IL084 977 Softened - 100% Linen - Heavy (7.1 oz/yd2)

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Price: $7.79 per yard
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This is a 19" wide twin to the 4C22 Rustic linen line.

Woven out of the same size thread and with the same thread density this IL084 is just woven to be narrow. That means less cutting time for you and you can get to the fun part of using your linen items sooner.

At a heavier weight of 7.1 ounces a square yard this 100% linen is referred to as Rustic due to its more textured look and feel. Durable and perfect for projects that require just a bit more substance.

Yarn Dyed fabrics are made using threads that are dyed separately before being woven. This allows for a larger variety of patterns and designs that stand out from the base fabric color. Design created exclusively for F|S.

Narrow width cloth is great for:

  • Shopping bags
  • Purses
  • Placemats
  • Runners
  • Decorative pillows
  • Kitchen towels
  • Appliance covers
  • Potholders
  • Cushions

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 : IL084 Narrow Width
Content : 100% Linen
Type : YARN DYE
Thread size warp : 11.6
Thread size weft : 11.6
Thread count warp : 38
Thread count weft : 32
Color :
Weight : 7.1 oz/yd2
Width : 19 inch
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GJ
So (sew) enjoyable!
Reviewer: Gary

This is my second order of this fabric. With my first order I easily made dish towels for friends. It's incredibly satisfying to work with and sew. It has an old-world European look and feel and the towels will last forever. I quickly run a zig zag strict high up each side, wash in warm water with a small amount of detergent and dry at low heat a few minutes. Then I steam press and sew. I believe you'll enjoy this fabric, no matter how you use it.

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PS
Easiest dishtowels ever!
Reviewer: Patrice

This fabric makes sewing dishtowels a breeze. The fabric is much darker than how it appears online, that was a disappointment, but regardless, they are lovely towels - I've already purchased more and given several as gifts. Now, bring some in red stripe, yellow stripe and on bleached linen! Thank you!

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CW
Love this for kitchen towels.
Reviewer: Christine

I bought this to make kitchen towels and love it. It is the perfect balance of body and softness. The colours are beautiful and it washes and irons like a dream. I bought one batch, then after making up a few, immediately bought more fabric. Love it.

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AA
Gets better with each wash.
Reviewer: Annette

Great to work with, easy to cut and to sew. Seems very heavy and stiff until it's washed a few times. I've washed mine 3 times so far, and it's getting that classic linen towel look and feel.

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Anne profile image heavy weight linen
Reviewer: Anne

This linen is perfect for the kitchen. Makes beautiful towels.

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KH
Fish towel
Reviewer: Kim

I the feel of the material. I'll be buying more

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Anne profile image Great fabric
Reviewer: Anne

Made 2 tea/bar towels. This linen gets better with every wash & dry.

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SK
Linen Kitchen Towels
Reviewer: Sally

This linen makes beautiful kitchen towels!

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Lisa profile image Very easy to work with!
Reviewer: Lisa

After pre-washing this fabric, I cut 7 27" long kitchen towels from the six yards I ordered. It presses nicely and is a breeze to sew. I'm looking forward to making more soon! Next time I will plan on ordering 8 yards for my next order!

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LI
Good tea towels
Reviewer: Lisa

I made the tea towels using the tutorial in the email for this fabric and the came put great. I've washed them and put them into service and this fabric is really great for tea towels! Very absorbent and they wash up nice.

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Fran
Reviewer: Illa

Love this linen! The weight and design are perfect for dish towels! They are easy to make and great to give as gifts! This linen washes with minimum shrinkage and minimal wrinkles.. My favorite purchase!

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TR
Love these dishtowels
Reviewer: Tina

I purchased two yards and made three towels: gave two to a friend and kept one and can't get over how much I love it. It it really absorbent, dries quickly and just seems cleaner somehow than cotton towels. I made them too short, really: I would use maybe 2.5 yds to make three next time. I hemmed the sides because I didn't like the ruffliness of the selvege - now it comes out of the dryer flat.

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LH
Love this linen!
Reviewer: Linda

This what I have been looking for. I ordered 10 yards. Should have bought much more. I made dish towels and napkins. I cut the fabric at 20 inches for napkins. I want make more as gifts.

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DE
Darker Than it Looks in the Picture, but Great Gift
Reviewer: Doris

The fabric is darker than it seems in the picture, like a dark grayish- khaki, but was great to work with. It has heft and a dense weave. I made the towels (4 per 3 yds), then washed, dried and ironed them and gave them as a gift. I had pictured them to be heavy duty kitchen towels but the recipients thought they were too nice and are thinking of using them as guest towels. Mine are in the kitchen beginning a life of heavy duty use!

