10 Types of Fabric and How to Use it

10 Types of Fabric and how to use it

When it comes to using your fabric the right way, you might get a bit lost. Here are 10 fabrics and how best to use them:

  1. Lace
  2. Leather 
  3. Linen 
  4. Satin 
  5. Polyester 
  6. Silk 
  7. Spandex 
  8. Viscose 
  9. Velvet 
  10. Cotton


Lace is a rather delicate fabric that is used for decorative pieces of clothing or designs. Usually made from cotton and other synthetic fibres, this luxury material finds a home in many closets. 

Lace is mainly used for decoration. Be it lingerie, wedding dresses or evening pieces. If you are looking to get creative with your designs, this is where you can incorporate lace. 


The toughness of leather is not just in its feel but in its character. People like James Dean made the leather jacket a staple amongst young men. And so the trend began across the globe.

A touch fabric, leather needs a rather thick and sturdy needle. If you are looking to make a very durable outfit, jacket or even another project, leather is a great choice. You can use it from clothing to furniture.


Soft but strong, linen is mainly used for household items. This ranges from towels to bed sheets. It is hard to find a house without linen in it. 

The best way to use it would be exactly for that. For household projects and the inner linings of jackets or other items of clothing. Not only will it feel good, but it will also help to regulate your body temperature.


Satin is a shiny, elastic-like fabric that drapes beautifully. Satin is the kind of fabric that you would use for an evening gown. The way it falls, shines and feels gives the perfect evening look.


Durable polyester is made from man-made fibres. Known for its strength, the best way to utilize Polyester is to strengthen other fabrics. This can also be in upholstery and cushioning.


The common saying, as soft as silk, is not at all wrong. Its shiny nature and softness are what makes this material so special. Silk is versatile that means you can use it for things like:

  • Bridal gowns 
  • Bedding 
  • Upholstery fabric 
  • Evening Dresses 

And more! Just be sure to use the right needle and thread. 


Probably the most elastic of the fabrics, spandex is made to stretch. The best reason to use spandex would be athletic wear. Spandex also has the benefit of its breathability. Another reason could be breathable undergarments.


Viscose is the best alternative to pricey material. It falls or drapes as if satin. You can use it for anything from curtaining to blouses and jackets.


A compilation of short-cut fibres gives velvet its famous look and shine. Almost strictly for special occasions, velvet is the kind of material you would use for evening wear. You can even go as far as to use velvet in your home, especially to cover cushions.


Versatile and stable, cotton is a great material for nearly any situation. These include:

  • Clothing 
  • Bedsheets
  • Underwear
  • Cushions 
  • Home decor

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Author: Andrea Frisby

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