Collection: Tweed Fabric

Our Tweed fabrics are in different weights, weaves, and colours, and we source only the highest quality tweed fabric from our dedicated Yorkshire supplier Abraham Moon. The tweed fabric we supply is manufactured in Yorkshire from natural wools which are sustainably sourced from Great Britain, South Africa and New Zealand.


What is Tweed Fabric?


Tweed Fabric is a coarse-textured, woollen fabric dating back to the 18th-century Scottish farming community. It has always remained a popular type of woollen fabric because it is warm, hard-wearing and repels water. Surprisingly, tweed is a flexible fabric that’s relatively easy to work with thanks to it being firmly woven and it can be used in a range of dressmaking projects. Just be careful when you’re finishing your seams to ensure the tweed doesn’t unravel.

Originally, tweed was hand-woven on a loom and it still follows the same principle to this day. The manufacturing process has just been modernised over the years to make it quicker.


Tweed Fabric - Fabric or Pattern?


It isn’t uncommon for people to think that tweed is the name of the pattern rather than the fabric, however, tweed fabric is actually available in a range of different patterns. Although tweed fabric is often woven with a herringbone pattern created by mixing the dyed wool before it is spun, other popular patterns include plain twill, overcheck twill and houndstooth. This fabric can be woven with mixed shades of wool using a range of coloured threads to create beautiful, classic patterns as well as modern, eye-catching designs.


Tweed is ideal for dressmaking winter clothes and is a popular choice for heavy-weight outer garments such as coats, blazers and waistcoats. It can also be used for skirts and dresses, and it is becoming increasingly common for tweed fabric to be used in everyday fashion. Tweed has been showcased across bag and purse collections in the past too, and it’s a durable choice for everyday accessories.


How do you Clean Tweed Fabric?


When compared to other fabrics, tweed can be slightly harder to care for and you need to be careful when cleaning your tweed jacket or trousers, for example. It’s advisable to dry clean the tweed clothing you make whenever possible; however, there are ways you can clean tweed at home without damaging the fabric.


If you have any dirt or debris on your tweed fabric, you should let it dry completely and then use a stiff clothes brush to brush it away. If you have any stubborn stains, you can hand-wash tweed with cool water and a gentle washing liquid, but be careful not to stretch the tweed fabric when you’re washing it. Once wet, tweed will become very heavy and you should never hang a tweed garment whilst it’s drying, instead lay it flat to prevent it from becoming misshapen.

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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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