Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Sewing101 - Fabric and Fiber Types


Sewing101 - Fabric and Fiber Types

Every Monday I have a infographic about basic sewing to answer one of your questions. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or email me. Also, if you know the answer to someone's question, go ahead and answer it. We're here to help each other learn about sewing!
This is a simple collection about some of the more common fabrics. Next week there will be an infographic with fabrics and what they are commonly used for. Do you have any questions about any of these specific fabrics?


  1. This is great!! I've been trying to learn more about textiles and this is amazingly helpful, thank you soooo much!

  2. Thank you. Seeing it put into this way, it makes more sense where some fabrics fall. Thanks!

  3. Ah love! I seriously regret the day I sold back my textiles book. Dumbest mistake ever.
    Can you make one about what's washable and what isn't?
    That's what I miss the most about it, because I learned that clothing companies are lazy and more things really can be washed than they tell us.

    1. That's interesting! I was just about everything that says I shouldn't. I never pay very much for my clothes and I figure that if I can't machine wash it I don't want it anyway so who cares what it looks like when it comes out.

  4. This is a great resource, it's super interesting!

  5. This series is just amazing! When I start sewing more again, I am will be so glad to have these to refer to!

  6. I have an unusual question for you if you don't mind? I am know NOTHING about fabrics- I'll be the first to admit, but I heard that silk can be expensive.

    I am looking for a material that is just as light-weight as silk, cheaper (and hopefully comes in a variety of colors) as I am looking to learn to spin Veil Poi.

    Do any fabrics come in mind that I could buy in stores rather than have to purchase from online shops?

    Thanks for your help!

  7. Great list/resource!

  8. I love your infographics!
    I hate to be "that person" but there is way too much misinformation out there about bamboo, and this infographic just popped up in my Pinterest feed. Almost all bamboo fabrics sold in the U.S. are viscose (rayon) made using bamboo as the source of cellulose. Bamboo fabrics made from the bast fibers (like linen or hemp fabric usually are) are not so soft and are difficult to find in the U.S., they generally have to be ordered from Asia.

  9. lo necesito en español por favor.


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