Calling all makers and decorators! We’ve found the answer to your upholstery, bag making and home decor search: Belgian Linen™. Featuring the finest flax in the world, grown ecologically in the Flanders region and woven by Libeco™, 100% Belgian Linen has a reputation for unmatched elegance that has withstood the test of time. Keep reading to learn how to prepare this medium-weight linen fabric for your next project.
Say Hello to Belgian Linen
Printable width: 54″
Weight: 9.8oz per square yard
Content: 100% Linen
Construction: Woven, Plain Weave
Belgian Linen Sewing Recommendations
When sewing the seams of projects using Belgian Linen we recommend using 90/14 or 100/16 universal needles with high quality polyester all-purpose thread. The fabric has a slight ‘give’, which makes it less prone to breakage. For topstitching, a buttonhole twist or topstitching thread as the upper thread with regular thread in the bobbin will give beautiful results. For standard seams, use a 2.5mm stitch length.
Linen is prone to fraying so you will want to finish the edge with a zig-zag stitch or serger. Want to level-up your sewing game? Try a flat felled seam or bias bound edge! Alternately, a no-sew finish option to finish seams is using pinking shears. If you are going the pre-wash route, we recommend serging or stay-stitching 1/4″-1/2″ from the cut edge.
Speaking of washing your fabric, keep reading to find out when it’s ok to skip a pre-wash!
When to Pre-Wash Belgian Linen
The decision to prewash your Belgian linen is going to depend on the planned final product. Are you working on a crisp tailored pillow or adding soft textural curtain layers?
For a more sharp, crisp project, do not prewash your fabric but do plan to dry clean the finished project if it needs to be washed. Home decor projects or accessories like bags do not need to be pre-washed. For extra wrinkle resistance, consider underlining your fabric. There are multiple options ranging from a lightweight cotton to silk organza to fusible tricot interfacing.
For a softer linen, prewash your yardage. The finished project will have the added option of machine washability. Don’t overpack your washing machine since linen absorbs quite a bit of water. Machine dry your fabric, removing it while still slightly damp. Pressing thoroughly while very slightly damp will help with wrinkles while also further softening the fabric. We always recommend pre-washing fabric that will be sewn into a garment.
Belgian Linen Care Instructions
Machine wash warm or cool on a gentle/delicate setting or dry clean. Machine dry on a low temperature setting. The maximum temperature for both wash and dry cycles is 100°F (38°C). To prevent wrinkling, it is suggested to not fully dry the linen during laundering. Iron on the reverse side of the fabric with steam to help soften. Do not bleach.
Cutting Belgian Linen
Cut with care! The open weave of the Belgian Linen, which keeps it from looking and feeling heavy, also means the fabric can shift when being cut. Take extra care when laying out your fabric to keep the grain and cross grain straight. In our sewing department, we prefer the use of rotary cutters so that we can cut the fabric completely flat.
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