Jun. 20th, 2011 @ 04:57 pm I Need Your Advice
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hiya, i'm new to making and selling cloth pads. i live in the UK so it is quite differcult to get hold of flannel, anyway because of that i'm looking into some pure cotton and poly cotton. poly cotton is cheaper than pure cotton so would be easier to provide a range of prints but i want your advice, i would like my pads to sell well and for that i need your views on these fabrics, please pop over to http://efabrics.co.uk/ and pick out a few prints you would like to see in my shop and paste the link in your comments. thanks.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/coralredgate?ref=si_shop
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From:neonvultures
Date:June 20th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Is "poly cotton" a blend of polyester and cotton? If so, polyester is not absorbent and would not be good for the top of the pad.
From:coralredgate
Date:June 20th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
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yeah i think so. i have used it for one of the pads that i use personally as it was from a bed sheet and i loved the pattern lol, it was quite comfortable and wicked the liquid into the core of the pad pretty well.
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From:neonvultures
Date:June 20th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From my personal experience, synthetics on the top of the pad don't wick very well and create heat on the top of the pad. Your mileage may vary, but most pads are made with natural fibers on top. :)
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From:poppleshatesyou
Date:June 20th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
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100% cotton (whether quilters cotton or flannel) will absorb any sort of liquid better than just about any sort of poly-anything. In my experience most poly fabrics will not make a lasting absorbent top layer. Quilters cotton or flannel are what most people use, because it is what seems to work the best. The exception to that rule seems to be velour and minky of the bamboo variety. Both of which i find to be insufferably hot top layers so they are not materials I work with or wear.

I'm not sure where you've looked already, but if you google "cotton flannel fabric, UK" there are several hits that look promising.

Picking out your own fabrics is part of the fun, I think you'd be better off picking out your own fabrics. I think it's also important to remember fabric choice is just part of what will help a pad sell well; quality of sewing, materials used, shape, size, absorbency, and customer service also all play a heavy hand.

From:coralredgate
Date:June 20th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
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thanks for the search tip. yeah the main reason i asked is because as i mentioned in reply to one of Karly's comments i have loads of poly cotton left over from a king size bed sheet that i started using because i loved the patterns and i kind of need to get rid of it to earn money to buy some new fabric as i dont have a lot of money and thought that starting my own small business selling cloth pads would be perfect as i could work from home and do what i enjoy doing most, sewing.