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What Type of Fabric Should I Use? Organic Fabric Company

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:

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.

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.


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

Double Gauze is a light fabric consisting of two layers of gauze fabric.  It is very soft and wonderful for baby products, tops, skirts, blankets and so much more!

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!

Knits are stretchy.  All of our knits are medium weight interlock knits and can be used for dresses, leggings, shirts, tops, robes, bras, diapers, blankets, and even bags!  

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.  

Still not sure?  Send us an email and we can send you some samples!