fabric: all about double gauze

what is double gauze? one of my favorite fabrics to work with, double gauze has an elegant simplicity and a soft hand, all made possible by an ingenious construction method.

what is double gauze

 

to know more about double gauze, first we must know, “what is gauze?” gauze is a thin fabric with an open weave, which gives it a lovely drape but also results in the fabric being quite sheer. it is most often constructed with a “leno weave“, which allows for the looseness without distortion or slipping of threads.

double gauze is, very simply, two layers of gauze… simplicity at its very best, that is. two layers of gauze are tacked together at regular intervals with little stitches that are undetectable from the right side of the fabric. this allows the two layers of gauze to behave as one, like a lining that’s been basted to your main fabric, and two layers of the sheer fabric are enough to overcome the translucent properties of a single layer.

the loose weave allows for a breathable and airy fabric which is oh-so-soft, while the double layer lends a bit of weight that gives it a nice shape. the drape of a double gauze is similar to that of shot cotton or a light-weight linen. double gauze does tend to wrinkle during wear, though not as much as linen.

now, what should you make with double gauze? i vote everything! summer garments are especially nice, since the fabric is lightweight but not see-through, eliminating the need for separate linings. but don’t count this fabric out for the colder seasons…double gauze makes for wonderfully soft and cozy fall/winter garments and accessories. and who wouldn’t enjoy spending a chilly day in a pair of double gauze pj’s or curled up on the couch under a double gauze quilt? some double gauzes are even available in brushed cottons, combining the best of double gauze and flannel.

here are fifteen fabulous double gauze projects from around the interwebs (links to full posts listed below):

row one:
Nani Iro scarf by materials & method
Echino Bubble Dress by StraightGrain
Painted Portrait Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts
The Simone by casa crafty

row two:
Tumble Tee by miss matatabi
Infinity Scarf by Fresh Lemons Quilts
Lap Duvet (tutorial) by the purl bee

row three:
June Bug Dress by Caila Made
Fiona’s Double Gauze Scarf (tutorial) by The Village Haberdashery
Reversible Spring Coat (tutorial) by you & mie
A Springtime Ayashe by skirt as top

row four:
Pajama Party by Cirque du Bebe
Dottie Leia Dress by verypurpleperson
The Honey Blouse by Make It Perfect
Aqua Double Gauze Washi by Made by Rae

you can click here to see more photos and information about my {double gauze} NO quilt,

and click here for more about my Nani Iro double gauze staple dress.

you can find a lovely variety of double gauze here in the imagine gnats shop, and because variety is the spice of sewing, here are some other places where i’ve been known to shop for double gauze:

miss matatabi . imagine gnats shopSew to Speak
Pink Castle Fabrics . fabricworm . Crimson Tate

happy stitching!
xo, rachael

Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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38 Responses to fabric: all about double gauze

  1. Ingrid Echard September 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I love Gauze so much. I love the feel and flow of it, but haven’t been able to find any, so thank you!

  2. Straight Grain September 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Thanks for this great post, Rachael! Double gauze is one of my favorite fabric types. I wish more designers would use it (Nani Iro is the queen of double gauze, of course :-)). And thank you for linking up to my bubble dress :-)

  3. Laura C @ littleandlots September 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you for writing this up! I find double gauze a little mystifying. (I’ve only recently gotten a handle on what voile and lawn are, though.) Now, to sew up that gorgeous Yuwa lawn I bought QUICKLY so I can buy some double gauze. ;)

  4. Katy Cameron September 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Do you know, I always wondered WTH it was, having never met any in the flesh (so to speak) thanks for filling us in!

  5. Kelsey September 6, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    I just posted a pair of double gauze PJ pants on my blog last weekend! Sooooo incredibly soft. I’m much like you, I could live only in double gauze, perfect for EVERYTHING!

  6. thatmoxiegirl September 7, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    It’s like buttah.

  7. Becky November 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    I’ve never heard of double gauze and it sounds wonderful! I’m going to need to try it on a project (for me!) in the future. Thanks for the info.

  8. Ce December 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Thank you for this blog post. I too, love double gauze, especially in the Nani Iro prints. There are different sorts of double gauze, are there not? One which is very smooth, reminiscent of Egyptian cotton (is that the brushed cotton one?) and the more gauze-like, which is my favourite. Which one is the Wata, do you know?

