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Custom Upholstery Fabric For Chairs

Custom Upholstery Fabric For Chairs

Custom Printed Upholstery Fabrics Made in the UKMade in the UK

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Design your own custom upholstery fabric with your photos, images, and text. Durable printed upholstery fabric, created in bespoke sizes to your specification. Perfect for chair seats and backs. Create your own custom design and print it on your chosen bespoke upholstery fabric in full glorious color. Reupholster your chairs with your own unique style.

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 Bespoke Upholstery Fabric Features:

  • Choice of multiple fabrics
  • Different weights and characteristics
  • Many varying characteristics
  • Suitable for fashion garments and DIY projects
  • Made to order
  • No minimum order

We offer both medium and heavy weight custom upholstery fabrics for chairs, which each have their own properties and characteristics.

Choose from soft, fire retardant, non-fray, stiff or shiny custom upholstery fabrics, all of which have been tested and are durable. Create your own custom design using photos, images, and text, to be printed onto your chosen custom printed upholstery fabrics.
  • Durable Martindale rub tested fabrics
  • Choose from medium or heavy weight
  • Different characteristics and properties
  • Custom upholstery fabric in custom sizes
  • Use photos, images, or text to personalize
  • Bespoke upholstery fabric with your own design
  • Made in our studio to order

Range of Upholstery Fabric for Chairs

Browse our range of upholstery fabric for chairs

  • Woven Canvas 8.9 oz

    Woven Canvas 8.9 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.72yd
    • Weight:
      8.85oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.74yd

    Heavy weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Monroe Satin 4.7 oz

    Monroe Satin 4.7 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.72yd
    • Weight:
      4.72oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.74yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Silk Impression (poly) 1.21 oz

    Silk Impression (poly) 1.21 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.52yd
    • Weight:
      1.21oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.54yd

    Light weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Organza 1.2 oz

    Organza 1.2 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.52yd
    • Weight:
      1.18oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.54yd

    Soft, Matt, Holes/Net, Woven, Poly. Soft and dry handle. Use: embellishments, clothing, curtains, drapes.

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Suede Vision 5.3 oz

    Suede Vision 5.3 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.66yd
    • Weight:
      7.37oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.68yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch with a matte finish, brushed/knapped face and non fray

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Lucent Satin 3.54 oz

    Lucent Satin 3.54 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.51yd
    • Weight:
      3.54oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.53yd

    Medium weight, still and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Peached Poly Sheeting 3.8 oz

    Peached Poly Sheeting 3.8 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.97yd
    • Weight:
      3.83oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.99yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Panama Flo 4.4 oz

    Panama Flo 4.4 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.61yd
    • Weight:
      4.42oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.63yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Linden Waterproof 3.5 oz

    Linden Waterproof 3.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      3.54oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Neoprene 29.5 oz

    Neoprene 29.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.42yd
    • Weight:
      29.49oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.44yd

    Heavy weight, smooth and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    Face: 100% polyester. Center: neoprene. Backing: 100% nylon.

  • Scroll Paper Fabric 3.5 oz

    Scroll Paper Fabric 3.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.41yd
    • Weight:
      3.54oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.43yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Duchess Satin 4.1 oz

    Duchess Satin 4.1 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.57yd
    • Weight:
      5.90oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.60yd

    Medium weight, silky and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Vintage Fade Poly/Cotton 4.1 oz

    Vintage Fade Poly/Cotton 4.1 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.73yd
    • Weight:
      4.13oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.75yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    50% polyester 50% cotton

  • Crushed Velour 7.23 oz

    Crushed Velour 7.23 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.48yd
    • Weight:
      7.23oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.50yd

    Medium weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    98% polyester 2% elastane

  • Heavy Brushed Sweat Jersey 7.67 oz

    Heavy Brushed Sweat Jersey 7.67 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.67yd
    • Weight:
      7.67oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.70yd

    Heavy weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Chain Jersey 7.52 oz

    Chain Jersey 7.52 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.43yd
    • Weight:
      7.52oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.45yd

    Heavy weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    97% polyester 3% elastane

  • Dorchester Weave 6.8 oz

    Dorchester Weave 6.8 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.51yd
    • Weight:
      6.81oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.53yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Mayfair Herringbone Weave 7.9 oz

