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I am not an expert on sewing with gauze. I don’t understand the weave of the gauze or what gives it the texture it has. I have sewn three baby sized blankets using gauze, and I am going to share with you what I have learned.
Each one of the blankets I made is a bit different. I had read a few times that cotton gauze quilts were quite dreamy. I was skeptical.
I have now learned first hand that a cotton gauze blanket really is quite dreamy, and they possess a texture that is hard to match with quilting fabrics. It depends what kind of ‘cuddle factor’ you are looking for, but if you are looking for super soft and super crinkly, I recommend giving the gauze a try.
One of the blankets I made I gifted for a baby girl. It had cotton quilting fabric on the front, gauze on the back, wool batting in the middle, and gauze for the binding.
Another one I sewed with gauze on both sides and wool batting. I use this one almost every day. I hand quilted this one.
The other one has cotton quilting fabric on one side, cotton batting, and gauze on the other side. This one I also use quite often but not every day.
Here is my short and skinny conclusion:
I absolutely love the texture, feel, look, and drape of a cotton gauze blanket with WOOL BATTING and gauze ON THE FRONT AND THE BACK. I think the hand quilting is extremely appealing, and I would definitely do it again, but I don’t think it’s needed to achieve the amazing texture. I also enjoy the gauze binding.
Look at the blanket below. This is the blanket with gauze on the front, gauze on the back, wool batting, and hand quilting. Look at the way it has crinkled.
Look at the picture below. This blanket is made with cotton gauze (the triangles) on the back with cotton batting. The green is cotton quilting fabric on the front. Compare it to the blanket above. Note the texture difference…which I believe is mostly a reflection of the difference between the wool batting and the cotton batting.
Take note that the above blanket is also more densely quilted and done by hand. The bottom one is quilted rather sparingly and done on the machine.
Here are the blankets side by side:
The blue blanket is: gauze + wool batting + gauze.
The green blanket is: gauze + cotton batting + cotton quilting fabric.
The pink blanket is: gauze + wool batting + cotton quilting fabric.
Since I gifted the below pink blanket a long time ago, I can’t lay it side by side with the above. Note that the above blankets have been washed many many times. The below picture was taken after one wash.
In case you were curious what wool batting looks like and what cotton batting looks like, see the below picture. The wool is the poofy batting on the left, and the cotton is the flat tightly rolled batting on the right.
One more question to talk a bit about. How well does a cotton gauze quilt hold up? Are they prone to snagging? The fabric seems so thin? Do they easily fall apart?
I had all the same questions and concerns.
Look at the below picture. I COMPLETELY understand why we would all be concerned about snagging and holes. Look how loose that weave appears. You can see lines that almost look like a run you’d get in your panty hoes.
But remember what happens after washing. All the fibers gather closely together. It seems that wash after wash continues to bring the fibers closer and closer together. I don’t treat this blanket as though it’s fragile. It’s had held up very well to wear and tear…especially through this winter season where it goes everywhere with my little one.
Am I concerned about snagging or holes?
Where did I buy my cotton gauze?
The white gauze I can’t seem to find anymore. I believe it was a Bambino brand from Fabric.com. The blue is painted gingham in mist by Sarah Jane / Michael Miller. I remember when I received the blue gingham, and it felt so stiff. If you have the same reaction upon receiving your gauze, just remember that a few washes changes all the texture.
The triangle gauze pictured above is an older print by Shannon Fabrics.
I have heard lots of great things about the Japanese lines of gauze…even though I haven’t tried them yet. :(. I have bought fabrics before from Miss Matatabi from Japan. From what I remember, her shipping was very reasonable, and she has lots of options for cotton gauze.
I also recommend typing Nani Iro Double Gauze into Etsy to see some of the beautiful florals available. I have heard the Nani Iro selections are beautiful, but I have never sewn with them either.
So I know I have to be missing something. What have you learned about sewing with cotton gauze. Enlighten me, please, on your insights!