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KraftyK | Posted in General Sewing Info on

is there a site to find out what each fabric is made of such as terry,flannel,bamboo velour,sherpa and bamboo? I am trying to order some wipes and I will be using them on my newborn bottom and would like to get something that has less chemicals on the fabric. So can anyone help me? and Thank you for your time.



  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    I do not know of a website "to find out what each fabric is made of ".

    BUT This website http://www.natureschild.com.au/ is in Australia and they post Internationally.

    SELL: Organic Cotton Baby Wipes which contain no sulphates, polypropolyne glycol, methol paradben and other known irritants that cheap supermarket wipes have. Supersoft brushed flanelette cotton on one side and absorbant terry towelling on the reverse side. 18 x 30cm.

    type cotton baby wipes in the search bar on their main home page.

    It is only a suggesstion you may find something closer to where you live.

    My son is 6, by the time I stumbled across this company he was a toddler and didn't require any of the products.

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    I just used baby washcloths on my kids' bottoms. I washed them before using them the first time. First on a soak cycle and then washed with soap on a normal cycle. After that first washing, I washed the washcloths in with the diapers. I used Borax or Washing Soda in with the soap to get rid of the stains and I used vinegar about once a month to strip them of any soap build up.


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    ThreadKoe | | #3

    Like SewChris, I used washcloths rather than wipes. I purchased a lot of the really thin, cheap cotton ones, and washed them with the diapers. When I wanted to keep damp ones on hand for convenience, I placed several in a ziplock bag with a little bit of witch hazel or alcohol to keep them sterile and fresh. This way there is no residue left on baby's bottom to irritate, and less chance of a rash developing. Cathy

    1. KraftyK | | #4

      Thanks ladies for your info.

      1. abbymel | | #5

        There is a book out there, I think it's one of Sandra Betzina's books that explains the different fabrics.....content, how to wash, sew, etc. What thread etc. to use, how to work with it.additionally - regarding the ladies' comments on baby wash cloths....I buy flannel (sometimes use old flannel from sheets I buy used) and cut it (rotary or ripping) into 8-12" squares. I put them wrong sides together and serge.....in a contrasting, matching or multiple colors of thread. Use a tapestry or double eye needle to tuck end threads. I've given these as gifts and truly, it's the most popular gift I've ever given!! It makes a washcloth that is nicely thin to get in baby's folds but they hold up great even washing for years with the diapers. My niece still has some from her 7 year old....I make a new batch to match babies rooms...her 5th is due this fall!
        I also make these to use as "rags" here at home...I don't use paper towels and I have stacks of these all over the house and garage. If you buy used sheets for cheap you can cut around stains or wear spots and it's a deal!!

        1. KraftyK | | #6

          Great tip thank you so much. I just order some from a WAHM since I don't have a sewing machine at this time and my baby is due in August.

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          ThreadKoe | | #7

          Great Idea! I used up all my old diapers as dust rags yrs ago, and really miss them. They made the best polishing, cleaning rags. Never thought to double them up like that tho. Thanks for the tip, I have tons of worn flannel sheets I can work through. Cathy

        3. jjgg | | #11

          "From Fiber To Fabric" by Harriet Hargrave. I'm not sure if this is the book you were thinking of, but its a great read. You will learn so much about fabric, why wally world fabric is not the same as the quilt store even though it's by the same company and the same print. How different detergents affect fabrics in different ways etc.http://www.amazon.com/Fiber-Fabric-Essential-Quiltmaking-Textiles/dp/1571200258

  4. Teaf5 | | #8

    It's the lotion/soap/disinfectant on baby wipes that contains the most chemicals, not the fabrics. 

    Most of them give me a horrible rash, so I used plain facial tissue (for the really messy parts) and plain cotton washcloths (to clean the skin) for my children.  A wet cotton washcloth in a zippered plastic lunch bag is just as portable as a packet of baby wipes and reduces waste.  No matter how messy they get, babies and children don't need heavy duty soaps or antibacterial agents--just water and patience.

    1. KraftyK | | #9

      EXACTLY!!!!! What you just said!!!!

    2. Cherrypops | | #10

      Back to basics.... Yeh!

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