“I don’t know which one to use!” is something we often hear from customers when it comes to our fabric selection, especially cottons. To help you pinpoint the best cotton material for your next project, I stitched together four flowy skirts featuring our favorite woven cotton fabrics: Petal Signature Cotton®, Cotton Poplin, Cotton Lawn, and Organic Cotton Sateen. Keep reading for more information on these cotton contenders and how you can incorporate them into your sewing life!
Explore our favorite woven cottons—which will you choose?
I picked a circle skirt, a great project for any beginner sewist due to its few pattern pieces and quick assembly, to showcase the different drapes and forms of each cotton. You can use this circle skirt calculator to make your own, too!
First, our most popular and most affordable cotton: Petal Signature Cotton! This Spoonflower-exclusive fabric has a bit more structure compared to other apparel cottons, making it a great material for quilting projects or stiffer pieces that require shape. Petal was also created to display vivid printed colors and crisp design detail, a characteristic any crafter would appreciate! The skirt I made from this had a lot of volume and shape.
Project recommendations: Face masks, structured tops, fitted and pleated skirts
Cotton Poplin offers a very soft, smooth feel and nice sheen with excellent color detail. Easy to sew with a beautiful drape, this fabric is a sophisticated choice for both home decor and apparel, from table linens and curtains to dresses and shirting. I love the soft, yet crisp texture and subtle highlights of this skirt!
We’re so excited for the launch of our newest fabric, Cotton Lawn! Due to its light and airy characteristics, Lawn is great to use for garments like blouses, long skirts, and button-ups. Despite how breezy Lawn is, it’s hard to wrinkle and keeps its shape quite well. This soft yet crisp fabric has a high thread count and a luxurious feel, and was my favorite material to use for these skirts!
Project recommendations: Summer dresses, blouses, baby clothes
Our sustainable 100% Organic Cotton Sateen, a fine weave medium-weight cotton, is popular for its strong wash durability and more muted, subtle color on products. It has a buttery texture and is perfect for pretty much any cotton-based project you can think of! I loved the soft drape it has as a skirt.
Project recommendations: Baby shoes, loungewear, curtains