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Cloth Diapering Glossary


Diaper Features

FOE FOE: Fold Over Elastic. A wide, flat elastic that's used as a binding on the edges of some diapers and covers. Also called Elastic Binding.
Hidden Elastic Hidden Elastic: Elastic that has been encased in fabric, so it is hidden from view and never touches baby's skin.
Touchtape Touchtape: A hook-and-loop fastener that is much stronger and longer-lasting than the widely-available Velcro.
Wooly Nylon Wooly Nylon: A soft thread that is used on the edges of many serged products.
Fold Back Laundry Tabs Fold-Back Laundry Tabs: Pieces of loop fabric that allow you to secure the hook part of the tab during washing to prevent it from catching on your other diapers or covers. Also keeps the hook part of the tab free from lint, making it last longer.
Crossover Tab Crossover Tabs: A piece of loop fabric that is on the outside of one of the tab fasteners to allow the waist to close even smaller if needed.
Turned and Topstitched Turned and Topstitched: The layers of Wallypop diapers are sewn with right sides together, then turned right side out and sewn again. This gives the diapers a nice, clean, finished look.
Soaker Soaker Pad: The absorbent layers inside a fitted or all in one diaper. In most Wallypop diapers, the soaker pad is a generously-sized rectangle made of absorbent cotton sherpa.



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Twill Twill: The twill used in diapers is actually similar to the twill used for pants. It's usually used in prefold or flatfold diapers, but can also be used in fitteds. It softens with use, but will never be as soft as flannel.
Birdseye Birdseye: Birdseye is a loosely-woven cotton used in prefolds. Cheaper prefolds use only two layers of birdseye, but numerous layers are needed to achieve satisfactory absorbency.
Wool Wool: Wool comes from sheep. It's breathable, resistant to fungus and mildew, able to absorb a lot of water without feeling damp, and PERFECT for diaper covers.
Fleece Malden Mills Windpro Fleece: Fleece that has been specially milled to be water resistant. This is the gold standard in fleece for diaper covers. Will wick if compressed and the diaper is saturated.
Hemp Hemp: Hemp makes great diapers because it's a bit "greener" and is more absorbent than cotton. Hemp does not require as many chemicals as cotton does while in the field.
Flannel Flannel: Soft, brushed cotton.
Knit Terry Knit Terry: Loopy terrycloth sewn with a bit of lycra or other stretchy fabric to make it soft and stretchy. Think baby bath towels.
Sherpa Sherpa: a knit terry fabric that has been brushed and washed to give it a fluffy softness.
Velour Velour: Low-pile soft fabric that feels nice next to the skin.
PUL PUL: stands for Poly Urethane Laminate. It is simply a knit or woven fabric that has been laminated with polyurethane to make it waterproof. Some people pronounce it "pull" while others call it "P-U-L."
Microfleece: Microfleece is polyester, so it doesn't absorb moisture. It's thin, though, so it acts as a wicking agent, pulling moisture from baby's skin to the diaper underneath. And it feels nice, too.
Suede Suede: Suede performs the same functions as microfleece, but it's much thinner.
Microfiber Microfiber: Microfiber is actually a poly knit that's made up of lots of tiny fibers. (micro fibers, actually.) These tiny fibers hold moisture between them, making microfiber good at quickly absorbing liquids.
  Burley Knit Terry: a knit terry fabric that has NOT been brushed - it retains the loops associated with terrycloth. 
Woven Terry Terry Toweling or Woven Terry : fabric most commonly used to make towels. 
Microsuede Microsuede: Talk about soft! Microsuede is actually a polyester fabric, so it is nonabsorbent. It will wick moisture away from baby's skin and to the absorbent diaper underneath. The benefit of microsuede is it's utter softness.




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