Care guidelines

I hope that you’re pleased with your purchase; I’d like you to continue enjoying and getting good use from it/them for a while. Here are some pointers for how to care for your handmade goodies.

Caring for your Sewn Down Purple Lane reusables –
CSP, nappies, nappy wraps, potty learning pants, fleece soakers and longies, wipes, wet bags and pouches/pods

For all WRAP SCRAP items – I recommend that you wash in an old pillow case or similar fabric bag, to avoid the woven fabric snagging on anything in the wash, for example Velcro/studs/clips.
For all HAND-DYED fabrics and RED TRIM wraps/pants – I recommend a separate pre-wash for the unlikely case of any residual colour escaping.

Storing after use – Place in a lidded bucket (without water) or a waterproof bag for a maximum of a few days until the day you do the wash.

Washing – All fabrics that shrink have already been pre-washed. A pre-wash of nappies, pants and CSP before first use is not essential, though they will only get to their maximum absorbency after several washes, so might not last as long at first.

For any items likely to stain (like nappies and CSP), I recommend a cold rinse in the machine before the main wash. I recommend that you wash at 40ºC with the occasional 60ºC wash, using detergent powder. Constant washing at 60ºC will reduce the length of time that the materials look and perform at their best.

Do not use fabric conditioner, as it will clog the fibres in the fabric and decrease its absorbency, meaning the nappies/pants/CSP will not perform at their best. It is also worth ensuring that there is adequate water in the cycle to rinse away all the detergent, as an excess can lead to a decrease in absorbency too. Do not bleach.

Please ensure that laundry tabs are fully closed on any Velcro/Aplix nappies in the wash, as the tiny hooks can snag the elastic on wraps and pants.

Drying – The best way to dry these items is by hanging them outdoors or indoors on an airer. Occasional tumble drying on low may be necessary, especially in winter, but this will reduce the length of time that they look and perform at their best. Do not place on direct heat (like on top of a radiator) and do not iron.

Caring for your Sewn Down Purple Lane footwear and clothing

For all WRAP SCRAP items – I recommend that you wash in an old pillow case or similar fabric bag, to avoid the woven fabric snagging on anything in the wash, for example Velcro/studs/clips.
For all HAND-DYED fabrics – I recommend a separate pre-wash for the unlikely case of any residual colour escaping.

Boots and slippers – I recommend that you wash at maximum 40ºC, air dry or tumble dry on low, medium iron (avoid the grippy feet on 6m+ sizes). I cannot guarantee how long the grippy feet will last if repeatedly tumble dried. Do not bleach. For showerproof boots – do not tumble dry, iron or place on direct heat.

Dresses, dungarees, trousers, shorts, bibs, hats – I recommend that you wash at maximum 40ºC, medium iron (avoid any snaps), tumble dry on low. Do not bleach. For showerproof hats – do not tumble dry, iron or place on direct heat.

Glove clips – I recommend that you sponge the fabric by hand (do not immerse the metal clips), then air dry. Do not iron or bleach.

Caring for your Sewn Down Purple Lane babywearing accessories

For all WRAP SCRAP items – I recommend that you wash in an old pillow case or similar fabric bag, to avoid the woven fabric snagging on anything in the wash, for example Velcro/studs/clips.

Suck pads, reach straps, hoods – I recommend that you wash at maximum 40ºC, air dry, low iron (avoid snaps, poppers, elastic, plush/fleece fabric). Do not bleach. For any items with bows or appliqués, I recommend hand washing.

Bags (sling storage, pouches etc.) – I recommend that you wash at maximum 40ºC, air dry or tumble dry on low, medium iron (avoid snaps, zips, elastic). Do not bleach. For bags with PUL (waterproof) lining – do not iron or place on direct heat (like the top of a radiator).