Fabric Sample Guide


New and improved 2024 edition! 

Struggle to identify fabrics when buying online? Have something tangible for reference at home when working out what fabric to use for your project, and purchasing what you need, with our handy fabric sample booklet.

This guide features 40 samples of our most common types of fabrics, to give you a good idea what they look and feel like. You'll be able to see how fibre contents affect the fabric and what different weights feel like between your fingers. Ideal for when you can't get to your fabric shop! 

We also feature a short guide in the front about how to choose a fabric, talking you through important elements like weight, stretch, type and widths. For each fabric, we also suggest what it can be used for and the needle type you'll need to sew it.

  • Great for beginners
  • Includes 40 samples of common fabrics
  • Recommends a needle type for each fabric
  • Learn about different fabric types, weights and fibres
  • Designed by us!

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
Alicia Fowler
Sample guide

I've been sewing for many years and this guide has given me a new insight in to fabric. It is an excellent guide to type of fabric and their usage, this is an excellent guide for new and old sewers. A good go to guide when you start a new project, to be able to feel and see the fabric gives you the chance to pick a fabric you may not have considered before.

Peena Kavarana
Great idea for newbies to sewing.

This is a really useful little guide. It not only has some really nice examples of different types of fabrics, but also tells you the needle to use with it. Because the fabric swatches are glued only at the top, you can feel them, life them to test drape and transparency and this helps you decide if this weight of fabric is right for your project. Soooooooooo glad I bought it!

Julie Robinson
A wonderful resource

A fantastic book! I am new to garment making and I love being able to feel each fabric as I have only ever worked with cotton. All my patterns have most of these fabrics as suggestions but I can only find them to buy online. Thank you for a genius solution to my biggest stumbling block, I feel much more comfortable choosing a fabric for my garments.

Penelope Sanderson-Fisher
Material viewing

Very well put together & well worth the money. Love that I now know what some fabrics are. Thank you😊

Carol Howell

Excellent guide, thank you