IL020 Handkerchief Bleached - 100% Linen - Light (3.7 oz/yd2) - 20.00 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.

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL020 Handkerchief
Content : 100% Linen
Thread size warp : 33.3
Thread size weft : 33.3
Thread count warp : 57
Thread count weft : 44
Weight : 3.7 oz/yd2
Width : 58 inch

Customer Questions and Answers


How many yards are on a bolt?

Sarah • August 25, 2022

The bolts are sold as 20 yards but are not pre-cut. For example if you needed 40 yards you would order 2 bolts and receive 40 continuous yards not 20 and 20.

Maureen • August 25, 2022
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A pleasure to work with

Call it post-Covid crazy, but I started making clothes this year. It was a pure pleasure to work with the mid weight bleached linen and the 18thC-inspired shirt (not as floofy as a historical garment) turned out, if I do say so myself, gorgeous.

Amy • November 21, 2022
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**This is a correction for my original review** This stuff is top 5 fabrics, easily (imo)! In it's original form, it's super easy to work with. I made pjs for my son. Yes, it was a bit precarious. For a fabric that is akin to paper, it can seem like the article of clothing you're making may turn out stuff and rough. Well I'm here to tell you - that didn't happen. The first pair I made are amazing (they've been washed and softened the most). I'm seriously thinking about making sheets with this brilliant fabric! Yes, I was wrong. I judged a 'book by it's cover's and happily, I was wrong wrong wrong! I LOVE it when that happens with fabric. Another accidental discovery that I may have never found if I had encountered it in-store. Great again, FS. Great again!

Carla • November 20, 2022
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Deon profile image Shibori Blanket

I have used many weights of Fabric-Store linen and this one is my favorite. Since I had plenty of scraps in my stash of varying weights, I decided they would be good candidates for practicing the Shibori dye technique. I dyed each piece in a different pattern and was amazed at all the designs. I then pieced it all together and created a blanket with a dark blue, rustic linen also from Fabric-Store as a backing. This will make a very nice holiday gift!

Deon • October 17, 2022
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Always Wonderful

I have ordered from this wonderful site for years. Their fabrics are fabulous. Their service is impeccable. I love this light weight linen for so many things from living history to everyday items. it is a pleasure to work with and so is Fabric Store.

Hallie • September 27, 2022
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I love love love this website and this linen specifically. This was my first purchase from the website, kind of like a quality trial run and I was blown away and have placed several orders after the fact. I have used this IL020 Bleached 3.7oz/y linen for curtains and dress lining. It sheer enough to to let sunlight into the room and also offers some privacy. I love using this fabric for garment lining as well because it feel so soft against the skin and is totally breathable. Linen can be very expensive and I love that this retailer focuses on just linen and I have only been impressed by the quality of the product and the wide selection of weights and colors. I do custom work for clients and recently showed a client a sample of this specific fabric with many other fabric samples and this one was the winner! Highly recommend anything they have to offer and is so versatile as far as what it can be used for. Thank y'all from New Orleans, LA.

Maebh • September 14, 2022
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A girl's Christmas outfit using the wonderful 'crimson' medium weight linen and the 'bleached 3.7 oz' white linen. Designed by Lyn Tayler Lee for 'Era Of Make Believe' Etsy store:

Lyn • October 25, 2022

Shibori dye technique used on various weight of linen.

Deon • October 17, 2022

I Just finished my blouse out of IL020 and loved every step of the sewing process and love the finished product. The fabric is fabulous to work with. Embroidery designs is from EveEmbroideryShop.

Barbara • October 14, 2022

Using 1 bottle of RIT Navy dye, hemmed a 2 yard swatch a fabric and made this tablecloth.

Monique • August 7, 2022

I was so thrilled with how well this fabric took to ice dying on this basic tunic. I will definitely be making more. I love this fabric for its ease of use and quality. You can check my various productions on my FB page, #naturalfiberbliss.

Martine • August 7, 2022
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