Checking Out Lightweight Cotton Twill

So I’m in love with the Kona Cotton Ultra from – it’s my go-to fabric choice when ordering, but when the site ran a promotion on Lightweight Cotton Twill, I took a chance and ordered some.

I’m so glad I did!

Lightweight cotton twill fabrics from my Winter Romance collection in my Spoonflower shop. These are all my own designs; but as far as I can tell, you can buy any of the 750,000+ designs at in this fabric.

I find the lightweight cotton twill launders well, is super easy to work with (easy to pin and presses well), has a subtle sheen I really like, and is sturdy enough that I don’t need to add lightweight fusible interfacing such as Shape-Flex as I usually do when using quilting-weight cotton to make bags, purses, or home dec items. (I still use foam interfacing when I want a structured bag – even with the twill.)

Here’s a comparison of the two fabrics (info from

Note that while the Lightweight Cotton Twill is pricier than the Kona Cotton Ultra, it is both heavier and 16″ wider.


Earlier this month, I made a couple of bags out of my design Winter Romance 26 from my Spoonflower shop: the Poolside Tote, pattern by Noodlehead, and the Bellevue Pouch – pattern by SewSweetness, included in the Minikins set. 

The Poolside Tote by Noodlehead. I used my Midnight Romance 26 in Lightweight Cotton Twill as my main fabric. I chose a shot cotton fabric by Kaffe Fassett for the accent fabric and a print from Tula Pink for the lining.
Poolside Tote in progress. I used Soft and Stable foam interfacing to give the bag a nice structure. I also used Silver Metallic Nylon Coil Zippers by The Yard for the first time. I found the zipper pulls a little tricky to slide on at first, but am really happy with the zippers 🙂
Poolside Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) and Bellevue Pouch (pattern by Sew Sweetness – wrist strap added) made by Beth Ann Williams.

I look forward to using more of the Lightweight Cotton Twill in the future!





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Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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