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  • The ultimate guide to our best selling muslins for baby

    Muslin Swaddle BlanketMuslin Swaddle BlanketOur extra-large muslins for baby have been a staple in the Piccalilly range for over 10 years now. Each season we’ve added to the range including new colourways and prints suitable for baby boys and girls, not to mention unisex combinations perfect for gifting. The fact that our muslin blankets have been a core part of our range for so long now underlines the fact that this soft and lightweight fabric offers something very special indeed, especially in the early life of a baby.

    But what makes Piccalilly muslin blankets so very special and stand out from the crowd? Well, there are several reasons? Firstly, size is everything! Our muslin blankets are extra-large and measure a generous 120 x 120cm, which makes them much more versatile than a muslin cloth which normally measures between 30-60cm quare (more about muslin cloths below). Our Muslin Swaddle Blankets have all the benefits of a muslin cloth but because of its size it can be used for so much more – making it the best multi-functional muslin for baby.

    Secondly, we make our Swaddle Blankets from a lightweight organic cotton muslin that gets softer and softer with every wash. Our organic cotton muslin fabric is finely woven making it extremely soft and breathable. Babies love the feel of our special fabric and over time can often become very attached and use them as a comforter for getting to sleep.

    So, it’s supersized, it’s organic and it comes in a multitude of colours and prints. But what do parents do with their super soft organic muslin swaddle blankets? We asked members of our Piccalilly Chatterbox Facebook Group this very question and here’s what they replied;

    • They’re big enough to swaddle a newborn baby.
    • They’re great as a lightweight blanket.
    • Idea as a receiving blanket in hospital – so make sure it’s in your hospital bag!
    • Perfect for covering up whilst breast feeding.
    • Loosely drape as a bib if you’re caught short whilst out and about.
    • Because muslin is super absorbent, they’re brilliant for wiping and burping.
    • Many baby’s and toddlers become attached and use them as a blanket comforter.
    • Can be used as a changing mat or cot sheet

    We do offer a little caution when using any muslin swaddle blanket and have a few safety tips.

    • If swaddling your baby do not allow baby to overheat.
    • Always put a swaddled baby to sleep on its back and not on its front.
    • Once a baby starts to transition into rolling its time to stop swaddling.
    • Never use a blanket to cover a pram as there is a risk that baby can overheat.
    • Never use a baby unsupervised with a muslin swaddle.

    If you're looking for a really thoughtful newborn baby gift you can do no better than choose one of our Muslin Swaddle Blankets. We also now offer the option to purchase Muslins in packs of 2 or 3. All our muslin swaddles come presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions on how to swaddle.

    We mentioned above about the difference between a Muslin Swaddle Blanket and a Muslin Cloth.  We do however believe that muslin cloths have their place as a baby essential item too. A muslin cloth, sometimes known as a muslin square, is smaller in size and normally used for wiping and burping. In order to create the very best muslin cloth for baby we have developed our own version of a muslin square but with a few extra tricks thrown in! The Piccalilly version of a Muslin Square is called a Muslin Bandana Bib & Burp Cloth. If as a parent you've not yet purchased one you're in for a treat. It's a 35 x 35cm square of double thickness muslin cloth that can be folded into a bandana bib. It has specially placed poppers to attach around a babies neck and is another baby essential item for popping in a baby's changing bag and pulling out at feed time. The two way design of this Muslin Bib & Burp makes it super practical. Open it up to burp and wipe baby or fold, wrap and popper around baby's neck to use as a bib - Tah Dah!

    Likewise with all our muslin ranges our Muslin Bib and Burp Cloths come in a range of colours and prints for baby girls and baby boys plus unisex designs too. This item makes a really thoughtful gift for a newborn baby and also comes displayed on a Piccalilly presentation hanger.

    If you're interested in joining in discussions about Piccalilly products and how we use them then please head over to Facebook to join our closed Piccalilly Chatterbox Group.

