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Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes

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

Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes

For everyday children’s wear, cotton and polyester apparel fabrics are comfortable, safe, and easy to wash.

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

Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Corduroy Cotton corduroy in fun colors

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 dozens of cheerful colors.  Gingham and seersucker are also perfect for the young set.

Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Broadcloth Versatile broadcloth fabric
Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Gingham Cheerful gingham fabric

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

Cotton prints make charming dresses and are easy to sew. Choose from fun and colorful prints from designers like Amy Butler and Moda. Lightweight batiste fabric is also great for summer dresses and for christening gowns.

Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Terry Cloth Soft and absorbent terry cloth
Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Cotton Prints

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.  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. Watch this video tutorial to see how to make an easy no sew fleece blanket.

Flannel and minky are also great options for baby blankets. Minky is super soft and cozy and comes in different patterns too.

Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Fleece Cozy fleece in prints and solids
Best Fabrics for Baby Clothes - Minky Super soft minky fabric

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, are more flammable, and are not as comfortable. Stick to 100% cotton and cotton/polyester blends for comfortable, safe, and easy to care for children’s and baby clothes.