About WayMaker's Fabrics
WayMaker Fabrics is an America based and American made digital fabric printing company that carries seven base fabrics. We use both natural fiber bases and synthetic fiber bases. We offer both knit fabrics as well as woven fabrics.
Every design we offer is unique to WayMaker Fabrics. We curate our designs specifically for each round that we release. This means, you cannot find our designs elsewhere! You can print any design we offer onto any base we offer. We sell our fabrics in as little as 1/2 yard increments, and our fabrics range from 55-62 inches wide.
The bases we offer are:
- Cotton Lycra (CL)
- French Terry (FT)
- Modal French Terry (MFT)
- Tencel Cotton aka Cotton Tencel
- Athletic Knit (AK)
Our natural fiber bases are:
Cotton Lycra (CL) is a cotton and spandex blend. This fabric is a knit fabric. It has 4-way stretch, meaning that is stretches vertically as well as horizontally. This base is great for tops, dresses, underwear and anything you want a lightweight stretchy fabric for. It has a nice drape, but still has some structure. Some people use CL for leggings. I would not recommend using our CL for that, as it does not have the structure or recovery.
Our French Terry is not blended with spandex, so it offers no stretch, but due to the loops, it does have a small amount of easing in the fabric. It is 100% Cotton. French Terry can always be identified by the loops on the back of the fabric. It is great for sweatshirts, sweaters, warm tops, and bottoms like pajama bottoms or shorts. It is a very versatile fabric base, but tends to be associated with warmth. It can be used for T-shirts as well, but only if you want it to have a little weight and some warmth with it.
Modal French Terry:
Like the cotton French Terry listed above, you can identify it by the loops on the back of the fabric; however, this base has a 4-way stretch. Meaning it stretches both vertically as well horizontally. Modal is a natural fiber made from Beech Trees, it is soft and silky, breathable, yet still warm. This base has an excellent drape which is great for tops, dresses, sweaters, pants, shorts, pajamas and many others. It is not suitable for athletic clothes such as leggings, sports bras or anything that needs compression or a lot of structure.
Our canvas is 100% cotton, there is no stretch. It is very structured. Canvas is great for handbags or hats. Our canvas is brushed on the back, so it can be used for shorts or pants as well. It is soft and comfortable.
This base is a blend of Cotton and Tencel. Tencel is also a natural fiber. It is made from Beech Trees. This is a woven base with no stretch. It is very light weight so it has some drape to it, but it has a lot of structure, so you would use it for anything you would use 100% cotton for. It is great for blouses, dresses, lining a handbag or anything that you would use 100% cotton for. It is not suitable for quilting. It is very lightweight and thin.
Our synthetic bases are:
Athletic knit is polyester and spandex blended together. It has 4-way stretch meaning it stretches both vertically and horizontally. This base has great drape, but also provides some compression, so it is fantastic for exercise clothes. Leggings, sports bras, and tank tops are perfect for Athletic knit. This base is versatile, and can be used for anything you want. While it is named Athletic knit, you can use it for other things such as dresses, T-shirts, sweaters, long sleeve shirts or anything you want great “recovery” on. Recovery describes when it is stretched, how quickly or firmly does it return to its original shape.
Our jersey is a polyester spandex blend. This base has excellent drape, is soft, and can be used for t-shirts, dresses, long sleeve shirts, or anything that you would use a breathable, soft fabric that has a lot of drape. It would not usually be used for exercise clothing. If don’t want to use polyester, I recommend purchasing the Cotton Lycra (CL), as you can use Jersey and CL for many if not all the same projects. The Jersey has less structure than the CL, so it has slightly more drape.