Towelling Terry & Waffles

Find a large range of towelling fabrics available at Spotlight. Perfect for making towels, face washers, hooded baby towels, bibs, kids clothes and much more. Add ribbon, braid or a colourful lining to make a number of great items with this versatile fabric. Available in a number of colours including white, black and silver grey, it can be purchased by the metre at a width of 48cm. Our cotton terry towelling fabric at Spotlight is great value and can be used for a whole range of sewing and craft projects.

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Make Your Own Towels And Face Washers With These Fabrics

When you want to make your own towels, face washers, or bathrobes, you need the right fabrics to get the job done. The recommended fabric for towels is towelling fabric, which is currently being offered at Spotlight. To learn more about this type of fabric and its applications, be sure to read on.

What Is Towelling Fabric Or Terry Cloth?

Towelling fabric is easily recognised by its uncut loops on the outside of the fabric. These loops contribute to the overall comfort of towels, face washers and other similar products. To create the fabric, manufacturers need to weave the fabric on two warp beams, this consist of the ground and the pile warp. The ground warp is what creates the base of the fabric, and the pile warp creates its unique texture.

It is worth noting that towelling fabric can be made from a variety of fabric fibres. One of the most common materials used for towelling fabric is cotton, but you will also encounter options such as silk, linen, and manmade fabric fibres. Naturally, the type of fabric fibre used to make towelling fabric can influence the properties of the final product.

What Is The Best Towelling Fabric For Absorbency?

Cotton fabric fibres tend to be best for an absorbent towelling fabric. The reason for that is not because it is the best at absorbing liquids, but because it becomes stronger when it encounters liquids. Of course, cotton is still good at absorbing water, as it can absorb up to thirty times its own weight.

How To Choose The Best Towelling Fabric For Towels?

It can be argued that most towelling fabrics will be more than suitable to make towels. However, certain types of towelling fabric can be better than others, and this is something crafters need to consider before they make a purchase. Here are some of the most important things to remember.

Synthetics do not have the best absorbency: While synthetic materials are affordable and durable, they are not as great as cotton when it comes to absorbing moisture. In fact, they are more likely to wick moisture instead of absorbing it. This can make drying yourself with a synthetic towel a little more difficult.

Higher quality cottons provide great results: If you are an adept crafter, you may want to consider investing in higher quality cotton towelling fabrics. While the premium grades of cotton may cost more, they also deliver much softer and durable towels compared to standard cotton.

Loop length and quality: One of the things to pay extra attention to for your towel project is loop length and overall quality. The reason for that is quite simple, as these two factors can determine the surface area of your future towel. In addition to that, longer and higher quality loops are more resistant to common types of wear and tear.

Quality check: When you want to check the quality of your towelling fabric, there is one simple trick you can implement. Simply hold the towel against some natural sunlight and see how much of the light comes through your fabric. This is a great way to tell how dense your fabric is. Obviously, the denser the fabric, the better the quality.

Towel weight: You may assume that a towel with a heavier weight is always the better choice, but this is not always the case. In fact, heavier towels pose a problem. The heavier towel fabric is, the longer it will take to dry.

In addition to the dry time, heavier towel fabrics tend to feel more uncomfortable on the skin. In other words, it is best to choose a combination of quality loops and medium weight.

Softer is not always the better choice: People always look for the softest towels, but these soft options are not always the best either. In fact, the softest towels may not dry you properly.

Looking at the properties of good towelling fabric, it is clear that you should always choose the golden middle way where weight, softness and other properties are concerned. By doing so, you are likely to end up with a convenient, durable, and comfortable towel.

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