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HW
Finally linen towels again
Reviewer: Heidrun

I received line towels for our wedding 56 years ago. They are still holding together, albeit a few holes. I am so excited to have real line. Towels. I sewed 4. I still need to wash them before use, and I understand they will shrink by 10%. I am looking forward to use them specifically for my bread baking. Thinking about getting a set for my daughter.

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HH
Wonderful fabric
Reviewer: Helen

I originally ordered 3 yds., made the towels and loved them so much I ordered 3 more yards and gave them to a friend. The quality was wonderful for the price. I have also ordered 3 more yards of an orange color for fall. This company is wonderful to work with, great customer service.

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WW
Fun fabric to work
Reviewer: Wendy

This linen was absolutely divine to work with. It hemmed well and pretend well in kitchen. I made 8 towels from 7 yards of fabric. I will be ordering more to make wedding gifts.

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GC
Color way off
Reviewer: Gayle

Quite shocked by the color. Not as pictured. More gray than white or cream background. Nice material otherwise

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MS
Soft and sturdy
Reviewer: Marlene

I haven't really started on it yet but, know it will be pretty and perfect for placemats.

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KH
Super absorbent
Reviewer: Kim

I've been on a quest to find a dish towel that I would take pleasure in using - anything to elevate a mundane task My easily crafted 3 towels do just that. Super easy to fold the hems and sew. Softened up beautifully once laundered. Live the contrast of these earthy towels with more standard whites!. These won't show any stains either. Live them.

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LO
QUICK & EASY
Reviewer: Leigh

Super fun to complete three dish towels and a small bar wipe sized one with the leftover. Love this and the ease of making a usable item so quickly. Only wish you carried this striped linen in more colors....gray or cream stripe maybe?

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HH
I love the charm and elegance of these towels
Reviewer: Helen

They are wonderful. They would look so good in a farmhouse, old world style or contemporary kitchen. They are just elegant for a small price.

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CM
I love it!
Reviewer: Cheryl

As some of your other fabrics have shown, the picture doesn't do the fabric justice. Quick question. Does that soft grey look mauve to anyone else besides me?

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JH
Wonderful drape and feel.
Reviewer: Julie

I finally made my four towels per Fabric Store's instructions - love them. This heavyweight linen is wonderful to work with, and feels great to use. Kudos! JK Hurford

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TU
Four or three towels?
Reviewer: Tanya

I purchased 3 yards. Followed the instructions for 3 towels. I am very pleased with the towels. Then I saw another set of instructions from this company on how to make 4 towels from 3 yards. I prefer this size. Wish I had seen I before I made the first set. I preferred washing after sewing on this project.

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LM
Reviewer: Louise

I purchased the linen with high hopes of having an absorbent hard working towel. I am not disappointed. The color threw me off at first but the more I see it the more I love it. I will order more as my old towels give up to daily use. Thank you

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AB
Beautiful Quality!
Reviewer: A

Grey Blue Color with Rustic Natural! Fantastic Towels! I paired it with the Stripe IL045 866. Cut 19"x36" made 3 Dish Towels. Absorbent! Dry Quickly! Look Fabulous! Thank you Fabrics Store Always!

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DH
Surprised
Reviewer: Donna

I, too, was surprised by how dark the material is, a somber gray with sober blue stripes. While I would prefer a brighter fabric, it is true that spots do not show like they might on paler colors. The towels I made from are surprisingly absorbent. These have become my go-to towels for sopping up an over-turned water glass (we have adopted two kittens, and spills have become frequent events.) As for linen and wrinkles, here is an altar guild tip that works like a dream in our kitchen, too. I just stretch a wet towel out on the clean countertop last thing at night, smoothing out the edges. Next morning I fold up the unwrinkled dry towel that looks as though it had been ironed.

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KD
Not happy!
Reviewer: Kathy

Sorry to be a downer but I am not happy with this at all. The color while it is not awful looks nothing like what is pictured. The blue is not blue. It's kind of washed out. And the rest is more like old style burlap. Or what a seed bag would look like. Does not look like the pictures of others projects. Both the colors have a gray overtone is the best way to describe. And the edges would have to be sewn given they have tiny holes along them. I actually thought I was sent the wrong material. Will try to resell. Or cut a piece and bleach it to see what would happen. Of course I had to get 5 yards instead of 3.

