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How To Choose the Perfect Fabric for Your DIY Project?

DIY is a term we encounter everywhere.

Everybody already knows it’s short for Do It Yourself.

But what does DIY include?

Some will instantly think about patching up holes in the wall, others about making their own bath bombs, cutting their own hair, manufacturing furniture or sewing their own clothes.

Correct answer is – well, all the above! DIY includes performing tasks on your own, instead of paying for a product or service.

However, we’re Caspar so, in this case, we’re going to focus on the last task: sewing. Clothes, bags, pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths, accessories like scarfs, clothes for children, blankets – you can make all of these at home.

Take it easy, it’s not as simple as it sounds.

What does DIY sewing at home look like?

Some will think that a sewing machine, a couple of threads and a fabric are enough.

But that’s far from it!

Sewing involves a certain level of knowledge, some of which you can acquire only through practice. Still, you can start simply by watching a YouTube tutorial, reading a book or (this) blog.

There are A LOT of fabrics and knits. And not all of them will be suitable for every project – one will be great for making clothes, the other one for curtains, and another one for scarves. One will stretch and glide through your sewing machine so it won’t be an ideal fit for beginners, while others will stand still and patiently wait to be formed by you.

Keep this in mind before you throw yourself into a project, and answer these questions:

  • What are the properties of each fabric? In our web shop, every fabric has its detailed description along with its purpose.
  • What are your sewing skills? If you’ re a beginner, choose non-stretchable fabrics of medium thickness.

 

If you’ve successfully answered these questions, we can move on.

To make your DIY projects easier, we’ve made a list of suitable fabrics according to the various types of projects. You just need to click on the link and see which fabric corresponds to your task.

Casual clothes

Cotton. Everything made of cotton is so light, so breathable, it feels so good on the skin – clearly there’s no better option for casual clothes in which you’ll chill on the couch or take a walk through the park.

Of course, viscose doesn’t lag behind either. It’s equally soft and drapes down the body beautifully.

Fashion accessories

Bags, shawls and scarves – which materials are ideal for fashion accessories?

It’s easy to choose – just keep in mind whether you need a light and airy material (for a shawl) or a firm one for a bag. Here’s the solution:

Kids’ and baby clothes

If you’re thinking about designing kids’ or baby clothes, be especially careful while choosing the right material. Their sensitive skin will love natural materials like cotton, as well as viscose.

Fashion clothing

Why did we put fashion clothing in its own category? Because materials used in the making of tracksuits are different from the ones you’ll make a fashion dress out of. For skin-tight pieces there is no better material than viscose, while the twills are used for firmer and sharper lines.

Home decor 

You’re probably aware that you won’t need the same type of fabric for comfy undershirts and for pillowcases which will be placed on the terrace couch, right? Home decorations acquire somewhat firmer materials, and twill and linen are the rightful winners.

Have you found your fabric? Take a peek at our Fabric Types page and find the one that suits you!

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