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

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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 59 inch wide 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


Is this a good choice for kitchen towels?

Kate • February 21, 2023

Yes, the IL019 natural can be used for kitchen towels along if a smoother wider middle weight linen is what you are wanting. Please also take a look at the 4C22 rustic linen and our selection of narrow toweling, IL084 and IL085 which makes up beautiful kitchen towels.

Patricia • February 21, 2023

Where is the fabric itself grown and made?

Kari • December 28, 2022
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You will find the information listed in our help center:

Maureen • December 28, 2022

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
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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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Love the medium weight softened linen... seen here in the overalls and the pants! Both excellent selllers for me at my shop in Portland Oregon..... camphollyhockpdx on Instagram

Marcee • December 24, 2022

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
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