Fabric Friday: Linen

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bundles of flax
All Natural Flax

While I was surfing the Internet the other day, I came across Fabric.com and noticed they were having a sale on some of their linen fabric. As a quilter, I haven’t even thought twice about linen, in fact my mind only goes one direction…cotton, cotton, and more cotton. So when I noticed they were having a 25% off sale on some of their linen, I started wondering what can possibly be made from linen and what is it really good for.

Linen is the oldest fabric known in human history. In fact, it has been around for over 8,000 years and was used in the mummification of people in Egypt! It is made from flax, which makes it all natural and a great eco-friendly fabric to choose for things like sheets, napkins and clothing. Flax is best grown in cool and humid countries, like Ireland and Scotland. Other reasons that make it a great eco-friendly fabric are that it wicks moisture and it repels stains, making it a great summer clothing fabric option that is easy to clean. However, if you are going to use it to make clothing, please pre-wash with hot water because it does shrink! Because it wicks moisture, it is used very often in hot regions of the world like Africa and the Middle East. Linen can be good for bedding for those of us with allergies, is very durable and is cool to the touch, making it very comfortable for summer bedding.

All of those facts are very interesting, but unless I’m going to be at a wine and cheese party, wanting to impress people with my wealth of random facts, these aren’t helping me or you. So what *can* we do with linen? Here are ten different free projects that you can use linen in:

However, I am always looking for deals, and thought if you wanted to make any of these awesome projects,  some of you may be interested in the linen sale Fabric.com is having right now until April 27th. Here is the link just for you. Get it now while the sale is on!  Bundle and save up to 25% on select linen fabrics.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I had never thought about using linen for quilting, or for bedsheets. My husband has a lot of allergies, so that is actually really tempting to try. Thanks!

    1. I have a lot of allergies and asthma too, and I am constantly having to switch out my bedsheets because of the allergen buildup. I hope the linen sheets help out!

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