What Fabric Should I Use For My Project?

The best fabric to use for your project depends on the look and feel you want the final product to have, however we've listed some common fabric choices for a range of projects below. If you're still not sure which fabric to use, we suggest starting out with a sample pack so you can see and feel all of our fabrics in person before making a decision about your project.  Once you decide which fabric to use, we recommend ordering an 8x8 inch printed test swatch to be sure the color and size of the design you choose are a good fit for your project.

Tea Towels

  • Linen Cotton Canvas has an absorbent natural feel, and a heavy weight that withstands wear.

Table Linens

  • Satin is a luxurious fabric with a high sheen and a soft hand. It has crisp bright colors and holds up well through repeated laundering.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a soft, organic fabric with a fine weave and a slight sheen.
  • Linen Cotton Canvas has a lovely natural texture and heavy weight.
  • Eco Canvas is a heavy weight woven fabric that prints vibrantly.
  • Faux Suede prints in rich tones and is has a soft, slightly fuzzy nap similar to real suede.

Napkins

  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a soft, organic fabric with a fine weave and a slight sheen.
  • Cotton Poplin is a fine weave cotton that prints with somewhat muted, subtle colors.
  • Kona® Cotton is a combed cotton fabric with a soft hand that prints vibrantly.

Curtains

  • Basic Cotton Ultra is a simple, lightweight woven cotton fabric that is easy to work with. It's great for kitchen and bathroom curtains, since it lets in good light, but is thick enough to provide privacy.
  • Kona® Cotton is a combed cotton fabric with a soft hand that is easy to sew.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a soft, organic fabric with a fine weave and a slight sheen.
  • Poly Crepe de Chine is perfect for a sheer curtain. It is our most translucent fabric while still beautifully maintaining design's crisp lines.
  • Silky Faille is a medium weight fabric that has a soft finish with a slight sheen and prints with vibrant colors.
  • Linen Cotton Canvas is popular for creating drapes and Roman shades due to its lovely natural texture.
  • Eco Canvas is another popular choice for drapes due to its very heavy weight and ability to print vibrantly.

Throw Pillows

  • Linen Cotton Canvas has a natural feel to it and a heavy weight so it withstands wear.
  • Eco Canvas also works very well for pillows. It has a heavy weight, but is soft, flexible and prints quite vibrantly.
  • Heavy Cotton Twill is our heaviest weight and softens up with use considerably, similar to a pair of jeans.
  • Faux Suede prints in rich tones and is has a soft, slightly fuzzy nap similar to real suede!

Upholstery

  • Eco Canvas has a smooth canvas texture and is versatile enough to be used for different types of furniture. It has been tested for abrasion and is suitable for heavy use.
  • Faux Suede tends to be a popular choice due to the soft finish. It has been tested for abrasion and is quite durable.

Depending on the final use, a treatment with stain or water repellent product might be advisable for upholstery projects. Always remember to test any treatments on a small area of fabric first.

Bags & Totes

  • Linen Cotton Canvas has a natural feel to it and a heavy weight so it withstands wear.
  • Eco Canvas is another popular choice due to its very heavy weight and ability to print vibrantly.
  • Faux Suede prints in rich tones and is has a soft, slightly fuzzy nap similar to real suede.

Lining

  • Satin is a luxurious fabric with a high sheen and a soft hand. It has crisp bright colors and holds up well through repeated laundering. Its light weight makes it the most similar to commercial fabric linings.
  • Silky Faille is a versatile fabric that has a soft finish with a slight sheen and prints with vibrant colors.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a soft, organic fabric with a fine weave and a slight sheen.

Quilts

  • Basic Cotton Ultra is a simple lightweight woven cotton fabric that is easy to work with.
  • Kona® Cotton is a combed cotton fabric with a soft hand that is easy to sew.
  • Cotton Poplin is a fine weave cotton similar to standard men’s shirting material, and prints with somewhat muted, subtle colors.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a soft, organic fabric with a fine weave and a slight sheen.

Leggings

  • Organic Cotton Interlock Knit is a thick cotton fabric that adds a wonderful natural look to the print and softens up beautifully after washing. It has a little bit of a stretch to it since it is a knit fabric, but not quite as stretchy as something with spandex. This is the most popular choice for baby leggings.
  • Modern Jersey has a four way stretch and it prints quite vibrantly. It is thinner than the Organic Cotton Interlock Knit and consists of 96% polyester and 4% spandex fiber, which allows it to bounce back to shape when stretched and released.
  • Cotton Spandex Jersey is a wonderful choice for leggings consisting of 95% cotton and 5% spandex fiber. It has the weight of the Organic Cotton Knit with a four way stretch similar to the Modern Jersey.
  • Performance Pique is quickly becoming a popular choice for making baby leggings. The weight is somewhere in between Organic Cotton Knit and the Modern Jersey, and it also has some stretch to it.
  • Sport Lycra is perfect for creating yoga pants, biking shorts, or running leggings. (Or even pants for lounging around.) This fabric consists of 88% polyester and 12% Lycra fiber with a moisture-wicking finish.

Ties and Bow Ties

  • Organic Cotton Sateen is a favored fabric. It is the heaviest weight out of all of the woven cotton fabrics and has a very slight sheen to it.
  • Silky Faille is a versatile fabric that has a soft finish with a slight sheen and prints with vibrant colors.

Scarves

  • Silk Crepe de Chine is the fabric most used by customers for a lightweight scarf. It is the most luxurious of our fabrics and prints in soft muted tones.
  • Poly Crepe de Chine is becoming a more popular choice for summer scarves due to its vibrant printing.

One thing to keep in mind is that neither fabric is completely transparent, so the design will not appear as clearly on the reverse side of the fabric.

  • Modern Jersey is the perfect option for the stretchy infinity scarf. It has a lightweight to it, very soft to the touch, and drapes beautifully.
  • Organic Cotton Interlock Knit is another great option and is popular for colder weather. 
  • Cotton Spandex Jersey has the benefits of both of the fabrics listed above and is suited well for a stretchy infinity scarf.

To make a two sided scarf with a print on both sides, these three fabrics can be folded over with print sides facing each other, sewn up along the edges, then turned outside in.

T-shirts, casual tops

  • Organic Cotton Interlock Knit is the most popular option for t-shirts, especially children’s tops. It has a similar stretch and feel to t-shirts, but has more weight and heft to it.
  • Modern Jersey is another popular choice because of its drape and stretch. It’s a great choice for lightweight summer tops.
  • Performance Pique is great for polo shirts and similar types of sportswear. It hangs well without adding weight and breathes well in warmer conditions.
  • Cotton Spandex Jersey is a bit thicker than some t-shirt fabrics, but it hugs the form quite well while providing the comfort of a cotton top.

Button-Up, Oxford, Collared Shirts

  • Kona® Cotton is a combed cotton fabric with a soft hand that is easy to sew.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen is terrific for creating something that would go well with a suit jacket. It is our heaviest of the woven cotton fabrics and has the slightest sheen to the finish.
  • Cotton Poplin is a fine weave cotton similar to standard men’s shirting material, and prints with somewhat muted, subtle colors.

Blouses

  • Silk Crepe de Chine is an elegant option for a dress blouse.
  • Poly Crepe de Chine can be a bit more sheer depending on the design. It works beautifully when creating a blouse with rich and vibrant designs.