General notes:

  • Reusing clean, good quality fabrics is great! Do not reuse fabric that is thinning or stained.
  • Please don’t use fabric with pilling on it — animals may suck on the pills.
  • Only natural fibres against skin. Breathability and softness are the priority for liners. (Would you swaddle a baby with it? If no, don’t use it.)
  • Individual callouts may occasionally ask for something different; refer to this chart for normal sewing.
  • Do not use fabric with glitter / plastic coatings, such as plastic backed curtains.


 3D, Porthole, & Hanging Pouch Outer3D, Porthole, & Hanging Pouch OuterJoey Pouch OuterJoey Pouch InnerAnimal Crate BedsPossum Drey/CubbyRescue Basket KitsMicrobat Rescue Bags & PouchesBat Wraps
100% Cotton FlanneletteYesBestYesBestNoNoYesRescue bag and pouch liner, yesYes, only acceptable fabric
100% Cotton Quilting FabricYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNo
Cotton Knit (at least 90% cotton)NoYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNo
Bamboo FabricYesYesYesYesNoNoYesRescue bag and pouch liner, yesNo
Terry Cloth / TowellingYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Tight Weave LinenNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Polar FleeceYesNoYesNoYesYesYesPouch outer, yesNo
Muslin (like baby swaddles)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Drill Fabric (Cotton/Polyester blend)BestNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Chenille or polyester “fleece” or sweatshirt materialYesNoYesNoYesYesYesPouch outer, yesNo

Additional Notes:

  • If using new fabric, remember to wash and put it through the dryer to pre-shrink it. 
  • For larger sizes of pouches and liners, remember that big babies will be using these, so strength and reinforcement is important.