fabric guide

Step in to a fabric store - or just open your closet - and you will quickly realize the types and weights of fabrics is seemingly endless.

Here's a look at the fabrics we use in your STRUCTUREbag's bag...

Organic Canvas: A strong, durable, closely woven cotton fabric. Our fun exterior prints are 7-ounce canvas made by Cloud 9 Fabrics and are 100-percent certified organic canvas.

Organic Cotton Duck: A tightly woven, heavy, plain-weave, bottom-weight fabric with a hard, durable finish. All our solid exteriors and handles are made from this 9-ounce durable fabric.

Organic Woven Cotton: Fabrics composed of two sets of yarns. One set of yarns, the warp, runs along the length of the fabric. The other set of yarns, the fill or weft, is perpendicular to the warp. Woven fabrics are held together by weaving the warp and the fill yarns over and under each other. The linings in our smaller bags - bifolds, mini pouches, wristlets and wine totes - are all certified organic woven cotton in approximately 4.3-ounce weight.

Organic Cotton Twill: A fabric that shows a distinct diagonal wale on the face. Our certified organic cotton twill is a 7-ounce fabric, giving it both durability and weight.

Burlap: A loosely constructed, heavy weight, plain weave fabric. It has a rough hand. Used in our hand-screen wine bags, this fabric is both trendy and fun.

Polyester/Cotton Blend: Polyester is a manufactured fiber introduced in the early 1950s, and is second only to cotton in worldwide use. Polyester has high strength (although somewhat lower than nylon), excellent resiliency, and high abrasion resistance. Our Camo with a Cause line currently uses a poly/cotton blend.

Vintage Linen: A natural plant fiber, linen fibers are stronger and more lustrous than cotton. The vintage linens used in our organic lavender sachets are 100-percent linen.

Upcycled, Felted Woven/Suiting Wool: Our felted wool is a two-step process:  Wool is naturally stain and wrinkle resistant. Felt: A non-woven fabric made from wool, hair, or fur, and sometimes in combination with certain manufactured fibers, where the fibers are locked together in a process utilizing heat, moisture, and pressure to form a compact material. The upcycled wool used in October's Bag of the Month Bifolds is a suiting wool - felted by hand by a one-woman shop East-Coast shop.

Upcycled Cadet Grey Uniform: Getting to the bottom of this is tough! My gut is these uniforms are a polyester/wool blend. But we love them and feel great that we are repurposing these pieces of history.

Interfacing: A textile used on the unseen or "wrong" side of fabrics to make an area of a garment more rigid. The interfacing we use is a fusible polyester in either a fleece or polyester weave, giving our bags both structural integrity and staying power.

New! Cotton Ripstop: Woven fabrics using a special reinforcing technique that makes them resistant to tearing and ripping. During weaving, reinforcement threads are interwoven at regular intervals in a crosshatch pattern. Coming soon to our new, 2015 Camo with a Cause items!

NEW! Organic Cotton Sateen: A fabric made from yarns with low luster, such as cotton or other staple length fibers. The fabric has a soft, smooth hand and a gentle, subtle luster.  Our newest addition to STRUCTUREbags - a custom, in-house print - uses this luxurious fabric. Soft with a subtle sheen, our sateen is 3.8-ounces in weight. Keep an eye out when we introduce our new collection next month!

Still not satisfied? Here's a glossary of fabric terms from fabric.com - where we got most of these definitions - that will answer most of your questions. 

Let me know your favorite fabric types and why. I'd love to hear about them!