Choosing the right material for your t-shirt is just as important as establishing your design, which is why it is important you are aware of the different types of fabric available to you. There are a number of factors you need to take into consideration, ensuring you find the right balance of comfort and fit for your project. When it comes to making a t-shirt, you need to remember that every fabric has its own unique properties, where some materials are better suited to certain T-shirt designs than others.
You can make amazing designs from almost any fabric, it just depends on your personal preferences and those of the wearer, whether that’s a family member or yourself. If you would like to learn more about the different t-shirt fabrics available, please feel free to continue reading and we can enlighten you.
This knit fabric can be made from wool, cotton or synthetic fibres, a versatile and universally popular choice of material for your next t-shirt dressmaking project. Here at Fabrics Galore, our jersey fabrics are made up of predominantly cotton, as well as elastane which is used to make the fabric even stretchier. It makes the perfect fabric for items that require movement, whilst providing comfort for the wearer. As it’s so absorbent and breathable, cotton blends like jersey are ideal for any everyday clothing - including t-shirts. However, it can be slightly tricky to work with if you are a beginner, just be sure to pre-wash your fabrics before sewing as it does have the tendency to shrink.
Children’s T-shirt fabric prints
If you are looking to make children’s T-shirts, we have a variety of wonderful novelty patterns available for you to choose from. These include animals like zebras, whales, dogs, cats and tigers as well as ballerinas, dragons, knights, fairies and more – something to capture every child’s imagination. From vibrant printed patterns, to more subtle adult prints, there is something for everyone.
Although you might not immediately think of linen as a suitable fabric for T-shirts, Linen is an incredibly versatile fabric, which not only looks great from the beginning, but its quality even improves with age and washing. Being more loosely woven and sheer than cotton, linen provides the wearer with a sense of comfort whilst looking elegant. You can feel cool in the summer as the textured weave dries quickly. Some of the best summer t-shirts on the market are made from linen, so you know this is a potential choice for your next dressmaking project.
Ideal for everyday wear, brushed cotton is one of the most popular fabrics to use if you are crafting t-shirts. Cotton is available in many different weights, and brushed cotton is generally a medium-weight fabric which is made from the cellulose fibres of the cotton plant. This woven fabric is often compared to flannel fabric, as it is very soft, breathable and retains heat. If you are a beginner dressmaker, brushed cotton is remarkably easy to sew with as the fabric doesn’t slip. It’s also easy to iron and easy to wash if you want to pre-shrink the fabric before starting your project.
Purchase t-shirt fabrics from Fabrics Galore
With a wealth of experience in the industry, and a passion for dressmaking and furnishing material, at Fabrics Galore we have high quality, affordable fabrics available for you to choose from. We are currently re-stocking many of our dressmaking fabrics online, including jersey fabrics, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team if you would like to learn more about how we can help you.
As the lockdown restrictions are beginning to lift, we have also started to offer a click and collect service so you can pick up your orders from our physical store on Lavender Hill. When you checkout, please select ‘Free Pick Up Delivery’ and you will be notified as soon as your order is ready to collect. You are, of course, still able to place your order online with delivery to your home. If you would like to talk over any queries you may have regarding our fabrics with a dedicated member of the Fabrics Galore team, then just give us a call now on 020 7738 9589.