WHICH MATERIAL SHOULD I USE?

Need help choosing the right fabric for your project? 

More details on each type of fabric, fiber composition, widths, recommended use, shrinkage, care instructions...

 Fabrics by Thistle and Fox | Australian fabric designer, modern Australiana, Botanical Floral Watercolour designs

Quick Guide to Fabric Widths

Length (per yard) = 90cm

 

Width = 105cm

 

Petal Signature Cotton - 42"

Quilt Weight Cotton/Kona Cotton - 42"
Lightweight Cotton/Basic Cotton - 42"
Cotton Poplin - 42"
Silk Crepe de Chine - 42"

 

Width = 130-135cm


Poly Crepe de Chine - 52"
Linen Cotton Canvas - 54"
Eco Canvas - 54"
Satin - 54"
Chiffon - 54"
Silky Faille - 54"
Minky - 54"

 

Width = 140cm


Organic Cotton Double Gauze - 56"
Organic Cotton Knit - 56"
Organic Cotton Sateen - 56"

Cotton Canvas - 56"
Fleece - 56"
Modern Jersey - 56"
Sport Lycra - 56"
Denim - 56"

 

Width = 145-150cm
Lightweight Cotton Twill - 58"
Cotton Spandex Jersey - 60"

Width = 295cm

Longleaf Cotton Sateen*

Perennial Cotton Sateen*

* exclusive to orders placed via thistleandfox.com

Fabric Care

 

Wash your fabric before you use it.

For most fabric types: Wash gentle cycle cold or warm 30C. Use eco safe phosphate free laundry detergent.

Shake out wrinkles while the fabric is wet and hang evenly over a drying rack or dowel to dry in the fresh air. This keeps the fabric from warping or being marked by pegs so its easier and faster to cut out your patterns - without the need for ironing (because who wants to waste time ironing?!)

Cool tumble dry is possible.

Do not bleach.

Do not dry clean - there are some exceptions to this but use only perc-free dry cleaning.

For Linen Cotton: Iron on reverse side using correct fabric setting.

For polyester fabrics - ironing not likely required but use synthetic (cool) settings on your iron and take care. 

For Muslin (Organic Double Gauze) we recommend sewing first, then washing on gentle cycle 30C inside a washing bag. Hang to dry or gentle tumble dry for a short time, taking care not to over heat the fabric as it will dry much faster than most fabrics.

Order a Swatch

 

I highly recommend ordering a swatch of printed fabric (your chosen material) or a swatch booklet (to sample all the available materials - not printed)

These are all available options in my shop. Find them HERE

Quick Guide to Fabric Uses

What is the best material to use for ...?

General Purpose, Quilting, Dressmaking

Quilt Weight Cotton / Petal Signature Cotton

Cotton Poplin

Organic Cotton Sateen

Organic Cotton Knit

Cotton Spandex

Poplin *, Lawn *

Como Cotton Sateen *

Oxford *

Bamboo **

Doll clothes
Lightweight cotton, Petal Cotton

Craft Felt **

 

Beeswax Food Wraps

Petal Cotton

Organic Cotton Sateen

Cotton Poplin

Poplin *

Como Cotton Sateen *

Lawn *
 

Baby swaddles, baby blankets, cozy things

Organic Cotton Double Gauze
Organic Cotton Knit

Fleece

Minky

Home Decor, Curtains, Roman Blinds, Upholstery, Bags

Linen Cotton Canvas

Velvet

Eco Canvas

Denim

Light Cotton Twill  (similar to thick calico)

Cotton Canvas

3 Pass Blackout **

Table Linens, Tablecloths

Soho Linen Cotton *

Como Cotton Sateen *

Longleaf Cotton Sateen (295cm wide)

Organic Cotton Sateen


Lingerie, Fancy Dresses, Scarves, Robes

Silky Faille

Satin

Chiffon

Poly Crepe de Chine

Vera Cotton Silk *

Crepe, Satin, Georgette *

Textured Crepe **


Stretchy - Swimwear, Leggings

Sport Lycra

Active *

Scuba *


General purpose knits - stretchy

Organic Cotton Knit

Cotton Spandex
Sport Lycra
Modern Jersey 

Organic Stretch Jersey *

Light Jackets, Skirts & similar structured garments
Light Cotton Twill 
Linen Cotton Canvas

Soho Linen Cotton *

 

Heavier Garments & Upholstery

Denim

Cotton Canvas

Celosia Velvet

Velvet *

Organic Canvas *

Hampton * 

Nora* 

Rigid Linen* 

Water Repellant

Tentex **

Lotus Twill **

All materials printed by Spoonflower (USA or Berlin) with the following exceptions:

* Printed in Australia by Next State Print

** Printed in UK by Fashion Formula

About Me

Hi! My name is Lauren, the designer, illustrator and maker behind Thistle and Fox Fabrics. Most days you'll find me in my studio dreaming up new designs, tending my plants and playing with my animals.

On weekdays I work as a vet nurse, so each night I'm up late sewing custom orders and designing fabrics for makers around the world. 

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