IL030 Gauze Bleached - 100% Linen - Very Light (2.8 oz/yd2) - 2.00 Yards

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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.

The beautiful open weave texture of this linen gives it a light, airy opaque look, making it an excellent choice for apparel, intimate apparel, accessories, interior design projects and so much more. This cloth is 57 inches wide.

Fabric specifications:

Article IL030 Gauze
Content 100% Linen
Thread size warp 34.5
Thread size weft 30
Thread count warp 38
Thread count weft 40
Weight 2.8 oz/yd2
Width 57 inch

Customer Questions and Answers


I'm looking for light linen to line a linen dress. Would you recommend this weight or a little heavier?

Kim • March 18, 2023

You should take a look at our handkerchief linen IL020 it is a bit heavier than the Gauze IL030. Either one works for lining.

Patricia • March 18, 2023

Would this make good handkerchiefs? If not, what else would you recommend?

Karen • January 21, 2023
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This is a gauze linen and although lightweight our customers tend to use a tightly woven lightweight linen such as IL020 for handkerchiefs.

Maureen • January 21, 2023

I have never seen with gauze linen fabric. Since I am thinking g this would be too sheer to wearas an unlined garment, what would you recommend using to line a blouse or dress made from this gauze?

Susan • March 25, 2023
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Yes it can and is used for lining a variety of garments. If you have some time we do have samples for purchase so you can see of it will work for your intended project.

Maureen • March 25, 2023

What is the best linen for napkins

Connie • July 16, 2023
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The most popular choice for napkins is our middleweight linens, however, any of our basic linens can be used for napkins, but it usually comes down to the look, weight and color you are wanting for your project.

Maureen • July 16, 2023

when washed will this fabric have a natural wrinkle / texture to it? Looking to make gauze sheer curtains and want a natural / wrinkled look I see on Etsy

Lori • July 26, 2023
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If you want a gently crumpled textured look, then this fabric will give you that fresh from the wash and dry, if you want more of that texture, you can air dry with the fabric laying flat.

Lauren • July 26, 2023

I want to make handkerchiefs for my husband. Is this a good linen? If not please let me know which one I should use. I plan to embroider his initials on them- machine or hand.

Carmen • July 30, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

We would recommend our IL020 Handkerchief linen, or for hand embroidery our 1C64 medium weight linen

Lauren • July 30, 2023

What is the shrinkage rate of IL030 bleached . I have created a garment with your fabric and did not pre-wash and dry before hand. Please advise .

Valerie • August 23, 2022
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Using our recommended wash instructions you can expect a 7-10% shrinkage. Please visit our help center to view the recommended wash method as well as helpful articles on expected shrinkage.

Maureen • August 23, 2022

Would you use the gauze for a slip or would the handkerchief weight be more suitable?

Marianne • June 12, 2023
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Our customers prefer the Handkerchief weight linen IL019 since it has a tighter weave and a smoother hand.

Lauren • June 12, 2023

Can you tell me what percentage IL030 shrinks, warp and weft, please? Thank you! Julie

Julie • August 9, 2023
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This fabric shrinks up to 10% on the unsoftened fabric and up to 7% on the softened fabric along the warp and weft :)

Lauren • August 9, 2023

what patterns would you recommend for this linen?

Betsy • February 22, 2023

Does this fabric require any pre-treatment before an all-over, saturated dye?

Caitlin • February 24, 2023

We have several articles on our blog that will guide you on how to dye your linen - please refer to this link but usually a scour is what is normally done to pre-treat the linen before dying.

Patricia • February 24, 2023
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I love the way this linen feels, I'll be doing lots of sewing in the Fall, setting my sights for summer 2024 to wear.

Winnie • August 14, 2023
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somewhat disappointed

I don't know why since this fabric is 100% linen but it doesn't feel like it. I've bought lots of yardage from this site and been very pleased with my purchases but this one is distinctly different in feel.

Beverley • August 12, 2023
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Hello, We're sorry you don't like the feel of this fabric. Since this fabric doesn't have a softener applied to it, it will feel stiff to the touch. Upon washing it will soften up considerably, and continue to soften up with repeated washing and wearing. If you want to speed up the softening process, please consider our softener, which is designed especially for our linen fabrics. You only need to use it once for great results. If you're still not 100% sure about this fabric please do get in contact with us by phone or email and we'll be happy to help how we can.

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Amazing what this fabric does to l natural light coming through a window

First time I've sewn with this fabric and it is beautiful. I am so happy with his bathroom curtain. I keep running to the hallway to just look at how beautiful and soft the natural light shines through it!!!

Terry • July 15, 2023
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beautiful and fine

:::happy sigh::: I'm going to go completely blind embroidering this. :) It's so fine and even. I already have the silk threads to start. I thought that perhaps they would be too thin for the fabric. Not at all!

Lisa • November 23, 2022
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I really like this gauze linen.

I think this linen is fairly durable for a gauze. It also dyes well.

Tonya • October 22, 2022
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When the folks at Fabric Store offered me the chance to start a series, I jumped (anxiously) at the chance to share more of that journey, to try more of their delicious fabric and see if I could use this as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone. For my first project I picked this lightweight gauzey linen with ideas about a breezy beach coverup using a new sewing technique I'd seen. Or a shirt with appliquéd linen butterflies on the arms. I was fully ready to challenge the classic clean lines and safe sews my wardrobe is full of.

Leila • September 25, 2023

Ring bearer jumper. McCalls 6221 view F. I love working with this fabric.

Debbie • July 28, 2023

Flower girl dresses. Simplicity 9246. Marvelous fabric to work with.

Debbie • July 28, 2023

This curtain was made with the gauze fabric and I'm in love with how the natural light shines through it!!! Good bye blind!!!

Terry • July 15, 2023

I made the F|S Nina Cardigan as a light and elegant layer over a dress I made in the Faille Cotton fabric. Its lovely and airy, yet provides the awesome heat regulating properties of linen, so it kept the chill off my shoulders!

Lauren • July 4, 2023
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