The fabric and notions sources listed here have no affiliation with the Nursing Mothers' Sewing List. It is possible that some list members own or work for a business in this listing, but the list owners of NMSL show no preference towards these businesses.
Most of these businesses are based in the United States, and many of these offer international shipping. Companies based in other countries will have their country of origin noted.
We are always eager for your submissions of further on-line sources of fabrics and notions.
We stock a large section of printed cottons, twill, denims, and knits,
including 100% cotton interlock, fleece, and rib knit. We also
have a full range of notions and patterns including Kwik Sew, Topkids,
and Pitter Patterns. We have Elizabeth Lee Designs patterns,
making them available in Canada for easier shipping.
Searching for a particular fabric? Maybe you can find it at one of the following sites. Note: you cannot purchase fabric from these sites.
These fabric care suggestions are provided as a general guide. Because materials and dyes vary between manufacturers and products, for best results we recommend that you test a sample before washing or dry cleaning the entire garment.
Acetate: Dry clean only.
Acrylic: Machine wash warm using warm water, softener may be added during the final rinse cycle. Machine dry using low temperature, remove promptly when done.
Cotton: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low. Use cool iron.
Metallic Cotton: Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low. Cool iron may be used.
Fleece: Machine wash warm and remove quickly to avoid matting. Hang to dry; do not use dryer.
Linen: Dry-clean is recommended and retains the original crisp finish to the fabric. Hand wash in mild soap, no chlorine bleach, dry by laying flat on clean non-colored towel. Note: Hand washing softens the feel of the linen which is sometimes preferred.
Lyocell: Lyocell garments may be either machine washable and dryable or dry clean-able. Read the label. Washable lyocell has the strength and ease of care of other easy-care fabrics. Machine wash and dry at low temperature. Remove from dryer as soon as the garment is dry. If ironing is required, use a moderately warm iron.
Lycra: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings.
Lycra Velvet: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings. Microfibers: Acrylic, nylon, and polyester microfibers are machine washable, machine dryable or dry clean-able. Follow the instructions for washing fabrics consisting of these individual fibers.
Nylon: Most items made from nylon can be machine-washed and tumble-dried at low temperatures. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. To minimize static electricity, use a dyer sheet when machine drying. Remove articles from the dyer as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed. If ironing is required, use a warm iron.
Polyester: Use warm water add fabric softener to final rinse, machine dry low and remove promptly from dryer. If ironing is needed, use a moderate warm setting. All polyesters can be dry-cleaned.
Polyolefin: Most items can be washed or dry-cleaned. Most stains can be readily removed by wiping, using lukewarm water and detergent. If fabric is machine-washed, it should be line-dried or tumble-dried with gentle or no heat. Do not iron.
Rayon: Dry cleaning is recommended. Although hand-wash in lukewarm water is okay. No chlorine bleach allowed. Lay flat on a clean non-colored towel to dry.
Silk: Dry cleaning is preferred. Hand washing is possible if mild soap and lukewarm water is used. Lay flat on a clean non-colored towel to dry.
Spandex: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings.
Suede: Recommendation is dry cleaning. Although Machine wash gentle cycle is allowed.
Triacetate: Pleated garments are best hand laundered. Most other garments containing 100% triacetate can be machine washed. If ironing is needed, a high temperature setting may be used. Articles containing triacetate require little care due mainly to the fiber's resistance to high temperature.
Wool & Suiting: Recommendation is for dry cleaning. Can be spot cleaned
with a damp sponge.