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Lauren

I'm sorry this linen isn't what you imagined. We have tried our best to photograph the linen on a range of backgrounds to show the color as accurately as possible. As for the little holes along the selvages, these will close up after the first wash. These are created in the process of weaving the fabric and are normal to encounter ( and is present on most fabrics regardless of the fiber content)

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JM
Oh No!
Reviewer: Judith

I may have just wasted $70 I didn't have! I bought pIL019 BLEACHED FS Signature Finish - 100% Linen - Middle (5.3 oz/yd2) and it had a fabulous hand-feel. This listing showed a long garment with a hood that someone had made using this fabric. I found and purchsed that pattern. She noted to wash the linen first due to shrinkage.

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Lauren

Hello, No need to worry! The signature finish has very minimal shrinkage (less than 3%) Most people don't even notice it :)

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SB
Fantastic Quality
Reviewer: Sharon

I wanted to try a new weight linen and saw this project for hand towels. I love the feel and qualified linen. Very easy to sew, washed as normal and shrink was as expected. I even had a bit left over to make 4 small napkins! I will certainly be buying more like this to make as gifts.

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PG
a joy to work with
Reviewer: pamela

I thought this would make nice towels, and it sure does. Pre-washed and pre-dried and ironed before sewing; sewed up like a dream and only gets better with use. I'll be buying more !

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LK
Dish towels
Reviewer: Liza

This is wonderful fabric wrinkling less each time I wash my towels. I didn't prewash and have not noticed much if any shrinkage perhaps because I hemmed them on all 4 sides first. Please please please F-s.com, sell more colors. I have seen this heavy linen toweling in beautiful muted colors on another site.

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GW
Napkins
Reviewer: Gail

While I liked this fabric I didn't fall in love. My napkins turned out great but they do not come out of the laundry ready to use - way, way too wrinkly.

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ME
Shrinks a lot
Reviewer: Martha

I purposely put 10 yards through 2 hot washes and 2 hot dries to get the shrinkage done. So 10 yards shrunk to 9 yards 6" and 20" wide to 18" but I knew this. A lot of color came out, that's ok..............the splotches are not. Uneven, inconsistent color of the fabric turn this into a rag............not happy. I used very little gentle laundry soap.

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MR
Mixed feelings - con't
Reviewer: Marsha

I meant to give this fabric three stars in my "Mixed feelings" review instead of five.

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MR
Mixed feelings
Reviewer: Marsha

The fabric is pretty, although darker & rougher/dobbier with plant material than shown in the photos. I made kitchen towels & followed the email directions, so I didn't cut or trim the selvedge edges. I typically just take my linen towels out of the washer, give them a quick shake to flatten them out and then hang to dry, but the selvedge of this fabric is so heavy & rough that it folds in on itself & won't flatten out easily. I was able to smooth out the selvedges on some but others required ironing on the edges. I'd love to give them as gifts, but can't bring myself to give somebody a towel that requires more than a quick shake before folding. They look great when ironed, but who wants to iron kitchen towels??

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SG
Love This!
Reviewer: Sheila

Second purchase of the blue stripe and added some of the cream stripe to the order. Love these fabrics. They are easy to sew, have a great feel and finish very nicely. Wonderful ‘hand' to these.

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DR
Very much darker than photos!
Reviewer: Diane

I bought 15 yards of this fabric and had it made up into 24 tea towels as soon as I got it. As always with linen, it sews easily with just finger pressing the edges as you go. The fabric is really much darker than the photos on the site show. What appears white in the photos is really dark grey-beige so the overall result is quite rustic.. I do not cut away the selvage to save as much as possible on the width. In this case that selvage was unusually rough so my edge, even after folding twice into a narrow hem, was a tad rough. However, given the rustic dark colour of the fabric, it all worked quite well.

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Starr profile image now we all have fresh tea towels!
Reviewer: Starr

As simple as it is, I whipped up a dozen tea towels and have been spreading them around the family. Its always nice to have fresh ones and to put the raggedy ones in the rag bag. Perfect weight, easy sew, easy iron (if desired). I'm happy as usual as with all my Fabric-store purchases; and there have been quiet a few.

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Teresa profile image Elegant
Reviewer: Teresa

This is my first review, although I've purchased many, many yards. I will not purchase linen from anywhere else. This particular fabric I've purchased twice to make tea towels for gifts. Such simplistic beauty and elegance. Yes, I'm talking about towels! The silkiest linen you will find!

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BG
Falling in love
Reviewer: Becky

I use this narrower fabric to make kitchen towels. Honestly i was very skeptical that i would like linen for a kitchen towel. I was wrong. I think I'm falling in love. I got some small pieces to try and as ive used them i like them more and more. At this point i dont think i would be happy without them. They actually dry the dishes and dont stay wet that long. No musty smell either.

