IL019 All-purpose Natural Softened - 100% Linen - Medium (5.3 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards

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Natural is the earth made, not dyed, color of the flax plant once it is made into thread. No dyes, no bleach. The only thing that impacts the color of the cloth from one production to the next ( if it is more beige or grey) is the amount of sunshine and rain that particular flax harvest had.

At a medium weight of 5.3 ounces, this 100% linen is versatile enough to be referred to as an All Purpose or Do it All linen. With its smooth look and tighter weave, this linen is neither sheer or heavy, but just the right in-between weight you will need for a variety of projects.

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL019 All-Purpose
Content : 100% Linen
Thread size warp : 17.9
Thread size weft : 17.9
Thread count warp : 46
Thread count weft : 37
Weight : 5.3 oz/yd2
Width : 59 inch

Customer Questions and Answers


Can someone describe in more detail what is meant by adding a softener? Is this a chemical process? I want to make some items that will come into contact with food and want to make sure to use food safe materials. Thanks!

Ilan • August 4, 2022

We use a silicone softener that is applied to the linen to give it a smooth hand. This linen with softener has passed the Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification process. The Oeko-Tex organization tests our products for over 100 harmful chemicals and toxins before approving them for public use. Our linens, including this one, are widely used for home decor items such as napkins as well as bread, market and vegetable bags without issue .

Maureen • August 4, 2022
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Amazing linen

Perfect for my Elizabeth Bennett dress. Washed nicely. The color is very close to the color swatch though perhaps a bit lighter. The weight is perfect for a dress. Drapes like a dream. My only concern is I didn't purchase enough!

LEIGH • May 21, 2022
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Beautiful linen!

I have never bought fabric online before because I really need to see and feel it in person. However, I couldn't find any decent linen in stores! So after reading reviews of the fabrics-store linens I decided to take a chance, and I am so glad I did. I love this linen! Loved the natural color, the feel, the drape, and the way it performs.

Pamela • September 25, 2021
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Soft though not without issues

I was surprised by how soft this fabric is (even after washing!). The one issue that I did notice is that is has a lot of slubs. After washing, there were flax pieces poking out of the slubs, making the fabric scratchy in places. I used this fabric to make a shirt for my partner, who often wears wool, and he didn't mind the scratchiness much. Just something to note in case you're sensitive to that sort of thing.

Natalie • September 11, 2021
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Sara profile image Beautiful, I love the natural color

This linen is lovely. I'm relatively new to sewing linen after being confident with knits after many years. This linen is affordable and beautiful and I'm working on lots of new garments for myself and my boys.

Sara • May 8, 2021
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Perfect weight and texture

I bought this to make a pair of loose trousers (actually I'd made a pair already in a different color - Insignia Blue - and loved them so much I had to have another pair) for summer. It's perfect. I love the feel of it - substantial but not at all stiff and light enough for a hot day.

Mary • May 4, 2021
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I purchased I think about 8 yards of your natural softened linen to make 2 shower curtains so they would open in the middle and I wanted to share my project. The linen is beautiful and I just wanted to share my finished product. Please find the attached. I prewashed the linen, and sewed the panels together. 72" x 80" and then I hand painted the edges with a Sumi Brush with black textile paint.

Susan • November 25, 2022

My husband was very happy to buy me a FS gift card for Christmas and I was very happy to use it to buy the Charlie pattern and FS linen. I was inspired by Morgann McCoy's posts on The Thread for the sleeveless top and trousers, so much so that I just totally copied her color choices and I have no regrets! I was also motivated by fellow Charlie poster, Sarah, who tackled the trousers as her first sewing project. I used the IL019 Agave Signature Finish for the top and the IL019 Natural Softened for the trousers. Before I started working on my outfit, I met with Lauren to discuss fit adjustments for my measurements—I'm 5'4" and short-waisted. She gave me great suggestions and encouraged me to make a muslin for the trousers, which was key to my success. I felt pretty swanky when I tried on my outfit for the first time, so of course I'm now hooked for all time. I am going to make another blouse (or the dress) in IL020 lighter weight linen, and maybe another pair of trousers in the 4C22 heavier weight linen for fall season.

Carolyn • June 15, 2022

My Lizzie Dress without the shirt. The fabric is a dream to work with.

LEIGH • June 7, 2022

Made a "Lizzie Dress" (Pride and Prejudice) and it worked out perfectly for my project. The color is a bit lighter than expected but I really love it. I will order more for a jumpsuit!

LEIGH • June 7, 2022

I used this fabric to make some double sided hand-embroidered napkins for my sister's birthday. The linen was fairly easy to thread pull and they came out beautifully. While the fabric itself has a decent amount of body, it also had a handful of odd plastic threads that looked to have been caught in the nubbly weave. Removing them took a bit of effort but scarring was minimal. I've never had that issue with other weaves or colors, only Natural. But overall the linen was simple and straightforward to work with.

Anna • June 1, 2022
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