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Date: 3/9/14 10:21 PM

I want to make my baby grandson a romper with this or something similar:

Monkey fabric

This is the monkey picture I want to use. There are lot of fabrics out there but I really don't like the pattern.

I know the quilt fabric is too light for apparel -- especially for an infant! Would it work if I used a second fabric underneath it? I definitely don't want to line it.

Does anyone where I could buy heavier fabric with the monkey theme? I am not real happy with the green background.

Any suggestions are welcome.
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Date: 3/9/14 10:36 PM

I am not sure why you feel quilting fabric is too light for clothing? I have used it successfully for myself (blouses) and my kids (everything from pants and shirts to boxers).

If you are worried the baby will not be warm enough, the Mum can use an undershirt.

I think of rompers as summer clothes and would not be worried about warmth.

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Date: 3/9/14 10:59 PM

Because my friend who sews said so !
She says it won't hold up to numerous washings.

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Date: 3/9/14 11:06 PM

I would imagine that the baby would grow out of it before it washed out. Cotton lasts a good long time. I've made blouses and shirts out of it also with no problems and they have worn well.

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Date: 3/9/14 11:17 PM

I used quilting cotton to make clothes for my children, and even pjs, shirts, and dresses for myself. I have never had a problem width it not holding up in the wash. Does your friend think that particular brand of quilting cotton is of substandard quality?
If the cotton is of good quality, go ahead and make clothes from it!
It doesn't need to be lined, except for in cold weather and you could line it with flannel if you were making pants. People tend to think babies need to be warm, but unless it's a preemie, a baby doesn't need to dress any warmer than the rest of the family.
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Date: 3/10/14 0:31 AM

I made sleep shorts for my grandson last year all from novelty print quilting cottons (Cars, Spiderman, Pokemon, etc) -- they are all still going strong and being washed weekly or biweekly.

I actually often find quilting cottons to be of better quality than some of the clothing cottons that are sold in fabric stores for apparel.

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Date: 3/10/14 1:53 AM

You will find differences in the quality of the cotton fabric at Joanns. Go for the premium brands. They hold color better and do not wrinkle as much as the cheaper brands. Prior to making the garment, give the fabric a good washing to remove the chemicals in the fabric.

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Date: 3/10/14 2:24 AM

We've had discussions on using quilting fabric as apparel fabric before, and IIRC the consensus is that you can, assuming that the quilting fabric is of good quality. However, I don't like quilting cotton for garments because the drape is often no good-- so stiff!-- and it really reads as quilting cotton. Although maybe with the right pattern, it would be ok. JMO.

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Date: 3/10/14 3:31 AM

Cotton fabric is cotton fabric. I have used it in tops, blouses and dresses and the only thing I've found it that the quilting fabric fades faster than the garment fabric.

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Date: 3/10/14 3:57 AM

For a baby, I always seek out soft, soft fabrics. Trust your hand- if fabric feels stiff, then it can irritate young sensitive skin. I go for knits whenever possible. With a squirmy baby, it's so much easier to get them in and out of stretchy clothes! A baby's activities will make a difference. At 6 months, sitting up is a major accomplishment; at the crawling stage clothes get a real work out. Then, for bottoms I'd go for super soft sweat shirting, corduroy and denim. Oh, you're going to have so much fun!

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