Cotton 101

| Date posted: March 29th, 2013

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Cotton grows in little bundles called bolls, which have a protective capsule around the seeds of the cotton plant. Once the crop is harvested, the bolls go through the cotton ginning process, which separates the cotton fibres from the seeds. These fibres are then spun into a fine strand, which is woven into cotton fabric.

Cotton fabric comes in many different weights, so it’s perfect for a variety of projects including clothing, bags, quilts, sheeting, throw pillows, and duvet covers. Cotton fabric can be washed in any temperature water, but the higher temperatures (although they may cause the fabric to shrink) are better for getting stains out. After washing cotton, it can be tumble-dried, but should be promptly removed from the dryer and either folded or hung to avoid excess wrinkling. Cotton fabric can also be ironed on high temperatures making it very forgiving.

There are many advantages to working with cotton fabric:
- It’s absorbent
- It’s breathable
- It doesn’t stain easily
- It resists static
- It has a soft touch
- It can withstand high heat
- It’s inexpensive

Before choosing to work with cotton, keep in mind a few of the disadvantages:
- Cotton is not wrinkle resistant.
- Cotton fades in sunlight.
- Cotton dries slowly.
- Cotton is prone to shrinking and stretching.

Cotton is a fantastic option for a variety of projects but consider the frequency of washing and use, to select the proper fabric weight.

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  • http://twitter.com/21DarkKisSez MzMORGAN

    what cotton blend do you suggest for summer dresses ans maxi’s?