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Waterproof Home Textile Fabrics are used in a wide variety of sewing projects

Waterproof Home Textile Fabrics are used in a wide variety of sewing projects from outdoor clothing to raincoats and even curtains. They can be made from many types of fabrics including acrylic, cotton, polyester, and polyurethane (PU). Waterproof fabrics are treated to resist wetting and the penetration of water. They can also be treated to be mildew resistant and/or UV resistant. They come in a variety of colors, patterns and finishes and can be further treated to be fire retardant.
They are a great choice for use in areas that may get wet and/or damp, such as laundry rooms, basements or family rooms. They also provide a great barrier against dust mites, dander and other allergens that can cause problems for people with asthma and allergies.
It is important to note that waterproof fabrics are not completely impervious to moisture and should be dried off as soon as possible after getting wet to prevent mold, mildew and other damaging microorganisms from forming. When drying wet fabrics it is recommended to hang dry, use a dryer on a warm air setting, or put them in the tumble dryer on low heat to speed up the process.
Different waterproof fabrics have their own advantages and disadvantages depending on what type of project they are best suited for. We have listed some of the most popular here along with a few projects they are ideal for.
This is an old-fashioned type of waterproof material that was traditionally a linen cloth with a coating of boiled linseed oil. It is a low-maintenance, wipe-clean type of material and can be found in various sizes and colors. It isn't suitable for children's clothes as it contains phthalates, however, it is perfect for table mats and protectors, bags, pencil cases, coin purses, totes, placemats and kitchen caddies.
PUL is a soft, flexible, air breathable, and easy-to-sew fabric that is both PU-coated and waterproof. It is a great alternative to vinyl and can be used for sewing children's garments and other lightweight outerwear, as well as household items like drawstring bags, aprons, pouches, wallets and more. This particular fabric is available in a wide range of vibrant colors and prints making it perfect for use in home decor.
It is an eco-friendly alternative to vinyl as it uses a biodegradable and environmentally friendly thermoplastic polyurethane barrier. It is also solvent-free, and has no outgassing and it doesn't have that petroleum smell that many of the other synthetic barriers have. As with the other PU laminated fabrics, it is not entirely impervious to moisture and should be washed according to care instructions. It also has an advantage over other PU fabrics in that it is not as heavy so it is easier to work with on the machine. It also doesn't fray when cut and can be used with a walking foot or a Teflon foot.