Quilted waterproof fabric is a type of quilting material treated to be water-resistant. Quilted waterproof fabrics typically comprise synthetic materials like polyester or nylon which resist moisture, providing extra protection from rainy conditions and wet environments. Quilted waterproof fabrics can be used in home decor items like draperies and shower curtains as well as clothing and outdoor gear such as jackets or bags.
Quilted waterproof fabric can be created through various means
, but most commonly involves waterproofing chemicals or sprays such as polyurethane. You can purchase this in cans and apply it directly onto fabric before sewing; be sure to test a small sample first as some fabrics may react more negatively than others.
Use basting spray, an aerosol glue designed to hold quilt layers together before sewing. There are various colors of basting spray available so that you can find one that best matches your fabric, but be sure to test a small piece first to ensure optimal performance.
Quilted waterproof fabrics that are fully lined can greatly increase their durability and keep water away from seams while providing added insulation from high temperatures or direct sunlight exposure. Lining can prevent the fabric from melting away completely in these situations.
Other types of quilted waterproof fabric do not feature an inner lining, which can further improve their durability. This is particularly helpful when designing jackets and coats as these garments often endure severe weather conditions. When working with non-lined waterproof quilted fabric it is important not to use pins as these could penetrate and leave holes that allow water through; pattern weights or clips would be much better at holding down this kind of material in place.
Ripstop waterproof fabric is another quilted waterproof option, consisting of tightly woven polyester that helps to reduce water damage. Ripstop can help keep water off of outdoor gear and apparel to extend its lifespan and ensure its wearers' comfort.
PUL is another widely used waterproof fabric.
Constructed of polyester fabric that has been coated in polyurethane, PUL features breathability that makes it more comfortable than many other waterproof materials while being easy to maintain and clean by wiping with a cloth or sponge. PUL can be found in many colours and patterns making it easy to find something appropriate for any project.