10 Best Waterproof fabric & water resistant for sewing

A list of high-quality fabrics that are specifically designed to be waterproof or water-resistant for use in sewing projects, such as outdoor gear, rainwear, bags, and other items that require protection from moisture.

When looking for hats, trench coats, shoes, tote bags, windbreakers, and other outerwear that you can wear in all weather conditions, you would like them to be made of a material that prevents you from being soaked in the rain and preserve your looks. You want them in a particular type of fabric – a fabric that will not allow water to penetrate and reach you. You are looking for waterproof or water-resistant, or water repellent fabrics.

Waterproof fabrics are fabrics that are resistant to water and wetness intrinsically or have been processed to be so. They may need to meet regulatory specifications when sold with the label “waterproof.”

Waterproof Vs Water repllent Vs Water resistant

Waterproof fabrics do not allow water to penetrate them at all. Water repellent materials repel water – water may just roll off them, but they are not as effective as waterproof. Water-resistant fabrics, though they may resist water, are the least effective of these three.

Uses of Waterproof materials

Waterproof fabrics and Water resistant fabrics are not your regular sewing fabrics. But for their purpose, there is no substitute.

If you are in the mind for making cloth nappies and diaper wraps, raincoats, changing pads, outdoor furniture covers, shower curtains, is there a choice but to look for material that would not let water go through it. 

Other uses for these fabrics include making mattress/pillow protectors, kites, cloth sanitary pads, outdoor bunting, lunch bags, snack pouches, tote bags, tablecloths, picnic cloth, baby bibs, changing baby bags, windbreaker jackets, ponchos etc.

Raincoat weathering rain and protecting the body from getting wet in its waterproof material

Water Proof/ Water resistant materials


PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate.

PUL is a polyester fabric with a plastic backing coated with a thin waterproof /water resistant coating. The best thing about PUL fabrics is that it is completely waterproof, very durable, breathable with a slight cross grain stretch and you can easily wear it next to the skin, because the fabric side is soft, flexible and comfortable.

You get PUL fabric in thicknesses of 1 millimeter and 2 millimeters of the plastic coating. The fabric can be knit or woven, 100% cotton or a blend of polyester and cotton.

Polyester PUL is thinner and softer than the cotton PUL. The best thing about the PUL fabric is that you can wash it any number of times without damage.


TPU stands for Thermoplastic polyurethane; it is a better alternative to PUL fabric and used interchangeably with PUL in making waterproof products like cloth diapers – more softer, flexible and environmentally friendlier (questionably) than PUL. And the functions are the same. The disadvantage is that it may be less durable than PUL.

Read this post for More on the differences between PUL & TPU.

2. Waxed cotton

Waxed canvas is a densely woven cotton fabric (Canvas) coated with paraffin-based wax; it has a rugged weathered attractive appearance due to the creases and folds of wax on its surface. Canvas itself maybe water resistant to a degree depending on its weave density but the coating on it adds water proofness. It is many times more expensive than ordinary canvas.

3. Nylon and Polyester

These materials are not really waterproof on their own. They can be said to be water resistant because of their tight weave.

But with a special coating, these fabrics are used for making the most waterproof of all things – rain umbrellas. A layer of polyurethane is used to cover the interior of the fabric.These fabrics are less breathable than laminated fabric and not as strong.

Ripstop nylon fabric

This is a sturdy lightweight wind-resistant fabric made of nylon fibres – after it is given a waterproof coating it is unstoppable as a rough and tough fabric. In WWII it was used to make parachutes! Today with waterproof, water resistant, tear-free qualities it is used for making tents, garden furniture coverings, waterproof clothing, backpacks, kites, and workwear. You can make jackets, ponchos etc with ripstop nylon.

The fabric has a grid design in its weave. More on Nylon here.

Ripstop polyester is a similar tough fabric used in a similar way made of polyester fibers. It is made into outdoor blankets. 

Nylon taffeta

Nylon taffeta with a special coating is definitely waterproof – This is the material used frequently to make rain umbrellas, patio umbrellas etc. It has a smooth weave and a sheen on its surface

Umbrella fabric is a lightweight, tightly woven water repellent nylon fabric. You can get a variety of dyed and printed umbrella fabrics.

water proof fabrics

PVC coated Polyester 

PVC-coated polyester is a waterproof 100% polyester fabric with poly-vinyl chloride coating on the back. It is slightly stiff but has a smooth finish on the inside.

Terylene is a densely woven polyester fabric used to make sails , sunshades, canopies, awnings etc because of its water proof quality.

