IS010 BLEACHED - 54% Linen / 46% Cotton - Middle (6.2 oz/yd2)

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Price: $15.82 per yard
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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 flat 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)

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
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Reviewer: Babette

I read the reviews before making 3 hand towels for gifts. I have to agree with the following: 1. The smell of the sizing is strong. I had to open windows and doors while working with it. 2. Your dryer lint will fill up. Now in all fairness, I did wash them with two new cotton blankets. So those blankets would have helped as well. 3. Came out a weird shape. I tried stretching it out a little and ironing just the hemmed edges. I also used 100% cotton thread. But I still have wavy edges. It made folding them for gifts a challenge. 4. Incredibly soft. I missed the instructions about no fabric softener and low heat. I used fabric softener and high heat. I'm impressed enough with the results to want to make more. But after the holidays...

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hi! We have a tutorial on 2 different techniques to finish off the towel edges with a regular double-fold hem or a bias tape. You can find the tutorial here: The double hem will stay slightly wavy because of the construction of the fabric itself. You could also try using synthetic thread to reduce the waves as it will not itself shrink as a cotton or linen thread would. I am thinking the extra waves may be because the cotton thread shrunk differently than the cloth itself. Hope this helps and email us directly if you have any questions. Have a great day!

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Char profile image IS010 linen kitchen hanging towels.
Reviewer: Char

Wonderful fabric for quick kitchen hanging towels.

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Good, but keeps shedding terribly in dryer
Reviewer: Laura

Made a set of towels. I was shocked and how much "lint" was in the dryer. It actually plugged up our outside dryer vent screen. After 5 washings the amount of lint is still crazy. It appears to me that the cotton is all coming out. Looks like we will be left with linen towels. No they are not very soft. I didn't expect soft like cotton but they are getting rougher with each wash. I am confused in that no one else has mentioned this ?????? They are still absorbent but now rough. I guess if that's what you want they are nice towels. FYI, I would clean your dryer venting after the first wash and dry and check your outside screen too.

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Shrinks much more than expected
Reviewer: Melinda

I measured out my items taking into account the claimed shrinkage of 18% length and 28% width. However, my results over 6 bath towels, 8 hand towels and 4 washcoths was the actual shrinkage is 23.3% length and 43.8% width. So everything I made with nicely mitered corners is oddly sized and not what I planned and measured for. I am disappointed. I plan to try again now knowing the true shrinkage. I used hot water and dried in dryer on high heat.

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Lisa profile image Nice fabric
Reviewer: Lisa

I made wash cloths out of this fabric and one bath towel. I love the texture of the fabric after drying. It feels good on my skin. I sewed the hems with a rolled hem foot before washing and it turned out great. I think it would be hard to hem post-drying if the hem was small. I double folded the hem on the towel and mitered the corners.

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Great Project - want to make more!
Reviewer: Elizabeth

Used the cutting layout on the blog to make 4 bath sheets, 2 hand towels and a bunch of washcloths. We love using them and prefer them to our heavy fancy bath sheets.

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Reviewer: Jo

I was so excited when the fabric arrived that I immediately toasted in the washer. In fact I washed it three times, the fluffing up was so fun! I proceeded to cut and make a robe, then dye it. I am so pleased with this fabric!

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Lynn profile image Wonderful fabric!
Reviewer: Lynn

I made a bathrobe, large bath towel and a face towel. I love them. My cat wouldn't leave the fabric alone, so I made her a pillow.

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Waffle Weave Linen and Cotton Mix Makes Superb and Luxurious Towels
Reviewer: Jane

I ordered six yards and made five very large bath towels/sheets. I am elated with this purchase and I love these towels. Luxurious, extremely absorbent, quick drying and getting softer with every wash. I will be ordering more and making more of these towels to use as gifts. You won't be disappointed with a purchase of this fabric. It was also a pleasure to quickly sew the towels up with the fabric extremely easy to iron the hem folds in and in terms of it quickly gliding through my sewing machine. I may even order some to preshrunk and make myself a new robe.

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Not for dish towels
Reviewer: Colleen

I had purchased the 100% linen waffle weave fabric prior. And I immediately fell in love. I was planning on making some dish towels for my father in law's birthday, and needed white fabric. Well, the 100% linen waffle weave has been discontinued. I bought this to see if it would be a suitable replacement. I'm disappointed. It doesn't grab nor release water like the 100% linen does. Now I'll have to look for a different fabric or find a different birthday present.

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Fun To play with.
Reviewer: Donna

I made some small items for the bath with the 1/2 yard remnant I. bought. I hemmed and sewed them before washing. I calculated the dimensions using the shrinkage noted. It took 3 washings and a tumble to fully dry to get a square washcloth. The items I made were a fringed fingertip towel, a washcloth and a soap bag fo the shower. I have enough left to make an additional set. I will make the soap bag a bit shorter next time and finish the seams as flat felled seams. I will probably not miter the washcloth corners again as they came out a bit "pointy" after the last wash since I hemmed them before I washed. I gave the fabric 4 stars as I with the pattern came out a tad more regular after washing. The softness:/scratchiness ratio works for me for bath items and they are functional and have a rustic charm. I intend to make more for gift sets.

