IL020 Handkerchief Bougainvillea Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Light (3.7 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards, Width 58"

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Bright, hot pinks like BOUGAINVILLEA burst forth from the abstract art of post-war British artist Patrick Heron, illuminating space with the radiance of summer flowers.
A true colorist, Heron dedicated much of his life to the exploration of how one tone could bounce of another, and create sonorous or discordant sensations. He said, “I think this world is magical. Color, form, space, relationships – these elevate life.

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article IL020 Handkerchief
Content 100% Linen
Width 58 inch
Weight 3.7 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 33.3
Thread size weft 33.3
Thread count warp 57
Thread count weft 44

Customer Questions and Answers


I've made several items of clothing from your linen and would like to post on line, but I've been unable to do so. The most recent was skirt and top using the Normandy collection. Could you help me with that, or perhaps I could send photos of each with a note and you could post them. I've been following/purchasing for nearly 3 years. I did manage to post Normandy make on Facebook and received nice reviews/comments. Thanks, Mary Gayle

Mary • September 8, 2023
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Hello Gayle, please email our customer service team directly with your photos and they would be happy to post them for you. email

Lauren • September 8, 2023

Lovely fabric! What is your recommendation for thread color to match, please?

Deborah • March 5, 2024

Thank you!

Deborah • March 5, 2024
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Sure thing! We have matched this color with Gutermann Sew All Thread color: 345 Raspberry.

Lauren • March 5, 2024

What linen would be good for baby swaddles, bibs, and burpees?

Jaime • September 13, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, Our muslin double gauze cotton fabric is ideal for baby swaddles, For bibs and burpees, you may like to consider our cotton/linen waffle weave fabric. Search for code IS010

Lauren • September 13, 2023

I need a sample of lightweight Bouganvilla, but there is no place on the site to order just a sample of this color.

Lanelle • September 30, 2022
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Please email us directly at so we can arrange to send a sample to you.

Maureen • September 30, 2022

Would this fabric be suitable for making a beach wrap? I have a bathing suit in this color and would love to have a wrap in this.

Neala • April 11, 2024
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Yes, this fabric makes a lovely beach wrap.

Lauren • April 11, 2024

Would this be a good weight for napkins?

Rosalyn • November 8, 2022
Maureen  profile image F|S Team

We have had customers us this finer lightweight linen for napkins and they are beautiful . We do recommend ordering a swatch just to make sure the color and weight will work for your project.

Maureen • November 8, 2022

Would you describe this as a warm pink color?

Leslie • May 1, 2023
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Yes this would be considered a warm pink.

Maureen • May 1, 2023

I'm not familiar with the different linen weights. Would this fabric be appropriate for a structured top? Thank you.

Carol • May 3, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

This fabric is a light and airy fabric, so it may be too light for a 'structured top' Depending on how much structure you need, I'd recommend either our medium or heavyweight fabrics. If you'd like please email us directly using the contact form and our in-house seamstress would he happy to see what design or pattern you are working with and recommend the best fabric for you.

Lauren • May 3, 2023
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More pink

I thought it would be more reddish. It is a deep rich pink. Still beautiful though. Buttery feel! Will be purchasing more. I want a pair of pants and/or a top. A top in this color and a pair of optic white pants would be gorgeous! Or vice versa!!

Lisa • December 24, 2022

I've been ordering from Fabrics Store since 2017 and they never miss! The quality and the color range of their linens is incredible. This hot pink is SO PRETTY. I sell these giant scrunchies on Etsy and I can barely keep this color in stock. It's a true hot pink, but doesn't feel too bright or neon. There is a deepness and richness to the color. The 3.7 oz weight linen is perfect for apparel— it has structure and a beautiful drape, but doesn't feel bulky. I use this lighter weight for projects with finer details or lots of pleating or gathering. I exclusively use the Fabrics Store linen for my Etsy because of their high standards and consistency. You can find my giant scrunchies on Etsy at!

Rebecca • March 29, 2024

Love the way this sewed up.

Dyani • March 24, 2024

This is the first thing I'd sewn with linen. Such fun to use this bright and lovely fabric. The pattern is Love Notions Vivace Dolman.

Patricia • October 28, 2023

The handkerchief weight is extremely lightweight and airy. Coupled with the incredibly soft hand, it is my favorite linen to use for summer sewing. The hot pink hue of Bougainvillea allows for this lightweight material to not be too sheer, so I have no worries about undergarments peeking through unintentionally. (However, my hunch says that the white colorway wouldn't be as forgiving!)

Caitlin • September 19, 2023
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