Polyester microfiber fabric with a special waterproof coating is available – this is 100% waterproof. It has a supple suede finish on the outside and is used for making garments like jackets.

4. Laminated cotton /poplin

Laminated fabrics are an alternative to PUL material as it is of the same concept. A thin waterproof coating is given to fabric. It is not as effective as PUL, though. But it is more environment friendly as the fabric side is a natural fabric.

Laminated fabric is used to make weather protective clothing like raincoats, windcheaters, ski wear,  protective jackets, hats; this fabric keeps the wearer dry and comfortable under all weather conditions.

Lamination is added by bonding the water-resistant layer to the back of the fabric. The drape of the fabric becomes less flexible when adding the lamination. This gives a structure and a crisp hand to the thin cloth.

Laminated cotton is a wonderful fabric suitable for making many things because it is breathable and flexible. It has a laminate layer of about 1-millimeter thickness on the fabric.

Laminated poplin is a favourite of many international brands to make protective clothing including jackets. There are mainly 3 types of laminates – Non-porous laminate , micro porous laminate, viscous coating.

5. Oilcloth

Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or American cloth, is a close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth with a coating of boiled linseed oil to make it waterproof. (Wikipedia). This is the earlier version of the oilcloth. Nowadays Modern oilcloth refers to a cotton or linen material coated with a clear vinyl layer on top. The clear finish can be shiny or matt.

This hard wearing, durable and easy to clean (just wipe to clean) material is great for making tablecloths, coverings, luggage, tote bags, kitchen accessories etc., but not so much for making garments.

Check out this post if you would like to make an attempt at making oilcloth.

6. Polyester fleece

Fleece can be water resistant depending on its quality (not waterproof). Denser the fleece the more it is water repellant.

Because of its water repellent quality, it is frequently used to make cloth diaper outer layers.  With a specially applied water-repellent coating, you can make fleece more water resistant than it is originally.

7. Wool

Wool is naturally water resistant (not waterproof) and it is a natural fabric which is its USP; if coated with lanolin you can increase its water resistance. You may have to do this periodically. You can also buy boiled wool which is also very water resistant – this wool is boiled in hot water and made denser so that the waterproof quality is increased. Wool felt is used to make hats which can stand some amount of rain exposure. 

8. Vinyl, pleather and plastic

These artificial materials are waterproof and are usually used in sewing to make cosmetic bags, tote bags, beach bags, placemats etc. If you are making marine upholstery and stuff needed on boats, you will need to buy 100% waterproof marine vinyl fabric like expanded Vinyl (Polyvinyl chloride) with fabric backing or Vinyl and Polyester Composite fabric.

Naugahyde is an American brand name for a vinyl material designed to resemble leather, made from fabric coated with rubber or vinyl resin. It is an upholstery material that is tough, durable, supple, flexible and waterproof. A man wearing a raincoat made of a waterproof fabric


PEVA is acronym for polyethylene vinyl acetate. This PVC-free, non-chlorinated waterproof material is considered as a toxic free alternative for PVC. It is used to make waterproof shower curtain liners.

10. Densely woven branded fabrics

Fabrics made of cotton or synthetic micro denier filament yarns with compacted weave structure are trusted to be water repellent and even water proof because they are made with this purpose – with very little pores between them so that the water will not pass through them. They may also be given a Durable waterproof repellent (DWR) coating to make them waterproof.

Check out more details of a specialized fabric Ventile here which is a branded cotton fabric with water resisting properties. The densely woven cotton textile gives reasonable protection against typical rain, as claimed by the manufacturers.

Best known branded Synthetic water proof fabrics 


Gore-tex fabric is said to be the most waterproof windproof fabric available. The best thing is that it is breathable as well. You can read more about the fabric here.

 eVENT® Fabric 

This is a very popular water proof fabric – it has a Direct Venting waterproof barrier which is an advancement of the ePTFE (expanded Polytetrafluoroethylen) technology which will be  “keeping you dry and comfortable in the widest range of temperatures and conditions” www.eventfabrics.com 

 Nanotex Aquapel™  

The fabric is water repellent breathable, durable and fast drying.www.nanotex.com

 100% Waterproof Cordura® Nylon

Cordura is a Nylon which is waterproof. You may need to choose a 1000 denier Cordura nylon for this – and for abrasion resistance, strength etc the fabric is unbeatable.

 Darlexx ®

Medical and Surgical Fabric from Shawmut Corporation -This stretchable fabric is a mix of 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex and is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Darlexx fabric (Darlexx Thermalastic®) with a Lycra face, grey microfleece backing is also waterproof.

