Wool Shorties and Longies

What is wool?

Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals,[1] including cashmere from goats, mohair from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, vicuña, alpaca, camel from animals in the camel family, and angora from rabbits.[citation needed]

Wool has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in staples (clusters).[2] The term wool is usually restricted to describing the fibrous protein derived from the specialized skin cells called follicles in sheep.

Shorties and Longies

Longies and Shorties are diaper covers. They are made out of 100% wool and do not have to be covered with pants.  Wool will absorb and hold up to 30% of its own weight in liquid, it is a perfect natural Diaper cover. Cloth diapers can be bulky, using a pair of longies or shorties allows you to do away with a layer, cutting down on the bulk of the cloth diaper butt.

These shorties and longies can be purchased at Marcy Artsy

How does Wool Work?

Wool covers have to be lanolized in order to work.  What is lanolin you ask and where does it come from? It is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. Most lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep. Lanolin is also frequently, but incorrectly, referred to as ‘Wool Fat’ by many of the world’s pharmacopoeias even though it has been known for more than 150 years that lanolin is devoid of glycerides and is in fact a wax, not a fat. Lanolin’s waterproofing property aids sheep in shedding water from their coats. Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin, and the extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep’s harvested wool between rollers. Most or all of the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles, such as yarn or felt.

Lanolin’s role in nature is to protect wool and skin against the ravages of climate and the environment – it also seems to play a role in integumental hygiene.It is therefore not surprising that lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in products designed for the protection, treatment and beautification of human skin.

How do I Lanolize my Shorties and Longies?

Step One

Depending On what kind of Lanolin Product you use will be different slightly from other products so be sure to follow the direction on the bottle. For this tutorial I used ImseVimse Wool Care.

Step one:

Pour 1-2 fl oz into 2 liters of hot water. Mix until water looks foggy.

Step two:

Add wool Diaper cover into water when water is about 86 °F.

Step Three:

Gently move cover around and turn inside out in water.

Step Four:

Leave cover to soak over night.

Step Five:

Gently rinse cover out with cold water until water runs clear. (do this in tub, The weight of the wet wool could cause cover to become misshaped)

Step Six:

Fill Tub back up with Cold water and add a spoon of white vinegar, Leave for 10 minutes.

Step seven:

Fold cover in quarters and press down. DO NOT WRING COVER OUT. That would cause is to stretch and become misshaped.Press down on the now folded square to get excess water out. Then lay cover out on a towel and roll up the towel and squeeze towel gently.


Step eight:

Lay out covers out flat to air dry. Adjust shape if needed and let dry.


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