Linen Fabric Product Guide: Types of Linen and Its Many Uses

Linen fabric is a natural textile known for its exceptional breathability, durability, and timeless appeal. It is made from the fibers of the flax plant, renowned for its strength and versatility. Linen fabric finds diverse applications in the world of fashion and home decor.

Linen’s cool and absorbent properties make it ideal for warm-weather garments such as shirts, dresses, and trousers. Linen is also used for bedding, tablecloths, curtains, and upholstery, adding a touch of rustic elegance to any space.

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 100% linen include Belgian, European, Irish, metallic linen, linen burlap and linen scrim. We also have linen blend décor fabric and polyester linen options.

Linen Weight Guide

Linen fabric comes in different weights, ranging from lightweight to heavy, each with its own characteristics and suitable applications. Here is a breakdown of common linen weights and their recommended uses:

  1. Sheer/Very Lightweight (3-4 oz/yd²):

    Sheer or very lightweight linen is delicate and transparent, offering a light and airy feel. It is perfect for creating ethereal blouses, flowy dresses, lightweight scarves, and curtains with a soft drape.

  2. Lightweight (5-6 oz/yd²):

    Lightweight linen strikes a balance between breathability and structure. It is suitable for making summer dresses, skirts, shirts, and loose-fitting trousers. It provides comfort and ease of movement while maintaining a subtle crispness.

  3. Medium Weight (7-9 oz/yd²):

    Medium-weight linen offers more substance and durability, making it versatile for a range of garments. It is commonly used for tailored trousers, jackets, blazers, vests, and structured dresses. This weight provides a refined appearance while still offering breathability.

  4. Heavyweight (10-12 oz/yd²):

    Heavyweight linen is robust and sturdy, ideal for projects that require more structure and durability. It is commonly used for outerwear, such as coats and jackets, as well as upholstery, tote bags, and home decor items like pillows and table linens.

  5. Extra Heavyweight (13+ oz/yd²):

    Extra heavyweight linen is the thickest and most durable option available. This weight is typically used for specialized applications that require significant strength, such as heavy-duty bags, upholstery for furniture that sees high usage, and items that need to withstand rigorous wear and tear.

Types of Linen Fabric

In addition to 100% linen fabric, there are two other notable variations:

  1. 100% polyester linen fabric
  2. Blended linen fabric

Each type offers distinct advantages and applications. Whether you prefer the classic charm of pure linen, the affordability of polyester linen, or the enhanced properties of blended linen, this section will provide valuable insights to help you choose the perfect fabric for your projects.

  1. 100% Linen Fabric

    Explore the world of 100% linen fabric types and discover the diverse range of options that exude timeless elegance and versatility.

    • Belgian linen is a versatile fabric that offers both style and durability. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing for a more decorative and personalized look. With a weight ranging between 10 and 15 ounces per square yard, Belgian linen is considered heavy-weight, making it an excellent choice for applications such as bedding and upholstery. The fabric’s substantial weight ensures long-lasting quality and a luxurious feel. Discover the possibilities of Belgian linen fabric and elevate your interior decor with its timeless appeal.
    • European linen is a middle-weight linen fabric that strikes a balance between structure and fluidity. Weighing in at 8.5 ounces per square yard, this linen type offers a pleasant combination of body and drape. European linen is suitable for various applications, including clothing and upholstery. Its versatility allows for comfortable and stylish garments while still ensuring a flowing silhouette.
    • Irish linen is a lightweight fabric, weighing approximately 6.7 ounces per square yard. Known for its exceptional quality, Irish linen is highly regarded for applications such as bedspreads, tablecloths, and napkins. Its lightweight nature may make it less suitable for heavy-duty upholstery, but it can still be utilized for furniture pieces that experience light use. Irish linen’s fine texture and crispness add a touch of sophistication to any setting.
    • Linen burlap has the rustic look of burlap but is softer to the touch. This fabric combines the appearance of burlap with the feel of linen, offering a unique and versatile material. With a medium weight of 9.1 ounces, linen burlap is suitable for various projects, including rug hooking projects. However, due to its looser weave, it may not be the best choice for heavy upholstery applications.
    • Linen scrim is a lightweight and delicate fabric, weighing just 4 ounces per square yard. It is the lightest among our linen fabrics, making it perfect for creating sheer and airy curtains. Linen scrim allows ample light to filter through while providing a degree of privacy. Its lightweight and breathable nature adds a touch of ethereal beauty to any space, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and grace.
    • Metallic linen fabric adds a touch of glamour to any project. With a weight of 7 ounces per square yard, this elegant lightweight fabric features a subtle metallic shine. It is particularly suitable for drapery and pillowcases, where the metallic foil on the right side of the fabric adds a touch of sophistication.
  2. 100% Polyester Linen Fabric

    Lightweight polyester linen is a popular fabric for making clothing and window treatments. Our 100% polyester linen fabric has a loose weave and is available in a variety of solid colors. We also carry a heavier basketweave polyester linen.

  3. Blended Linen Fabric

    Linen blends offer a wonderful alternative for various applications, including curtains, home decor, and apparel. Our collection features a range of options, such as cotton and linen blends, as well as polyester, cotton, and linen blends, allowing you to enjoy the combined benefits of different fibers for enhanced durability, comfort, and style.

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How to Care for Linen Fabric?

How to Clean 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 a light detergent and never use bleach. Take out the fabric before it dries completely or it may become stiff.

How to Iron Linen Fabric?

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.

How to Sew Linen Fabric?

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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Find the Perfect Linen Fabric for Your Project

From the classic beauty of 100% linen fabric to the affordability and easy care of polyester linen and the versatility of linen blends, there is a linen option for every project. Whether you’re creating elegant apparel, stylish home décor, or timeless accessories, linen fabric offers a blend of natural charm, durability, and sophistication. We invite you to explore our curated collection of linen fabrics and let the beauty and versatility of linen elevate your creative endeavors. Embrace the elegance and timelessness of linen, and bring your visions to life with this remarkable fabric.

Check out our selection of linen fabric.