Questions tagged [fabric]

For questions about all types of fabric and textiles. Use with the specific fabric material, such as felt, if known.

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Durable T-shirt design methods

I would like to compare the durability of different methods for designing T-shirts (printing/drawing), where I would like to restrict myself to print methods that can be achieved at home (with a ...
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What is the name of Japanese printing which uses hammered leaves on white cloth?

I once saw on TV a type of craft work that used the shapes and colours of leaves arranged carefully in between folded white canvas cloth and beaten with a small hammer. The result was a beautiful copy ...
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How can I pre-wash/dry bolts of fabric in a way that will prevent the cut ends from unraveling?

Given large pieces of freshly purchased fabric, how should I wash/dry them before using them to create things? Every book, article, and other piece of advice I've heard is to always wash your fabric ...
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What fabric is appropriate for an ironing board cover?

Our new house has an ironing board that folds out of the wall. While I love the convenience of this, the ironing board cover is rather old and gross, as well as having some tears. Being crafty, I'd ...
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What fabric would work well for a flag?

I want to sew together a flag and I was wondering what type of fabric would be best to use. I'm looking for something opaque, thin, non-stretchy, and available in various colors. I initially thought ...
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

I'm trying to make a scroll to document life events. The important requirements are: approximately 30cm wide by 2m tall relatively easy for other people to sign their names on it can be rolled up and ...
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Can I use Upholstery Vinyl as the fabric for a hardcover book opposed to using Leather?

I’m trying to test out my limits with my book binding skills and am currently looking for an alternative to using leather. While I am not against using leather for my hardcovers, I am just looking for ...
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How to do iron-on transfers on a softshell jacket

I recently learned about the existence of iron-on transfer papers, and how it allows someone to transfer a print onto cotton fabrics with any custom design a person can print from their inkjet ...
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What's a good fabric to use for an outdoor canopy?

I'd like to create my own outdoor canopy for my small deck. This canopy is going to be a large swathe of fabric that will attach to a wall and the deck fence, creating a sloped shade. What are good ...
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What knitting/weave style is this?

Here it is used on a simple and light winter hat. Also: is this doable by hand? Front: Back:
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Permanently mark pin placement for shirt

I have a light blue button shirt with a couple of ribbons that are attached via pins. The placement is very specific and I'd like to mark the exact position of the pins on the shirt. I thought about ...
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Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

My questions: Is there an 'ideal' size to cut / store fabric for making clothes? Do other sewers have an efficient system in place for cutting / preparing their fabric for future sewing projects? ...
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What's the name of this type of fabric pattern?

Does somebody know what's the name of this fabric pattern? In Spanish is Estampado Búlgaro but when I search Bulgarian Pattern on Google Images nothing even similar appear.
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

How do you block acrylic yarn? I just finished a beautiful Celtic Cable neck warmer with Lion Brand Heartland Tweed yarn, which is acrylic, and I want to make some for my friends for the holidays, but ...
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Fasteners other than Hook and Loop

I am looking for fastener options to attach 2 fabrics and also keep them detachable. I am working on an adjustable knee brace so small hook and loop patches are a good option but they are difficult to ...
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Best way to attach EVA decals onto a stretchy synthetic fabric?

I have bought a stretchy synthetic body suit and want to attach decals from EVA foam and possibly fake leather onto the suit. The decals vary from large pieces of fabric and foam to small iron-on like ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

As can be seen in this video, a CNC machine uses a cutting wheel in order to cut through fabric. That tool resembles a pizza cutter. So can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? If so, what kind of ...
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Fabric alternative for leather

I'm planning to sew a costume based on a character who is wearing what appears to be a leather duster. I'm trying to pinpoint what fabric to use, as leather is expensive and I can't afford to buy ...
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What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

Please note: this question is intended to give me some ideas so I can start formulating a surprise gift for my wife. The obvious answer here might be: "Just ask her!" but that defeats the ...
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Finding fabric and thread thickness

I was at Joann fabric store recently and couldn't figure out the thickness of the fabric or thread I was looking at. The fabric was just wrapped around some cardboard that just had a name and material....
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What is the best way to sew knit/stretchy fabrics?

I’ve done my research and actually tried some of them but the end results are the same: wonky. I’m using needles specifically for knit fabrics, I have used a knit foot. I have tried adjusting the ...
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Robust fabric for making a bag for a 3d printer

I am making a bag for a 3D printer The 3D printer is at least 10KG if not more so it has to be very strong fabric that won't rip apart under stress. ideally abrasion resistant. Take some beating as ...
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Topstitching the inside AND outside seam of pants

I have cotton cargo pants (from Old Navy, I think) where the outside seam has two topstitches and the inside seam only has one. Even the seam between the left/right halves has a topstitch. How is ...
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Which glue should I use for fabric-shaping?

I'm after a glue to stiffen some fabric into a specific shape. I have tried a couple but they do not stiffen the fabric enough as I'm after a fairly solid finish. It needs to be reasonably resistant ...
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Patch for a rip in the lining of a down jacket

An Eddie Bauer down jacket has a rip in the lining which according to the label is polyester. It's a very thin fabric and it looked reminiscent of nylon but the label is quite clear that the lining ...
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Adding a custom paint job to an umbrella

A friend of mine is celebrating her birthday next week, and since she is kind of an art person, and I love giving hand made gifts, I decided to add some color to a white, plain umbrella. I have ...
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Knitted material that doesn't develop little furry balls (pilling)

I was referred to this forum from the Life Hacks forum. The surface of most of my knitted garments develop little balls of whatever the knitted material is (pilling). I own one toque that doesn't do ...
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How can I attach a large satin applique to a skirt?

