IL090 Rough Bleached - 100% Linen Fabric - Very Heavy (8 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards, Width 57"

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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.

A 57 inch wide heavier linen weighing 8.1 ounces it is referred to as canvas weight , this linen is perfectly suited for projects that require a sturdier yet still fashionable linen.

Fabric specifications:

Article IL090 Rough
Content 100% Linen
Width 57 inch
Weight 8 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 9.1
Thread size weft 9.1
Thread count warp 36
Thread count weft 25

Customer Questions and Answers


Can this fabric be used for upholstery and seating cushions?

becky • December 10, 2022
Maureen  profile image F|S Team

Yes it is a heavier weight that is perfect for projects such a the one you are planning.

Maureen • December 10, 2022

Has anyone used this to make dish towels? Anyone had luck eco printing it?

Kathryn • December 11, 2022
Lauren profile image F|S Team

if you don't receive an answer here, you could try our Facebook Sewing group which is full of kind and helpful members who may have experience with this fabric and Eco printing.

Lauren • December 11, 2022

Is this similar to a canvas weight?

C • December 18, 2022
Maureen  profile image F|S Team

This is an 8oz linen and a heavier weight for us but a cotton canvas can be 10 oz or heavier.

Maureen • December 18, 2022

Is this safe for food contact like a bread bag? If not can you advise on what would be best

Mr • November 27, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Yes, this fabric is suitable for food after throughly washing.

Lauren • November 27, 2023

Is this linen suitable for drapes? I am concerned it might be too heavy. I am planning for linen panels with a blackout linning for my living room.

Susan • July 15, 2023
Maureen  profile image F|S Team

This is heavier than the 4C22 which we discussed on the phone but it is also used for drapes - please request a sample to compare to see of this will work for your project.

Maureen • July 15, 2023

Would this fabric be suitable for outerwear such as a big coat? Will it drape nicely?

Alicia • September 21, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

This will depend on the amount of drape you desire (since this is subjective) and the pattern/ design you intend to make your jacket. We recommend getting a sample and/or emailing our helpful customer service team with a photo of your desired look or pattern information and we would be happy to match you with the most appropriate fabric.

Lauren • September 21, 2023

Is this fabric suitable for upholstering a chair?

Deborah • September 23, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Yes, you can use this fabric for upholstery, We recommend purchasing a swatch or a yard to feel the fabric in person and to get a feel for it to see if it is right for your project.

Lauren • September 23, 2023

I'm looking at this to make Roman blinds. Would you prewash?

Susan • September 29, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Yes, we recommend pre-washing the fabrics prior to making your roman blinds.

Lauren • September 29, 2023

which warm white or off white linen is suitable for a longer cafe type curtain for nice stack back with some light coming thru. A master bedroom luxury look

Katie • January 21, 2024
Lauren profile image F|S Team

You may like our 4C22 heavyweight for a warm and elegant look, or our IL019 medium weight for a softer look which allows more light. We recommend getting samples or 1 yard cuts so you can try the fabrics out in your space.

Lauren • January 21, 2024

Can this weight be used for curtains?

Sandy • November 13, 2022
Maureen  profile image F|S Team

Yes this is a heavier linen that makes up into beautiful curtains.

Maureen • November 13, 2022

1. Is the linen washed (and therefore, shrunk) during bleaching? 2. If so, is it hot-washed, cool-washed, or warm-washed? 3. Will it shrink again if washed in cool or warm water? I'm trying to figure out if it's been preshrunk at all, and if so, TO WHAT DEGREE shrinkage has already occurred, or must I pre-wash a bolt of fabric before I begin sewing slipcovers for my couch cushions... ideally, pre-shrunk in hot water, so maximum shrinkage has occurred and future cool washing is possible without fear of wrecking the fit of my project! 4. If no shrinkage yet, is it possible to pay you to preshrink the bolt?

Nicole • August 14, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, This fabric has not had any pre-shrinkage, and we do not offer a pre-shrinking service I'm sorry. For washing and shrinkage advice, please see this Help Center Article:

Lauren • August 14, 2023
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Could this be used to make furniture covers. I love my sofa but time to recover. I'm concerned about how heavy this is to sew on regular machine and also for washing out stains. How durable?

Lisa • January 31, 2024
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Yes, you can use this fabric for covers. We recommend purchasing a swatch or a yard to feel the fabric in person and to get a feel for it to see if it is right for your project.

Lauren • January 31, 2024

I'm looking for a heavy weight linen in a cream color ... does the bleached linen have a cream color look to it ?

Julie • June 22, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, The bleached color is a creamy off white color.

Lauren • June 22, 2023

Is the natural/unbleached version of this weight (IL090) ever coming back?

Kimberly • February 8, 2024
Lauren profile image F|S Team

I'm sorry In our next shipment, we will have new colors and the Mix natural color back in stock, but not the natural from what I can see.

Lauren • February 8, 2024
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Love this fabric. I like the weight and the rustic feel against my skin. It has body but not too stiff. Washed and air dried before fabrication. A small amount of shrinkage. I will continue to buy this fabric. It is hard to find this weight in linen.

Kathy • January 23, 2024
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Home Decor Delight

I love this linen. I have been using it to create Thread Sketches which I paint using a variety of mediums (Gelatos, Inks, Dyes). I back it with ShapeFlex when using these as blocks in quilts to prevent possible bearding of the batt through the weave. I've created pillows, table runners, placemats, and now I am using lighter weight linen with this concept for garments. This weight is perfect for quilts & home decor. It's texture really adds to the style of art I'm using it for. Love this linen! you can see photos of it on my

Trish • July 24, 2018

Excellent choice for the internal strength layers of my recent 18th century stays project. The hot pre wash tightened the fibers up well and one of the 2 layers was treated with gum tragacanth to create a period type of "buckram".

Jessica • February 16, 2024

18" sofa pillow in bleached linen with stencil in dark green.

Anne • December 6, 2021

Beautiful linen made these Holiday Pillows.

Anne • November 18, 2021

I made a pair of linen pillow cases using the bleached white for the larger portion and shadow grey for the cuff. They came out amazing.

Anne • October 18, 2020

Painted thread sketched images on this project with Gelatos on heavyweight linen. I'm using these (and teaching others how to use them) in quilts, home decor and lighter weight linen in garments. It is a great foundation for adding Gelatos, water based or alcohol inks, and dyes. Yummy, and the linen is stiff enough to hold up under painting but washes beautifully, softening and retaining the colors. It's really been fun to create using this as a foundation.

Trish • July 24, 2018
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