Lightweight Calico Fabric

£ 4.50  per metre

Lightweight calico fabric in a natural unbleached 100% cotton. Light weight calico is perfect for dressmaking toiles, junk journals, printing, dyeing and crafts.

Pattern: Lightweight

71 Meter in stock (can be backordered)

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71 metres in stock


10 – 15% shrinkage on washing, Cool Wash 30 Degrees, Tumble dry cool


100% Cotton


Apron, Clothing, Craft Project, Curtains, Dressmaking

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This lightweight calico fabric is a natural unbleached cotton cloth, and the perfect calico for toiles. This is a 'loomstate' calico, which simply means that the fabric is just as it comes off of the loom. This is an untreated 100% cotton calico. Light weight calico is ideal for toiles; the fabric will shrink when you first wash it, so however much you want to get on with your project, please take time to wash the fabric first! This only applies if you're planning to make something that may be washed at some point.

How to use lightweight calico fabric

Calico comes in different weights and has a number of different uses according to the weight of the fabric. We use this light weight calico fabric for sewing projects such as making a dress toile or practise garment, bag making, printing painting and crafts. As it is a natural cotton product you can easily dye, paint and colour calico. Our calico is available in heavy, medium and light weight, with the light or medium weight calico most useful for dressmaking toiles.
  • Dressmaking toiles
  • Bag making
  • Cushions
  • Historical costumes
  • Painting and printing
  • Tie dye
  • junk journals

What is calico?

Calico is a simple cotton cloth which has a distinctive speckled appearance. This is because the cotton is less processed. If you look closely at this lightweight calico fabric, you can actually see flecks of cotton seeds in the weave. Would you like to read more about calico and its uses? Take a look at our post all about calico!

Colours can appear differently on screen, so although every care has been taken to represent them accurately, some variations may occur from real life. To check colours are as you expect we recommend you order a sample, to see and feel the fabric in the flesh. Free samples are available for all fabrics! Colours can also vary between dye lots, so please ensure you order enough for your project.

So we can package your fabrics beautifully for posting, they will be taken off the roll and folded. We try our best to always send fabric in one continuous length although this is not always possible, we will contact you if this is the case. Some fabrics are also on sale in our shop in Bridport, Dorset, so on rare occasions stock may not be available where it appears to be online. We do our best to avoid this and many fabrics can be reordered, again if this occurs we will contact you to discuss the options.

To keep your lovely new fabrics in the best condition we recommend checking out the Product Info for details on how to care for them. Washable fabrics should always be hand washed, before cutting and making your projects, in order to allow for shrinkage.

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