Cotton+Steel Spring 2016 Substrates

Our Spring 2016 fabric collections will start hitting shops this month, and as usual they contain a mix of quilting cottons and other substrates. We thought it might be helpful to list all of the substrates in one place for anyone that might be wondering which of the prints are not quilting cottons. We've divided them into categories, so let's start with canvas!



Cotton+Steel canvas is made from a custom blend of linen and cotton and has a heavier feel than quilt weight. Its natural unbleached color lends a warmth to the prints, and after washing the linen gives it a wonderful texture. Our canvas is great for bottom weight garments like skirts, shorts, and structured dresses; totes, purses and any other bags; home dec projects like pillows and curtains; and upholstery projects. You can also incorporate it into quilts with no problem.

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  • Folk Horse - Coral from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • Cicada Song - Mist from Raindrop by Rashida Coleman-Hale
  • Cicado Song - Pear from Raindrop by Rashida Coleman-Hale


Cotton lawn is a 100% cotton fabric made from lighter weight threads than quilting cotton, yielding a lightweight, soft and crisp fabric. Lawn can be used to make beautiful lightweight summer quilts (check our our #lawnquilt hashtag on Instagram!). It is also wonderful for light weight garments like shirts, blouses, dresses and linings.

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  • City Toile - Navy Metallic from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • City Toile - Pale Blue Metallic from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • City Toile - Peach Metallic from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • Flamingoes - Ivory from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond




Rayon is a plant based fabric that is beautifully fluid and drapey. It can be machine washed on cold, and it's best to let it hang to dry. It's great for flowy garments like skirts, dresses, blouses, and the totally-on-trend jumpsuit.

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  • Birch Floral - Periwinkle from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • Birch Floral - Navy from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond
  • Birch Floral - Enamel from Les Fleurs by Anna Bond


Double gauze is made from two very thin and loosely woven layers of cotton that are tacked together by a single thread every 20 threads or so. These two thin layers create a small air pocket, making the fabric very light, soft and slightly puffy. Double gauze makes beautiful baby clothes, blankets, shirts, dresses, and the dreamiest, most snuggly quilts.

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  • Happy Garden - Tangerine from Trinket by Melody Miller
  • Happy Garden - Frost from Trinket by Melody Miller
  • Space Thistles - Blue from Rotary Club by Kim Kight
  • Space Thistles - Pink from Rotary Club by Kim Kight

We can't wait to see what you make with our newest fabrics. Be sure to use #cottonandsteel when sharing on social media so we can see your projects!