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scrathy fabric – ideas for use

sewknitcro | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


This is my first post, so I hope I do this right.

I have three yards of 60 inch wide dark gray fabric that is some kind of synthetic made to resemble wool. However, it is very rough in texture and would not be suitable for clothing or outerwear.

I am at a loss as to what to do with it.  I certainly don’t want to throw it away. I am hoping someone may have an idea of something useful it could be used for.

I have thought of making my dog a jacket with it but she is a small dog and there will be quite a bit of fabric left.

I consider myself an intermediate sewer and I have come up with clever ideas for projects but this fabric is throwing me a loop.

Thanks for any ideas you may have to help me with this creative slump.



  1. lovestosew | | #1

    Would you consider washing your fabric? It might turn out softer than it is now. If you don't want to wash it, what about garment bags (large enough to store a suit in). If it's that scratchy & uncomfortable to the touch, then your dog probably won't like to wear it either. Just a thought... Good luck with your project.

    1. sewknitcro | | #4

      Hi lovetosew,

      Thank you so much for your response. Yes, I did wash it first (I am one of those that washes everything). However, the washing did not change the texture. I had not thought of a garment bag but I thing the fabric may be a little to heavy. That does give an idea for smaller coverings.

      Thank you again. rlt

  2. JanF | | #2

    What about a study in grey?
    basic fabric as a backing/part use for a wall hanging/quilted/?? piece of art work that could be on your wall?
    Might transfer well into a start ofr Art deco - style hanging?
    Of course i know that means adding other fabric into/onto it - and difficult if the handle of your fabric will not work - just a thought!

    1. sewknitcro | | #5

      Hi JanF,

      Thank you for your response. A wall-hung quilt never crossed my mind. That would be very interesting.

      Thanks again. rlt

      1. Ralphetta | | #6

        My first thought was to use it as a screen, in a frame.  It could be shirred on a rod in 3 panels, or upholstered. 

        1. sewknitcro | | #7

          Hi Ralphetta,

          What a great idea. I had not thought of a screen. As a matter of fact, I need a screen for my sewing area.

          Thanks, rlt

          1. Ralphetta | | #9

            If your fabric is tightly woven and you used it taut over thick padding for an upholstered look, you might be able to also use it sort of as a bulletin board and fasten your patterns, notes to it with push pins.

          2. sewknitcro | | #10


            That sounds like a possiblity.

            Thanks, rlt

          3. Teaf5 | | #11

            Good ideas so far...the only thing I can think of is to drape it over citrus trees to keep them from freezing or in the garage as a dust cover for bikes and luggage! 

            However, I hate scratchy fabric, and keeping it around would annoy me forever, even if I never had to touch it, so I would probably donate it or throw it away.

          4. Ralphetta | | #12

            I tend to agree with you.  All I can think of is Asto-Turff! 

          5. sewknitcro | | #13


            As scrathy as this is, I think your solution maybe best :-) A dust cover maybe its best service!



  3. stitchintime | | #3

    Could you line it? Then it wouldn't be so itchy and would be warmer.

    I was thinking along the lines of Vogue V8162 ; a simple-structured, cape-like coat. The parts that come in contact with your skin like the collar could be made of a contrasting or complimentary non-itchy fabric as could the rest of the lining; make it part of the design process. You could actually have the lining longer than the cape/coat and have it fold over onto the outside of the coat. That way none of the itchy part has to come in contact with your skin and you have an interesting design element.

    1. sewknitcro | | #8

      Hi Stichintime,

      Thanks your response to my question. I had thought of making a jacket for yard work but the fabric is such that when my hands are rough (which is most of the time) they pull in the fabric.

      I checked out the V8162 and it is a sharp looking jacket. I may try it in a nicer fabric.

      Thanks again, rlt

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