Here you will find a wide range of soft corduroy fabrics. The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the "wale", where a low number, e.g. 4 wales, means wide ribs, and a high number, e.g. 21 wales, means narrow, fine ribs.

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The soft, ribbed texture of corduroy is why we love it so much for sewing! Whether you’re itching to make beautiful corduroy trousers or dresses for the cooler months, or just want to create a fashionable corduroy handbag. You can find a great range of corduroy with a variety of different wales (rib widths) right here at STOFF & STIL.

What type of fabric is corduroy?

Corduroy is quite soft to the touch and feels pleasant on your skin, yet it’s a tough type of fabric that’s durable and warm. It’s great for creating winter clothes or upholstering furniture.

Corduroy is a woven fabric, rather than a knitted one. Although it is ribbed with lines we call “wales”, it is not stretchy and needs to be hemmed properly to prevent fraying. The wales can be close together or far apart. The corduroy fabrics at STOFF & STIL all clearly have a wale number. Low numbers mean wide ribs with large gaps between each rip, while high numbers mean there is a high number of ribs packed tightly together.

Is corduroy a cotton?

Yes, most corduroy is made from cotton although you can use many types of fibres to make this fabric, including polyester and other synthetic fibres. Due to the soft touch of the corduroy ribbed texture, you might have thought that corduroy was made out of velvet, but that’s not the case.

How do you make corduroy fabric?

Corduroy starts as a usual woven fabric with a plain base, but extra cotton (or whatever material the corduroy is made of) is added to form vertical ridges that go from the top to the bottom. This makes the material thicker, warmer and heavier. It can also be quite stiff and tricky to work with, so make sure you have strong needles for your sewing machine!

Is corduroy natural or synthetic?

Corduroy can be a natural or synthetic fabric. Most corduroy fabrics are made from cotton, making them a natural and plant-based fabric, however some can be made from synthetic fibres, like polyester. Always check carefully what your corduroy is made of before buying!

Here at STOFF & STIL, we have a range of different corduroy materials that are good for upholstery and clothes, made from materials including nylon and polyester. Browse the selection now to find your perfect corduroy material for your next sewing project!