What should I know about cotton poplin?

April 30, 2020 3:47 pm



If you’re new to the world of buying fabrics, choosing between the different styles can be confusing. Making sure you select the right fabric all depends on what you’re planning to make, so before buying, make sure you know exactly what the fabric is suited to.

Cotton poplin can be used for many things, so let’s take a look at what it is and what it can be used for.

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What is cotton poplin?

If you look closely, you’ll see that cotton poplin has a tight, plain weave. It is a light to medium weighted fabric which has a flat surface, allowing it to be used for a multitude of things. Also known as tabbinet, poplin is used to describe the weave, whilst cotton describes the material.

What is it used for?

Although cotton poplin fabrics are most commonly used to make dresses, skirts and shirts, it is a multipurpose fabric that can even be used for tablecloths, upholstery, pillowcases and banners.


Due to its smooth finish, it has the distinct advantage of being less likely to crease and being much easier to iron. It is machine washable, with most types of poplin being able to be washed at 60 degrees and tumble dried on a low setting. However, manufacturers of the liberty poplin do advise that it is only washed at 40 degrees and that it is not suitable to be tumble dried.

Where to start

If you’re looking to use cotton poplin for an upcoming project, the first step is finding a good fabric supplier, with a range of fabrics available.

What you need

Whatever you will be using your cotton poplin for, the likelihood is that you will need a sewing machine to save you time and effort when completing your project. Do your research and look at what is on offer, based on what you will be using it for. It is always good to compare machines, to get a good idea at what is essential for you.

Cotton poplin is a brilliant choice for your next piece of work and has the great advantage of being suitable for most types of projects.