IL030 Gauze Bleached - 100% Linen Fabric - Very Light (2.8 oz/yd2), 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.

The beautiful open weave texture of this linen gives it a light, airy opaque look, making it an excellent choice for apparel, intimate apparel, accessories, interior design projects and so much more. This cloth is 57 inches wide.

Fabric specifications:

Article IL030 Gauze
Content 100% Linen
Width 57 inch
Weight 2.8 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 34.5
Thread size weft 30
Thread count warp 38
Thread count weft 40

Customer Questions and Answers


I purchased 3 years of this material. After seeing it in person I think I would like to make a long night gown or night dress with it. Do you think it suitable for a night dress ND should I launder it first? How much is shrinkage? Rhank you Elizabeth

Elizabeth • July 11, 2024
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Yes, this fabric is lovely for a night dress and is one of my go-to fabrics for this purpose. We do recommend pre-washing and shrinkage is approximately 7%. Please see our Help Center if you need guidance on washing.

Lauren • July 11, 2024

What weight linen should I get for a VERY light weight travel throw (traveling to south america

Jamie • June 16, 2024
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This fabric would be my recommendation, it is light and airy and rolls up small when not in use, so it will travel easily :)

Lauren • June 16, 2024

Is this fabric the best for handkerchiefs?

Araceli • June 7, 2024
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The best fabric for handkerchiefs would be our IL020 lightweight linen.

Lauren • June 7, 2024

Would this linen make good "bread towels," like tea towels only for lining bread baskets? Or even lightweight kitchen towels. I have plenty of heavy towels but have found that I really like some super lightweight ones for general purpose and for bread. My biggest concern would be if they "shed" lint. Thanks!

Vicky • June 1, 2024
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This is a very lightweight fabric with a gauzy feel. This fabric will only shed lint in the wash when new.

Lauren • June 1, 2024

I want to line a bias dress made from IL020; I have several tops where I used two layers of IL020, and they are just a tad heavy. Would you suggest this or the cotton/linen 008? I think having some give could be good under the bias - cut this on grain? Thanks for your help!

Luanne • May 13, 2024
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We would recommend this fabric, IL030, over the cotton blend and the cotton adds a different drape to the fabric and can be a little more structured than the 100% linen. So we would recommend this fabric before the blend.

Lauren • May 13, 2024

I just purchased this linen and would like to make childs pullover tshirt/ tunic for the beach. Do you offer any free patterns for childrens clothing?

Mary Jo • March 28, 2024
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Hello, at this time we do not offer children's patterns.

Lauren • March 28, 2024

Are there any other colors in the gauze? Or is it seasonal?

Laurie • February 18, 2024
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Only the listed colors are available, we do not offer this fabric in dyed colors, sorry.

Lauren • February 18, 2024

Hi. Can you tell me what are the main uses for this particular type of linen? It is so thin. I wonder if it is sturdy enough for embroidery work if I use a stabilizing paper that dissolves in water?

CATHY • February 5, 2024
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The beautiful open weave texture of this linen gives it a light, airy opaque look, making it an excellent choice for apparel, intimate apparel, accessories, interior design projects and so much more. Yes, you can embroider on this fabric.

Lauren • February 5, 2024

I bought 39 yds of this and it came on a bolt. I am making long 90x wof rod pocket curtains with it. How much extra should I add to my measurement to allow for shrinkage?

Lucille • October 27, 2023
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Hello We recommend adding 10% of your total for shrinkage for this fabric.

Lauren • October 27, 2023

Can you tell me what percentage IL030 shrinks, warp and weft, please? Thank you! Julie

Julie • August 9, 2023
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This fabric shrinks up to 10% on the unsoftened fabric and up to 7% on the softened fabric along the warp and weft :)

Lauren • August 9, 2023

I want to make handkerchiefs for my husband. Is this a good linen? If not please let me know which one I should use. I plan to embroider his initials on them- machine or hand.

Carmen • July 30, 2023
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We would recommend our IL020 Handkerchief linen, or for hand embroidery our 1C64 medium weight linen

Lauren • July 30, 2023

when washed will this fabric have a natural wrinkle / texture to it? Looking to make gauze sheer curtains and want a natural / wrinkled look I see on Etsy

Lori • July 26, 2023
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If you want a gently crumpled textured look, then this fabric will give you that fresh from the wash and dry, if you want more of that texture, you can air dry with the fabric laying flat.

Lauren • July 26, 2023

What is the best linen for napkins

Connie • July 16, 2023
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The most popular choice for napkins is our middleweight linens, however, any of our basic linens can be used for napkins, but it usually comes down to the look, weight and color you are wanting for your project.

Maureen • July 16, 2023

Would you use the gauze for a slip or would the handkerchief weight be more suitable?

