How Hemp Fabric is Made and What to Sew With It

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If you’re looking for eco-friendly fabrics to add to your stash, then you might want to check out our line of hemp solids and prints. This highly sustainable material is becoming one of our most popular items here at Nature’s Fabrics. Here’s what you need to know about what hemp fabric is, how it is made, and a few project ideas to try out.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a dioecious plant known to be one of the fastest growing species on the planet. For this reason, industrial hemp is harvested for the stems, which can be used for a wide variety of eco-friendly products like fabrics, building materials, paper, rope, and so much more.

How is Hemp Fabric Made?

Eco-friendly hemp fabric is made by harvesting the long fibers from the stem of the plant. The fibers are then removed from the bark through a special process referred to as retting. There are several ways that retting can be accomplished, but the most common involves submerging the stalks in water.

From there, the fibers are woven into fabric, which can have a variety of different textures. For example, there’s jersey hemp fabric that has a little bit of a stretch and is ideal for clothing. There’s also hemp linen, hemp thermal, and many different others.

Sewing Project Ideas Using Hemp Fabric

If you don’t already know, hemp fabric is ideal for a wide range of different sewing projects. At Nature’s Fabrics, we hear from customers all the time who use our hemp fabrics for numerous different types of applications. Need a few ideas?

Everyday Maxi Skirt: This pattern from It’s Always Autumn would look absolutely adorable when paired with our Black & Natural Striped Hemp Jersey fabric. 

Baby Hat: The ultra-soft feel of our hemp jersey fabric is perfect for this baby hat project. If you have a little one on the way, it’s an easy and fun way to use hemp fabric.

Custom Headband: Why spend tons of money buying headbands from boutiques when you can make your own with this pattern? We especially love this pattern for use with our colorful hemp jersey fabrics.

Fleece Dog Toys: Tired of spending so much money at the pet store? Consider using this no-sew fleece dog toy pattern. Our hemp fleece is great for this and really holds up to slobber and repeated washings.

Child’s Fleece Vest: Keep your little one warm all winter long with this fun and easy fleece vest project. With so many different hemp fleece colors in our inventory, you could create one for every day of the week!

Soft and Stretchy Face Mask: Hemp fabric is also ideal for making face masks. We found this great pattern to get you started.

Your Favorite Retail and Wholesale Online Fabric Store

At Nature’s Fabrics, we’re happy to offer a wide range of hemp fabrics in numerous colors and prints. Ready to get started? Check out our current inventory of colors and prints now. And, as always, feel free to share with us photos of your creations!