Collection: Panama Fabric

Welcome to our collection of Panama weave fabric. If you're not familiar with Panama weave, please read on. The Panama weave, named after the country, is a simple, yet versatile weave that creates a checkerboard pattern, giving the fabric a unique texture that's both durable and visually appealing.

Which fabrics feature Panama Weave?

Panama weave can be found in a variety of fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool. The weave's versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of uses, from clothing to home décor.

What is half panama?

Now, let's talk about Half Panama. Half Panama is a variation of the Panama weave. It uses a one-up, one-down structure, resulting in a fabric that's lighter and more flexible than its full Panama counterpart, yet still maintaining that characteristic texture and durability.

What is brushed Panama?

Brushed Panama is a delightful variation of the Panama weave that has undergone a brushing process to create a soft  texture on the reverse of the fabric. This process enhances the fabric's warmth and comfort, making Brushed Panama an excellent choice for colder weather garments like trousers or cosy home furnishings. Brushed Panama retains the strong, durable characteristics of the original Panama weave, ensuring your creations will stand the test of time. In our collection, you'll find a range of Brushed Panama fabrics that are perfect for adding a touch of comfort and luxury to your projects. 

Uses of Panama Fabrics

In our collection, you'll find a wonderful selection of both Panama and Half Panama weave fabrics, in a range of colours and textiles to suit your needs. Whether you're looking to create a new wardrobe piece (they make great trousers), spruce up your home décor, or even craft some unique accessories like bags, these fabrics are a great choice.

What makes Panama fabric suitable for trousers? The weight is very similar to denim and it can be washed repeatedly as it is designed to be hardwearing, and like denim it softens over time.

Remember, the beauty of Panama weave lies in its simplicity and versatility. It's a fabric that's both functional and stylish, making it a popular choice for many.

So why wait? Explore our collection of brushed panamas in 20 different colours in addition to many fabulous furnishing prints and discover the world of Panama weave fabric. We're sure you'll find something you love. 

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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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