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


What is the shrinkage on this fabric?

Pamela • June 6, 2023
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This fabric can shrink up to 10% on a warm wash and low heat dry.

Lauren • June 6, 2023

Is this medium weight linen on this page good for furniture slipcovers?

Lydia • April 20, 2023
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The middleweight linen has and can be used for slipcovers, but if the item will be used in a high traffic area we recommend looking at our heavier linens as well. We have samples available for purchase to compare the weights to make sure which one will work best for your project.

Maureen • April 20, 2023

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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BringYourOwnFluff profile image Just a Pinch Lighter than the Image

Lovely medium-weight linen for tops and bottoms! I do find the color to be a bit lighter than what's shown on my screen. This linen, like all that I order from here is a nice quality, with a few slubs/loose threads here or there that I pull to the wrong side of the fabric with a small crochet hook. Not a big deal! Like all linens, this fabric gets much, much softer with machine washing and drying.

BringYourOwnFluff • August 24, 2023
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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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Helen's Closet Ashton Top Colorblock Hack from the blog in scraps of medium-weight fabrics-store linen. 'Natural' is the right shoulder, 'Lagoon' is the other shoulder. 'Folkstone Gray' is the bottom triangle, and 'Natural Mix' is the bottom square. You can see that the Natural Mix is nearly white, and just a few shades lighter than 'Natural'.

BringYourOwnFluff • August 24, 2023

Helen's Closet Ashton Top in fabrics-store medium-weight linen in 'natural'. True Bias Dani Pants in the same fabric for a matching set! I put these on just for the photo, so all the wrinkles are what you get from walking around the house for a bit!

BringYourOwnFluff • August 24, 2023

Sew Liberated Dani Shorts in natural medium-weight linen. The top is the Helen's Closet Ashton top, color block hack from the blog made from fabrics-store medium-weight linen scraps: natural, natural mix, folkstone gray, and lagoon.

BringYourOwnFluff • August 24, 2023

I tackled this pattern with no particular plan other than to use a lot of colors. I used 1 yard increments of several colored linens, All-purpose Mix Natural, Autumn Gold, Agave, Wisteria, Sanguine, Lilas – all IL019, and that determined how far down my color piecing work began as I cut the main body pattern pieces from the off-white linen and then worked with the other colors to fill in the gaps.

Leila • May 4, 2023

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
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