    • rachael {imagine gnats} December 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      the brushed cotton one feels very similar to flannel, while the nani iro double gauzes are definitely more structured than a single gauze while still very soft. i think that to find something very gauzey, i would go with a sinel gauze. hope that helps!

  9. Karen Blackburn February 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    hi! Would double gauze be ok to make a baby wrap with? Looking for non-stretchy lighter material, and this post has me sold! Any recommendations welcomed…thank you!

    • Rachael Gander February 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      it would be beautiful for that! it makes great swaddling blankets too… so soft and cuddly!!

      • karen February 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        thank you so much! we popped right out and picked some up. white with soon-to-be painted polka dots. great post!

  10. Jean DF February 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks so much for the education! Now I know! :-)

  11. carla March 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Do you have any suggestions on dealing with the sticking factor? I’ve been making nani iro double gauze quilts lately and I’m finding piecing them to be a nightmare. The layers stick together so it’s hard to get them lined up. I find I have to pull apart both pieces completely in order to reposition them (instead of sliding like regular cotton). Then if I give them a tug they stretch out. Finally, getting them basted reasonably straight has been very difficult. (I should note that I prewashed everything if that makes a difference.)

    Are there any hints or tips you have for making the fabric behave? especially dealing with larger chunks? I’m afraid to tackle dressmaking with it based on the quilting experience.

    Thanks!

    • Rachael Gander March 14, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      well, i definitely think that those are the challenges with double gauze. and i think that garment sewing is much easier with it than quilting b/c the need to get perfect corners isn’t there… you have a little more leeway with garments, you know? while i do pre-wash for garments, i typically don’t for quilting and that actually helps the fabric to stay a little stiffer and make piecing easier. i found that when i made my double gauze quilt, i had better luck just “going with the flow” and not expecting perfection. it was an exercise in quilting zen ;)

  12. Pam @Threading My Way December 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Pinning this for reference, Rachael. I have never sewn with gauze fabric, but I think it’s time I did.

  13. Rebekah January 13, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    I was wondering if brushed cotton would be as cool and comfortable as double gauze in the warmer months?

    • Rachael Gander January 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      brushed cotton is pretty similar to flannel, so while it’s definitely cozy I think it might be warm. but there’s wiggle room for what’s called brushed cotton, so some might be lighter weight than others.

  14. Becca May 21, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    What a genius concept for fabric!! The Simone you linked is to diiiie for. Can’t wait to make a double gauze summer dress!

    • Rachael Gander May 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      I can’t wait to see what you make with your new nani IRO!

  15. April Dison May 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Where do I order a dark Navy Double Gauze?

  16. Jude May 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    I am interested in doing a quilt with double gauze…do you put batting in between the 2 layers?

    • Rachael Gander May 29, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      I typically do, though I’ve also done double gauze quilts using flannel in place of batting for a summer-weight quilt.

  17. Lisa Gapen July 14, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Can double gauze be mixed with other fabrics for quilt making? If not pieced together, can it be used as a backing with 100% cotton on the front? Thanks!

    • Rachael Gander July 23, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      it can absolutely be mixed with other fabrics, and I’ve used it as backing for non-double gauze quilts as well. it’s sort of like a lighter weight version of a flannel quilt back, which is lovely.

  18. Caro July 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Hi, I don’t know much about fabric but I would like to cover my dining room chair cushions and found a nice pattern double gauze fabric. Do you think I could use double gauze for that purpose or is it too thin?

    • Rachael Gander August 3, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      I would probably use something more like a home dec fabric or canvas for covering chair cushions, but if they’re not used very often and mostly for decoration, you could probably get away with it.

  19. Jennifer September 21, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    I know nothing about sewing. Want to ask my morher-in-law to sew a pillowcase out of gauze fabric I have for my daughter. Could she make double gauze by sewing two layers of gauze together?

  20. Jennifer September 21, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    I know nothing about sewing. Want to ask my mother-in-law to sew a pillowcase out of gauze fabric I have for my daughter. Could she make double gauze by sewing two layers of gauze together?

  21. Zurine February 17, 2016 at 5:07 am #

    Hi! I would like to make some baby sheets. Is double gauze good for that purpose? Thanks

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