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Linen Fabric Product Guide

Linen fabric, made from the fibers of the flax plant, is known for being durable and breathable. Linen is conventionally used for warm weather apparel because of this. Other uses for linen include hand embroidery projects, tablecloths, towels, napkins, window treatments, and upholstery. Much like cotton, linen is easy to use and care for, with the added benefit of being long lasting and more eco-friendly. We have a wonderful selection of linen fabric in a range of colors and patterns. Varieties of linen include Belgian, chambray, European, Irish, linen burlap, linen scrim, metallic linen, polyester linen, and printed linen.

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Linen Fabric Product Guide

Belgian linen comes in varying colors and patterns for a more decorative look. You can use the heavy weight Belgian linen for applications like bedding and upholstery. Most Belgian linen is between 10 and 15 ounces per square yard. Click here to learn more about Belgian linen fabric.

Chambray linen is a lightweight fabric, ours is 6.3 ounces. Chambray linen has white weft threads and colored warp threads which gives it a mottled look. This linen is great for window treatments and lightweight apparel, but shouldn’t be used for upholstery.

Weighing in at 8.5 ounces per square yard, European linen is a middle weight linen that can be used for clothing and upholstery. This fabric has body, but still flows well.

Irish linen is another great lightweight linen that weighs 6.7 ounces. This fabric is popular for bedspreads, tablecloths, and napkins. While probably too light for upholstery, it can be used for furniture that gets very light use. We used Irish linen to make these linen napkins.

img_2168 Napkins made using Irish linen fabric

If you like the look of burlap but aren’t a big fan of the smell or feel, you may want to try linen burlap. This fabric feels like linen, and looks like burlap but without the drawbacks. At 9.1 ounces it’s considered a medium weight linen, but may not be great for upholstery because of the looser weave. This is a popular choice for rug hooking projects.

The lightest of all our linen fabrics at 4 ounces per square yard, linen scrim is often used in theater productions for set decoration and light diffusion. Cotton scrim is also used for similar purposes.

Metallic linen is a 7 ounce 100% linen fabric with a subtle metallic shine. This elegant lightweight fabric is great for drapery and pillowcases. The metallic foil is only on the right side of the fabric.

Medium weight polyester linen is a popular fabric for making clothing and window treatments. It can be used for lightweight upholstery as well, but not heavy duty applications. Our 100% polyester linen fabric is available in a variety of solid colors.

For a more distinct look for your upholstery and heavier drapery projects, check out our selection of printed linen fabric. Weighting in at 8.5 ounces per square yard, this fabric is available in a range of colors and designs like floral, geometric, animal print, and more.

dsc_0198-2 Printed linen fabric

Dry cleaning is recommended for most linen fabrics due to shrinking (polyester linen is an exception as it can definitely be machine washed), but many people say machine or hand washing is fine. If you do machine wash linen, tumble dry gently with little to no heat. Use light detergent and never use bleach. Take out the fabric before it dries completely or it may become stiff.

In the event that your linens need to be ironed, first make sure the fabric is damp. Iron using medium heat with the steam setting on. Bright colors can be pressed on both sides, but darker colors should only be ironed on the back. The metallic linen has metallic threads that could be damaged by heat, so ironing is not recommended.

When sewing linen, use a machine needle between size 10 and size 14 depending on the weight of the fabric. Don’t use erasable pens to mark linen as this could damage the fabric. Linen fabric will fray, so finishing the seams with a serger or pinking shears is recommended. Click here to learn more tips for sewing linen.

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What weight linen is best for summer slacks?
A shopper on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Irish linen is lightweight and would likely work for your purposes. The European is a little heavier and could also work. We suggest ordering samples to see what you like the best.
What linen is best pillowcase?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2018