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June 22nd, 2008, 08:00 AM
outnumbered's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hi ladies.

I got some organic cotton velour in the mail that I'm going to make Dev some large fitteds with. I'd like to dye some but am not sure the best way to go about it. Should I wash the material first? Should I cut it out and dye it, or should I dye it before cutting it out? I do want to make a couple colors and leave a couple natural.

I also wanted to make the inside all 100% cotton but the store I bought the material from was all out. Can I get a good 100% cotton material at a local store?


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June 22nd, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Flannel is usually 100% cotton, and you can get it in white. Yes, you do want to wash it first. After you dye it you will want to wash it again, to make sure any residual dye is gone. Usually you want to dye it before cutting, but I am not sure how much you have so I don't know how many cuts you could make and still get the most for your money. Maybe it would be best to make the diapers and then dye them? Good luck!

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June 22nd, 2008, 05:15 PM
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after you wash the fabric for shrinking, then you can cut it and dye it. you could then cut out say..10 diapers and do 2 blue, 2 orange, 2 purple, then leave 4 of them natural colored.
but most definitely wash them for shrinking before cutting and wash them after dying. follow the direction for the dying (if you haven't done it before), it's very easy!
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June 23rd, 2008, 08:01 AM
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As for the cotton on the inside...If you are using stretchy velour on the outside, maybe a 100% cotton interlock knit would be good. There are lots of online resources for this if you can't find it locally.

I've got some new organic cotton bamboo velour, but I'm going to use that inside next to his skin...Man that stuff is soft!!

And yes, wash on hot and dry on hot to shrink it first before dyeing. I am doing that w/everything that I use for diapers so that it won't shrink after it's sewn. You could then cut it out and dye it. It might be easier to work with because they are smaller pieces to dye.

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