If you love textiles, then I bet that linen fabric holds a very special place in your heart.
Linen is currently very in vogue in both fashion and interiors, but it’s never really gone out of style. It’s easy to sew, beautiful to wear and adds both a contemporary and timeless element to our homes.
So this is a guide for all the linen lovers out there. Read on to find the best suppliers of linen fabric in Australia.
Linen fabric for clothing
The Fabric Store
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide
Best for: Multi-purpose linen in gorgous, muted contemporary colours
If I had to pick one favourite linen fabric, it’s the vintage finish linen from The Fabric Store.
It’s a great multi-purpose weight at 160gsm which makes it suitable for lots of dressmaking projects. It’s certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and has a beautiful, slightly worn patina and is lusciously soft. It feels really comfortable next to your skin, so I absolutely love wearing this linen.
As their linen is exclusive to The Fabric Store, it tends to be a continuous range, so if you’ve made something in a particular colour and decide you’d like to make something else, months or even years later, they’re likely to still have it in stock.
Potter & Co
Best for: A wide range of linen in various weights and colours
Meet Lola, Lara, Lilly and Louise: no, they’re not staff members, they’re fabrics! These girls are just a few of Potter & Co’s linens in lovely colours and various weights.
Their linen prices are very resonable, averaging between $25 and $30 per metre. You can also buy swatch cards for each girl showing all the colours available.
Also, if you’re looking for large quantities, they sell wholesale linen fabric by the roll via their sister company Potter Textiles.
Pattern Scissors Frock
Best for: A beautifully curated range of dressmaking linen including Merchant & Mills
Pattern Scissors Frock are a relatively new kid on the fabric block. Amongst other beautiful fabrics, they offer a nicely curated range of dressmaking linen.
The collection includes solid coloured linen in contemporary colors with both a traditional finish and another range with a particularly nice antique wash. You’ll also find a chambray linen (generally not so easy to find), along with the pick of the ever-popular Merchant and Mills linen collection.
Pattern Scissors Frock is online only and shipping is always fast and beautifully packaged. They are also active on Instagram, and often suggest contemporary sewing patterns to go with their latest fabrics. Very inspiring!
The Linen Shack
Best for: Light to medium weight dressmaking linen at reasonable prices
The Linen Shack is an online store located in Melbourne and specialising in linen fabric for apparel.
They have a small but beautiful range of lovely contemporary coloured linen at excellent prices, mostly around $35/metre. Most of the range is about 150gsm which is a great multi-purpose weight for skirts, tops, dresses and loosely styled pants.
Sydney, Melbourne and online
Best for: An extensive range of high quality dressmaking linen with European flair
Tessuti truly is the best all-round apparel fabric store in Australia. You won’t find discount linen here, but you will find high quality options that represent good value for money. I’m always thrilled with Tessuti fabric I’ve bought and when buying from their online store, the fabric is often even better than it looks online.
They import a lot of their stock from Europe so you generally won’t find their fabrics at other stores.
They stock between 250 – 300 different types of linen, so this really is an extensive offering. It includes linen prints, stripes, checks and solid colours in many different weights, colours and finishes. Pricing ranges from $24 per metre through to $80 per metre with most averaging around $40 per metre.
With so many high quality linen options, Tessuti really is a linen lovers paradise.
Melbourne, Auckland and online
Best for: High quality linen at excellent prices
Drapers specialise in natural, ethically produced fibres, including some organic fabrics and designer dead-stock gems. They have an extensive range of linen in solid colours, stripes, checks and prints.
You’ll definitely find some high quality bargains at Drapers – overall I find the price for the quality is excellent. Because they buy a lot of designer ends, their stock comes and goes and once it’s gone, it’s usually gone for good.
Footscray and online
Best for: A great all round supplier of dressmaking linen
Fabric Deluxe is the quintessential local fabric store. Run by a mother and daughter team, they offer excellent customer service, friendly advice and free and easy parking.
The linen selection centres around nice quality woven and jersey knit linens at fair prices. You’ll find a good range of basic solid colours including a particularly nice denim/linen, various stripes and checks, and some contemporary and traditional printed linens. Pricing ranges from $20 per metre through to $35 per metre.
They also offer complete designer ranges from Eglantine & Zoé and Lady McElroy, both of which offer some linen options in their collections.
Best for: Merchant and Mills and other high quality linen in contemporary colours
Fibresmith is one of my favourite fabric stores as they have a gorgeous contemporary aesthetic. Their focus is on natural fibres including some organic options.
They stock a particularly comprehensive range of Merchant and Mills fabrics, particularly their luscious linens available in sophisticated, moody colour palettes. There is an assortment of other types of linen on offer, including some chambray linen from Japan and a multi-purpose mid-weight linen in a beautifully curated range of colours.
For more Merchant and Mills linen inspiration, watch the short video below to get an insight into the heart of this very English of brands.
Best for: A broad range of linen at reasonable prices
With an environmentally responsible sourcing philosophy and a tightly and tastefully curated collection of dressmaking fabrics, Maai Design is one of my absolute favourites.
They stock a great range of natural fibres including contemporary coloured linen, in solid colors, stripes, checks and prints. You’ll find several different weights and a variety of finishes such as crinkle and washed. They also stock a couple of really lovely blends such as a linen/rayon blend and a stretch twill weave linen.
