All About Gauze Fabric

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 permanently joined together, which results in an airy yet sturdy fabric. Cotton is the most commonly used fiber for making gauze fabrics, but gauze can also be made from rayon, linen, and other man-made or natural fibers. Our Sunny Double Gauze and Sunny Saloo fabrics are made from 100% cotton because we love natural fibers.

Sewing with Gauze Fabric

Gauze fabric is a popular choice for baby swaddle blankets, quilts, and bedding. It is also perfect for lightweight, casual 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 tips for sewing with gauze fabric:

  • 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

For long-lasting color retention and minimal shrinkage, we recommend machine washing on cold and tumble drying on low. We also suggest using a liquid fabric softener in the wash cycle to keep your gauze fibers soft over time. Like other loosely woven natural fibers, some lint and pilling may be noticeable especially after the first wash. Remove excess lint with an adhesive lint roller. Drying the fabric in the dryer will result is less lint than line drying.

Velcro and gauze are not friends! It is best to keep your gauze items away from Velcro or anything else that can catch and snag your fabric.