What is Lining Fabric?
You can define lining fabric as any fabric used to line furnishings, garments or accessories. Lining fabric has a versatile set of uses and often provides more style, comfort, and warmth to any piece. Every project is different and requires a different liner, and different items need various types of liners.
Certain homeware like curtains requires a lining to facilitate the structure of the drape. In contrast, lining for clothes is commonly used to trap heat or act as a barrier between the skin and outer fabric. For these uses, a smooth silky fabric or natural thermal fabric would suffice. Along with these more functional uses, linings also add a pop of color or some textured print to the underside of the main fabric.
Due to the variety of uses, lining fabric ranges greatly based on the piece you’re creating. Designing your lining fabric online helps to understand which is best suited for your project. And with the freedom of design, you can experiment with unique and fun lining patterns to bring a project from normal to next level.
You can find lining fabrics made of both synthetic and natural fibers. Each fabric will have its own properties, and our wide selection will offer every type of liner your project could need.
Popular Lining Fabrics Include:
- Silk Twill
- Blackout Fabric
- Crepe de Chine
- Organic Cotton Poplin
- Lucent Satin
- Silk Satin
- Silk Impression
- Pima Lawn 100% Cotton
- Peached Poly Sheeting
- Silk Sensation
- Nautica Peached Splashproof
How is it Manufactured?
Each lining fabric option is produced differently depending on its fibers and purpose. Our synthetic lining fabrics are produced with a chemical process, whereas our natural lining fabrics, like cotton, are blends of natural fibers woven to create the material.
Purposes of Lining Fabric?
The main purpose of lining fabric depends on the item. For clothing, a lining is usually added to make the garment feel more comfortable against the skin, as well as adding warmth and extra layers for certain items. Trousers and dresses may use a soft cotton lining for an extra layer that won’t add bulk and affect the shape of the piece, or simply a silky lining to keep cool during the summer.
Jackets and coats usually have linings to thicken the fabric and make them warmer to wear. Weatherproof coats are likely to have waterproof or thermal linings to protect against the elements, whereas blazers or dinner jackets may use the lining as an opportunity to add some extra color or style to a garment. Linings not only serve a practical purpose but can often be used simply to add a stylish flair. Adding a printed or colored lining means a pop of color can be seen every now and then and can give your design a unique quality.
Along with clothing, accessories often have lining fabrics too. Handbags always tend to have a lining which has both a practical and aesthetic purpose. Ideally a handbag lining should be soft to the touch and not be created from any abrasive material which could easily scratch a phone screen, for example. Fashion-lovers have even been known to buy bags simply based on their unique and stylish linings, with designers using vibrant prints such as silky tiger print or brightly colored cottons. Other types of bags, such as make up bags, would need a waterproof lining to safely store your toiletries and prevent any leakages.
Curtains will need a fabric that helps them hang correctly and provide privacy for sheer fabrics. A lining can both finish off the look of the curtains beautifully, as well as being used for practical purposes.
Consider what item you’ll be making and what it will be used for. If you’re creating an item of clothing, what time of year will it be worn? Will it need a thicker, warm lining if it’s a piece of winter fashion? Or a cool, silky lining for a summertime garment?
Bear in mind that some of the natural fabrics such as organic cotton will have a muted base tone which may affect the colors of your print design. Flecks of cotton seed may be visible in the final print for example, and your colors may come out less vibrant, but this does add a rustic charm to the fabric.
The properties of lining fabrics vary greatly, and are part of what make choosing the correct lining so important. Think about what your item will be used for, when it will be used, and what elements it may encounter, to ensure you choose the most suitable lining for your project.
- Usually pure fabrics, such as silk
- Makes clothing comfortable to wear
- Very soft to the touch
- Feel comfortable against the skin
- Regulates temperature well
- Silk, Satin
Linings for Warmth
- Slightly firmer fabrics
- Great for everyday wear
- Has more of a structure
- Helps retain heat
Linings for Furnishings:
- Everyday wear and tear
- Has more structure
- Generally opaque to add privacy to sheer curtains
Advantages of Lining Fabric
One of the advantages of lining fabric is that there are so many options to choose from, depending on what you’ll use the fabric for. Think about if your lining will be worn or used every day; does it need to be durable for everyday wear and tear, or is it purely aesthetic? Will it encounter water or cold temperatures? Every material has a unique look, so make sure you choose the best fabric to make the perfect lining fabric for you.