Which William Morris fabric is right for my project?

22nd June 2020

One of our most common questions is what weight of William Morris fabric is it best to use for your project? The answer is actually more preference and what project you’re doing. But, we wanted to show you more fabric detail in the hope you can see the fabric weight.

We say it depends on the project because sometimes, it doesn’t matter what you make it out of, as long as it’s how you like it. For a curtain for example, we’ve actually used both heavy weight and cotton. The heavy weight is great for a bigger window and is slightly thicker and so we’ve used cotton on a smaller window or one we don’t mind slightly more light shining through.

If you’re within the UK and would like a free sample swatch to see the fabric and design, let us know!


William Morris Heavy Weight Fabric

You can see here with our Brother Rabbit Red fabric that the weave is heavier. It’s slightly more durable than cotton because of the heavier weave, it’s still 100% cotton. It’s great for upholstery too, though obviously like all fabric, will suffer wear and tear over time.

Heavy weight is also good for clothing such as dungarees, cushions, seat pads and so on. We’ve seen some lovely projects with heavy weight, even things like sun loungers!

William Morris Cotton Drill Fabric

Our Strawberry Thief blue fabric as seen here in 100% cotton drill is clearly drill because of the lines running along the weave. It’s a strong fabric and is often actually overlooked as an option for heavy weight. But it’s what we produce our cotton drill aprons in as it’s durable and washes really well which is obviously really important for an apron. For this reason (of course, follow washing instructions on the garment please!) that the drill fabric is great for clothing and other upholstery projects.

Cotton William Morris Fabric

Our 100% cotton fabric is a really popular option right now for all manner of projects. From dress making to hats to book covers! The projects you create are diverse and wonderful to see so please tag us in them if you do share them! Cotton fabric doesn’t need too much of an introduction. But, it’s what we use for our tablecloths, napkins, placemats and seat pads.


We also have pvc fabric which is wipe clean 100% cotton cloth.

All our fabric is sold by the half metre and you can see the full range here. We print all our fabric in the North of England. We’re really proud to do so to support British industry and the traditional textile industry here. All our William Morris designs are licensed and are printed both size and colour wise to our own specifications.