Printed Brushed Cotton Fabric UK: Ideal for DIY Craft Projects (2023)

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    What resolutionis best for printing?

    All of our fabrics are printed at 200dpi. This works for us as it combines a great quality as we as a good file weight. In order to avoid resizing and interpolation, we recommend that you scale your image to 100% at 200dpi. Our design interface works with a traffic light system that acts as a quality marker for your designs. This will show you whether the resolution is too low for printing. When you re-upload your design with a highest resolution, the traffic lights will change colour, showing you're good to go. A message will pop up alongside the traffic lights to let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.

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    Will my image be scaled to fit?

    Your uploaded design will automatically be scaled to fit the size of fabric you've chosen. You can change the dimensions of your fabric by amending the measurements on the ‘Product Options’ tab, under ‘Print Size’. To see how this fits with the dimensions of your image/design, you can refer to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab under 'Quality Information'. Here, you will be able to edit the dimensions of the image.

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    Should I choose RGB or CMYK?

    We always recommend using an RGB colour space when you upload your images. More specifically, we suggest using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. This will need to be done in your editing software; choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)

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    Is there a maximumlength I can print on?

    There is no length limit for most of our fabrics. Our preview design window is set up to displaying a maximum of 10m to help you visualise the print, but that doesn't mean this is the print limit. If you'd like to order more, you can increase the quantity (x2 for 20m or x4 for 40m for example) and order as much as you'd like. Larger volumes will receive an automatic discount too. While the fabric length is nothing to worry about, each individual fabric will have a maximum width side: These can be found on the fabric's page information or in the design interface.

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    Should I add white space for borders or cutting onto my design?

    Yes, that will help you when it comes to cutting or framing your printed fabric. We recommend always adding a little extra space for borders into your purchased fabric size.When we print your materials, or send out fabric samples, we typically trimsquarely around the fabric, leaving approximately 5mm white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.

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    What is crocking?

    Crocking is the term used to describe fading along the creases in a fabric. It typically can occur after constant washing or heavy use of digitally printed natural fabrics. Crocking can be minimised by hand washing your fabrics at a cooler temperature, rather than machine washing. If you want to make sure there's no chance of crocking, we'd suggest you use a poly fabric.

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    Is it normal for colours to appear lighter on organic fabrics?

    Yes, our organic fabrics don't have an additional coating like non-organic fabrics have, which meansit absorbs the inks deep into its fibre and reducing the colour strength slightly (this can be approximately -40%). If you would like a bolder, more vibrant colour for your fabric, we would suggest using a non-organic fabric.

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    Can I supply my own fabric for you to print onto?

    Unfortunately not; all of our fabrics have been tested meticulously to ensure we know exactly how to get the best results, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. If you are set on a fabric we don't offer, we can offer custom printed sublimation paper to order which will allow you to heat press your designs onto your own fabrics.

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    Which is a better image format: TIFF or JPEG?

    If your design is simple and less intricate, a JPEG will be absolutely fine. However, if you have created a design with multi-coloured detailing, we would recommend saving your design in a TIFF format.

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    Will my material shrink during printing?

    Similar to other fabric printing processes, shrinkage can occur. The amount of shrinkage will depend on the fabric, but as a general rule of thumb, please allow for 2-8% shrinkage when working out your measurements. Shrinkage is not an exact science, and the amount of shrinkage will vary from print run to print run. We'd always suggest order a little more than you need for your project.

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    Can I order double sided printed fabric?

    Many of the fabrics we offer are semi-transparent, so printing on both sides of the fabric is not a service we offer.

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    Can I order labels in a different fabric? Are the labels cut like normal fabric labels?

    At the moment, all of our fabric labels are printed on satin fabric. For now, we believe this is the best choice, but will potentially introduce other options in the future. All labels are cut to the same label format. If you would like to choose a different fabric and format for your labels, you could always order a sheet of the fabric of your choice to create labels yourself.

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    How do you print your fabrics in an eco-friendly way?

