Cotton Twill, Spun Poly, Faux Linen: Which Fabric to Choose for Pillows?

November 27, 2017 0 Comments

Cotton Twill, Spun Poly, Faux Linen: Which Fabric to Choose for Pillows?

When I started designing for my pillows collection, I wasn’t very familiar with the various fabrics offered. Poly, cotton, faux linen? I’ve ordered pillows in each of these fabrics and there’s definitely a difference between them. So, let’s talk about the fabrics.

First of all, let’s talk about “twill.”

Twill is both a weave and a fabric.

This is twill:

In a twill weave technique, the textile fibers are woven to form diagonal parallel ridges—if you look closely, you can see the diagonal lines in the fabric. The direction of these ridges can go left to right, right to left or in a combination of both directions—as found in herringbone twill.

A twill weave

Herringbone twill weave

Twill Fabric

Twill Fabric is heavier than regular polyester materials with a more structured form, giving the fabrics even more durability and wrinkle resistance.

Twill fabric can feature one type of fiber or be a fabric blend.

A polyester cotton twill blend is a great material for pillows and seat cushion covers. It’s lightweight and hugs the pillow or cushion form nicely.  

What is Spun Poly?

Spun Poly, known also as Spun Polyester, is made by spinning 100% polyester fibers into yarns.

Some of the benefits of spun polyester fabric:

  • Smooth texture. I love the feel of it on my face when I'm napping on the sofa.
  • It’s durable. Spun poly resists tearing. It can hold its own against my dog, Jemma.
  • It retains its color. Spun polyester offers high color retention. Even after long use, the color and patterns printed will never fade away.
  • It feels like cotton. The material handles like cotton, folds like cotton and even absorbs like cotton.
  • It can handle repeated washings. While many other fabrics start to show wear and tear with repeated washing, spun polyester is extremely durable even when washed frequently. When you wash cotton over and over again it will fade, but with spun polyester, the fabric won't fade. It will even become softer.
  • It’s wrinkle resistant. (I despise ironing.)
  • It’s easy to take care of. Home furnishing products made from this material are very easy to clean and require low maintenance.
  • It’s affordable. Unlike cotton, these fabrics are available at a reasonable price. (NOTE: I actually don't charge more for my cotton pillows.)

What is Faux Linen? 

Faux linen is made up of a mixture of polyester and a lesser amount of cotton. It’s a lightweight fabric perfect for window treatments and table linens. It’s more affordable than real linen and it’s easier to care for.

Here's a closeup of one of my pillows done in Faux Linen:

What is Faux Suede?

Faux suede is made from a polyester microfiber that's woven into a thin, soft, but very tough fabric. It’s not real leather made from animal hides—so,for me, this animal-friendly alternative is the way to go. Faux suede offers benefits over opting for genuine leather, such as:

  • It maintains the appearance and texture of suede down to the soft, brushed surface
  • It doesn’t fray or matt like real suede.
  • It’s much easier to clean. Faux suede is usually created with a water repellent quality so it can be safely and easily cleaned.
  • The tightly woven nature of faux suede means it repels stains easily – so you won’t even need to wash it as often.
  • It’s also significantly cheaper than genuine suede.
Here's a sample of what faux suede looks like:


I hope this mini lesson on pillow fabrics was helpful!

What do you think?

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