IS010 Waffle Bleached - 54% Linen / 46% Cotton Fabric - Medium (6.2 oz/yd2) - 0.60 Yard, Width 84"

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Bleached color is achieved by "stripping" the natural pigment out of the fibers ( just like you would with bleaching hair). What you are left with is a very soft shade that is just ever so slightly an off-white color. 
Bleached is the basics of any project and loves being dyed. It is actually what we use to dye the colors. A truly versatile base and a must-have addition to your fabric repertoire.

Fluffy, dimensional, and simply a joy to live with - you’ll feel like a sewing maestro when you pull this cloth out of its first dry cycle.

The fabric arrives 84 inches wide, flat and with a subtle basket-like weave. This weaving technique comes with a delightful surprise once it goes through its first wash and dry.

The threads that are woven to make the outside of the squares - they “lift up”.
The threads that are used to weave the inside of the squares - those “drop-down”.

You get a cloth that looks like squares of a freshly made waffle deliciousness. It is just that yummy!

This cloth is wider than our usual selection at 84" wide.  Once it is washed - the cloth will shrink to get that dimensional waffle surface.
Approximate shrinkage - the width of cloth shrinks 17% (weft of the fabric) and 28% on the length ( warp of the fabric). Shrinkage is based on a warm wash and low-heat dry.

Waffle weave cloth is great for:
- Bath towels
- Robes
- Throws
- Duvet covers
- Pillow shams
- Lounge garments
- Decorative pillows
- Curtains
- Beach towels
- Picnic blankets
- items that need to have dimension and softness

Fabric specifications:

Article IS010 Waffle
Content 54% Linen / 46% Cotton
Width 84 inch
Weight 6.2 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 20
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 52
Thread count weft 49

Customer Questions and Answers


Descriptions of waffle colored fabrics say softened but bleached does not. Will bleached end up as soft as colors?

Teresa • March 6, 2023
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Yes with wash and use the bleached will soften - it may take a wash or 2 more. Please take a look at our new Eco Friendly fabric softener

Maureen • March 6, 2023

I'm curious why I am unable to leave a review. I bought 3 yards of this and used the tutorial to make towels. I can honestly say I have NO idea what everyone loves about this fabric. It is/they are beautiful to look at, but they are not at all absorbent, super scratchy, extremely thin, and the lint! Good lord, the lint! Filled my dryer vent and hose to capacity the first two times I washed/dried. I keep washing and drying hoping they will get softer and more absorbent. All I get is more and more lint, all over the laundry room, sprinkled in the bathtub, clinging to my skin. My biggest question now is what else might I do with this fabric now that it's been washed and waffled? IMHO, it's useless as towels.

Jody • November 18, 2023
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Thanks for leaving this Q&A and I'm sorry you aren't able to leave a review about your experience with the waffle weave fabric. We've found customers who wash and dry this fabric on hot or 'high' and normal settings will experience a great deal of lint. This fabric is designed to be washed on cool/warm, in gentle cycles with a free and clear style detergent free from optical brighteners. The fabric is made up of 100% cotton and linen which are very absorbent, but we understand that not everyone will find this type of fabric to their preference. I will reach out to you via email, so we can work this out. Thank you.

Lauren • November 18, 2023

My fabric did not "waffle" and only shrunk 1-2" in length. I followed the washing instructions. I have an old front-load washer — is that the problem? Maybe it doesn't agitate enough. What else can I do to get it to waffle?

C • June 6, 2024
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Hello! Your fabric may just need another wash, I would say that the fabric didn't get submerged for long enough in the wash water. So if you can, increase the water in the wash tub, or just wash a few more times to get the waffle effect to happen.

Lauren • June 6, 2024

Once you wash and dry it does it restretch? I have some sweaters and a few other things that once you put them on they stretch and really hang. I want a robe/cover-up but don't want it to end up dragging on the floor. Thanks.

Susan • January 19, 2023
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No, this product shrinks to create the puckered waffle look and holds its shape nicely once it is washed and dried.

Maureen • January 19, 2023

Hello, I bought this fabric to make the bath towel/hand towel/washcloth set, but now I can't find the cutting diagram with the positioning and measurements I saw before, to get the full set out of the fabric I purchased.

Raele • March 13, 2024
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Hello, you can find the tutorial on our blog by searching Waffle Weave Towel Set, or you can follow this link to the tutorial in our Help center:

Lauren • March 13, 2024
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Before washing, what size would I cut the fabric for regular towels, ~28"x54"? I don't want a bath sheet. Thank you.

Bonnie • August 9, 2022
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Hello, we have updated our cutting instructions on the blog for bath towel sizes. Please go to our blog 'The Thread' and search "waffle towels" to bring up the tutorial and cutting directions.

Lauren • August 9, 2022

Could you show the layout for cutting towels from 3 yards of waffle fabric. I didn't save it when I ordered Thanks

MaryEllen • January 25, 2023
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If needed we can email to you or please look on our blog where we have it posted as well.