    Our fabrics are printed with water-based inks as environmental consciousness is always front of our minds. Water-based inks include no chemicals or solvents, and our printing process uses heat to fix colours and patterns into place to avoid excess or contaminated water returning into the water system (this is something that can occur through steaming). All printing, fulfilment and production is done in our one facility in London, and rather than rolling the fabrics or sending them in a tube, you will receive your material folded up. This amounts to 150 tubes saved a week, as well as much more space on the delivery van for more orders. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).

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    Will there be slight colour differences between my orders?

    Although very rare, there could be a slight colour difference from one print run to another. This is a normal part of the printing process, however we are always working to improve our colour profiles. It is unlikely that the difference in print runs will be hugely different (for example, it's unlikely your orange is suddenly going to be red). The likelihood of colour variations can be intensified fabric to fabric due to materials having different grains and textures; natural fabrics typically have more muted colour tones, while poly alternatives have a bolder hue. This is because the construction of the material is different, and the printing method has to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.

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Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage

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Our full cut & sew service at Bags of Love can be used to your full advantage. We even offer hemming for your fabrics at a small additional cost. Our hems are created with a one or two cold hem that typically uses around 5 to 20mm of fabric (depending on the thickness of your chosen material). Please bare this in mind when you are ordering your printed fabric with hems: If you would like your finished piece to be 100cm x 100cm, change your dimensions to 101.5cm instead to allow space for your hems (you will also need to include additional for potential shrinkage). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. Your printed fabric will be hemmed with either Black or White thread. If you are ordering a lightly woven material or a printed silk, you will find that one hem will be straight, while the other slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:

  • Light Fabrics (20-100gsm): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 6-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 12-16mm
  • Medium Fabrics (101-200gsm): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm
  • Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm

All of these measurements can vary and should only be seen as an approximation. If you allow for hems and slight shrinkage, it can add a fairly significant amount to your ordered dimensions, so please make sure to consider these things prior to ordering. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.

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Choose From Three Finishes

We havethree finishing options available:

  • As it comes:We simply cut around your image with scissors - leaving a perhaps uneven white border.
  • Hem with thread:We can offer your fabric hemmed with a black or white thread. This will add an additional 1-2 days of production time to your order. Please refer to the dimensions above to gauge how the hemming will affect the size of your print. You will have a choice of an overlock hem or folded hem (one or two fold depending on the fabric) however not all fabrics are suited to both hem types. In the design interface, you will be able to see which options are available to you. If you can only see one hem available, this means that this is the only suitable hem for this material type.
  • Cut on the line:Rather than our 'as it comes' option, we will cut neatly on the edge of your design against the grain of the fabric. If you have a border around your design we will cut around that border. If the design takes up the whole fabric, we will neatly cut around the edge of the image. Cutting against the grain is standard for fabric cutting, and as such lighter materials such as Georgette or Mulmul will have a slight wave in them, and some fraying may occur.

All of our fabrics are carefully hand cut. It is not always possible to maintain a perfectly straight cut for certain fabrics, so please bear this is mind if you see your edge has a slightly uneven look or a little fraying. This is not a flaw in the material. If you have any queries or would like to know about our cutting methods in more detail, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.

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Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, you may find a slight variance in the sizes.

FAQs

What can brushed cotton be used for? ›

As a furnishing fabric, brushed cotton is perfect for pillow cases, duvet covers, and cushion covers creating a warmer winter look for your bedroom and living room interiors. Brushed cotton is also used widely in patchwork and quilting for the same reason.

Is brushed cotton the same as 100% cotton? ›

Normal cotton is a natural fibre, also known as being 'cotton only' - as it does not have any other qualities added to it. However,brushed cotton is a combination of various fabric structures put together but brushed finely to remove any excess lint, this ultimately leaves the fabric with a soft and smooth finish.

What is brushed cotton material? ›

Brushed Cotton is a lovely fabric that is soft to the touch, during the process of creating the fabric; the cotton is brushed on the face side to remove any lint and fibers. The process leaves a soft face that helps to trap heat; yet as a cotton it is also breathable.

Is brushed cotton easy to sew? ›

Not to mention, flannel was originally made from wool but now is often made of cotton or other synthetic materials. What is brushed cotton like to sew with? Cotton per se is remarkably easy to sew with.

What is another name for brushed cotton? ›

Flannelette is also known as brushed cotton.