Marianne • June 12, 2023
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Our customers prefer the Handkerchief weight linen IL019 since it has a tighter weave and a smoother hand.

Lauren • June 12, 2023

I have never seen with gauze linen fabric. Since I am thinking g this would be too sheer to wearas an unlined garment, what would you recommend using to line a blouse or dress made from this gauze?

Susan • March 25, 2023
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Yes it can and is used for lining a variety of garments. If you have some time we do have samples for purchase so you can see of it will work for your intended project.

Maureen • March 25, 2023

I'm looking for light linen to line a linen dress. Would you recommend this weight or a little heavier?

Kim • March 18, 2023

You should take a look at our handkerchief linen IL020 it is a bit heavier than the Gauze IL030. Either one works for lining.

Patricia • March 18, 2023

Does this fabric require any pre-treatment before an all-over, saturated dye?

Caitlin • February 24, 2023

We have several articles on our blog that will guide you on how to dye your linen - please refer to this link but usually a scour is what is normally done to pre-treat the linen before dying.

Patricia • February 24, 2023

what patterns would you recommend for this linen?

Betsy • February 22, 2023

Would this make good handkerchiefs? If not, what else would you recommend?

Karen • January 21, 2023
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This is a gauze linen and although lightweight our customers tend to use a tightly woven lightweight linen such as IL020 for handkerchiefs.

Maureen • January 21, 2023

What is the shrinkage rate of IL030 bleached . I have created a garment with your fabric and did not pre-wash and dry before hand. Please advise .

Valerie • August 23, 2022
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Using our recommended wash instructions you can expect a 7-10% shrinkage. Please visit our help center to view the recommended wash method as well as helpful articles on expected shrinkage.

Maureen • August 23, 2022
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Incredible Hand

I bought this fabric for shears. I've stitched the edges, washed, dried, and pressed it. I love this look and feel of this fabric. BUT, now that I've seen it, I want to get more to pre wash and dry and make beach wear, without pressing. The look and feel out of the dyer is almost unbelievably nice.

Gary • June 8, 2024
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It feels like wearing a white, summer cloud

I purchased this linen because last year I made a button-down shirt for my husband out of this material. His comment was, "Like I am wearing a cloud!". Now I am after that cloud-like experience for my daughter and myself! This fabric is just perfect for everything, from blouses to embroidered napkins, to undergarments, to more blouses. Love it.

Alma • May 5, 2024
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I love the way this linen feels, I'll be doing lots of sewing in the Fall, setting my sights for summer 2024 to wear.

Winnie • August 14, 2023
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somewhat disappointed

I don't know why since this fabric is 100% linen but it doesn't feel like it. I've bought lots of yardage from this site and been very pleased with my purchases but this one is distinctly different in feel.

Beverley • August 12, 2023
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Hello, We're sorry you don't like the feel of this fabric. Since this fabric doesn't have a softener applied to it, it will feel stiff to the touch. Upon washing it will soften up considerably, and continue to soften up with repeated washing and wearing. If you want to speed up the softening process, please consider our softener, which is designed especially for our linen fabrics. You only need to use it once for great results. If you're still not 100% sure about this fabric please do get in contact with us by phone or email and we'll be happy to help how we can.

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Amazing what this fabric does to l natural light coming through a window

First time I've sewn with this fabric and it is beautiful. I am so happy with his bathroom curtain. I keep running to the hallway to just look at how beautiful and soft the natural light shines through it!!!

Terry • July 15, 2023
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This linen made a gorgeous window treatment that gives enough privacy but allows the light to shine through.

Jane • October 30, 2023

I used this lightweight linen to create a viking-style underdress/chemise. Because of the heavy smocking, this gauzy fabric was perfect. The dress is still very breezy, and not as heavy as it would be with heavier weave. I dyed the linen salmon pink with avocado pits. It dyes like a charm and keeps the colour.

Dorota • October 20, 2023

Very nice linen, loosely woven. Perfect for undergarments and summer shirts, but because of the weave, see-through. My pattern was self-drafted, based on a historical XVI c. shirts. I dyed it with avocado pits to be salmon pink, it dyed beautifully and holds the colour well. In the future, I would use something more closely woven for a project like that, but this fabric has a nice drape which would be perfect for dresses with an underlay.

Dorota • October 20, 2023

When the folks at Fabric Store offered me the chance to start a series, I jumped (anxiously) at the chance to share more of that journey, to try more of their delicious fabric and see if I could use this as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone. For my first project I picked this lightweight gauzey linen with ideas about a breezy beach coverup using a new sewing technique I'd seen. Or a shirt with appliquéd linen butterflies on the arms. I was fully ready to challenge the classic clean lines and safe sews my wardrobe is full of.

Leila • September 25, 2023

Ring bearer jumper. McCalls 6221 view F. I love working with this fabric.

Debbie • July 28, 2023
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