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What is Polycotton Fabric? A Brief Introduction

Polycotton Fabric



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What is Polycotton Fabric?

Polycotton fabric is a lightweight material that is simply a blend of polyester and cotton. It is a combination of two popular fabrics. It is generally a cheaper alternative to cotton which comes in a variety of prints and colours. Thanks to its natural breathability and durability, it's used in a variety of clothing and upholstery work.


What is Polycotton Used For?

Due to its lightweight, naturally breathable and extremely durable properties, it is a popular choice for a number of different products.


What Can I Make With Polycotton Fabric?

Polycotton is a popular fabric that is used in a variety of sewing projects. This includes:

  • Clothing
  • Work Underalls
  • Undergarments
  • Bedsheets
  • Pillowcases
  • Tablecloths
  • Napkins

Plus many more

What Does Polycotton Feel Like?

Polycotton holds a soft yet crisp feel that is super comfortable and lightweight - it is suitable for all weather types making it a great use for everyday clothing fabric.

Properties of Polycotton: Characteristics, Advantages and Disadvantages

Polycotton is known for its durability, breathability, absorbency and wrinkle-resistant properties. It is a super easy fabric to work with and creates amazing designs not only for dressmaking but for upholstery projects too.

Is Polycotton a good material? Take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of Polycotton fabric

Affordable It's not biodegradable
Breathable Over time it can pill
Wrinkle free Not absorbent 
Highly durable Not as soft as other fabrics 
Quick drying  
Easy to care for


Types of Polycotton: 

At Poundametre we stock a variety of polycotton, including:

What Is The Difference Between Polycotton And Cotton?

At a more affordable price, polycotton blend combines the strength of both synthetic and cotton fibres in two ratios that will vary. Whilst cotton has a softer feel, polyester brings added durability to the fabric, meaning polycotton creases less and has a crisp texture.

Shop our range of cotton fabrics

Is Polycotton Eco-Friendly?

Although polycotton is not deemed eco-friendly, there are ways in which you can still use polycotton fabric as a sustainable choice. Recycle old fabrics to produce new designs. If you are after a new colour you could invest in some fabric dye and achieve your desired look.

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