About Our Fabrics
Gauze fabric is our favorite textile on the planet and we want to share it with you! We love its breathable weight, its soft hand, and its infinite uses.
How Gauze Fabric is Made
Gauze fabric, also called muslin, is a beautifully simple textile that has been around for centuries. It has loosely woven yarns, which makes it breathable and flexible. Double gauze is simply two layers of gauze fabric that are simultaneously woven together, which results in an airy yet sturdy material. Cotton is the most commonly used fiber for making gauze, but gauze can also be made from rayon, linen, and other man-made or natural fibers.
Sewing with Gauze Fabric
Gauze fabric is a popular choice for baby muslin swaddle blankets, quilts, and bedding. It is also perfect for lightweight clothing like beach pants, swim coverups, tunic tops, blouses, dresses, scarves, and more.
Sewing with gauze is easy, and can be enjoyed by all skill levels including beginners. Here are a few sewing tips:
- Serge, overlock, or zig-zag stitch along the raw edge to prevent the loosely-woven gauze yarns from unraveling
- Use pins to secure the fabric as you sew
- Use light tension on your pressure foot to prevent stretching
- Use a new, sharp needle - we like a universal needle size 70/10
- To prevent puckering use a longer stitch length
- Pressing and starching are not required, but are a great way to stabilize the fabric before sewing
- Pre-wash fabric when sewing garments or other items where size and fit are important, but skip the pre-wash if you are sewing something like a swaddle blanket and wash the item after sewing is complete
Caring for Gauze Fabric
Always wash alone or with like colors to prevent lint transfer and noticeable pilling. For long-lasting color retention and minimal shrinkage, we recommend machine washing on cold and tumble drying on low. Tumble drying on low will eliminate excess lint and enhance the fabric's texture. We also suggest using a liquid fabric softener in the wash cycle to keep the natural cotton fibers soft over time. Like other loosely woven natural fibers, some lint and pilling may be noticeable with new fabric. Remove excess lint with an adhesive lint roller.
It is best to keep your gauze items away from Velcro or anything else that can catch and snag your fabric.