How do you clean brushed cotton? ›

To help avoid is bobbling you need to wash it on a very low temperature and use vinegar.

Does brushed cotton need ironing? ›

Although the bedding looks quite thick, they are actually very lightweight which makes washing very easy and as the cotton is brushed no ironing is needed.

Do you have to iron brushed cotton? ›

Brushed cotton is 100% cotton that has been delicately brushed, leaving a soft and snuggly feel. Easycare cotton is crafted to require minimal ironing, due to its easy-care finish.

Can you tumble dry brushed cotton? ›

All varieties of cotton bedding, including percale

percale
Percale is a closely woven plain-weave fabric often used for bed covers. Percale has a thread count of about 200 or higher and is noticeably tighter than the standard type of weave used for bedsheets. It has medium weight, is firm and smooth with no gloss, and warps and washes very well.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Percale
, sateen and brushed cotton, can be tumble-dried on a low heat setting. Similar to washing, high heats can wear on the fabric and lead to shrinking, fading or pilling.

Does brushed cotton shrink? ›

Cotton is a great fabric: versatile, comfortable, breathable, and hardwearing. But like many materials, particularly natural ones, it's also prone to shrinking when subjected to extremes of temperature and the agitation of washers and dryers.

Is brushed cotton durable? ›

One of the major benefits of brushed cotton is that it is extremely insulating. It is also durable, breathable, and easy to care for. You can't beat the texture of the fabric either, as we said, it is wonderfully soft to the touch.

What is the difference between brushed cotton and Egyptian cotton? ›

Egyptian cotton is stronger than regular cotton, therefore longer-lasting. It's partly thanks to the extra-long fibres that Egyptian cotton plants produce, making yarns tougher yet oh so soft.

What is printed cotton fabric called? ›

Quilting cottons – also called patchwork, printed or craft cottons. These are light- to medium-weight plain-weave cottons which have are reasonably closely woven – there's a huge variety of printed fabrics available.

Is brushed cotton cool in summer? ›

Cotton & brushed cotton bedding

Cosy in winter, cool in summer, they're an allrounder. Whereas brushed cotton retains heat a bit more and feels super comfy during colder months.

Which type of cotton is best? ›

Supima (which stands for Superior pima) is the crème de la crème of all cottons. Supima cotton is very rare- In fact, less than 1% of the cotton grown in the world is Supima cotton.

Is flannelette same as brushed cotton? ›

Is flannelette the same as brushed cotton? Flannelette is also known as Brushed Cotton. The brushing process creates a soft pile on the sheet, which holds the warmth in well and creates that soft, cosy feel!

Is jersey cotton the same as brushed cotton? ›

Jersey is not brushed up like flannelette, but super smooth and ideal in summer as it is a 100% natural cotton material, making it naturally absorbent and breathable. Our Clever Jersey is also perfect for the summer months too, Our Jersey is 100% Cotton.

Is brushed cotton good for winter? ›

Brushed Cotton (unlike other cottons such as poplin) has raised fluffy fibres which trap air particles in between creating great insulation properties and making them super cosy and warm.

How do you keep brushed cotton from bobbling? ›

How can you stop clothes from bobbling in the wash?
  1. Wash fabric types separately.
  2. Use a gentle detergent (liquid, not powder)
  3. Air dry your clothes (avoid the tumble dryer)
  4. Wash your clothes by hand.
  5. Wash your clothes inside out.
  6. Use a fabric shaver.
  7. Use a razor blade.
  8. Use a brush or lint roller.

Is brushed cotton fluffy? ›

Now you know, brushed cotton or cotton flannel is a cotton fabric whose surface has been roughened to give it a soft and fluffy appearance.

How do you keep brushed cotton sheets soft? ›

How to Wash Cotton Bedding to Keep it Soft
  1. Use Gentle Detergents.
  2. Separate Towels from Bed Linen Before Washing.
  3. Get Rid of Pesky Creases.
  4. Don't Overload your Washing Machine.
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Is brushed cotton good quality? ›

Brushed cotton is the best of both worlds and then some. The material is cozy, but it doesn't trap air. It's ideal for people who run hot or sweat during the night, as the breathable brushed fabric wicks away moisture. On the other hand, it's also warm enough for those who need a little more insulation.