Many of their fabric basics are also GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or Oeko-Tex certified, so bonus points there.
Linen fabric for upholstery and curtains
Unit 16/83 Mell Road, Spearwood
Best for: High quality European upholstery linen
If you’re after classic European upholstery linen, then Linen Things has a small but super high quality range.
You can buy their fabric by the metre direct from their showroom in Spearwood, just outside Perth, or from their online store.
When I ran Duckcloth as a fabric store, I used to buy linen from their wholesale arm, Pure Linen. The quality, colours and customer service were always excellent.
At 540gsm, you can be sure that the linen will stand up to most types of wear and tear. The pricing does reflect this though, at over $200/metre.
Best for: Lithuanian upholstery linen at affordable prices
France is known for it’s high quality linen, but some of the best linen also comes out of Lithuania. LineMe is owned by Lithuanian-born interior designer, Inga Lukauskiene.
Their upholstery weight linen ranges from 360 – 420gsm which is a great weight as it’s light enough to sew on a domestic sewing machine. This weight is priced around $39 per metre which is excellent value.
A contemporary colour palette rounds out the collection with beautiful washed greys, creams and greens. They keep over 1000 different weights and colours in stock so LinenMe is definitely worth a look if you love linen!
Provincial Fabric House
2 Currockbilly Street, Welby
Best for: Belgian linen and European prints
Provincial Fabric House has an excellent range of over 350 different upholstery fabrics stocked in their warehouse.
They travel overseas regularly to source from European and UK mills. The real standout for me is their gorgeous range of Belgian linens. Prices for the linen start around $57/metre which is excellent value for upholstery weight Belgian linen. You’re likely to pay upwards of $100/metre elsewhere in Australia.
When it comes to giving advice about fabric for upholstery, these guys know their stuff as they also run Provincial Upholstery.
Ink & Spindle
Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Best for: Artisan hand-printed upholstery fabric (Melbourne-style)
Ink & Spindle are quite the Melbourne institution when it comes to local textile designers.
Their distinctive Australian flora and fauna designs are all hand screen-printed on natural base cloths, mostly linen, in their studio in Abbotsford Convent: a gorgeous arts precinct in Melbourne’s inner north-east. The convent is a destination in itself (religious beliefs optional)!
You can buy their ready-made upholstery fabrics directly from their showroom or online. If you’re ordering over two metres you can design your own fabric by choosing the print, colours and base cloth. I can’t be more enthusiastic about this custom design service. Very few other artisans offer the same flexibility.
They also offer a gorgeous range of plain linen fabric by the metre (shown above).
Watch the short video below for more information on Ink & Spindle.
Best for: Artisan hand-printed upholstery linen showcasing Australian flora
Julie Paterson is a legend and absolute pioneer in Australian hand-printed textile design. Julie’s designs are inspired by the Australian landscape which she captures in such a unique and beautiful way.
The designs are printed exclusively on upholstery weight linen and hemp using natural dyes. No chemicals are used to finish the printing, so the fabric will fade naturally and become even more beautiful over time.
You can order fabric on the website by the roll, by the piece or by the fat quarter (perfect for cushions). All of the fabrics are hand screenprinted so the cost reflects that, yet is still within reach if you’re looking for something special.
I’ve used Cloth linen fabric to cover canvases resulting in a really beautiful piece of high-end artwork without the high-end price tag. The colours and designs complement our laid-back Australian interiors style perfectly.
Shop 6, 1-5 Mandolong Road, Mosman
123 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra
509 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
243 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Best for: A Wide range of contemporary linen for uphholstery, curtains and cushions
Founded by Chrissie Jeffery, No Chintz has been around for over 25 years. They now have three beautiful bricks and mortar stores along with a generous online offering.
No Chintz’s linen fabric range is beautiful, practical and high quality with many fabrics exclusive to them. Their linen offering includes plain, printed, stripes and checks in nuanced and beautiful colour pallettes.
Pricing ranges from $50 per metre for linen blend fabrics through to $200 per metre for 100% linen. The medium weight linen blends are suitable for curtains, headboards and cushions and the heavy weight (600gsm) 100% linen is suitable for all types of upholstery.
Their blog is also full of good advice collected from many years of experience.
Discount linen fabric
Best for: A Wide range of contemporary linen for uphholstery, curtains and cushions
DeLinum stocks a variety of discount linen fabrics in different weights and styles. You’ll find solid colours, stripes, checks and some prints mostly retailing between $25 and $30 per metre.
Most options are light to medium weight making them suitable for clothing. They also have a range of extra wide solid colours suitable making linen sheets (a rare find!).
They also source conscientiously, buying directly from suppliers with European Flax or Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification.
Various locations and online
Best for: Solid colours and contemporary linen prints at great prices
Spotlight has a small but really lovely range of light to medium weight linen and linen-cotton blend fabrics for dressmaking. I’ve picked a few of my favourites above. All of these would be suitable for fresh, colourful summer tops, loose skirts and dresses.
It’s also worth checking out what fabric they have on sale (see the Fabric Sales page for what’s on sale at the moment). I regularly snap up bargains when they offer 30-40% off.
Note: Spotlight ships to Australian addresses only. They offer free delivery on standard orders over $120.
So, that concludes our round up of the best linen fabric suppliers in Australia. If you have another one you’d recommend, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to contact me with recommendations.
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