    This muslin bib & burp comes presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions how to use. This muslin bib & burp comes presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions how to use.
  • We're recruiting for a new childrenswear designer & garment technologist role

    HELLO-TIGER-NEWSLETTERPiccalilly is one of the UK’s leading organic kidswear brands. We have recently expanded our ranges to also include womenswear and bedlinen. We design in the UK, manufacture (off-shore), import and export our own range of bright and colourful print led organic clothing using a transparent supply chain from field through to factory. Our organic clothes are GOTS certified and we are passionate about sustainability and environmentally sound methods of manufacturing.

    Piccalilly is based in the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. We launched to trade in 2006 and now have over 400 stockists in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.  We are looking for a new member to join our design team.

    The job

    This is a commercial and creative role within a small design team to help create our ethically manufactured baby and kidswear ranges and continue to strengthen our bright and colourful products which are known for their signature prints and fabulous functionality.

    • Working within the design team to design garments from Newborn up to 10 years
    • Grading new styles according to our sizing structure
    • Assist in creating mood boards and colour palettes each season
    • Assist in creating repeat prints, placement prints, embroidery and appliqué detailing
    • Assisting our illustrator and graphic designers to create themes and support the print process each season
    • Analysis of previous season ranges
    • Research current and future trends within the baby and kidswear market
    • Carry out competitor benchmarking

    You will need to have the following skills;

    • Strong print design skills
    • Excellent drawing skills and creative flair
    • Some experience using Adobe Creative Suite (or similar)
    • Working to strict deadlines
    • Fabulous communication skills
    • Be super organised
    • Have a strong eye for detail
    • A ‘can do’ attitude is a vital part of the Piccalilly ethos
    • Recent graduates will be considered

    What’s in it for you?

    • The opportunity to work within a fun and dynamic commercial business
    • Fabulous career and development opportunity

    If this job sounds like it’s for you please send your CV and covering letter to The Managing Director, Piccalilly Limited, Unit 1, Barrel Sykes Farmhouse, Langcliffe Road, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9LP or email [email protected]



  • Save the Rainforest

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    Part of the Piccalilly Way of doing things is to think about the detail of how we make our organic baby clothes and kidswear. This includes the print designs too. It's important that our prints say something and opening up discussions about subjects that are really close to our hearts such as the RAINFOREST. Our Summer 2019 collections explore the animals and birds that make up one of the earths oldest eco-systems.

    Why are we so passionate about rainforests?

    • 20 percent of the planet’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon Rainforest alone.
    • Rainforests are our best defence against climate change regulating global temperatures and weather patterns.
    • Rainforests are home to more than half the worlds animal species. Sadly, many of these species are fighting extinction, and their continued existence is crucial to maintaining the balance of the rainforests' efficient—but delicate—ecosystems.
    • Rainforests are critical to maintaining the Earth’s limited supply of drinking water, so they are critical for sustainability on earth.
    • Rainforests are the world’s pharmacy with 25% of all modern medicines derived from their flora.
    • Every minute the equivalent of thirty-six football fields is destroyed. Nearly half of the world’s original forest cover has now gone.
    • 90% of people living in extreme poverty worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods.

    There are so many reasons to be passionate and fight for the rainforests. When it comes down to it, it’s really important to care and preserve them. If you think about how much of an impact the rainforests actually have on our life, even if we don’t live anywhere near a rainforest, you will really see the importance of keeping them around.

    Here are just a few things we can all do to help protect our rainforests;

    • Avoid palm oil, it’s a key contributor to rainforest deforestation.
    • Buy more responsibly. Choose bananas a coffee grown in a sustainable way that is safe for the environment, for wildlife, and for the communities where it is grown.
    • Create a habitat in your own garden for migrating birds
    • Use less paper and always recycle it. Choose products with the highest percentage of recycled content.

    Check out our new season organic baby and kids ranges featuring our new season Rainforest print designs.