    Mayfair Herringbone Weave 7.9 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      7.93oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Archway Brushed Twill 8.55 oz

    Archway Brushed Twill 8.55 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.56yd
    • Weight:
      8.55oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.59yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Portobello 7.4 oz

    Portobello 7.4 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      7.37oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Heavy weight, coarse and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Trafalgar Twill 8.1 oz

    Trafalgar Twill 8.1 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.64yd
    • Weight:
      8.08oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.66yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Plush Velvet 7.37 oz

    Plush Velvet 7.37 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.57yd
    • Weight:
      7.37oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.60yd

    Heavy weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Breathable Waterproof 4.6 oz

    Breathable Waterproof 4.6 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.61yd
    • Weight:
      4.57oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.63yd

    Medium weight, smooth and non-stretch - for furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Velvet Shimmer 10.9 oz

    Velvet Shimmer 10.9 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.52yd
    • Weight:
      10.94oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.54yd

    Heavy weight, soft, stiff and non-stretch with a shiny finish, brushed/knapped face

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Poly Twill 5.9 oz

    Poly Twill 5.9 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.57yd
    • Weight:
      5.90oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.60yd

    Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Quilted Jersey Stretch 7.5 oz

    Quilted Jersey Stretch 7.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.50yd
    • Weight:
      7.52oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.52yd

    Heavy weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    95% polyester 5% elastane

  • Chenille 9.7 oz

    Chenille 9.7 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      9.73oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch with a matte finish and brushed/knapped face

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Real Silk Georgette 1.5 oz

    Real Silk Georgette 1.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.45yd
    • Weight:
      1.47oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.48yd

    Light weight, silky and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% Silk Reactive inks

    Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 6% Warp: 9%

  • Silk Sensation (poly) 2.65 oz

    Silk Sensation (poly) 2.65 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.55yd
    • Weight:
      2.65oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.57yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    97% polyester 3% elastane

  • Pima Lawn 100% Cotton 2.2 oz PGT

    Pima Lawn 100% Cotton 2.2 oz PGT

    • Max Width:
      1.50yd
    • Weight:
      2.21oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.52yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% Supima cotton Pigment Inks

  • Cotton-Linen 6.7 oz PGT

    Cotton-Linen 6.7 oz PGT

    • Max Width:
      1.50yd
    • Weight:
      6.72oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.52yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    95% cotton 5% linen Pigment Inks

  • Classic Cotton Satin 5.1 oz

    Classic Cotton Satin 5.1 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.49yd
    • Weight:
      5.07oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.51yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% cotton Pigment Inks

  •  Volando Voile 1.5 oz

    Volando Voile 1.5 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.54yd
    • Weight:
      1.53oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.56yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Gaia Eco Woven 100% recycled 7.7 oz

    Gaia Eco Woven 100% recycled 7.7 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.70yd
    • Weight:
      7.67oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.72yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% recycled polyester

  • Poly Georgette 1.9 oz

    Poly Georgette 1.9 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.54yd
    • Weight:
      1.92oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.56yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Mulmul Soft Muslin 1.62 oz

    Mulmul Soft Muslin 1.62 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.44yd
    • Weight:
      1.62oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.47yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Cotton Twill 6.2oz

    Cotton Twill 6.2oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      6.28oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery

    Composition:

    100% cotton

  • Marbled Velvet 6.5oz

    Marbled Velvet 6.5oz

    • Max Width:
      1.54yd
    • Weight:
      6.49oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.56yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    face : 100% poly. backing : 65% poly 35% cotton

  • Soft Velvet 8.2oz

    Soft Velvet 8.2oz

    • Max Width:
      1.57yd
    • Weight:
      8.26oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.60yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Bull Denim 12oz

    Bull Denim 12oz

    • Max Width:
      1.62yd
    • Weight:
      11.80oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.64yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors, furnishing and upholstery, cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% cotton

  • Cotton Calico 5.3oz PGT

    Cotton Calico 5.3oz PGT

    • Max Width:
      1.60yd
    • Weight:
      4.48oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.62yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% cotton Pigment Inks

  • Roller Blind Standard (allows some light) 3.7oz

    Roller Blind Standard (allows some light) 3.7oz

    • Max Width:
      1.72yd
    • Weight:
      6.49oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.74yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Blackout Waterproof (no light) 8.26 oz

