Collection: Corduroy Fabric

Corduroy fabric is a perennial favourite for Autumn and Winter. It’s the perfect fabric to make up a pair of high waisted trousers, cute pinafore dress or even a jacket. We stock regular cotton corduroy, printed corduroy, pin-cord (baby corduroy), stretch corduroy as well as a new range of chunky jumbo corduroy fabric in a variety of colours and prints. We specialise in floral cotton corduroy as well as needlecord in plain colours. Whatever you need, find it with Fabrics Galore.

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What is corduroy fabric made of?

In most instances, corduroy fabric is made from 100% cotton or a mixture of cotton and polyester. Its distinctive appearance is due to the twill weave and the ridges in the cloth referred to as wales, which can differ in size from a fine needlecord to a thick jumbo cord.

What is corduroy fabric used for?

Thanks to its durability, velvet like appearance and super-soft feel, corduroy fabric is now used widely within the fashion industry and interior design industry. Since its first appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1774, corduroy has been in and out of fashion, and is extremely popular at present. It was mainly used for traditional work wear clothing until the 1970s when it started to be used for high fashion clothing. It is an ideal fabric for trousers, skirts and jackets as it is warm and hard-wearing. It can also be used in soft furnishings like scatter cushions, and only for occasional use armchairs as it doesn't have a good rub test.

Is corduroy hard to sew?

As long as you sew in the direction of the nap and use the correct needle, corduroy is not a difficult fabric to sew. Use a heavier weight machine needle such as one you would use for denim. It is easier to cut if you have the ridged fabric side up as you can use the ridges or wales to guide you. Remember to sew your corduroy keeping the ridges straight for a more professional looking finish. 

Caring for Corduroy

Turn your corduroy garment inside out before washing with similar colours on a cool, gentle cycle to preserve the soft velvety feel of the ridges. Don't wash with other items which will shed lint and leave plenty of room in the machine to prevent excessive creasing. Shake out the corduroy to remove any creases and line dry if possible. Some people recommend a short 10 minute tumble dry before line drying to keep the soft velvety feel. Iron gently on the reverse side of the corduroy in the direction of the nap to preserve the pile.


Corduroy is named due to its appearance, as it looks as if there are multiple cords sewn together to create the fabric and is for all intents and purposes, a ridged form of velvet. It is one of the more durable types of fabric, so you can make almost anything out of the cloth, from trousers to cushions! Find your perfect corduroy fabric below.

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Welcome to the Fabrics Galore London online store, packed full of beautiful fabrics to inspire your next dressmaking, patchwork quilting, craft or home furnishing sewing project. We stock a huge range of different materials alongside designer fabrics from Liberty, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Laura Ashley, William Morris and Alexander Henry. We source the highest quality fabrics, so whether it be a cotton, linen, viscose, chambray, jersey or wool, we have you covered.Check out our dressmaking fabric for something with drape, fabulous Liberty cotton lawn prints, quilting fabrics for patchwork inspiration or the home furnishing section to pimp your pad. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get sewing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell by the metre?

We sell by the half metre on our website (the price is therefore displayed by the half metre) to allow our customers more flexibility. If you wish to buy a metre, you need to buy two units, but don’t worry, it will always be cut in one continuous length. 

Can I pay for next day delivery?

We can send your fabric by courier which should arrive the next day, for the additional cost of £12. The simplest way to do this is by sending us an email or by calling the shop on 0207 738 9589. We would need to know before 1pm, and we are unable to organise a Saturday delivery. 

Can I buy your fabrics if I live outside the UK?

Yes, we ship to Europe. For all the details, see our Shipping Page.  

Do you send out samples?

We do, our samples are 10 cm by the width of the fabric (usually 112cm or 137cm) and cost 10% of the fabric’s metre price plus £1.50 for postage. Simply go to our Request a Swatch page.

Is there an actual shop I can visit?

Yes, we have a shop in South London. All the fabrics, which are available online (and more) are in the shop alongside a small haberdashery and pattern range. 

The address is 52-54 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5RH.

Is it possible to get a wholesale price?

We are a fabric retailer rather than a wholesaler so the short answer is no, but if you are looking for a large quantity of fabric, it is best to email us on to see if we can help you out.

What does OEKO-TEX 100 mean?

OEKO-TEX 100 means the fabric has been tested for 100 harmful substances. The testing and certification process extends far beyond existing legal requirements, testing not only for substances already banned, but also for chemicals known to be unsafe, but not yet controlled by legislation. Fabrics which meet OEKO-TEX 100 are great for children’s clothing or underwear. 

How quickly will I get my order?

All our orders are sent out by Royal Mail First Class so should be with you within a few days of fulfilment and often within 1-2 days. We send fabric out on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During busy periods such as sales, deliveries may take slightly longer, and we are always grateful for your patience.

Where do your fabrics come from?

We stock British fabrics as well as fabrics from suppliers all over the world - including Germany, Italy, Taiwan and India. 

Will you be at any shows this year?

In recent years we have cut back on the number of shows we attend but we do still go to several. For the full list have a look on our Events Page.   

Can I order a specific fabric from a supplier which you stock but isn’t on your website?

We select our fabrics from various ranges to create the interesting collections we offer and it’s rare that we buy the whole range. If you have a specific fabric you are looking for, it’s best to email us to find out if we can help you. Our email address is

When will out of stock fabrics be available again?

When we sell out of a popular fabric such as our cream bouclé, we will try very hard to get it back in quickly. As soon as it arrives, it will go straight back on our website, and we will notify our customers via social media or our weekly newsletter. If you wanted to sign up so you never miss a thing, subscribe on our simple sign up form

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes, we do have a few different types: you can buy a voucher for Free Postage for a Whole Year gift card. Or you can buy vouchers for £10, £25, £50 or £100 which will be emailed over to you immediately, in case it’s a last-minute gift. See our gift voucher page.

What does GSM mean?

GSM stands for grams per square metre; the higher the number, the thicker and heavier the fabric will be. For example, a denim or a sweatshirt fabric will have a much higher GSM than a satin. 

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