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Thread: Cold Cotton

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    Another thread about using sheets. Made me think.
    I loved using sheets. The old ones like from the 70's -80's the nice ones from long ago. I like them cause A. they last B. they are cold. They keep this cool to them. Like flipping over your pillow to the cold side.
    I have a hard time finding cotton i like. I like the really smooth cottons.
    I just opened up a remant that was so smooth, and cool to the touch. Yes 100% cotton.
    So what makes some cottons that way? Is it the thread count, quality? Or am I just a little nutty. When i find one like this I buy it, but it is always a remnant. I guess I just don't know where they are or what they are called to keep buying them on purpose. Anyone else?

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    I know exactly what you mean and I want the answer, too.

    My gramma's quilts that were backed in muslin are that way.

    I'll watch and see the answers...

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    I think that is why I just love my first quilt it is backed with a sheet from Walmart and always feels cool!!

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    I know what you mean too. I lived in Germany for awhile and at the flea markets I would buy up their old sheets. 100% cotton and sooooo very white. They do feel cool to the touch and sooo soft. Can't find them like that anymore.

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    i love a cold pillow. your question got me to thinking . . . remember many many years ago when sheets were ironed. 100% cotton just like today. however, they way cotton is grown today is no comparison. there are way more chemicals put into fabrics, both when growing the cotton and in the production of the fabric. that is the main reason we do not need to iron cotton anymore. thanks for the question, so now i am for sure going to search out some organic sheets. see if they stay cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappy
    i love a cold pillow. your question got me to thinking . . . remember many many years ago when sheets were ironed. 100% cotton just like today. however, they way cotton is grown today is no comparison. there are way more chemicals put into fabrics, both when growing the cotton and in the production of the fabric. that is the main reason we do not need to iron cotton anymore. thanks for the question, so now i am for sure going to search out some organic sheets. see if they stay cold.
    You can buy organic cotton sheets, but they're pricey!

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    Believe it or not I was in Walmart the other day and they had some $3.00 yd cotton that felt like that !! Didnt get it b/c it wasnt any thing I cared for. But I wanted to so bad. It is out there it was on the table where they stack them high! It was so smooth and soft and cold!

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    The sheets they used to make did feel cool. I got to feeling nostalgic about white cotton sheets and found some I had put away probably 20 years ago. They are like new, and they feel so good! I wish I knew what it is that makes them feel "cool" but I know for sure I will be using them this summer. They are good quality 100% cotton but they feel so much better than anything I've seen in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammysews4u
    Believe it or not I was in Walmart the other day and they had some $3.00 yd cotton that felt like that !! Didnt get it b/c it wasnt any thing I cared for. But I wanted to so bad. It is out there it was on the table where they stack them high! It was so smooth and soft and cold!
    Oh man! $3 a yard! I really wish I could just go to a section in the and run my fingers through a bunch of them. I think If I could make an entire quilt with these smooth cool cottons, I might never get out of bed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyndaloo
    The sheets they used to make did feel cool. I got to feeling nostalgic about white cotton sheets and found some I had put away probably 20 years ago. They are like new, and they feel so good! I wish I knew what it is that makes them feel "cool" but I know for sure I will be using them this summer. They are good quality 100% cotton but they feel so much better than anything I've seen in years.
    I ended up with a bunch of my grandmothers sheets when she passed. I used them for backs. When I ran out of those, I stopped using sheets all together. That was some time ago. I just couldn't find any current sheets that compared. Not even the pricey ones.
    Don't get me started on Todays sheets!! They are so thin! Even 600 thread count. I just hate it. And it only seems to be in the last year or so. its like all of a sudden they are thin. Maybe I just need to shop around more.

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    You actually had the answer to your question in your comment. The sheets (or fabrics) feel cool because they are very smooth. A very smooth cotton fabric typically will feel cooler than a cotton fabric with a fuzzy or napped finish because the smooth finish doesn't "trap" the heat of your hand (head or body). That is why cotton flannel often feels warm and cozy - it's a fuzzy surface that envelopes and traps heat.

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    combed cotton always feels very soft and cool to the touch to me.

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    Oooh, I can remember those cool sheets on a hot summer night here in the South! And turning over the pillow to get to the cool side! They were also great because they were line dried and smelled so good. No fabric softner or perfumed added detergent then!

    Many of the sheets today irritate my skin as I toss around.

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    I buy a quality cotton muslin at a mennonite store that is i20 inches wide by the bolt and that's what I use for backing my quilts. It feels smooth and cool like what you're describing. I love it.

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    I like sheets as well..I look at all the clothes that have faded and became very thin over the years of washing and wearing..But my sheets have been going strong..I have some that my mother had and some of my sheets are 19 years old and they still look good..with 6 children, those sheets have been thru many many washings lol..and there is nothing like a cold sheet on a hot summer day :D

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    This really brings back memories and I too have wondered why we don't have cool cotton sheets anymore. Thanks for a very interesting thread!

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