What types of fabric do you have available for making kids’ clothing?
We have a variety of childrens fabric online in our collections for every age, purpose and style of clothing, from cotton, swim (polyester and lycra) and minky fabrics to rayon, French terry, double-brushed polyester and peach skin. Shop our collection of fabrics to find the perfect fabric and design for your little one.
Here are some ideas to get your creativity flowing:
Our cotton childrens fabric is ideal for making:
• Newborn tops
• Baby dresses, onesies and rompers
• Girls dresses
• Boys shirts and tops
• Girls tops
• Circle skirts
• Fabric headbands
• Little bows on hair clips
Our swim kids fabric (polyester and lycra) is perfect for making:
• A bathing suit
• A floaty dress
• A lightweight skirt
• Tights or leggings
Our minky kids fabric is great for:
Jumpers (with cotton lycra binding)
Our rayon kids fabric makes wonderful:
Our peach skin fabric for kids is fantastic for creating:
Lightweight tops and blouses
Our double-brushed polyester childrens fabric is perfect for:
Older children’s clothing (not babies or young children)
Our French terry fabric is excellent for making:
A word of warning:
Double brushed poly should never be used for making baby’s clothes. Why? Polyester can easily become hot when wearing and since babies cannot regulate their temperature, this can make it dangerous for children who cannot speak up if they feel too hot. It’s best to avoid polyester until your child is old enough to tell you they’re getting hot confidently and with accuracy.
What are the benefits of making your own kids' clothes with childrens fabric?
The clothes are one-of-a-kind. Because you have flexibility and control over the fabric and design, you can take into account the unique style of your child. You can even get your kids to help pick out fabrics.
2. Provides a feeling of accomplishment:
It’s fun and satisfying to make something with your own hands that will be well-worn and loved.
Because of the effort and love that went into making it, you are more likely to cherish and keep it for longer.
4. Tailor-made to fit your child:
Making your own kids’ clothes allows you to make clothing that precisely fits your child’s measurements.
Do you have any tips for sewing with childrens fabric?
1. Clothing should allow your child to move freely and comfortably.
2. Pick patterns that have simple fasteners. Make fastenings as easy as possible with snaps and velcro.
3. Since children outgrow their clothing very fast, we recommend choosing stretchable fabric for garments you’d like your child to wear for longer.
4. Because kids by nature are little adventurers, you’ll find their clothes may need more frequent washing than yours. Look out for fabric that can withstand fading with repeated washes.
5. Always interface areas that will receive a great deal of strain, such as the pocket areas, knees, elbows, buttonholes and buttons, sleeve caps and crotch seams.
How are your kids fabric designs produced?
We produce our designer kids fabric in small, limited edition quantities. Here is our process for designing and sourcing childrens fabric:
• International artists - We select gorgeous kids fabric from international independent artists and fabric designers.
• Exclusively Missy Rose patterns - Our exclusive patterns with pre-made artwork are one-of-a-kind and cannot be found anywhere else.
• Fully exclusive - We have some amazing artists who can make any idea or design come to life. You will only find this artwork at Fabric by Missy Rose.
What do I need to know about making baby clothes?
• Designed for tiny kids, from newborns to babies just learning to crawl, baby clothes are typically classified according to the baby’s weight and height.
• Once your baby starts to crawl, make sure that the clothes you make do not come between their legs and trip them.
• Pants should have simple and easy fasteners for effortless nappy changes.
• It’s best to avoid strings for children older than 2 months old.
What do I need to know about making clothing for toddlers?
• Ideal for your baby once they start to walk until the time they join prep or kindergarten, toddler clothing is typically based on your child’s chest measurement.
• Make snaps in the legs of pants and shorts for easy nappy changes.
• Elastic waistbands are ideal for toddlers during the potty training stage because they save you from needing to fiddle with zipper pulls or snap buttons.
How do I accommodate a kid’s growth in their clothes?
Kids grow quickly. You can plan for this when designing and cutting the clothing. For example, you can:
• Add extra seam allowance, giving you the ability to rip out the seam and sew a new one as your child grows
• Add extra length in the turned under edges of your hems
• Add tucks
• Add shirring to the chest
• Add darts to the waistline of dresses to accommodate growth
• Create an elastic waist to shorts, pants, dresses and skirts
• Choose Raglan sleeves over fitted sleeves