Taslan ®

Water repellent fabric. A Nylon fabric with a matte surface has a durable water-resistant finish to repel moisture.


This synthetic rubber is waterproof – it is the material used to make wet suits.


It is a 100 percent expanded vinyl on the outside with a jersey knit backing. This is a favorite for making outdoor upholstery as it looks like leather.

 Sunbrella (water resistant not waterproof)

Sunbrella fabric is one of the most popular outdoor fabrics – it is fade resistant, mildew resistant and water resistant – but not waterproof.

Coated Oxford Fabric (Nylon or Polyester)

This is a Urethane Coated Nylon or Polyester fabric. Frequently used for making tents, bags, flags, banners, outer fabric as well as lining of bags etc


This branded fabric is resistant to all elements including sun and water and even fire. It is a synthetic sunshade fabric made of PVC coated polyester fibers. The malleable fabric is used to make umbrellas, outdoor cushions etc.

Waterproof ratings when buying waterproof fabrics

You will find ratings on water proof fabrics/ garments starting from 500 mm to 20000 mm and it shows the fabrics comparative waterproof quality. Real water proof ability starts from 5000 mm. For withholding heavy rain you need to get a rating of 10000 mm and above.

Make your own waterproof material

This article in wikihow tells you how to make your own waterproof material by spraying a waterproof sealer on the fabric surface. Usually hardwearing twill weave fabrics like Cotton suede, Wool Covert are used for this. 

How to sew with PUL/oilcloth/laminated cotton fabric

A dog wearing a coat made of water resistant fabric

Do not use pins to keep fabric layers together on visible areas – pin can mark the fabric and leave permanent holes. Use clips to hold the fabric or pin on the seam allowance. You may find that you do not mind the odd pinholes though. Test and use.

Keep the plastic side down when you sew, where possible- your pressure foot will move better on the fabric side than on the sticky plastic side. If you have to sew on the plastic side use a tissue paper on top of the material and sew as usual.

The regular metal pressure foot of your sewing machine will stick to the slick plastic material and refuse to go forward. Use a Teflon foot to sew on the sticky side of these fabrics. Walking foot will also be a great aid here, as it feeds fabric smoothly. No drags, glitches or stops.

Use ballpoint needle to sew – this will sew without leaving holes.

Use polyester thread, because it is stronger than cotton thread.

It is not enough that you have waterproof fabric. All waterproof breathable fabrics may also need to be seam sealed to ensure that the garment is truly waterproof. A fabric is truly waterproof when all seams are so sealed that there are no leakage points.You can use special sealers/seam tape for this purpose.

Use waterproof zipper tape to ensure the fastener is also waterproof.

Care of waterproof / water resistant materials

Wash by hand if possible.  These materials are best not dumped into the washing machine and forgotten.

Do not dry clean or bleach or use any of the spot stain remedies you use on normal fabrics or even harsh detergents. Read the care label on the fabric carefully. Some of these fabrics should only be wiped clean with clean water.

Suitability Durability and breath ability are of primary concern when selecting your waterproof fabric. So test the above-given fabrics for your project against these criteria.

More reading material on waterproofing and water repellent fabrics : Durable water repellent finish – Wikipedia.

Semantics /Terms to know

Water Proof fabrics – Fabrics that do not allow any water to penetrate through them. This is the ultimate among all the categories. The finish closes all pores on the fabric and the fabric is completely immune to water. 

Water repellent fabrics – Fabrics with a special fabric finish on the surface or special tight weave or one with special sprays applied that cause the water to roll off the surface. When the finish is gone the water repellency is also gone.

Water resistant fabrics -Fabrics treated so that it resist water to an extent. A chemical coating is applied on the surface. If you are standing in the rain for some time under some of these fabrics eventually water will get through. 

Water repellent finish – A special finish added to the fabric surface to make it repell water – the finish prevents penetration of water droplets to the inside. The advantage is that if applied moderately it does block the pores of the fabric and render it not-breathable.  

Related posts : Names of sewing fabrics; Durable fabric names; Sun protective fabrics ; Best fabrics for making bags; Best thick materials ; Best thin and lightweight materials ; Best material for sewing shirts; Best stretchy fabrics.

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

129 thoughts on “10 Best Waterproof fabric & water resistant for sewing”

  1. Hello, I am looking for a fabric to make a water resistant pillow case to cover my cat’s bedding. I’m not sure what to look for. What would you recommend?

