Spoonflower is an online print on demand company that allows users to design custom fabrics and wallpapers. Sewists can browse through thousands of patterns by independent artists to choose what they would like printed onto a variety of fabrics. They can then order these prints, directly from the website and get to work sewing their own unique creations.
In this post, I will share some sewing tips and project ideas from Spoonflower’s community of creatives for working with Linen Cotton Canvas.
Linen Cotton Canvas is a durable linen/cotton oxford weave, perfect for table linens, and tea towels. Useful in interior design for drapes, throw pillows and lamp shades, Linen Cotton Canvas has some light transparency and texture.
Artists’ designs are printed on one side of the fabric using eco-friendly, water-based inks. (tip: iron on the reverse side) This fabric is machine washable on low temperatures, and for pre-washing your fabric stay stitch the raw edges with a zigzag and use a delicates bag.
Home sewists can use their domestic machines and sergers to work with Cotton Linen Canvas. Choose a universal or denim needle. This versatile fabric is beginner-friendly with a luxurious natural hand.
‘Linen cotton canvas makes great tea towels. It is a good quality, easy to sew fabric. I can make four towels from one yard of fabric‘ – Marcia Stacy
Amber Gibbs designs and stitches tea towels as gifts, and every year she makes herself a new Calendar Tea Towel for her kitchen. Amber loves these kitchen linens for wrapping bread as it is rising because the dough doesn’t stick to the linen. For making tea towels, she recommends trying the Sweet Pea Gauze, favored for its absorbency, but loves the linen for how cleanly designs are printed across the weave. She also finds it very easy to sew. See Amber Gibbs Design’s Tea Towel Collection on Spoonflower.
Macadamia Tree, Bourbon Sling 944d0e – for sewing tea towels, I use a vintage Pfaff 360 sewing machine. It stitches very assertively, making beautiful hem stitches for table linens. A friend recently asked for sewing machine recommendations. I told her to buy a tank. I am loyal to heavier machines, that have metal parts.
Diane Rooney’s Merryn & Friends and Puddles and Boots counting books are each made from one fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas and 1/2 m of fusible fleece. Take a look at her sewing tutorial to see how easily these cut & sew books come together.