Collection: Water Resistant fabric

Our water resistant fabric range includes high visibility neon fabrics for outdoor water repellant coats which are water resistant on the neon side and a range of cotton coated water resistant fabric in a denim blue, yellow and grey. We also have a lovely Liberty oilcloth and digital print patterned dralon outdoor fabrics, perfect for a lovely summer tablecloth.

 Shop water-resistant fabrics in the UK at Fabrics Galore London.


What is Water-Resistant Fabric?


The fabrics we stock are water-resistant, rather than waterproof. This means the fabric is designed to not allow water to pass through it easily and it’s not affected by water in the same way other fabrics are. Commonly, water-resistant fabrics are coated to help prevent the penetration of water and some water will sit on the surface of the fabric rather than pass through it, making it ideal for a range of outdoor textile projects.


The cotton we supply at Fabrics Galore is coated with polyurethane and acrylic to make it water-repellent, so it’s perfect for outerwear or a bag, for example. The coated side of the fabric has a waxy feel and the other side will be much softer. Although this is not a completely waterproof fabric, it is in fact waterproof on the outer side and it’s ideal for dressmaking outerwear which needs to be a little bit waterproof.


Can you Wash Water-Resistant Fabric?


Water-resistant materials are designed to be hardwearing and they will often be stain resistant. Thanks to the polyurethane and acrylic coating, most water, dirt and grime can simply be brushed away with a soft brush or wiped off the fabric with a damp cloth. Just be careful whenever you’re cleaning water-resistant fabric to ensure you’re not stripping away the coating and it’s advisable to avoid harsh cleaning products.


You may also be able to wash items made from fabric that is water-resistant in the washing machine. Some fabrics are washable on a cool cycle and you shouldn’t wash them at more than 30 degrees to prevent damage to the coating. It’s best to use a mild detergent when machine washing water-resistant fabric too, no matter how dirty it may seem.


What can Water-Resistant Fabric be Used For?


There are so many different ways you can use water-resistant fabric and it’s a great choice for a range of projects. Typically this type of fabric is used in dressmaking when creating items that need to have some protection from water penetration. For example, people use fabric that is water-resistant when making items like coats, aprons and gloves. Similarly, water-resistant fabric will also be used to make bags and backpacks, so they can be used in the rain.


It isn’t uncommon for water-resistant materials to also be used to make outdoor accessories. The coating on this fabric makes it perfect for outdoor cushions, picnic blankets and tablecloths. Sometimes, water-resistant fabric will even be used to make things like sun loungers, parasols and awnings, and it’s a durable choice for outdoor use.

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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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