This double knit fabric is soft and thick. This is the fabric we use in our ticking and our outer pillowcases. A doubleknit is made with three layers of of threads, producing a very thick fabric. Being 100% cotton, is has a high shrinkage, 12-15%. It is a natural color and undyed.
Our double knit fabric can stretch. It has no rayon, latex or spandex in it, so it certainly won't stretch and return to shape like some synthetic fabric will, but it has give. We tested it to give you some numbers. A 12” x 12” piece was stretched both ways against a ruler. One direction easily stretched 2” wider and could have been pulled taunt 2.5” wider than original. The other direction easily stretched 1.5” wider and could have been pulled taunt at 2”.
You can ask for as little as 1 yard or as much as 150 yards. If you request over 10 yards, I will contact you with a shipping quote.
GOTS certification: Our organic cotton fabric has attained the GOTS certification. The Global Organic Textile Standard is encompassing; it covers employee’s work standards, growing conditions and processing procedures. It prohibits use of formaldehyde, chlorine bleaches and dyes that release carcinogens. There are two grades available in the standard: level 1 requires the product to have 95% of its fibers organic, level two requires 70% of the materials’ fibers to be organic. Our fabric is not only grade 1, but Deslee keeps the fabric consistent and uses the same organic cotton threads for that last 5%. Our fabric then is 100% cotton and 100% organic. For more information, see the standard: http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/general-description.html
Why choose organic fabric? Cotton is one of the most chemically sprayed crops in the US. In order to pick the cotton seeds from the plants with machines, the leaves must be removed from the stalk first. The sprays defoliate the leaves to allow the machine access to the cotton. They also protect the plant from the notorious boll weevil. In our pursuits to pursue chemical free options, the organic label gives the assurance of the fibers being processed consciously. The cotton for our fabric is grown in India, where pesticides have yet to become the dominant choice.