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MM profile image Beautiful and sturdy!
Reviewer: MM

Thus fabric is a little different from the IL073 in that it is about 2" wider after washing (which I do first...twice...before cutting). The colors are heartbreakingingly beautiful, and I love, love the natural slubs in the fabric. It takes a wee bit of math (width x1.5 for the best length dimensions), but I will be ordering it again and again for kitchen towels, placemats and table runners!

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Kirsten profile image very absorbant
Reviewer: Kirsten

i bought this for kitchen towels, so i treated this VERY harshly in the pre wash. the first pre wash it didnt soak up very fast, but when i sent it through a second time (i had to, i forgot it in the dryer ) it soaked up the water fast! it definitely looks very "crumply" coming out of the dryer, so if you are fussy about your kitchen linens you may want to hang it to dry or iron it...

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ME
Is darker than it looks on screen
Reviewer: Martha

This fabric is perfect for kitchen towels. I bought 10 yards and made 12 towels, 6 as gifts. Normally I would wash before sewing, but it's much easier to hem before you wash, and it doesn't shrink up much after.....that surprised me. When you iron a hem with steam to sew, it stays down. Feels durable. The only negative, the picture onscreen is much lighter than in hand. Darker than a paper towel but great fabric:) Thanks for the deal!

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MB
Kitchen towels
Reviewer: Margaret

I absolutely love this fabric. I made kitchen towels with it and they are better than any towels I've purchased from a store.

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VM
love this fabric!
Reviewer: Virginia

This is my second three yard purchase. This is first quality linen and I'm using it to make dish towels. My first set of line. dish towels are finished and in use and they are beautiful as well as great towels,

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CM
Best linen towels
Reviewer: cherilyn

I have some linen towelsespecially for drying China. These are even better

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SS
I love this fabric!
Reviewer: Susan

Just by chance I found your store on Facebook. I don't sew a lot anymore, but love to give handmade gifts to friends. I ordered six yards of this linen and made 7 dish towels. They remind me of what was found in European castle kitchens many years ago. I plan to embroider initials in the corner. I will be shopping more.

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JW
First timer
Reviewer: Jennifer

First purchase for me. The product surpassed my expectations. I ordered enough to make 8 tea towels but stopped at 4 because the fabric is so nice I plan to make a table runner and placemats with the remainder. Sews beautifully but I have yet to wash it so can't comment on that.

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CM
Love to Sew
Reviewer: Carol

This was my second linen purchase. I am in the process of finishing 4 tea towels. This fabric is a dream to create my kitchen towels. I plan on using my machine for decorative embroidery designs to accent my country kitchen.

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AB
Vintage Finery!
Reviewer: A

To me, this Beautiful Linen Toweling Fabric recalls the Finery of Vintage days gone by! My plan is to stencil a Barn Reddish colored Rooster and lettering, either in the center, or on the end. Then it will really look Vintage! If I may add: Dharma Trading Co. has expert advice for stenciling paints, and I'm told, expert products. Cant wait to try! Truly Love and Appreciate the Wonderful Quality of Fabrics-store.com Linens and the very reasonable prices! Thank you so much!!!

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CN
Linen for hand towels
Reviewer: Christine

I have purchased lots of this companies linen and love it. However the blue and "white" striped toweling linen is not as described.. The white part is like a dark taupe.

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SV
Great for dish towels!
Reviewer: Sylvia

Three yards made four wonderful, thirsty dish towels! I like a nice finished look, so before washing I cut off about 1/4" of the selvage and hemmed both the sides and ends: 1/4" hems for the sides and 1/2" for the ends (in both cases, turned under twice). The finished towels come out of the dryer smooth enough to use without ironing. My fabric did have more sloughs snd plant debris than I'm used to from fabric-store linens. I snipped off the odd piece of plant material where it was safe to do do snd ignored the rest. It was all far less noticeable one the towels had been laundered.

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JK
Easy!
Reviewer: Jane

Towels were easy to cut and sew! I think my daughter will love them. She is addicted to linen everything!

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BM
Snagged/flawed fabric
Reviewer: Bronwyn

I will check it first next time. I started cutting and so could not return the damaged piece I received.

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Linen Towel
Reviewer: Barbara

Imade3 towels out of the purchase and was very happy with the out come. I pre washed the fabric. It was easy to work with and I am very happy with the way it dries dishes. The plus is it is attractive in the kitchen!!

