I get asked all the time what kind of stretch fabrics to buy for my stretch sewing patterns so I thought I’d put together a bit of information for you.
Knits are classified by the amount they stretch. They can be made from a variety of materials including cotton, polyester and spandex. If you’re not sure how to work out the stretch factor of fabrics please get my printable chart to help you.
SEWING STRETCH FABRIC – TYPES OF STRETCH
- Generally stretch between 18-25%.
- This is the best kind of knit to use for many patterns as they are easiest to sew and don’t overly stretch underneath your sewing machine foot.
- Examples of stable knits include polar fleece and sweatshirt fabrics. Also look for jersey fabrics with 25% stretch
- Great for the Elke, Sally, Bluebell , Colorblock and Charlotte patterns
- Generally, stretch between 26-50%
- Examples of moderate knits include t-shirt fabric, interlocks and jerseys
- Great for the Willow pattern. Elise and leggings sewing patterns
- Generall,y stretch between 51-75%
- Examples include stretch velour, stretch terry and some t-shirt fabrics
Super stretchy knits
- Generally, stretch between 76-100%
- These stretches are best used for really tight fitting clothing such as bodysuits, leotards and swimwear.
- They include spandex and lycra.
- Great for my leotard sewing patterns and swimwear sewing patterns.
Places to buy stretch online
- Denver Fabrics has a good selection of sweatshirt fleece
- https://www.joann.com has a good selection of polar fleece
- www.fabric.com – assorted brands. My favorites are Riley Blake and Robert Kaufman knits.
- Eurogirls Boutique – my favorite stretch shop for spots and stripes
- Riley Blake Designs
- Robert Kaufman – Laguna jersey
- READ MORE – Places to buy spandex and lycra for leotards and swimwear.
If you know of any other great places you buy stretch online please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
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