Understanding the Different Types of Cotton Weaves
Cotton is an incredibly versatile material, and it can be used in the vast majority of projects. Regardless of your experience level, a refresher (or tutorial) on the scope of cotton weaves may always be helpful. Here, we share the details about the many types of cotton fabrics.
Broadcloth: Often used in the creation of clothing, such as blouses or lining for skirts and pants. It’s tightly woven, and has a beautiful lustrous appearance.
Canvas: Well-known for being one of the most heavy-duty cotton weaves. This material is made from coarse yarn, and works well when used for tote bags or curtains.
Chambray: Fabric that’s made by weaving white yarn with another color (often blue). Like many cotton weaves, it’s excellent for making clothing. From shirts to dresses, chambray looks polished and professional.
Corduroy: Similar to velvet, corduroy has a soft yet sturdy feel. It’s typically made from 100% cotton, or a combination of cotton and polyester. If you’re looking for a great material for crafting pants or a vest, corduroy would be an ideal choice.
Flannel: Flannel is one of the most recognizable types of cotton weaves. Nearly everyone has an article of clothing that’s made from flannel, as it’s such a soft fabric.
Gingham: This material is lightweight and eye-catching. It’s usually woven in a checkered pattern.
Muslin: A coarse, plain type of weave that’s usually a natural color and unbleached.
Oxford: Oxford is one of the most popular types of cotton weaves. It’s generally woven in a striped pattern, and the fabric has a beautiful finish. While the classic Oxford shirt is a wardrobe staple, this material is versatile and can be used in a variety of projects.
Poplin: Tightly woven fabric that’s a favorite for crafting high-quality clothing. While it’s an expensive textile due to its impressive thread count, poplin is durable and low-maintenance.
Cotton Lawn: Cotton lawn, like poplin, also uses a tight weave. It has a finer thread, giving it a smooth surface that is often described as "buttery." Lawn is finer than poplin, with a crisp hand (so don't purchase lawn if you're looking specifically for drape). Due to the lightness of the fabric, lawn requires careful finishing. Both cotton lawn and poplin are light, high quality fabrics that are great for clothing. Lawn has a light, silky feel on the skin.
Seersucker: Seersucker is typically woven into a striped pattern. This lightweight fabric is outstanding for creating breezy, comfortable summer outfits. If you’re looking for materials that are wrinkle-resistant, seersucker fits the bill.
Twill: Cotton twill is an interesting weave that’s created by intertwining fibers in parallel, diagonal ribs. Its durable construction makes it a suitable option for outerwear like hats and coats.
There are numerous types of cotton weaves to choose from, and we offer a large selection. When you’re ready to start your next project, browse our collection of high-quality fabrics. Our team is always happy to answer questions, so feel free to reach out to us.
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- Alexa Clauson