5 Best Cute Fabrics for Kids Clothes

 

Choosing the best fabric is one of the most important steps for sewing clothes. The wrong choice of fabric is a big disappointment and spoils your plans for sewing a garment. And when you’re sewing for your kids, it’s even more important to be careful.

 

How to Choose the Best Fabric for Kids Clothes

Before starting any sewing project you have to choose which pattern fabric is suitable for your kid’s clothes. Patterns are an indication of who the fabric is designed for.

 

Finding cute fabric for sewing kids clothes is an important thing for parents to consider, especially moms and dads who love to sew.

 

There are several clothes that you can make for your kids and you’ll need the very best fabrics for this. First, you should consider whether a type of fabric is soft or not and if it’s non-irritating for the skin. Make sure that the fabric is not thick or slippery.

 

Usually, the first and best choice for making kids clothes is fabric that  is breathable and comfortable. Simply go to any online fabric store and ask for children’s fabrics. There are a variety of children’s fabrics available for sewing your kid’s clothes.

 

Always remember whatever fabric you choose, never make clothes for kids without washing the fabric first. Washing the fabric you purchased is one of the first steps for any sewing enthusiast before sewing clothes for kids. This way, you remove most of the chemicals which are sprayed on factory-made fabrics.

 

Here is a collection of cute fabrics that are often used to make kids clothes:

 

Jersey Knit Fabric

 

Jersey knit fabric is a cute fabric for sewing kids clothes. These knit fabrics are soft and breathable as well as stretchable; they’re great for making beautiful clothes. Knit fabric is very comfortable for little ones who love to run around. It comes in a variety of vivid colors and patterns. The most popular knit fabrics for sewing children’s clothes include double knit, rib knit, interlock and cotton spandex.

 

There are several knit fabrics available that can confuse you when choosing a fabric because most fabrics look similar. But when you look deeper you then differentiate between different types of knit fabrics. Some of the most common knit fabrics are as follows:

 

1) Single knit

2) Elastane knit

3) Rib knit

4) Double Knit

5) Interlock

6) Lace knits

7) Mesh Knits

8) Sweater Knits

9) Handmade knit fabric

 

Single knit

This is a lightweight single knit fabric. This is one of the most used knit fabrics for making t-shirts and dresses. It has a beautiful look and can be made from different types of fibers like silk jersey etc.

 

If you just take a look at this fabric then you determine the difference between these two fabrics. One side of the fabric has knit stitches and the other side has purl stitches.

 

Here is a short video about sewing a knit fabric.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uANfrCEBkAQ   

 

Cotton jersey fabric is one of the most preferred fabrics that is of a medium weight, and is a 4-way stretch knit fabric. Rayon jersey fabric is amazing fabric for sewing clothes because of its softness and 4-way stretch too.

 

Elastane knit

Most of your tops are made from elastane knit fabric. It is comfortable like cotton and is also stretchy. It is soft but more difficult to sew clothes with. It is perfect and cute fabric for making your sleepwear just because of its comfort level.

 

Rib Knits

 

Rib knit is a double-faced reversible fabric that has the vertical ribs on both sides of the fabric. It is used to make bands, neck bands etc. but you can also make your whole garment using this knit fabric. It is very soft to touch and also stretches crosswise. You can make a variety of clothes using this knit fabric like sweaters etc.

 

Double knit

Double Knit is medium weight knit fabric where both sides are usually the same. It is less stretchable than a single knit fabric. Double Knit fabric is thick and fluffy. Different fibers used to make the double knit fabric including wool, cotton, rayon etc.

 

Interlock

Interlock is a knit fabric with a perfect lengthwise rib. You might mix up this fabric with a jersey fabric but when you examine it closely you will see that the fabric looks the same from both sides, unlike jersey knit fabric. Interlock knit fabric has a smooth surface that is best for design works, like embroidery and fabric painting etc.

 

Lace knits

 

Lace knit is a beautiful fabric for making clothes because this fabric combines the beauty of lace with the flexibility of knitting. Maintaining lace knit fabric is a big challenge however.

 

Mesh Knits

 

Mesh knit is lightweight with a good stretch and also has the look of tulle fabric.

 

Sweater Knits

Sweater knits are used for making sweaters. You can see many types of sweater knits. They make you feel comfortable when you wear them. Some sweater knits have a textured design on them and some of them have an open weave that results in the sheer lock.

 

Handmade Knit Fabric

 

In a few hours with the help of needles, you can take a ball of yarn and knit it into beautiful fabric or even make a sweater from it.

 

Fleece Fabric

Fleece fabric is the best choice for kids’ winter clothes. This fleece fabric is easy to maintain and is also machine washable. It dries fast as well as keeps the body warm.

 

Waterproof Fabrics

 

This waterproof fabric is best for making cloth diapers, blankets, bags etc. Make sure that you buy fabric that is breathable otherwise your kid will feel uncomfortable.

 

Don’t forget that a child’s skin is very sensitive and kids mostly want a comfortable dress in which he/she can move freely.

 

Voile Fabric

 

Voile fabric is a soft semi-sheer fabric and almost similar to cotton lawn. It is an amazing fabric to make cute dresses. You can also use this fabric for smocking. This fabric is mostly used in soft furnishing because of its lightweight.

