Project 2: Buying fabricJanuary 11, 2011
One of the most challenging things about being new to these craft projects is buying the right materials. I need some familiarity with how I’ll use an item before I can shop with confidence. As a beginner even shopping is filled with guesswork and trial and error. The last time I bought fabric I picked something that looked pretty, but once I’d sewed up my garment it turned out the be the wrong kind of fabric entirely. I didn’t want to make that mistake again.
At first I thought that I would just use an old king-sized sheet I had on hand to make my first baby wrap. Instead I did some research and learned that the most important quality of my fabric would be its strength. This disqualified my sheet — its fitted counterpart had completely fallen apart during normal use and the one I wanted to use was beginning to get some holes. The last thing I want is for the baby in my care to take a tumble because I used cheap fabric! So I went to the local big box fabric store to see what I could find.
It’s a good thing that Jan at sleepingbaby.net warned against the calicos right up front. If she hadn’t I certainly would have bought one. They were by far the largest section of fabrics and they were all in such attractive colors and patterns. I confidently (sort of) strode past them on my way to something else, although what that something would be was still a mystery. I was trying to be mindful of her advice to examine the weave and avoid fabrics with a simple over/under texture. That was painfully difficult. Those threads are tiny and hard to see! I ended up drifting over toward a section with baby themed cotton flannels instead, which may not have been her most perfect choice but it seemed good to me.
I selected a cute white flannel with pink and brown dots and bought 2.5 yards of it (the length that Jan mentioned in her article). Would it work? Find out tomorrow.