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AH
Linen towels
Reviewer: Ann

This fabric was a pleasure to sew and provided an easy way to make gifts. I appreciate the absence of toxins. Your emails containing project ideas are very helpful and prompted my purchase of this fabric.

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Cynthia profile image Very easy!
Reviewer: Cynthia

Very easy and quick to make Christmas gifts for my whole family.

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DL
Great hand towels!
Reviewer: Debby

This made great hand towels! So easy, just cut and hem the ends of the 20" width fabric and it's good to go. Very sturdy being just like 4C22 and softens with use. Plus, yarn dyed fabric patterns are nice in the kitchen. My only regret was only getting a yard of 2 different patterns to make 4 hand towels. After shrinkage they are kind of short. Next time I will get enough to make them at least 22" long after hemming and shrinkage. I love fabric store linen!

I made 6 towels out of 4 yards (5 in pic, because one was being used). They're just for my own use, and I prefer them a bit smaller. After cutting them there was about 4 inches of fabric left, so I more than got my money's worth. This is what they look like after 3 washes. They are getting softer after each wash and have that lovely linen look.

Posted by Annette

Great kitchen tiwels

Posted by Anne

Two kitchen/bar towels

Posted by Anne

Using the rustic linen to make the Allspice Apron from hey June handmade in a size XS. A fun and fast project

Posted by Barbara

This fabric makes wonderful placemats, kitchen and tea towels, as well as an excellent wrapping for refrigerating fresh herbs, sprouts and vegetables. The napkins are made from IL019 Natural,18 inches square. I love that the width of the IL084 is 18" wide, so only one hem on each end is necessary, no matter what the length will be. I have made other kitchen items from the same fabric in different colors. Handy, sturdy and beautiful!

Posted by MM

I just completed sewing the set of 15 kitchen towels with my first Fabrics Store order. I am so happy with the result.

Posted by Ngoc-Chieu

Linen kitchen towels are the best and IL084 is perfect for this application. The towels in this picture were first hemmed (with selvedges left on), then washed in hot water and dried in the dryer to shrink the fabric, then washed again in hot water and shaken out, finger pressed/stretched and hung (or laid flat on counter, back of couch, whatever) to dry. I don't plan on ironing them before giving them as gifts. The natural background color will continue to lighten a bit with repeated washing. Shown in picture (top to bottom) IL084 977, MLT-10 (Limoges), MLT-20 (Autumn Gold), MLT-18 (Vineyard Green), MLT-10 (Deep Claret) and MLT-17 (Dulse). I can't stop making these towels!

Posted by Marsha

My showcase in Waynesville, NC at the Wildflour Blue Bakery. I just set up this morning. These items will be there until July 14, or until I run out of inventory. I made the napkin rings, too, but not with your products.

Posted by MM

See & Sew B 5704

Posted by Martha

10 yards will shrink to 9yards 6"....20" wide to 18" but you can do more.......you MUST pre-shrink this fabric. This was tricky at 18" wide but it worked in my favor creating a new design......

Posted by Martha

I made the dish towels from Fabric Store's blog post. I made 4 sets. It was very easy to follow. The set I made for myself is already in use & works wonderfully. The linen does shrink the stated 10%, from the description, in the wash.

Posted by Virginia

Yes it's faint, but much more noticeable in hand..........

Posted by Martha

Envelope pillow cover, made with this linen. After washing and ironing, the linen was just right in width for a 14-inch pillow insert. The length is 28 inches plus extra for the flap.

Posted by JENNI

Very pleased with my new towels. I divided my three yards equally into thirds, so the length of each towel is about 34 inches after washing for shrinkage. The narrow width of the fabric is great - I like that it mimics shop bought towels. The linen is heavier weight, so they won't wear thin and develop holes like other towels. The hems fold and press up very easily. I'm looking forward to getting great use out of them.

Posted by Sue

I made two more towels with my yardage, this time I serged off the selvages, and folded the sides twice 1/4" and hemmed. One one of the towels I gave the cut edges a 1/2" hem, and I fringed the other. They are pictured here after washing twice and lightly pressed. I listed my washing methods in my other post.

Posted by Lauren

I made a couple of towels using the email tutorial. I love the way the blue pairs with the natural linen color, and how all you need to do is cut and sew the cut edges! The selvages (sides) on this fabric lay flat even after washing. I washed my towels twice after I made them, Once in a cool/warm gentle cycle, then again on warm water gentle cycle. I dried them in my dryer on low and pulled them out when they were still a little damp to iron. I really didn't need to because they came out fairly wrinkle-free.

Posted by Lauren
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