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Hi, cotton gauze is stiff and scratchy when you get it. To soften it up wash and dry it repeatedly. Think at least 5 times. I did this by putting it in with my regular wash, drying it and then repeating with the next load going into the washer. It will relax and shrink. Make sure to shink it before cutting.
I wish I had read reviews first - this is terribly scratchy and I agree that it gets worse after washing. I also intended to use this for baby items and I would pity the poor baby who had this against their skin. I bought yardage in both white and black - same problem with both.
I have been using a length of this gauze as a baby wrap and then converted it to straps for a different kind of carrier, the same piece for two years. I've bought more and dyed it for other projects and loved the results. I liked it so much I have decided to purchase a large amount, but I've been having a hard time finding it in stores or ordering it from this site, but I really like it because it is sturdy, durable, easy to care for, and best of all a good price. I do recommend it to others and hope it's easier to find in the future.
I bought 6 looooong yards of this fabric to make a baby wrap. It was not incredibly soft on the bolt, but I thought it would soften with washing. I washed it twice but it is now scratchier than it was on the bolt! I know that becuse I still have half a yard that hasn't been used. I am going to try using fabric softener, but I'm worried. I have to either put fabric softener-treated fabric around me and my baby or else scratchy fabric. Dissapointed!