets, caps, mittens, and bibs.  Fleece is very easy to sew.  It does not ravel, and it is so easy to cut.  Advanced beginning sewers can easily work with this unique polyester fabric.  You don’t even have to sew to make charming throws and baby blankets out of fleece.  No-sew fleece throws are simple to make.  Project Linus, a charity sewing organization, offers a free no-sew fleece throw pattern.

There are thousands of fleece prints to chose from.