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Can cotton fabric be used for making towels?

Hey everyone, I'm looking to purchase some fabric to make my own towels at home. I was wondering if cotton fabric is a good option for making towels? I'm new to sewing and haven't worked much with fabrics before. I want to make sure that the towels I make are soft, absorbent, and durable. Can anyone share their experience with using cotton fabric for making towels? Would you recommend any particular type of cotton fabric for this purpose? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Yes, cotton fabric is a great option for making towels. As a matter of fact, most commercially produced towels are made of cotton. The fabric is known for its absorbency, which makes it great for toweling.

When choosing cotton fabric for making towels, you should consider going for a heavyweight or medium-weight cotton fabric. These types of fabrics provide great absorbency and last longer. However, it is important to note that not all cotton fabric is suitable for making towels.

For instance, if the fabric is too lightweight or not looped, it wouldn't be able to absorb water properly, and it would end up feeling rough when you use it on your skin.

In my experience, I have found that cotton terry fabric works best for making towels. The looped texture of the fabric makes it highly absorbent, and it feels soft on the skin. You can also consider getting organic cotton fabric, which is soft and highly absorbent, without any traces of chemicals.

Ultimately, I would advise that you choose a high-quality cotton fabric to get the best deal. A good quality cotton fabric would be highly absorbent and long-lasting, and it would give you value for your money.


Hey there, I have used cotton fabric for making towels before and I found it to be a great choice. Cotton is an absorbent and comfortable fabric that is gentle on the skin. It is also a durable fabric that can withstand multiple washings.

When it comes to choosing the type of cotton fabric for making towels, I would recommend going for a terry cloth. Terry cloth has a looped texture that makes it very absorbent and good for soaking up water. You can also consider getting a cotton blend fabric that has a higher percentage of cotton in it.

One tip I have is to pre-wash your fabric before cutting and sewing to remove any starch or chemicals on the fabric that might affect its absorbency.

Overall, I think cotton fabric is a great choice for making towels as it is soft, absorbent, and relatively easy to work with. Good luck with your towel-making project!


Hi there! I personally think that cotton fabric is an excellent choice for making towels. It's soft, absorbent, and has a quick drying time which makes it ideal for towels. One thing to keep in mind though is that not all cotton fabrics are created equal.

In my experience, I have found that 100% cotton fabric is the best for making towels. A blend of cotton and polyester may not provide the same level of absorbency, and its fibers may weaken over time.

When it comes to choosing a specific type of cotton fabric, you can consider going for terrycloth or cotton terry. These fabrics work well for towels because they have a looped texture that makes them highly absorbent. On the other hand, muslin or voile cotton, which are lightweight and airy, may not be suitable for making towels.

One tip that I found helpful when making towels is to use a heavier fabric weight for a more durable and long-lasting towel. You can also consider pre-washing your fabric to make it softer, but be sure to check proper washing instructions as some fabric may shrink, which could affect the final size of your towels.

Overall, I absolutely recommend using cotton fabric for making towels. Just remember to choose the right type, and you'll have a soft, absorbent, and long-lasting towel for your personal use.


Hello everyone! In my experience, cotton fabric is a great choice for making towels. However, there are some factors that you should consider before deciding on a specific type of cotton fabric.

One thing you should keep in mind is that cotton towels tend to shed more than towels made from other fabrics, such as microfiber or bamboo. This shedding can be problematic as it leaves behind tiny lint particles on your skin and surfaces, which can be a bit frustrating. However, you can prevent this by washing and drying your towels separately for the first few times, and avoid using fabric softener.

Another consideration is that cotton towels can take a bit longer to dry compared to other fabrics. So you might want to choose a cotton fabric that dries quickly to avoid damp towels. This is especially important if you live in a humid environment.

In terms of the specific type of cotton fabric to use, I personally recommend using a cotton-hemp blend. Hemp fiber is extremely absorbent, and it's known for its durability and resistance to mold and mildew. Blending cotton with hemp gives you the benefits of both fibers, resulting in a highly absorbent and durable towel.

Overall, if you're willing to deal with shedding and willing to wait for towels to dry, cotton fabric is a great option for making towels. And if you choose a cotton-hemp blend, you'll have a towel that's both absorbent and long-lasting.

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