What type of fabric should I use?

What type of fabric should I use for my project?

We offer many different substrates (types) of fabrics in our shop and are frequently adding more.  Although there is not one set rule for which type of fabric to use, we hope this will help you make your decision!
Here are our most common substrates of organic cotton:

organic poplin at OrganicFabric Company.com



Poplin is our most standard quilter's weight fabric. It is used for quilts, skirts, button-up shirts, pillow cases, sturdier tops, cloth diapers, rompers, and more. Most projects use poplin. It's a great fabric to start with.

organic broadcloth at OrganicFabric Company.com

This substrate a little heavier and thicker than poplin--appropriate for quilting and apparel. It is great for projects that will be washed a lot.

Canvas is a thick and durable woven material.  It is great for backpacks, shoes, upholstery, caps, tents, banners, handbags, and even as a painting medium.

Voile is a lightweight cotton fabric. If you hold it up to the light, you will find that it is semi-sheer. Voile is a great option for women's blouses, light summer dresses, and rompers to name a few things.

organic batiste at OrganicFabric Company.com


Batiste is lighter than voile and has a softer hand.  It is great for infinity scarves, handkerchiefs, and lingerie.

Barkcloth is a heavier substrate that is a woven fabric that is great for home decor and furnishing.  It makes for beautiful drapes, couch pillows, and more!

organic stretchy knit at OrganicFabric Company.com

Knits are stretchy.  Interlock knits are thicker and have two "right sides" in terms of the "knit" pattern (althought prints do have a right and wrong side) and can be used for dresses, leggings, shirts, tops, robes, bras, diapers, blankets, and even bags!  Jersey knits, on the other hand are thinner and have a right (knit) side as well as a wrong (purl) side.  If you have ever knitted with yarn, its the same thing.  Jersey knit is great for tops and can be used for leggings worn by young children.

organic flannel at OrganicFabric Company.com

Flannel is soft and brushed to have a slight fuzziness that brings warmth and comfort.  This is a great material for lounge pants, bedding, blankets, burp cloths and more.  

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This blog was originally posted 10/28/2017 on OrganicFabricCompany.com.

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