Novelty fabric, also known as loose weave fabric, or open weave fabric, is an interesting option for sewing garments and home decor. Loose weave sewing fabric is woven with yarns that give an uneven irregular look to the fabric. Although, there are loose weave fabrics that are made refined. Example would be fine linens.
Commonly the fibers are made from natural sources, such as linen, jute, hemp,wool, and cotton to name a few. Boucle, burlap
Below are some examples of boulce, linen, cotton guaze and other open weave fabric. Click the image for more information on each sample.
Loose weave fabrics should be considered for simple style garments that do not have a lot of seams or detail.
This fabric ravels easily, so excess pattern pieces are going to be a bigger challenge. The looser the weave, the more simple style should be chosen. Here are some styles that would be suitable for loose weave fabric and the patterns available.
Please keep in mind, these are only just a few samples of suitable styles. There are many styles to choose from if you go directly to the sewing pattern websites.
Loose weave fabrics are great for adding texture and interest in your home decor. Below are some samples of home accessories that may inspire you.
The natural look gives a down home feel to your room.
Depending on your style, open weave fabrics can offer another texture dimension to home decor.