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Reviewer: Jocelyn

This is one of the most interesting pieces of warp and weft! I was doing a small unit study on fibers and how they are woven, with my grandchildren and thought from the description it would be a good example. It was. I sat with my 6 year old granddaughter and pulled threads for the fringe one afternoon, while we chatted and worked. Then were thrilled with the finished product as it came out of the dryer, as a waffled throw and the tassels had self twisted. Please offer this again!

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Great for a lightweight summer blanket.
Reviewer: Virginia

I used 4 yards of this fabric to make a lightweight blanket for East Tennessee summers. It is divine! Just right for warm weather. I plan on buying more to use as bath sheets. Thank you for creating this awesome product.

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Marion profile image Fun to make & great to use.
Reviewer: Marion

After I read about this fabric I couldn't resist trying. I made a set of 2 bath sheets & 2 hand towels. The directions were easy to follow & it was fun to wash & dry them to see them pucker & fluff. I thought the fabric was soft and absorbant & I love the big size. My husband loved them, too, so I gave the blue to him & bought white to make more for me!

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Anne profile image Amazing Fabric
Reviewer: Anne

I made 3 towel sets and washed to get the waffle softness. They are beautiful.

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Linen/Cotton bliss
Reviewer: Marsha

An experience! The subtle depth of natural colors, texture & hand. A dream to sew on & a pleasure to look at. Made a lined loose trench style jacket, lined with rayon bemberg fabric. Welt detailed pockets were a dream to sew because the fabric pressed so crisp & clean.

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Gigi of Arkansas loves it!
Reviewer: Gail

This is amazing fabric and it does exactly like they say it will. I washed and dried it and was amazed at how beautiful it turned out. I highly recommend it

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Typo in the description
Reviewer: Lauren

Don't get scared off by the description. It does NOT shrink 42%! I bought 2yards to make a throw, put good old-fashioned blanket binding on it and threw it in the wash. I washed it on "medium" temperature and dried it on "high". It shrank about 7 inches in each direction and got nice and waffle-y. Will be getting more - my son wants something big enough for his bed..

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Alisha profile image Waffle Towels
Reviewer: Alisha

4 yards of this lovely fabric can yield - 4 full size towels, 4 wash cloths and 2 hand towels. Wash and Dry first. The linen/cotton is not as thick as most terrycloth towels but this fabric makes very nice natural fiber waffle towels. I'm so happy with how they turned out.

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So Good!
Reviewer: April

After years of mass marketed bath sheets getting smaller and smaller, I made my own with this amazing linen/cotton waffle weave. HEAVEN! Finally I have a towel to fully wrap myself in. Wonderfully absorbent, and to make things even better, clean, dried and folded, it takes up way less space in the linen closet than "traditional" towels. I will be replacing all of my bathsheets with this!

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Vickie profile image Heavenly!
Reviewer: Vickie

I am absolutely in love with this fabric. I have a friend with a son who has autism and this child went bananas, in a good way, over a throw blanket I had made. so of course I made him one and it calms him and he says he loves it. His mother said he had never reacted to any thing as he has this blanket. Autistic children have very sensitive reactions to the feel of things and don't know if this would work for everyone, since we are all different, but perhaps this will help someone else out there. Thank you, Fabrics Store for this linen, more colors please!

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Thank you for sharing that with us - super happy that we could be a part of that experience for your friend's son. Will work on more colors :)

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This IS a 5 star product!
Reviewer: Debby

I don't know why this only shows 3 star, I put 5. ?? Highly recommend!!

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I love this fabric!
Reviewer: Debby

I purchased 6 yards for a full size blanket and a throw. I cut the throw at 66" wide and it shrunk to about 44" wide, after hemming, which is a nice lap size. Then I serged the cut ends before washing and folded over twice and sewed. You might think I didn't need to serge first, and you are right, but I like the stability a serged edge gives when folding over twice and hemming in one step. Very easy to do with the grain lines of this fabric. I didn't hem the selvage edges before washing as I thought I would like that look, but I didn't. So I cut the selvages off and bound the edges with a 3" straight-cut binding of IL019 bleached linen. I pressed the 3" binding in half, sewed cut edges to the RIGHT side, flipped folded edge over and hand sewed down. It was actually hard to tell which side was machine sewn and which was hand sewn after washing again. (See photos). It's amazingly warm but not overly heavy as a blanket or throw, since it is a linen/cotton blend. I would recommend hemming all sides of this fabric before washing— allowing for the shrinkage estimates that they have determined—unless you want to bind it like it did on the selvages. It's a great price and very nice for a fabric 84" wide. Even with shrinkage, it's plenty long for the throw at 68" long, finished. It does have a huge amount of lint in the dryer, but I washed all 6 yards at one time. I did not have any problem with sizing as an earlier reviewer mentioned. I want to try this same fabric in one of the colors they carry. This was fun to work with and I love the puffy texture!