  • Organic Cotton - better for baby, the planet and the people who grow it

    Chemical free organic baby clothes by Piccalilly Chemical free organic baby clothes by Piccalilly

    It seems obvious why parents might choose to feed their baby organic food, but less obvious why parents should extend this buying choice to include organic baby clothes and organic baby skincare too. If we take into consideration the fact that a baby’s skin is 5 times thinner than an adult’s and it’s the largest organ on our body, then it’s clear that what we choose to put on it is as important as what we choose to put inside it. It’s a fact that organic baby clothes and skincare will limit a baby’s chance of absorbing harmful chemicals and toxins, because these harmful chemicals are not used to create the product in the first place. The process is also kinder to the farmers too, limiting their exposure to harmful toxins. But to understand why you need to understand the difference between conventional cotton farming and organic cotton farming.

    Whilst cotton to many is considered a natural and healthy choice for a baby to wear not all cotton is created equal. Conventional cotton is one of the most polluted and sprayed crops in the world. In fact, while cotton farming only makes up 3% of the total farmed land area, it accounts for 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used worldwide, making it one of the most chemically treated crops on the planet. Many of these chemicals are graded ‘hazardous’ by the World Health Organisation. Not only do these chemicals pose risks for the farmers’ health but they’re also expensive and often end up within the water sources of surrounding communities. Chemicals entering local waterways have been associated with allergies, skin rashes, respiratory problems, cancer, birth defects, and hormonal & reproductive effects. It is estimated that over 3 million people are poisoned by pesticides from cotton every year. Conventional cotton farmers have also become locked in a cycle of debt buying genetically modified seeds, pesticides and fertilizers. The result is one of the highest rates of recorded farmers suicides in India, one farmer every 30 seconds for the last 16 years due to high levels of debt.

    But there is another way, The Piccalilly Way. By farming the cotton Piccalilly use to make our baby and kids clothes organically we return to an altogether more natural material that is kinder to the farmer who grows it, kinder to the planet and kinder to wear on delicate skin because there are no chemical residues. This organic method of growing cotton uses significantly less water than conventional methods and mainly relies on rainfall. It also produces less carbon emissions by locking carbon into the soil. And because all the organic cotton is handpicked we create a super-soft finish on our clothes because the fibres are left intact and not broken down by harsh chemicals and mass processing. The result is softer, longer lasting clothing and most importantly kinder for our skin, our planet and the farmers who grow it too.

    Making organic cotton farming profitable and sustainable. Making organic cotton farming profitable and sustainable.
  • Countdown to an ethical Christmas by creating a reverse advent calendar

    This year the Piccalilly team decided to do away with cheap chocolate advent calendar’s and create something a little more meaningful. We all know that the ritual of opening and receiving a daily advent gift is exciting, but let’s be honest giving back is so much more special and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So, we’ve started a new tradition here at Piccalilly HQ by creating a reverse advent calendar that can be completed in time for distribution before Christmas to our local food bank.

    What is a reverse advent calendar?

    The idea is simple; instead of opening the door to a little chocolate or picture, we do the giving. To symbolise each day of advent a member of the Piccalilly team puts aside a donation in our advent box. As we've chosen this year to send the gifts to our local food bank the donations mainly comprised of food items, but we included toiletries and of course some of our organic babywear too. We made sure to include not just staple food items but also luxury Christmas products like chocolates and Christmas puddings.

    We decided to start our reverse advent calendar box early to enable us to take it to our local food bank in time for distribution before Christmas.

    Here’s a simple step by step guide of how you can create your own Reverse Advent Calendar this Christmas;

    1. Pick a charity, organisation or food bank you would like to donate to.
    2. Contact the organisation to find out what items they are most in need of and when you should drop them off.
    3. Create your box and if you’re collecting in the workplace create a list for everyone to cross check what items would be useful to contribute into the box.
    4. Get collecting and let the countdown begin!
    5. Finally, make sure to deliver your box in good time ahead of Christmas. We started our box in the middle of November for gifting the middle of December. This way someone can receive a nice parcel in time for Christmas day.
    RAOK Reverse Advent Calendar 1
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