    Blackout Waterproof (no light) 8.26 oz

    • Max Width:
      1.70yd
    • Weight:
      8.26oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.72yd

    Heavy weight, stiff and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Warm Leatherette 20.65oz

    Warm Leatherette 20.65oz

    • Max Width:
      1.39yd
    • Weight:
      20.65oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.41yd

    Heavy weight, soft and stretchy - for home decor and interiors

  • Crepe de Chine (poly) 2.51oz

    Crepe de Chine (poly) 2.51oz

    • Max Width:
      1.54yd
    • Weight:
      2.51oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.56yd

    Light weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Cotton Drill 7.52oz

    Cotton Drill 7.52oz

    • Max Width:
      1.61yd
    • Weight:
      7.52oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.63yd

    Medium weight, soft and non-stretch - for cushions and bedding

    Composition:

    100% cotton

  • 10oz Denim 8.85oz

    10oz Denim 8.85oz

    • Max Width:
      1.61yd
    • Weight:
      8.85oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.63yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch - for home decor and interiors

    Composition:

    100% cotton

  • Furnishing Leatherette 17.7oz

    Furnishing Leatherette 17.7oz

    • Max Width:
      1.40yd
    • Weight:
      17.70oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.42yd

    Heavy weight, textured and non stretch with a a matte finish

    Composition:

    90% pvc 5% polyester 5% cotton

  • Chichi Furnishing Velour 8.26oz

    Chichi Furnishing Velour 8.26oz

    • Max Width:
      1.59yd
    • Weight:
      8.26oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.61yd

    Heavy weight, soft and non stretch with a soft sheen finish, napped face

    Composition:

    100% polyester

  • Pima Lawn 100% Cotton washed 2.21 oz Reactive

    Pima Lawn 100% Cotton washed 2.21 oz Reactive

    • Max Width:
      1.50yd
    • Weight:
      2.21oz
    • Roll Width:
      1.52yd

    Soft, light and airy. Silky smooth surface, flows and drapes beautifully. Plain weave 100% cotton lawn.

    Composition:

    100% Supima cotton Reactive Inks

    Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 6% Warp: 1%

Care instructions

Wash at 86°F, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.

  • Wash At 86°F
  • Wash at 85°F
  • Tumble 1
  • Hang Dry
  • Do Not Wring
  • Low Heat

What is Custom Upholstery Fabric For Chairs?

Reupholstering a chair is a home DIY project that can be taken up by even a novice. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture, most commonly chairs, with the soft parts of the furnishings; padding, springs, webbing, and covers. Reupholstering a chair is simply re-doing that part, often just the fabric (although some people will opt to bulk out, or change the padding at the same time). When choosing bespoke upholstery fabric, you want one that is going to be able to stand up to being sat on, and stood up from, day in day out for years to come. All of our hand-picked custom upholstery fabrics have been Martindale rub tested, and are proven durable fabrics. 

What a Martindale Rub Test is

The Martindale rub test is done to find out the durability of a fabric. It involves the fabric being repeatedly rubbed in a circular motion with a very abrasive material, such as wire mesh. This is done over and over until the fabric has a noticeable difference in its appearance or when two yarns break. The oscillations are counted, and this determines whether or not a printed upholstery fabric is considered durable.


Make a Collage

If you can’t decide on which photo to use, you can upload multiple images and create a photo collage. This can be done using one of our pre-set montage templates, or you can create your own entirely from scratch. It’s super easy to do and the possibilities are endless.

photo collage

How to add your collage to your product

Step 1 – Click the start design button & select your product options.

Step 2 – Go to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab, click the ‘add images/Text’ button on your product & ‘Select Images to Upload’ or use the Facebook/Instagram tabs.

Step 3 – Choose the images you want to use for your collage, upload & select them from the uploaded photos list.

Step 4 – Click ‘Create montage’ & select your collage style.

Step 5 – Add the collage to your design.

Hints and Tips

  • The more images you add to your collage the smaller each image will be. Fewer images will be larger and give you more clarity and detail.
  • The more people in an image, the less detail there will be. If you have 10 images of a group of five friends, each person will be smaller than if you have 10 images on just one person.
  • Try to make sure that the longest side of each image is around 3.93". There is a handy ruler built into the design tool to help you with this.
  • Smaller products will not be able to fit as many images as larger ones will.