Maureen • January 25, 2023

I purchased 3 yds to make the towel set. Can you tell me what the finished size of the towels will be?

Catherine • January 25, 2023
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Please refer to the waffle tutorial on our blog

Maureen • January 25, 2023

One person was worried about cutting and sewing after washing. Just steam iron and it will become almost completely flat. Easy peasy to continue on with the preshrunken fabric. Good luck!!! And I made towels and washcloths with mine. LOVE them and will be making LOTS more. Thinking Christmas gifts, so will need a good sale. Hint hint hint. :)

Marvi • October 12, 2022

Is there something I can use or do to make the towels softer? I made a set of towels and followed directions for washing, but they just are not soft. My husband said they are not absorbent enough, any thoughts how to fix them?

Denise • December 25, 2023
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Our customers have used our softener with amazing results as well as using a warmer wash and adding dryer balls while drying on a low heat. setting.

Maureen • December 25, 2023

I want to make curtains hung with clip rings for my barn house out of the waffle fabric. I know I saw someone mention how they make theirs and I can't find it.

Anne • August 16, 2022
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The only reference I was able to find for curtains was a previously posted picture where the waffle was paired with another linen - I will email you the picture, but the customer did not go into detail on the process she used.

Maureen • August 16, 2022

I am just starting on the bath towels. I'm wondering what size I would cut the fabric to get a bath sheet instead of a Bath towel. Both my husband & myself prefer the bath sheets to towels.

Mary • March 28, 2024
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Great question! We have a diagram for cutting bath sheets on this tutorial page:

Lauren • March 28, 2024

I see where a couple of shoppers have used this waffle weave to make a King size comforter. I would like to do that but want to ensure after washing it, that it will still have enough drop to cover the bottom of my King size, 14 inch deep mattress plus the top of a bedskirt. How many yards should I order, what size should I cut, recommendations for seaming to make it large enough, etc.?

Susan • April 8, 2023
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I spoke with our in house sewing and pattern consultant, Lauren who recommend 8 yards of fabric, 4 yards is used for the center panel, and 2 side panels are cut from the remaining 4 yards, this is from the washed fabric. If you want to do it with the unwashed fabric, you can use the shrinkage rates as a guide, or you can email Lauren at There are a number of methods for seaming listed in the help center article here:

Maureen • April 8, 2023
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What are the washing instructions? I am making bath sheets as a wedding shower gift and want to include care instructions, This fabric is wonderful to work with!! Thank you.

Missey • April 9, 2024
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You can find our care instructions here:

Lauren • April 9, 2024

Where is this fabric manufactured?

Sylvia • October 13, 2023
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Our fabrics are grown and processed throughout Europe. All our fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified. The OEKO-TEX organization tests our products for over 100 harmful toxins and chemicals before approving them for public use. This is known as Standard 100 and you can read more about it here:

Lauren • October 13, 2023

I am planning to dye the cloth and make towels. Should i pre wash after sewing and then dye? Or should I d I dye the cloth and sew the towels after?

Fredrika • October 18, 2023
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Great Question! If sewing with polyester threads, they won't take up the dye like the rest of your fabric. So, with this in mind you will need to cut and sew first using a thread close to your desired color. Wash to remove any debris from the cloth and to provide a clean surface for the dye to adhere to. Remember to use a dye specific pre-wash, a drop of dish soap, or free and clear style detergent without any brighteners or softeners as they can interfere with your dye.

Lauren • October 18, 2023

I purchased the bleached fabric for towels, can you tell me what the cutting dimensions are for the 3 yards I can't find the blog

Keryl • April 19, 2023


Patricia • April 19, 2023

Hi. I am finally making the towels with the waffle linen. My question is I'd like to make shams (standard) size. How do I know the measurements to cut because this material will shrink after washing?? Is there something on the website I couldn't locate? Same goes for a queen bedcover..... thank you

valerie • January 29, 2024
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When making a coverlet in the waffle weave fabric we recommend the following: You will need a total 8 yards which is cut in half to make two 4 yard pieces. One of the pieces will form the center panel, and the other panel is cut in half to make the two side panels. You can sew them together to achieve the width you will need. You can sew them together and then wash your fabric. A flat felled seam, open felled seam are nice seam finishes. I would run a line of stitching around the raw edges to prevent fraying. Once your fabric is washed and dried, you can cut it to your preferred dimensions and bind with your matching linen. For shams, please calculate your dimensions by using our shrinkage rates which are 17% on the width and 28% on the length.

Lauren • January 29, 2024

Good morning. Made the towel set & love it. Very absorbent. I would like to know do you have directions & yardage needed to make a king bedcover and 2 shams. Also clarification on which way to but for shrinkage as I screwed up the first towel. ;-( cut the wrong way. Thank you very much

valerie • May 5, 2024
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Hello, For a king bed, you will need a total of 8 yards, which you will cut into 4 yard lengths and seam together to make a King Bed Spread. I'm sorry we don't have tutorials for this, or one for a sham. When cutting your waffle fabric, the 84" wide cut edge will shrink 17% and the length of your fabric, or the edge with the selvedge on it, will shrink more.