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Reviewer: Giselle

Hello I am from Canada and am usually hesitant to buy from the US because of the import duties that tend to be pretty hefty. I have bought linen from this company for the last few months ( even with exchange and shipping etc) and I have to say my experience has been really good! The quality of the fabric that I have received is absolutely excellent. Normally I don't leave reviews but felt that customer care from this company and the quality of the product and the price point warranted a five star review.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

:) Thank you! Hope you like the waffle weave.

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Wear a mask while sewing large items
Reviewer: Ericha

First off, this fabric is amazing! Exactly as described. Second, there is a tremendous amount of sizing in the fabric before washing. If you're sensitive to that sort of thing, I'd suggest you wear a mask while sewing. My eyes started watering, nose ran, and started sneezing with this fabric! (I was making a King size comforter) Once I realized what was going on, I put on a mask and was fine. There is no chemical smell, but something in this fabric was getting to me.

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Exactly as described
Reviewer: Kim

I ordered 2 yards of this cotton/linen fabric to make a beach towel. As it is described, it arrives flat but after washing (I used hot water) the waffles appear. The fabric is a bit stiff still, but softer than before washing, and I imagine it will continue to soften with use as linen does. The beach towel is large, yet light, and absorbs water well. I can't wait to be able to use it this summer! Very happy with this purchase.

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I made a blanket with this the first time it was offered
Reviewer: Susan

I saw this when it was first offered, and had been wishing for something I could use to make a blanket to replace the 20 year-old blanket we were currently using. The problem was that the material had to be a temperature regulator like the old woven "thermal" style it was replacing. I bought 3 yards after reading the advert. I hemmed the cut edges only -1/2 inch on the foot and 2 inches on the head - and threw it in to the washer and dryer. What emerged was absolutely the best blanket I've ever had. Since it's on a queen-sized bed, the side overhang isn't very long, but then the old one had a similar issue. Bottom line - I will be buying again.

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So Waffly!
Reviewer: Marla

One of the many things I did not expect, going into 2020, was that I would ever make a towel, let alone be totally stoked about it. I want to replace every other towel in the house. I tried out a yard, since this is a linen-cotton blend, to see if it would be similar to the cerulean and the orchid I tried earlier. I evened up the edges and used the mitred corners method from It's Sew Easy on YouTube. It is the way that works best for me. Once I got the corners wrangled, the sides were an easy finger-press. Half an inch hem all around and it was done. It made a generously sized towel, after lopping off a few inches for a couple of scrunchies, since I haven't had a haircut in over a year. Into the washer and dryer, and it came out, as promised, SO WAFFLY! More fun than you would expect from a towel! This one feels a little scrubbier than the all linen ones, in a good way. The color is not stark white, what I think of when I see "bleached." It's a creamy color, very appealing. I think this fabric would make terrific receiving blankets, too.

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.

Posted by Susan

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!

Posted by Jennifer

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.

Posted by Kathleen

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!

Posted by Jo

Bathrobe from the waffle fabric and a picture of a big fan!

Posted by Lynn

Wanted to make a Spa Robe that actually FIT Pre-washed it like I always do, so it shrunk up like I expected, but I still found myself a little shy of what I needed, for my desired length. Didn't really have a Robe pattern, so I used a Tunic pattern and made it in the largest size offered. Turned out pretty well I think, even tho I converted the facing from the pattern BTW Absolutely LOVE your fabric.

Posted by Paulette

I made two giant bath sheets out of 3 yards - just cut the length in half, hemmed & washed. I'm thinking of cutting one of them into a smaller bath towel & a couple of hand towels because they're so big. This picture shows fabric before & after washing; the quarter is for scale of the waffles.

Posted by Marsha

How to make your own bath towels and finish the edges using two different techniques – with a regular double-fold hem or a bias tape. You can find the tutorial here:

Posted by Rima

My doggie bag creations. Fingertip towel, washcloth and soap bag.

Posted by Donna

Rolled up Teddy Bear baby blanket made out of the waffle cloth - a useful, adorable, and very personal gift for my friends newborn. Plus, they get a handmade keepsake that can be rolled right back up into a Teddy Bear to keep as a cherished memory. You can email our customer service for the rolling instructions :)

Posted by Oksana

This makes a delightful throw/blanket, very much like you would find in high end boutiques. I pulled threads on three sides then sewed a small zigzag at the edge to stabilize the fringe and hemmed the fourth side on the sewing machine. It was a favorite at our church auction.

Posted by Donna

Another photos of the pkd towels.

Posted by Anne

Here is a prewashed shot of the mitered corner.

Posted by Anne

I am not a master sewist by any means, but a few comments on the process of sewing this fabric. I made bath/hand towels and I waited until I hemmed around the edges before washing. The cotton content was just enough to give the fabric a crisp feel allowing me to sew borders without slippage that often comes with sewing pure linen. I am a former quilter and used some of the tricks of the trade. I used a small stitch with lock stitch every 5 stitches. So the border will not roll after washing, as it is locked in place. I also mitered the corners because otherwise the bulk would have been too much. Not until all the sewing was compete, did I washed them. The towels came out beautiful and soft.

Posted by Anne

Two of the full size towels, two of the hand towels. Such a simple project with a big payoff.

Posted by Alisha

Folded over twice edge of my throw.

Posted by Debby

Bound edges of my throw

Posted by Debby
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