What Is Laminated Cotton?

what is laminated cotton?

Laminated cotton is:

  • Non-toxic and kid safe
  • Waterproof
  • Flexible and lightweight
  • Machine washable

When we designed our first changing pad, we knew it needed to be waterproof and easy to handle. Discovering laminated cotton changed the way we thought about kids’ products and opened up a whole host of ideas for us. Waterproof fabrics that are available in beautiful prints AND easy to work with and care for? Yes, please!

Laminated cotton is made of a base of 100% cotton sheeting. A thin layer of polyurethane is coated (using heat) to the printed side of the cotton fabric. This coating does not contain BPA, Phthalates or lead. Unlike oilcloth, it is not made with PVC or vinyl. Because the coating is so thin, the fabric remains relatively soft and pliable while gaining the benefit of being waterproof.

fabric care

Laminated cotton can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or machine washed for a more thorough cleaning. It can be machine dried, but we recommend a low heat setting. If your dryer runs hot or is unpredictable, the laminated product can always be hung or layed flat to dry.

To remove wrinkles or creases, a regular iron on the cotton setting can be run over the cotton side of the fabric. Avoid touching the laminated side with heat, of course. If you happen to have one, a steam iron run over the cotton side works great as well.


Kathy @ Pink Chalk Studio talks sewing tips.

Kelly @ Oilcloth Addict breaks down the basics of different waterproof fabrics.