7 Frequently Asked Questions About Fabrics

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At Nature’s Fabrics, we regularly get emails from those of you who are buying material for the first time or have sewing projects requiring a special type. To help you decide which one you need, we’ve put together a FAQ list. Here are a few answers to your most commonly asked questions about fabrics.

1. How Many Different Types of Fabrics Are There?

The answer to this question is a lot. However, to help narrow this down to a basic response, here’s a list of the thirty most common varieties of fabric.

  • Bamboo
  • Canvas
  • Cashmere
  • Chenille
  • Chiffon
  • Cotton
  • Crêpe
  • Damask
  • Georgette
  • Gingham
  • Hemp
  • Jersey
  • Lace
  • Leather
  • Linen
  • Merino Wool
  • Modal
  • Muslin
  • Organza
  • Polyester
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Taffeta
  • Toile
  • Tweed
  • Twill
  • Velvet
  • Viscose

2. What Are Fabrics Made Of?

Generally, fabrics are made from material fibers that are spun into threads and then woven into fabrics. There are two types: synthetic and natural. Synthetic fabrics are made from nylon, acrylic, and other non-natural substances. Natural fabrics are made from elements occurring in nature, like animal furs, cotton seed pods, hemp, and more.

3. How Are Fabrics Made?

While each fabric is made a little bit differently, the basics are still the same. Whichever material the fabric is made from is spun into threads. Then the manufacturer uses a basic weave method to turn it into what we know as fabric. Of course, this is a very basic explanation of the process, but it gives you a good idea.

4. What is The Highest Quality Fabric?

This is one of those answers that can be incredibly subjective. However, the most luxurious and expensive fabric is generally mulberry silk. Made from the cocoon fibers of Bombyx mori moth silkworms, it can be difficult to get enough to create a large piece of fabric.

5. What is The Most Environmentally Friendly Fabric?

There is quite a bit of debate about which eco-friendly fabrics are best. However, many people find bamboo fabrics and hemp fabrics to be the most environmentally friendly. The reason for this is that both plants grow quickly and are sustainably sourced around the globe.

6. Which Fabrics Are Most Durable?

Synthetic fabrics like PUL fabrics are regarded as the most durable. Why? Most don’t break down after exposure to the elements or repeated washing. That’s why many of today’s clothing brands use some blend of polyester with a natural fabric like cotton. And most outdoor rated fabrics for upholstery and equipment are made from 100% synthetic materials.

7. Which Fabrics Are Easiest to Work With?

Most people who love sewing will tell you that cotton and cotton blend fabrics are the easiest for beginners to work with. Most don’t wrinkle easy, cut well, and create durable and useful finished projects that the whole family loves.

Nature’s Fabrics is Your Online Fabric Store

Of course, you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Nature’s Fabrics. We’re proud to be your favorite online fabric store offering a wide range of eco-friendly materials. Shop our current inventory now and get started on your new project idea.