Modern, digital techniques

All custom upholstery fabrics are digitally printed in our studio in permanent full-color print with your personalized design. You have a choice of finishing options for your custom printed upholstery fabric. Have your chair upholstery fabric sent out as it comes from the printer, with a white edging, or cut on the line with the white border removed by one of our experts. You may want to have your chair fabric hemmed. One of our seamstresses can hem your material with either an overlock hem or a folded hem, in either black or white thread. 

 

Print Guideline

  • DPI-Print Guideline Icon

    What's the best resolution to print in?

    We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change color using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.

  • scaling-Print Guideline Icon

    How will my image scale?

    When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.

  • RGB-CMYK Print Guideline Icon

    Which color model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?

    We advise providing images in the RGB color space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best color results. What does this mean? In your editing software, choose RGB as the working space and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)

  • Print-Roll Length Fabric Guide Icon

    Maximum dimensions

    For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10 yds max to visualize the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20 yds or x4 for 40 yds for e.g.) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.

  • Borders-Print Guideline Icon

    Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?

    Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 0.2" white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.

  • crocking-Print Guideline Icon

    What is crocking and why might it occur?

    Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colors are used. It can be minimized by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.

  • organics-Print Guideline Icon

    Why do my colors appear lighter on organic fabrics?

    Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibers, reducing the color strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super-strong colors, we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.

  • Transfer-Print Guideline Icon

    Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?

    Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation transfer paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.

  • Jpeg-Tiff Print Guideline Icon

    Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?

    For multi-colored or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colors and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.

  • Shrinkage-Print Guideline Icon

    What is the situation with material shrinkage?

    Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise to order a little more material than you require for your project.

  • Print-Both Sides Print Guideline Icon

    Can I print on both sides of the fabric?

    We do not offer to print on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent or have some show through. This wouldn't work with double-sided printing. This is not a service that we offer on any of our fabrics.

  • Labels-Print Guideline Icon

    Can I order labels in another fabric? Would you cut them as you do with the normal fabric labels?

    At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabrics into label format.

  • Eco friendly Printing

    How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?

    With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colors and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment. Rather than roll the fabrics, or send them in a tube, we fold them before they are sent out to you. This saves over 150 tubes a week, as well as a lot of space on the delivery van. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).

  • colour palette

    Why are there slight color differences between my orders?

    We work at improving our color profiles all the time. Though rare, it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight color differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such color variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.




Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage

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We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Bags of Love, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 0.2" to 0.75" (5-20mm) of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 39.37" x 39.37", you will need to order a size of 39.96" x 39.96" to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:

  • Light Fabrics (0.59oz-2.95oz): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 0.24" - 0.32" / 6mm-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 0.48"-0.56""/ 12-16mm
  • Medium Fabrics (2.98oz-5.90oz): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.4" - 1.6" / 35-40mm
  • Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.5" / 35-40mm
All of these measurements are approximate and can vary. Including with shrinkage, it can mean a fairly significant difference to ordered dimensions, so please plan your print accordingly. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.
 

How Would you Like the Edge?

We have four finishing options for your fabric order: 
  • As it comes. We cut around your image, leaving a simply scissor cut, perhaps uneven white fabric border.
  • Hem with thread. We can hem your fabric with a choice of black or white thread. Please allow 1-2 days of additional production time. See below for information on how hemming affects the size of your print. We offer an overlock hem, as well as a folded hem (one or two fold depending on the fabric) however not all fabrics are suited to both hem types. If you can see both options, it means both are suitable, and you will be able to choose whichever you prefer.
  • Cut on the line. We will cut neatly on the edge of your design. This means that if you have a border around your design we will cut around that border, if your design takes the whole space of the fabric, then we will neatly cut around the edge of that image. Please be aware, when we cut along the line, we have to cut against the grain of the fabric. This is the standard procedure for fabric cutting. This means that with some fabrics, for example, Georgette and Mulmul, which have a slight wave in them, some fraying will occur. This is unavoidable, as the cut follows the grain of the textile.

All of our fabrics are cut manually by hand, with the utmost care and attention. If your fabric has a slightly uneven look on the edges or a touch of fraying, this does not indicate a flaw in the textile. It is not always possible to achieve a perfectly straight cut with certain fabrics, so please do bear this in mind when it comes to your design. 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

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

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