I'm making a skirt, and I'd like to attach an applique of a thin satiny fabric to the thicker base fabric. It's going to be in the shape of a city skyline, with the satiny stuff as the buildings. It's ...
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Estimating the amount of wool stuffing needed for a project

I've just acquired a new loveseat for my apartment that's in desperate need of reupholstering. Here's the problem: the cushions are (or were) stuffed with wool. I have some experience with ...
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Is there a term to describe woven patterns as opposed to printed patterns?

I like the look of patterns that are created using different colors of thread rather than printed on top of the fabric, but I've had some difficulty searching for such fabric online. Here are some ...
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How can I stop dye from rubbing off burlap?

I recently acquired some burgundy burlap to use in re-upholstering some straight backed chairs. Problem is, the color comes off if you rub hard against it (like sitting down!). Any suggestions on how ...
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Which Fabrics are suitable for origami tessellation?

I would like to experiment (being new to this expression of Origami) with creating origami tessellation patterns using fabric of some kind rather than paper. If anyone has experience with this, what ...
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What is a linear meter?

I'm just trying to understand the concept of a linear meter. I'm aware that rolls of fabrics can have different widths and depending on the width and need a shorter or longer part of this fabric. ...
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Which is warmer for slipper socks—wool or acrylic?

I've read a bunch of pages for what seems like a simple question but haven't been able to find a definitive answer. My main confusion comes from the (in my newbie mind) conflicting statement, where ...
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How do you accurately mark fabric without a pattern?

I’m trying to use a pattern for a bag, courtesy of a friend. The pattern instructs me to “cut two rectangles, 14 by 16 inches from main fabric”. I have sewn for a while now, but never without a ...
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Layout Foot length Jacket Cape

How can I make the lower part of a jacket behave like a cape? The real thing might not be as dramatic as the image. An exoskeleton might be needed to make the costume behave exactly like the animated ...
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can you identify this fabric

I would really like to find another pair of trousers like these but I don't know what this fabric is called. It is heavy cotton, and there is a slanted pattern to it. In the picture, I've put a ...
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What type of weave is this?

It's a super durable shirt and I want another like it, but I bought it over 10 years ago. It's 100 % cotton and is a Reebok NBA "Hardwood Classics" shirt.
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image transferred onto black fabric?

I want to attach some flag patches to my backpack but I don't want to sew or embroider them to the backpack. I saw some video about image transferred to fabric using techniques like mod podge transfer ...
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What are some no sew hook and loop options, able to stick to fabric

I am looking for hook and loop options that I don't have to sew but are able to stick to different fabrics. I was able to find self adhesive ones but they are only useful for hard surfaces and not ...
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Eco Friendly Alternative to Felt

I have made several toys using acrylic felt and I think the variety and options available in felt is beautiful. Recently I have been more conscious of my impact on the environment and I was wondering ...
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How to intentionally fray curved edges in fabric?

Closely Related: - How to Sew Up "Cut Outs", (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)? In the related question, there are solutions for prevent frayed edges in fabric. But, could you avoid the complexity ...
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How to Sew Up "Cut Outs", (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)?

I would like to cut letters INTO a piece of cloth, but - I would like to "fold" the inside edge under itself to make a nicer edge, (perhaps helping prevent it from unravelling/tearing in the future ......
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Gluing fabric or ribbon to walnut shells

I've made a series of small crafts in walnut shells and want to turn them into lockets of a sort by gluing a ribbon (or thin strip of cotton fabric) to the outside so I can tie them shut. I'm having ...
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Dyeing Pashmina

Is it possible to dye a store bought Pashmina? If so, is there anything I should to do it before putting it into a regular dye-bath using RIT dye? Any recommended process that would help “fix” the ...
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I am trying to identify / describe this wool thread / yarn

This is a commercial fabric, I would like to produce something similar. When I search on the internet the closest I find is lace weight wool yarns for sale (retail or wholesale), which are 2 to 3 ...
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Can a damaged sleeve of a suit be replaced?

I have a suit which has a hole in one of it's sleeve. Most of the time, the suit was stored in a dark place, which unluckily was also the reason for the hole. Is it possible to replace a whole sleeve ...
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What material is used for inflatables?

Inflatable toys, chairs and beds, kids castles, pools, stuff like that. I understand and seen people use ordinary polypropylene? trashbag sheets or tablecloths for inflatables where the pieces can be ...
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How to glue stones and shells to burlap-covered wood?

I bought a oval, finished piece of wood, then I covered it with burlap. My issue now is which kind of glue should I use to hold my glass stones and shells on it? I have my glue gun , this what I used ...
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What is the best way to reinforce/mend a fraying elastic strap by hand?

I would like to mend the elasticized shoulder straps of a dress. The straps are fraying along the edges. The material of the dress is synthetic, with a close-knit weave and four-way stretch. I do not ...