Bamboo Lycra is soft and smooth with a silky feel to it. Incredibly comfortable to wear as it has a generous 4 way stretch and is hypoallergenic for those with any allergy issues. The natural fibre is great for versatility and wearability all year round. The perfect “adaptable” fabric to have on hand when you need to get something sewn up quickly without worrying about how appropriate it will be or how well it will work to the pattern needs.
What are some ideas I can make with this fabric?
T-shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, pyjamas, singlets, hair wraps, light jumpers and cardigans, bedding, baby wraps and more.
Bamboo Lycra is a great, convenient fabric when you and your little ones are busy and need something that is easy to wear, with little fuss. Comfortable enough to be worn all year round and in many different conditions and temperatures. The natural cotton component to this fabric allows great breathability and absorbency while the lycra gives the fabric a comfortable stretch and great recoverability.
The natural fibre in bamboo lycra makes it a great fabric to use when sewing for babies and small children, as it provides a lot of warmth while still allows babies to maintain a stable body temperature. Appropriate consideration for climate and layers offered, should always be given to smaller children who are unable to regulate their own body temperatures.
WASHING AND CARE OF BAMBOO LYCRA FABRIC - (use as a guide only)
Pre-wash fabric the same way you would intend to wash your finished product.
We recommend machine washing fabrics with like colours on a cool, gentle cycle. Avoid any harsh detergents, bleach or softeners. White vinegar works great to retain absorbency and softness while baking soda can help to deodorise any stubborn smells from the fabric. Do not wring fabrics out, simply shake out creases and line dry immediately after washing, in shade and inside out to best retain fabric colour and integrity.
Avoid using a tumble drier as this may break down the lycra component in the fabric and over time will cause fabrics to fade, stretch and lose integrity.
SEWING TIPS FOR YOUR BAMBOO LYCRA FABRIC
Bamboo Lycra fabric has a generous 4 way stretch, so consider the % of stretch it allows when matching it to your patterns. We recommend pre-washing bamboo lycra as it will shrink slightly when washed, so best to prepare your fabrics prior to sewing to avoid and size discrepancies and disappointment later.
Use a rotary cutter, fabric weights and a cutting mat to keep fabric from moving as you are cutting. A smaller cutter will help move around the curved pieces easily.
Bamboo Lycra is best sewn using a good quality polyester thread, ideally a wooly nylon on your loopers will allow maximum stretch at the seams, a ball point, jersey or stretch needle and an overlocker. If you do not have an overlocker machine, you can also use your sewing machine set on a narrow zig zag or lightning stretch stitch. For a more finished look to your garment, turn up and hem using a twin needle, Coverstitch or zig zag stitch.
Always test your stitches on a layered or folded scrap piece fabric, prior to sewing. Stretch at the seams and make any adjustments to the thread tension or stitch length before commencing with your project. Test, check and re-test again.
Avoid pushing or pulling the fabric as you go. A walking foot may help when sewing with Bamboo Lycra.
Stabilise load bearing seams such as neck lines, shoulder seams and hems. Consider using a clear elastic sewn into the back pattern piece seams to prevent sagging and stretch over time and improving the longevity of your garment. Double or triple stitching necklines will help avoid excessive force being applied to the main stitch line.
Stabilise hems with an iron-on stretch interfacing to avoid tunnelling and a twin needle for a professional finish, alternatively you can also finish with a cuff or band or leave your edges raw.
Have fun and happy sewing!