IS010 Waffle Bleached - 54% Linen / 46% Cotton - Medium (6.2 oz/yd2)

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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
Thread size warp 20
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 52
Thread count weft 49
Weight 6.2 oz/yd2
Width 84 inch

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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
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I am looking forward to making these towels, but no instructions were included in the package.

Karen • March 5, 2023
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First Purchase a success!

I made bath towels for the first time with my first online purchase of fabric from They are fabulous and I would like to make more as gifts. If Alaska was included in "free" shipping I would be a more frequent customer. That will be my only hesitation for future purchases because the service and quality did not disappoint!

Merry • February 20, 2023
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Waffle Bath Towels and face cloths

I LOVE this fabric!!! Can't say much more than that. Go by this site's instructions and you will have the most fabulous towels ever. The first waffle fabric I pure I got in a hurry and dip hem fabric first. Hem fabric first!!

Kathy • July 12, 2022
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Best Gifts Ever

I have ordered 12 yards of this material and have made several bath sheets, hand towels and wash cloths as gifts. Recipients have been beyond thrilled and have asked me to make more, for them to gift to others.

Sandra • July 9, 2022
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Great every day towels

I used the tutorial to make 2 sets of towels. My husband wasn't so sure about white towels in our farm home. But these wash so well and get softer over time!

Lee • July 2, 2022
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Cut my flat fabric into 2 fairly large pieces and 4 finger tip towels. The finger tip towels were hemmed, laundered and put into service. Very happy results. The first of the larger two pieces was hemmed, laundered and crocheted into- the waffle fabric accepted a 5.0 (G) hook easily. Eight rows later --- a baby blanket.

Yocheved • February 17, 2022

Shown are towel sets made from the "bleached" waffle fabric and "bleached" IL020 linen. 5 yds of the waffle, and 1 yd of the lightweight linen, made 3 bath sheets (31" x 58"), 2 twist hair towels, and 5 washcloths. Instead of turning up the edges and sewing before washing & drying, I washed both fabrics 4 times, and dried them after each wash on medium. Essentially cut the waffle into quarters - 3 went to bath sheets, the other for the hair towels & washcloths. Bound all of the items with double fold bias tape made from the lightweight linen, then washed again. Cheated a bit by curving the edges so I didn't have to mess with mitered corners. A salad plate works great. For fussy, perfectionist, OCD sewers like myself, have a drink or 3 before you start working with this fabric. It is snaky like 100% linen, the waffles make for tricky cutting, & the fabric does not shrink equally in both directions (as is stated in fabric description). That being said, I love these towels and plan on making more. Please bring back the graphite color.

Susan • January 8, 2022

I was so excited to find this material! It says in the description that this material will shrink 28%... Well, I wanted to make sure before I bought some for some projects. You can see in the picture, this material shrunk 60%. I have NO idea how you could possibly accurately make something before washing. I'm now considering blankets. I did put it in the dryer normal heat, since if you give away blankets as presents, I'd expect normal washing. But even at this price point, if you need to buy an extra 60% that's expensive!

Jennifer • January 1, 2022

I used a decorative stitch to hem the edges and created a simple matching embroidery using a wash away stabilizer! Then tied a matching ribbon! Fun for a 'babe' gift. Planning to make a large lap sized blanket as well! These are soft and wash up so nicely.

Kathleen • August 29, 2021

I cut it (bubbled) and made a robe, then dyed it. It was a little tough to cut through, but not necessarily difficult to sew. I am very pleased with the results! Definitely going to buy more of this fabric. Thank you!

Jo • August 25, 2021
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