Lauren • May 5, 2024
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Why is this sample so much more expensive than the others?

Mary • August 18, 2023
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This fabric's samples are larger than the ones we cut for the plain woven fabrics. This way, you can clearly see the weave of this fabric.

Lauren • August 18, 2023

I lost the directions to make the towel set. How do I find it?

Monica • May 7, 2024
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The tutorial is always available on our help center and blog. Here is the link:

Lauren • May 7, 2024

What is the width of this fabric?

Laurie • February 27, 2023
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The waffle is 84 inches wide before washing - please see the description page for more information

Maureen • February 27, 2023

I made dishtowels that I did embroidery designs on last year for Christmas and wanted to do it again. However, I HATED hemming all of those dishtowels (I made 20+). Thoughts on serging the edges instead? Thanks!

Donna • May 10, 2024
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Serging is one option, have you considered a special presser foot which rolls the fabric into a hem for you? that might be a quicker options and look more polished.

Lauren • May 10, 2024

Buying to make some bath towels. Would you recommend using cotton thread when sewing?

Brandon • November 27, 2022
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We recommend All Purpose' 100% Polyester threads like the Sew-All thread by Gutermann.

Maureen • November 27, 2022

Where can I find directions and dimensions of making towels?

Connie • March 2, 2023
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Please refer to this article posted on our blog

Maureen • March 2, 2023

I bought this waffle fabric to make some towels. I know I saw a drawing of the placement and how t make them but I can't find it now. Could you please show me where to find it. Thank you, Sandra

Sandra M • November 11, 2023
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We have the tutorial available here:

Lauren • November 11, 2023

Is it better to finish the edges prior to washing it?

Katherine • December 5, 2022
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Yes you would want to finish the edges before washing

Maureen • December 5, 2022
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Love the towel!!!!

Made 5 bath towels, botanically printed a couple and dyed the others. Very absorbent, and got softer from using, washing and drying them. Totally love the towels!!! Gave one to a friend for her birthday... She loves it!!!

Mary • February 18, 2024
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Wonderful towels

I made the towels like the tutorial except I made two hand towels instead of the washcloths. We loved the towels from the first use. Very absorbent and the texture is perfect for a rubdown. Hope they don't soften up too much and lose that quality. They did create quite a bit of lint. I'll be easier on them going forward.

Donna • February 2, 2024
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Great fabric!

My order came in a few days ago, and I made 1 42" x 80" towel today. After cutting to this size, I serged all sides and then folded 3/4" for hems on 4 sides. After washing on warm and drying on hot, it has not shrunk enough but will with future washings. I like the way the hems look and the feel of the towel. Wonderful fabric!

Ellen • January 28, 2024
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Absorbent towels

I made (am making - only my first, testing towel is done so far) towels. Am doing them 40" x width of fabric (ended up with a 30"x72" towel) because it will be used to dry fatter backsides which like a little extra overlap room. The finished, washed towel is rougher than I was expecting from pictures and effusive reviews, but I am actually happy with this, as I prefer a more exfoliating towel personally. Overall I am quite impressed and have ordered more to make towels for everyone on my Christmas list.

colleen • December 5, 2023
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My favorite bath towels

I used six yards to make 4-42"x80" bath towels and one very large bath sheet. Super easy to cut and sew. Love the texture after laundering - very absorbent and fast-drying. The best bath towels I've ever had, without a doubt.

Elizabeth • December 1, 2023
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I have made shorts, towels/washcloths and the coziest robe out of this waffle texture fabric. Robe and shorts shown here. We've been pleased with every one of these garments so far but if trying this delicious waffle fabric with clothing is intimidating to you or not to your taste, I'm happy to suggest another fun and simple project for you to consider for your waffle weave fabric. These shower curtains with the sweetest bows. The project is so much more simple than you'd imagine and there are twelve beautiful colors in this fabric to choose from.

Alisha • May 30, 2024

I love these towels!!! I made 3 sets plus had enough left over to make a few spa headbands. I plan to make more sets from this lovely cotton-linen blend; so very worth the cost.

Gwendolyn • May 4, 2024

I used the IS010 Waffle Bleached and used the wave stitch on the overlock machine. I was not sure what my outcome would be. After washing I'm very satisfied with the added touch of detail.

Lisa • April 19, 2024

I bought 9 yards and was able to make 3 adult bathrobes and had enough leftover to make 8 washcloths and 2 small hand towels. I'm obsessed with the fabric- it sews surprisingly easily even after being washed! I washed and dried it first before cutting and sewing the bathrobes. They made AMAZING gifts!

Jamie • March 3, 2024

3 yards of IS010 cut in half and hemmed make for the most scrumptious, lovely, huge bath sheets you could ever dream of. I made small face cloths and fingertip towels from a doggie bag find. I splurged and bought enough to make a big sheet for our king bed that is our blanket in the summer and sheet in the winter. It's our absolute favorite bedding piece.

Lizabeth • July 20, 2023
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