looking for a fabric--any ideas??

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Registered: 03-08-2003
looking for a fabric--any ideas??
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 11:54am

Hi. I'm new here, and had a question about fabric. I've been looking for the stretch cotton that is like 97% cotton/3% lycra spandex but I can't find it at my local fabric store. The ladies who work there look at me like I'm crazy when I ask them about it. Am I inventing this fabric? I know I have seen it used for babyslings on the net. Does anyone know where I can purchase this fabric? I like to make my own pouch slings, but I find a slightly stretchy fabric is more comfortable.

Chantel, Mama to Mia and Audra

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Registered: 08-03-2003
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 12:43pm
I don't really have any help for you. But I just wanted to say I had the worst time trying to find fabric to make a sling for a friend. I couldn't find anything I really liked so I gave up and bought her a Maya Wrap! I have heard though that it is more difficult to make a sling out of fabric that stretches.
Good luck-
I found several interesting fabric stores on line. Type in the combo you want in google and see what happens.
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Registered: 10-15-2004
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 6:21pm
Try asking about knit cotton (t-shirt like) or stretchy denim or stretchy canvas.
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Registered: 07-30-2003
Fri, 06-10-2005 - 2:28pm

you're looking for stretch poplin, stretch twill, or stretchy canvas. should be over right next to the non-stretchy versions of it. if you can't find any there, i've seen different things like that here:


do a search for "stretch twill" or "stretch poplin" to narrow it down.

i would not use an interlock for pouches, myself. i've done it and they stretched too much, no matter HOW they were cut. though, there is a new carrier out there called a sling set, and it's basically 2 interlock pouches used at once, sometimes with a supporting wraparound. haven't tried, but they look cool.

good luck!

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Registered: 06-02-2005
Fri, 06-10-2005 - 3:35pm

I hope you found some fabric for your sling. I just wanted to add that I have made pouch slings out of fleece and interlock fabric. Both worked great. The interlock is the thicker stuff you can find- ususally under fashion knits. My ds is 6-months and loves it, especially since the stretch allows me to put him in it facing out. Of course, he only weighs 12 1/2 pounds, so as he gets heavier it may stretch out, we'll see.

:) Maria

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