What is Yarn Dyed Fabric?

New at Crafthouse is the “Checker” collection by Cotton + Steel. These gingham,100% cotton fabrics are down right fun. And the best part, they are yarn dyed.


What is a yarn dyed fabric?

I’m glad you asked. Color and design can be achieved by the following processes…

  1. Printed – white yarns are woven or knitted into fabric and then the design is printed on the top.
  2. Piece dying – most common process for solid color fabrics.  As with printed fabric, piece dying starts with already woven or knitted fabrics and then passed through a hot dye bath – saturating the yarns.
  3. Yarn dying – in this coloring process, the yarns are dyed before the fabric is woven or knitted. For more details visit this article written by the National Cotton Council of America.


Why would I choose a yarn died fabric over a printed fabric?

Another good question! Typical yarn dyed fabrics include stripes, checks, plaids or gingham. The top of the fabric is the same as the bottom of the fabric unlike a printed fabric which can be beautiful on the front but the back is white. Now I’m not saying one is better over the other, just keep in mind what would be best for your project. A stripe, plaid, or check which is printed, not yarn died, rarely is printed on the grain. This can cause frustration when laying out patterns and matching edges. However if you are piecing a quilt and you don’t mind your checks laying a little wonky then use the printed fabric.

We invite you to visit us today and check out (pun intended) the “Checkers” collection. There are several colors and varying gingham sizes: 1/2″, 1″ & 2.5″.

Bonus: Yarn dyed fabric is a delight to use for quick-to-make frayed or fringed, cloth napkins. The fringe is full colored rather than having white backing mixed in. Cut, on grain, 12″ square. On sewing machine, sew 1″ from edge all the way around using a very narrow zigzag stitch. Fray edges – on each side of napkin, remove the strings that run horizontally to your zig zag stitch.


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