Which is better cotton or polycotton? ›

Allergies - 100% cotton is the most desirable to opt for if one has allergies or sensitive skin. It is a breathable and a hypoallergenic fabric due to the natural fibres. Polycotton is unlikely to be suitable as it can cause itchiness because of the synthetic fibre mix that makes the fabric less breathable.

Does cotton get softer as you wash it? ›

Often, since cotton is a natural fibre, the washing process will cause it to soften itself; there's no need to add fabric conditioner. Organic cotton softens naturally with usage, water and washing.

Do Egyptian cotton sheets need ironing? ›

no ironing, and because Egyptian cotton is so absorbent, it is especially good for dyeing, providing you with plenty of colour choice. It is the absorbency and durability of Egyptian cotton that makes it particularly suitable for towels. They are plush, light and very luxurious.

Do cotton sheets need ironing? ›

If you love that crisp, smooth bedding style you might find in an elegant hotel room, ironing is something you definitely want to consider. Especially if you have cotton sheets which tend to crease more easily. Ironing will smooth out those creases and other wrinkles to leave your bed looking and feeling outstanding.

What is flannelette cotton? ›

Flannelette sheets (can also be called flannel sheets) are made out of cotton, and is a soft sheet that has a slightly fuzzy feel, and has a denser weave compared to regular cotton sheets. This causes more heat to be trapped and keep you warm throughout the night.

How do you wash flannels without shrinking them? ›

You should avoid washing your flannel shirts in hot water instead of a warm or cold setting on your washing machine. Just like opting for a permanent press or a gentle cycle, sticking to warm or cool water rather than hot water will ensure that your flannel remains bright and soft all fall or winter long.

What is the difference between flannel and flannelette? ›

The difference between flannel and flannelette is mainly that flannel can refer to a wool-based material or a wool/cotton blend. Whereas flannelette is usually made from cotton and brushed to create a softer look and feel.

Is flannelette same as Winceyette? ›

Flannel fabric is similar to winceyette, but it has a slightly different finish.

Should you buy cotton shirts a size bigger? ›

1. T-shirts. With the quality kinds being largely comprised of cotton, you're at risk of dryer shrinkage of up to 20 percent. Sizing up means you don't have to sweat it if the shirt accidentally tumbles dry.

Does cold water shrink cotton? ›

Washing 100% cotton with cold water can cause shrinkage so if you want the cotton to be shrunk deliberately use cold water otherwise normal water is the best. While washing cotton in the machine, a gentle cycle and chemical-free detergents are recommended.

How do you prevent cotton from shrinking? ›

To prevent the clothing from shrinking, wash your cotton clothing on a delicate cycle and in cold water. This will reduce the risk of excessive friction and agitation, which can not only cause shrinking but also pilling and other unwanted wear.

What is soft brushed fabric? ›

A brushed knit fabric is an extremely soft and comfortable techno-fabric, especially pleasant when worn in direct contact with the skin. The soft brushing process they undergo enhance their thermal insulation properties, creating a sort of protective cushion.

Is brushed cotton biodegradable? ›

Undyed it is 100% natural and biodegradable.

What is flannel fabric called in the UK? ›

As an interesting aside, the word 'flannel' has long had additional meanings in Great Britain. For example, some use it interchangeably with the word facecloth, which makes sense given that facecloths used to be made out of flannel before the advent of terrycloth.

Why are Egyptian cotton sheets so good? ›

Egyptian cotton is a variety of extra-long staple cotton. Having extra-long staples means that each fiber is longer and finer than most varieties of cotton, giving the resulting fabric added strength, durability, and softness.

Where is the best cotton grown in the world? ›

' ” Egypt is one of a handful of countries—along with the United States, Israel, and Turkmenistan—that grow a particularly lustrous type of cotton called extra-long-staple cotton, known in the U.S. as Pima cotton.

Which is better Egyptian cotton or Supima cotton? ›

Supima cotton stands for “superior cotton,” which is a step above Egyptian cotton in quality and feel. The fibers have superior durability and can stand up to washings easily. You will find that because supima cotton is so soft, your night's sleep will be comfortable and easy.

