What is PUL?


You say P-U-L I say PUL. But lets face it, both are easier to say than than polyurethane laminated fabric! But what is PUL?

It was originally used in creating medical materials where they needed a durable material that could be washed and dried many times, but it’s used most extensively now in reusable nappies and diaper wraps.

A variety of fabrics or fabric blends, such as 100% cotton weaves, cotton/polyester blends, or pure polyester knits can be laminated and all are known as PUL. For nappies though polyester-based PULs are the best as they prevent wicking far better compared to cotton (which can suck moisture to the exterior of the nappy making it damp).

It’s waterproof so well suited to the task of being the outside layer. It can be produced in loads of print designs and so it’s not only practical it’s great to look at too. It is also breathable and has a slight cross-grain stretch so is great for making wet bags for nappies and swimwear.

It is very thin and light – most of ours is 1mm thick and approx 155 GSM. When coupled with suede cloth as a lining, it makes a particularly lightweight and slim nappy that is durable and reliably waterproof.

It is machine washable up to 60C and can be dry-cleaned.

We stock a wide range range of PUL fabric in plain and print designs.

2 thoughts on “What is PUL?

  1. Kathryn Osborne says:

    Please consider stocking more PUL designs because it’s so hard to find UK stockists on line. I’m making nappies for my grandson & have ordered some PUL from you but would love more of a choice. I’m sure you’d do well because a quick on line search brings up lots of people who feel as I do. We can order a wonderful range of ‘baby’ PUL fabrics from the States but time restraints & the cost of shipping rule that out.
    Just thought you might like to know.

    • CuddlePlush says:

      Thanks Kathryn. We’re adding new lines all the time and are always on the look put for nice new baby designs. We’ve recently teamed up with Beau Fab in Canada who supply one of the other big PUL brands in the US and will keep looking to stock Babyville Boutique too.

      Agree with the costs of shipping and VAT/duties too! It does make it more expensive than we would all like but just about all PUL is made in North America or China so has to be imported.

      Thanks again for your message.

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