Natural & Organic Fabrics for Upholstery

 

Bird Chairs restored using organic & natural upholstery materials

Chairs upholstered in Birch Organic Fabrics ‘Flight’ pattern

Looking for a safe, healthy fabric for your upholstery project?

We’re talking about fabrics with NO added chemicals, NO flame retardants, NO stain repellants – fabrics that are produced with respect for the Earth’s natural cycles, and for human health. I look forward to the day when there is a vast selection of non-toxic fabrics to choose from.

Below is (the beginning of) a list of sustainable fabric sellers.

NOTE: I have purchased from or spoken at length with some, but not all of these sellers. If you’ve had experience with any of them yourself (love it or not?), you can help others by leaving a comment below this post. If you have any fabric resources to add to the list, please leave a comment below or contact me, and I will add your recommendation to the list. Thanks for being a part of our natural upholstery community!

 

Retail Fabrics (anyone can buy directly from the retailer)

  • Eskayel – printed and woven linen/cotton fabrics. Note that prices reflect the one-of-a-kind handmade process that goes into their fabric production.
  • Etsy – search for ‘organic upholstery fabric’, and you’ll find a wide array of sellers offering non-toxic fabrics.
  • Fabric Worm – purely organic fabric for quilting and craft projects.
  • Harmony Art – a strictly organic cotton supplier, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard.
  • Hemp Traders – hemp & hemp blends.
  • Le Gracieux – unique, hand-printed hemp linen fabrics (4 yard minimum purchase). Note that prices reflect the one-of-a-kind handmade process that goes into their fabric production.
  • Organic Cotton Plus – hemp fabrics and organic cotton fabrics.
  • Rawganique – Original no-compromise organic hemp store and organic cotton & linen clothing products since 1997. Ships worldwide from WA & BC. Made in USA, Canada, Europe. Learn more about this company that is dedicated to helping people source chemical-free products – listen to Debra Lynn Dadd’s Toxic Free Radio interview with the founders.
  • Spoonflower – the Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra fabric is on the lightweight side (3.8 oz/sq yd), though I have used it for simple upholstery projects, such as a dining chair seat.

 

Wholesale Fabrics (available only through designers and upholstery shops)

  • Envirotextiles – hemp upholstery fabrics.
  • Harmony Art – a strictly organic cotton supplier, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard.
  • Oliveira Textiles – beautiful, hand-printed sea inspired fabrics. Note that prices reflect the one-of-a-kind handmade process that goes into their fabric production.
  • PickNatural – sustainable textiles that are good for the environment and healthy for all of us, too (10 yard minimum purchase).
  • Twill Textiles – nature inspired and geometrics, hand-printed and wovens.
  • Two Sisters Ecotextiles – textiles made from 100% organic cotton or other sustainably grown fibers. I have spoken at length with Leigh Anne, who, along with her sister, is dedicated to changing the way textiles are being made. They can “tell you the complete life story of each fabric, every facet of production”. This is one company I would put complete faith in the truth of their claims because they do the research.

See examples of chairs upholstered in Birch Fabrics’ (birds in) Flight pattern, available from Fabric Worm.

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