Is brushed cotton too hot for summer? ›

Cosy in winter, cool in summer, they're an allrounder. Whereas brushed cotton retains heat a bit more and feels super comfy during colder months.

Is brushed cotton good for skin? ›

Brushed cotton bedding is soft to the touch, comfy against the skin and never itchy. People with eczema and other skin conditions — as well as babies and children with skin sensitivities — can benefit from the soft, soothing weave.

Will brushed cotton shrink? ›

Cotton is a great fabric: versatile, comfortable, breathable, and hardwearing. But like many materials, particularly natural ones, it's also prone to shrinking when subjected to extremes of temperature and the agitation of washers and dryers.

Does brushed cotton need ironing? ›

Although the bedding looks quite thick, they are actually very lightweight which makes washing very easy and as the cotton is brushed no ironing is needed.

How do you keep brushed cotton soft? ›

How to Wash Cotton Bedding to Keep it Soft
  1. Use Gentle Detergents.
  2. Separate Towels from Bed Linen Before Washing.
  3. Get Rid of Pesky Creases.
  4. Don't Overload your Washing Machine.
13 Mar 2019

Is brushed cotton durable? ›

One of the major benefits of brushed cotton is that it is extremely insulating. It is also durable, breathable, and easy to care for. You can't beat the texture of the fabric either, as we said, it is wonderfully soft to the touch.

Is flannelette the same as brushed cotton? ›

Is flannelette the same as brushed cotton? Flannelette is also known as Brushed Cotton. The brushing process creates a soft pile on the sheet, which holds the warmth in well and creates that soft, cosy feel!

Can you tumble dry brushed cotton? ›

All varieties of cotton bedding, including percale

percale
Percale is a closely woven plain-weave fabric often used for bed covers. Percale has a thread count of about 200 or higher and is noticeably tighter than the standard type of weave used for bedsheets. It has medium weight, is firm and smooth with no gloss, and warps and washes very well.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Percale
, sateen and brushed cotton, can be tumble-dried on a low heat setting. Similar to washing, high heats can wear on the fabric and lead to shrinking, fading or pilling.

What is the difference between brushed cotton and Egyptian cotton? ›

Egyptian cotton is stronger than regular cotton, therefore longer-lasting. It's partly thanks to the extra-long fibres that Egyptian cotton plants produce, making yarns tougher yet oh so soft.

Is brushed cotton good for winter? ›

Brushed Cotton (unlike other cottons such as poplin) has raised fluffy fibres which trap air particles in between creating great insulation properties and making them super cosy and warm.

Should you buy cotton shirts a size bigger? ›

1. T-shirts. With the quality kinds being largely comprised of cotton, you're at risk of dryer shrinkage of up to 20 percent. Sizing up means you don't have to sweat it if the shirt accidentally tumbles dry.

How do you prevent cotton from shrinking? ›

To prevent the clothing from shrinking, wash your cotton clothing on a delicate cycle and in cold water. This will reduce the risk of excessive friction and agitation, which can not only cause shrinking but also pilling and other unwanted wear.

Does cotton shrink every time you dry it? ›

Cotton can shrink every time you wash it if you expose it to hot water or high dryer heat settings. Usually, cotton only shrinks dramatically the first time you wash it. Even then, you can avoid damaging your clothes by taking the proper precautions.

Which is better cotton or polycotton? ›

Allergies - 100% cotton is the most desirable to opt for if one has allergies or sensitive skin. It is a breathable and a hypoallergenic fabric due to the natural fibres. Polycotton is unlikely to be suitable as it can cause itchiness because of the synthetic fibre mix that makes the fabric less breathable.

What is brushed back cotton? ›

Features: Double-faced fabric with dense jersey knit on one side, and brushed, fleecy nap on reverse. “Brushed-back” refers to the finishing technique used on this dense cotton material. Millions of tiny loops are knit into one side of the fabric.

Does cotton get softer as you wash it? ›

Often, since cotton is a natural fibre, the washing process will cause it to soften itself; there's no need to add fabric conditioner. Organic cotton softens naturally with usage, water and washing.

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