 

Microfiber fabrics

This is a new kind of fabric that is very soft, drapable and non-allergenic for kids who have very sensitive skin. This microfiber fabric is a great choice for kids clothes as it is very comfortable.

 

grey sail boat Stof Fabrics knit fabric

grey sail boat Stof Fabrics knit fabric

Kokka knit fabric with animals and rectangles

Kokka knit fabric with animals and rectangles

hummingbird organic knit fabric by Birch

hummingbird organic knit fabric by Birch

How to Choose the Best Knit Fabric

We often see our customers asking the common question over email and across social media, “what knit fabric is best for my project?” and in response to this question we always guide our customers in selecting the most suitable knit fabric for their project that perfectly matches their needs. You can find several guides related to what knit fabrics are, how to sew them and how knit fabrics are made. Today we are going to focus on different kinds of knit fabrics and based on this, will distinguish how to use them best.

 

There is a huge range of fabrics available that are superb for sewing up many different wardrobe items such as sweaters, T-shirts, hoodies, tops, dresses, pants etc. Here we will show you the best types of knit fabrics and their characteristics.

 

Cotton Jersey Knits

Cotton jersey knit fabrics are 100% cotton or blended with fibers such as rayon or polyester. They are fully made of cotton with minimal stretch due to the knitting process. Cotton jersey blend knit fabrics with rayon or polyester content provides an additional stretch. Jersey fabric thickness varies from lightweight to medium weight, so it is really important to choose the right knit fabric for your sewing project. Just take an example of lightweight knit to know more about the selection of fabric. A lightweight knit is not suitable for pants because it requires more stability and structure that is found in cotton jersey knit.

Jersey knit fabrics are very inclusive as they have stability and small stretch similar to a cotton spandex knit. You can use these Jersey fabrics in a variety of sewing patterns designed for both woven fabrics and knit. We’d suggest staying away from patterns with complicated structure or zippers etc.

 

Cotton Spandex Knits

 

Cotton spandex knits also known as cotton lycra, have a great amount of stretch due to lycra fiber. Cotton lycra fabrics usually have a 4-way stretch and are also excellent for bottom weight application due to their stretch. Cotton spandex knit fabrics blends with rayon and other fibers to provide a loose, drapey hang while still providing good stretch and recovery.

Cotton spandex knits are very erratic for use in sewing bottoms and tops that includes undergarments, socks and much more. While selecting the right cotton lycra knit for your sewing project it is necessary to see the amount of stretch that is required for the pattern. If the fabric has extra stretch then it is difficult for you to get the desired result from your garment. Too little stretch can be a problem as well.       

 

Hacci Sweater Knits

Sweater knits are also known as Hacci. Hacci has a more loopy and open-knit texture than regular cotton fabrics. Sweater knits also have the same feel and characteristics as jersey knits. That is why they are very versatile. The best part of this sweater knit is that they sew up just like regular knits.

 

 

Hacci sweater knit fabrics have a more drapey and open weave and are best for making scarves, sweaters, gloves, hats, and socks. Hacci is also good for stylish tops, skirts and beautiful dresses.

 

Ponte de Roma Knits

Ponte de Roma knit fabrics are a double knit fabric made of rayon, cotton and spandex blend of fibers. They are very stable, midweight, and very easy to sew. Ponte de Roma fabrics resist wrinkles and also have a good stretch. This fabric has a horizontal texture that gives a high-end look. This is a double knit polyester blend so make sure that you select appropriate sewing projects for Ponte de Roma knit fabrics.

 

 

Now you can sew a great collection of wardrobe items including jackets, pencil skirts, pants, and dresses. Ponte de Roma knit are also used to make other accessories and work awesomely well when blended with cotton spandex knits.

 

Bonus Tip: Characteristics of Knit Fabrics

 

Here is a quick short guide to knit fabric and a small experiment to know the different characteristics of this fabrics.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=582jqw0J1Vw

 

There are four things that you must keep in your mind while choosing the knit fabric that are: Weight/thickness, recovery, stretch, stability

Weight and Thickness

Weight and thickness are different things in fabrics. Weight is about how light or heavy the fabric is. T-shirts can be made from lightweight knits to the thicker jersey knit.

Recovery

Recovery is how efficiently a fabric comes back when stretched that helps to give you a tight shape while wearing. Fabrics that have good recovery consist of high elastane content. This is perfect for body fitting T-shirts etc. Fabrics that do not return to its original shape after stretching have a poor recovery warp.

 

Stretch

Stretch is how much percentage your fabric can be stretched. Knit fabric naturally has stretching properties but it can be stretched more with the inclusion of elastane/spandex/lycra in the fiber makeup of the fabric.

 

Most of the T-shirt patterns need widthwise stretch but other knit patterns need both lengthwise and widthwise stretch. It depends on the fabric and how hard or soft it is to stretch.

 

Stability

Stability (also called shear) means how translucent the fabric is. This basically is how much a fabric warps and twist. Fabrics that retain into their original shape have good stability and the fabrics that distort have poor stability.

 

Stretch and recovery shows how stable a fabric is. Ponte knits are extremely stable as they have a good stretch but they are not suitable for T-shirts. They are perfect for knit patterns.   Unstable knits easily drape around your body but it is hard to sew them because of their changing shape.

 

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric