IL073 848 MIX NATURAL - 100% Linen - Canvas (9.1 oz/yd2)

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This is a 19" wide canvas weight cloth.

Woven out of thick, short staple, linen thread - this fabric is made to scrunch up after the wash and dry. It shrinks about 18% on the weft of the fabric ( widthwise) and 16% of the warp of the fabric ( lengthwise). This gives it the needed density for home textiles.

At a canvas weight of 9.1 ounces a square yard this 100% linen is a fabulous utilitarian fabric that you will love for its simple rustic beauty and strength. Items made from this fabric will wear like iron and last decades.

Yarn Dyed fabrics are made using threads that are dyed separately before being woven. This allows for a large variety of patterns and designs that stand out from the base fabric color.

Narrow width cloth is great for:

  • Shopping bags
  • Purses
  • Placemats
  • Runners
  • Decorative pillows
  • Kitchen towels
  • Appliance covers
  • Potholders
  • Cushions

Fabric specifications:

Article : IL073 Narrow Width
Content : 100% Linen
Thread size warp : 5.5
Thread size weft : 9.09
Thread count warp : 21
Thread count weft : 34
Color :
Weight : 9.1 oz/yd2
Width : 19 inch
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not what I wanted
Reviewer: Kathleen

it is good material, however I wanted dishcloth material, and this is way to stiff. I was sad when I got it. not sure what I need for dish towels

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Beautiful and Excellent!
Reviewer: A

Beautiful Linen! Many uses and my Favorite Tea Towels! The Natural Fiber Texture cleans my hands while cooking, slurps up spills, and wipes the Granite Countertop squeaky clean! I wash in cold water, remove from dryer while slightly damp. Pull out from side to side, top to bottom, with my hands, and hang. I sew a stay-stitch half inch from edge, on both ends before washing. Makes natural fringe. And leave the selvage. Have given as Gifts, everyone loves them! Very Beautiful!

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Reviewer: Gail

I was so excited when this fabric arrived. I had wanted new table runners and I enjoy sewing my own over purchasing ready-made. I followed the directions I received in a Fabrics-store email to the letter but the result was disappointing. There was more shrinkage than stated which means the runners aren't long enough. Sad because I had an extra 1/3 yd that I cut off to follow the directions in figuring the length needed. ***No smell after laundering with a gentle detergent.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

I am sorry the project did not come out the way you had hoped. I will contact you directly to see what we can work out to turn the project around.

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Soft, DURABLE, so nice to touch
Reviewer: Terri

I have now replaced all of my kitchen towels with IL073 in various color patterns, but the solid natural remains my favorite. I really wish it were offered in a wider width too, as I would love to make a jeans-style jacket from it. I am inspired by another reviewer who made a basic top by adding a seam at center front and back--Ill be trying that also. Don't be discouraged by negative reviews about the 'odor'--it smells a bit like dried hay out of the box, but after the first wash, the scent is gone. And I've NEVER ironed it. After a couple of washes, it is soft and supple. Easily one of my favorite fabrics here. I have kitchen towels that are several years old, and show no wear at all.

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K.j. profile image Stiffer than most linen but good for exfoliation
Reviewer: K.j.

I think it's worth adding my review of this linen canvas because I have now had it in use for over a year. This VERY NARROW fabric is quite tough and stiff compared to other linens (and I'm a linen lover.) The texture, even with frequent hot water washes (and occasional machine drying) remains a bit abrasive. I give this NO special care, washing it like my cleaning rags. I see no wear or tear to the fabric. It is tough and STRONG and holds up great. I enjoy the linen canvas for weekly use as an exfoliating face cloth. I made a pair of these, but I think using them too often could be hard on my delicate skin. Patting dry with one works fine, though, if my softer muslin face cloths are all in the laundry. I've switched my daily bath towel to three that I made from linen jacquard (IL002 Tetra), which I adore for the purpose. Another piece of this linen canvas is my fourth body towel, but it is my least favorite. I don't mind the exfoliation/scratchiness as a body towel--I think it is even better for body than face in texture!--but it doesn't feel as cozy as the less rugged Tetra jacquard and 19" is just too narrow to cover me, though being sold by the narrow yard means I could cut it plenty long to wrap around my ample hips. What I wouldn't give for a canvas weight linen fabric sold in body towel width (woven ~30" wide!) I sew by hand, so hemming only ends (as I do with this canvas or the narrow IL084 for hair and kitchen towels) would save me a ton of time while covering my... assets. This interesting canvas is still very useful if you understand its properties.

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Reviewer: Andrea

I was quite surprised to find the width of this is only 19". I had not noticed that (my fault for not paying attention), so it wasn't fitting for the project I had in mind. Fear not, however, I had no problem finding a suitable use for it; for which I am delighted and the quality is exceptional. That'll teach me to pay closer attention to detail. But I must admit, all fabrics I have bought her have been excellent.

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Reviewer: A

BEST Towels EVER! The Natural Linen Texture Cleans and Polishes the Granite Countertop with Plain Water or very diluted Glass Cleaner! BEST also to clean hands quickly, whIle cooking!!! ABSORBENT like no other!!! ALWAYS Look Wonderful hanging in kitchen!!! Absolutely Wonderful!!! Thank You FS!!!

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How to prep this ugly, smelly duckling to transform it into something wonderful.
Reviewer: Donna

This is the most amazing fabric if prepped. right. It is wonderful for rustic projects and machine embroidery. It perfectly matches beige mortar on fireplaces. It is soft and drapes well after prepping. The narrow width is easy to work with on the small projects and the perfect size for hoops. BUT, it smells like a bale of straw when opened and is very stiff. I wash and dry it 6-yes 6-times in hot water to get rid of the smell and soften it. Iron while damp and store on a PVC pipe or large Christmas paper roll. I have a steam generator and a mangel to press it flat, don't know if a regular iron will do the job. If not, send it to the cleaners with your rolling tube. Once softened, even embroidered kitchen towels (I remove the selvage and hem) don't need ironing if dried flat. So, just wash and dry it more to transform this ugly, smelly duckling.

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Betsy profile image Horrible odor
Reviewer: Betsy

This fabric smells like a horse barn. I've washed it twice and still cannot get the smell out of it. :(

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MM profile image Just wonderful fabric for kitchen towels!
Reviewer: MM

I ordered six yards of this to mix and match with the thin brown stripe, thin blue stripe and wide blue stripe linen from which I am making kitchen towels. I got 7½ towels from the 6 yards. The half-towel will be used to keep my broccoli and radish sprouted seeds fresh in the refrigerator. I am so happy! Of course, there is nothing I have ordered from Fabrics Store with which I have been unhappy. Best. Fabrics. Ever! The customer service is absolutely perfect, too!

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Gorgeous "Color!"
Reviewer: A

Wait till you see this Beautiful Mix Natural Shade or "Color!" Bleached Yarn woven with Natural Yarn produces the Most Gorgeous Tones of Woodsy Nature!! I love all the Colors, the Yarn Dyes, Jacquards, but I think this is my Favorite! The Flax as it comes from the field! Makes me want to bake some homemade bread and just live close to Nature!

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Paulette profile image Great Fabric!!
Reviewer: Paulette

Used this to make hand/dish towels for Christmas Gifts, which will match the Table Runners I also made with the coordinating striped fabric! The weight of this fabric is absorbent and fine to the touch!! Love working with this stuff!!

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Janitza profile image Wonderful Towels
Reviewer: Janitza

Purchased several yards to make towels. Hemmed all of them and really have enjoyed sewing and embroidering them. I Will recommend and buy again

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MUCH Darker brown than it appears
Reviewer: hyun

The fabric would be great for many uses, especially tote bags. It's a much darker and flat brown, than it is natural. We saw this on my designer's monitor as well as my laptop. Once delivered, and seen in natural light, the color is a brown. It should not be characterized as natural. I originally thought it was a problem with my computer monitor. Three different monitors reflected a much richer, lighter color.

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Tammie profile image It's what's been missing.
Reviewer: Tammie

Didn't realize that I hadn't yet found my favorite fabric for my bags, towels, kitchen items, etc. But as soon as I washed, PARTIALLY dried this rustic fabric, I KNEW I'd found my go to. I soaked it overnight, (bathtub is great for this) starting with all VERY hot water, nothing else. In the a.m., the water was green. That's because it's made of flax, so, no surprise there. Drained it, refilled again with hot water. Once that was cool, I drained it again for a while, till it was no longer dripping, and transferred to the washing machine. Mild detergent and warm water, heavy agitation, cool rinse. Partially dried on Medium. Then I took it out and layed it out to finish drying. Boy, oh boy. I'm in love, and I just can't stop playing with it. What a gorgeous fabric. It's very "sturdy", so know going in what this is, read the description, and get creative. Up next...embroidery.

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This is fabulous for so many projects
Reviewer: Elo

I agree with Michelle- pls READ the full description regarding this particular linen. It has a gorgeous rustic feel and the ruffled edges are delightful. Visually beautiful to look at with all the puckering and texture. Perfect for kitchen towels or hand towels. Need a runner or placements?- this is your go-to linen. Need a sturdy small pillow cover- done! How about a pouch or coin purse? Covered.! Makes a great tote! It does get softer with washing. And guess what- it works well as a center piece for clothing!! You simply add side pieces to your garment and sleeves. Viola!- not deserving of one star!

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Appreciate it for what it is and not for what you want it to be,
Reviewer: Michelle

This is a fabulous utilitarian fabric for many uses. You have to love it for its simple rustic beauty and strength. Look at all the projects posted and see how versatile it is. First and foremost I love the kitchen towels it makes. I just hem the cut ends and let the ruffled salvages become part of the charm. The more they are used and washed the softer they become. I am going to make shopping bags and more kitchen towel sets for myself. Make dishtowels with a lighter weight to coordinate. Make extras for your gift stash. Then there are the table runners, with coordinating napkins from lighter weight linen. Fringe little squares for coasters. These towels make great hostess gifts and gifts for people putting you up for a few days visit. There's no end to its uses.

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Kim profile image Sturdy and natural for home and crafting
Reviewer: Kim

I am using this for making hats, embroidery beading fabric and shopping bags. I have not washed it as yet but thinking after several washes it may make nice kitchen towels and washcloths for exfoliating. Nice hand if you like natural rougher flax fabric feel, lots of body stiffness. This would be nice for all sorts of crafting and home decor. Will post once I complete a few items.

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best heavy duty kitchen towels in the world.
Reviewer: Michelle

I adore this stuff. I wash and dry it a couple of times and then hem the cut edges. Side edges are already finished with the delightful little ruffle. With use and washing, they will soften. Make some natural medium weight dish towels to pair them with. Makes a great wedding or shower gift.

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Perfectly Painted profile image Very Unique Linen!
Reviewer: Perfectly Painted

A very unique linen! I've purchased many canvas weight linens (even a few from here) and this is the most natural nubby linen I've seen. Its got a gorgeous texture out of thr package but has a strong odor from the flax stripping so it needs to be washed. After a hot wash/dry it wrinkles incredibly but can be smoothed back out with a lot of water, steam, pressure, and patience. I love how unique it is but not sure what I'll use it for the other reviers bag!!!

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winkles terribly. not suitable for clothing
Reviewer: Merrideth

this is narrow width for which I was not aware. planned to use it for clothing. not wide enough for any useful clothing. wrinkles terribly and iron will not take out the wrinkles even with steam pressing machine.

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Catina profile image This linen certainly has a unique character!
Reviewer: Catina

Like Deborah, I was not prepared for what to expect after the first washing, and what to make of the ripply selvages... but now I've come to love it! I also enjoy just leaving the selvages on and fringing the other sides. The deep crepe texture is very absorbent and dries quickly. Anticipating the shrinkage, I simply wash a 1 yard cut and it shrinks to just the right size for me. Before washing I sew a few rows of straight stitching about an inch from the raw edges so the fringing does not get out of control

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Ivy profile image Very nice linen
Reviewer: Ivy

Yes, it is narrow, but it's also inexpensive. I ordered a doggie bag piece to play around with. After a hot wash and dry and ironing, I was very pleased with the feel. It has that wonderful linen smooth nubbiness-- textured but not scratchy. I planned to make a tote bag and miscalculated, so I ended up covering a small throw pillow instead. I love touching this stuff! I have enough left to cover a second pillow. I'm very please with it.

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Update to Heavy Canvas
Reviewer: Deborah

My feelings about this linen have grown from uncertainty to fascination. Yes, it does shrink a lot, yes the selvages pucker, but this fabric has such an immediate visual and tactical impact, I've fallen in love with it. I decided to leave it in its washed, puckered-edge state and just fringe the ends. It's rustic, textured, and draws the eye immediately. LOVE IT! The biggest drawback is the cost of postage because of its weight per yard.

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Not At All What I Was Looking For
Reviewer: Sara

I should have read the description more closely. I hadn't realized it was quite so very narrow. After washing it's 16 inches across. It is very natural, came to me smelling of hay; well, probably flax, but I don't know what that smells like. After a few washes it shrank down considerably to a nice nubby texture, some of it definitely shrank more than others. It will never lie flat. It's still very stretchy. Completely unusable for lining. After washing it is an interesting piece of cloth. I think I'll use it to make napkins. It's very soft with a fun texture.

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Very heavy canvas
Reviewer: Deborah

I received this today, washed it twice in hot water, then tossed it in the dryer. It shrank at least 10%, but selvedge didn't shrink as much as the fabric, which left the selvedge edges puckered, despite my best effort with a hot iron. Not happy about that. Initially I planned to make dish towels (I did not read the description carefully. It states that it is canvas weight), but it is far too stiff and heavy for that use. Now I'm thinking of table runners or placements. Honestly, I can't decide how I feel about this piece of linen. It is quite beautifully and ruggedly rustic. I think it's like broccoli, you'll either love it or hate it. Once I've figured out what to do with it, I'll update to let you know my decision!

My showcase in Waynesville, NC at the Wildflour Blue Bakery. I just set up this morning. These items will be there until July 14, or until I run out of inventory. I made the napkin rings, too, but not with your products.

Posted by MM

People have written that this bumpy linen isn't suitable for clothing. I beg to differ. I washed and dried the linen twice and then pressed it as near to flat as I could get it. Using a boxy top pattern a size larger than usual and adding center front and back seams, I cut out the pattern and sewed it together, using a lighter weight linen for the sleeve cuffs. Then I washed and dried it again, took it out of the drier looking as in the photo, and I left it that way. I love the unusual texture and may try a pair of summer pants, if I can figure out how to deal with the 19" width.

Posted by Enid

Loved this fabric! Bought 8 yards. Upon arrival I serged the two cut ends. Washed twice & lightly damp dried. Pressed flat again and folded the fabric in half, and half again and so on to get 8 evenly sized towels. Pulled a thread at each fold to be sure to cut on grain. Double folded 1/4" on the two cut ends of each towel for hem. On one end I added a 4" bias tape loop (folded in half) made from leftover medium weight linen same color from a previous project. Placed the folded loop 2" from the side edge of towel tucked under the hem before stitching, back stitched over for added security. Pressed all seams one final time. Am in LUV with these! Will DEF make more!

Posted by Ro

Loved the linen toweling. So easy to use. Cut the length to 36 inches, Sewed a small hem then washed the item. Works great for drying dishes. Also embroidered a design on some of the plain linen and it came out great. Design by Designs by Juju. Attached is a picture of the finished product.

Posted by Ann

The reviews are correct once you wash it it shrinks a lot and it takes some time to iron. But the results after all your efforts are fabulous. Will give them as gifts to loved ones. Great heirloom-quality fabric. Will last for generations to come. Thank you!

Posted by Janitza

A great fabric to work with.

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A great fabric to work with.

Posted by Janitza

Great towel material

Posted by Janitza

Have really enjoyed working with this fabric. It makes the BEST kitchen towels!!!

Posted by Janitza

The other reviewers weren't kidding- this has some serious wrinkling after a hot wash/dry cycle (which is necessary due to the natural flax canavas smell & texture). The area underneath has been sprayed with water & then steam ironed with my rowenta - even on high heat it takes some time and pressure to get it flatted out.

Posted by Perfectly Painted

Tote bag made with IL073 848 MIX NATURAL.

Posted by Colleen

Here is the tote closeup for texture..

Posted by Victoria

After being washed twice in hot water and dried on medium heat, there was shrinkage in both length and width.The fabric became soft but sturdy, like cotton bark cloth. I made a tote bag from 2 yards of IL073, using the entire width of the fabric. I lined it with IL019 Vineyard Green. Here are a couple of photos to show the texture. The photos are taken late in the day plus it is overcast, so the color is more grey than the actual fabric. The fabric has a pleasant texture, rugged but not rough.

Posted by Victoria
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