Linen fabric

What is a linen fabric?

Linen is recognized for its durability and breathability, as well as its fibers made from the flax plant. It is best known for its coolness during hot weather, so it is mostly used in clothing and household materials such as bedding and tablecloths. 

How is Linen Made?

This is the process that Linen goes through from being a plant to a fabric. The first step is to grow and harvest a flax plant where fibers are obtained from the stalk, which should be separated through the retting method using water or dew to rot away the plant stem. Then, these fibers are dried, combed, and spun into yarn, which is eventually woven or knitted into linen fabric. This lengthy production contributes to relatively higher costs associated with buying clothes composed primarily of this material over others today.

Why Choose Linen Over Other Fabrics?

Linen has been found to last long but is becoming softer with time. It feels distinctively comfortable against one’s skin while possessing a natural luster that always makes it look good. Besides, its ability to quickly absorb and release moisture makes it very cool, especially during warm weather. 

What is the difference between Linen and cotton?





Flax plant

Cotton plant


Crisper, often with visible natural slubs

Generally smoother and softer


Highly durable; becomes softer with use

Durable but may wear down faster





It may require ironing; handle it with care for longevity

Often easier to care for and less prone to wrinkling


Generally more expensive due to labor-intensive production

More affordable and widely available

What Types of Products are Made from Linen?

Linen is so versatile that it can be used for making different things, such as Clothing, which comprises shirts, dresses, trousers, etc., and household goods, including bedding like sheets or covers if you prefer curtains over blinds.

Is Linen easy to sew?

Due to their less stretchiness and crispness, working with lightweight fabrics such as Linen can make them easier to sew than their heavier counterparts. However, people still need to know some special considerations, like pre-washing, precise cutting due to fraying, and possibly using a finer needle.

What Sewing Essentials do I need for Linen?

Always use sharp or universal needles when sewing any garment made entirely out of Linen. Once again, sizes should range from 70./10 80/12. The kind of thread should also not be overlooked; cotton and polyesters work perfectly here. Additionally, while stitching different parts together, most weights would be okay if subjected to a medium-length straight stitch; however, a zigzag would come in handy when finishing off edges neatly to prevent fraying.

How to Care for Linen Fabric?

Wash linen clothes in cold water only. But when it comes to dirty ones, lukewarm temperatures will do just fine, too. Avoid using bleach products, as these tend to wear fabrics out fast; instead, opt for mild detergents. Iron while still damp, or leave them creased naturally if you want a more casual look. Ironing gives them a formal touch, though.

How Long Does Linen Last?

With proper care, high-quality Linen can last for decades. It is naturally resistant to moths and pilling, and it gets softer and more comfortable with each wash.