    Thank you,

  2. I want to make a lightweight kilt or a wraparound skirt for hiking in the rain. What is the best waterproof material for this purpose?

  3. Hello,

    This is probably a first, but I want to make a waterproof, windproof, and practical yet stylish hooded cloak to be worn at sporting events, maybe camping, and any other use that I can find for it. What fabric do you recommend? I’d like to do an outer lining of some kind of waterproof and windproof material with an inner lining of something warm and comfortable if possible.

    • You can search for Vinyl Clothing Fabric. It has a shiny side ouside and a soft side inside. Or PVC LEATHER. Lining can be sweatshirt fleece which is quite soft and comfy – if polyester is more in the blend, it can be dense but I do not know it is completely water proof. Ripstop nylon can be used as a waterproof lining as it is a tightly woven fabric but not so comfortable.

  4. Marvelous article! thank you.
    My favorite LeSportSac purse is no longer made and, I have an idea of making it with detachable back pack straps…

    I had no idea I would have so much trouble matching the fabric, lining and the soft woven straps. No fabric store locally has any knowledge of the fabrics used and, found so many of the sources I contacted online, also have no idea what the materials used were… or anything close. Recently purchased the “trailblazer” pattern and have decided, to proceed with some kind of light weight cordura and a few alterations including making it a shoulder bag and adding the many outside pockets of LSS and the side pockets that, a little deeper, hold a water or soda bottle….
    Reading your article I feel more confident about choosing the fabrics… I like a soft purse, and all the work this is going to be, I hope to make one that will last for years.

    Thank you!

  5. I would like to make a windshield cover that is waterproof and tough for snow and Ice. I would like to make my own, I don’t care for what is out there.

  6. Hi,
    I’m looking for a fabric to protect a leather saddle whilst riding in the rain. Thin fabric, non slip doesn’t need to be 100% waterproof as the ride in the rain will be no longer than 1 hr just looking for some protection.
    I’m planning to make a saddle cover.
    Thank you

    • I can give suggestions out of common sense not experience – Merino wool, fleece etc like this one www. equus .co.uk /products/supreme-products-ride-on-dotty-fleece-saddle-cover

    • Hello
      I want to make some water proof covers/breathable for my garden patio set, large L shaped sofa & table. The obvious materials is canvas, which is working out to be expensive, I have purchased 2 sets from where I purchased the garden furniture from, but they do not last long, ang suggestions please.

      Thank you

    • Hi,
      I’m looking for material to make pad to bed, used to kids and adults incontinence. This material I think comes from China, but I can’t find the right name to search on internet.

  7. I want to make a lap protector for when I am eating and drinking coffee. I was thinking of a 2 layer protector. One layer of a washable absorbent material and the other layer of a washable fabric that would be liquid resistant esp if I was drinking a hot beverage. What would you suggest for both layers. Thanks, Marian

  8. Hi,
    I was wondering what waterproof fabric you would recommend in making a toddler/baby’s bathing suit?? My goal is to not having to lug around a wet swimsuit each time my children go swimming. Let me know your thoughts…

  9. Your site is so informative. Thank you. I am looking to make a waterproof cover for my fire pit that will drop about 8” from the top edge. My question: I think oilcloth would be easiest to keep clean (I have a lot of hummingbirds and they poop all over it) but, do you think my old reliable 60 yr old Pfaff up to the task of sewing it? I read about the glossy side v wrong side (good info) but does this machine have the Ooomph to go through the oil cloth?

  10. I would like to make a dress or maybe a skirt suitable for hiking in. I need it to be of a similar fabric to walking trousers, so quick drying and water resistant. It would be great if it was wicking too, and wind proof but I know I may be asking too much! What would you recommend? Thanks.

    • Hi
      If you look at hiking pants in shops they are all made of ripstop nylon/polyester – the kind which doesnot tear, is water repellent, dries quickly, doesnot keep moisture on your body.Best wishes

    • Hi Jessica
      Have you thought about using a Laminated Terry Fabric for this. The kind which is seen on mattress protectors – one side is cotton terry and the other side is laminated.

  11. Hi
    I want to make a waterproof cover for garden furniture. I would like it to be heavy-duty as the one that came with the furniture only lasted two winters. What do you recommend, please?

  12. Thank you for this information. It really enlightened me and helped me to choose the type of fabric I want top use for my jacket.

    More power!

  13. what is the best material/microfibre to use for my guinea pigs
    I have used polar fleece up to now, but would like to know if there is anything better

    thank you

    • Hi,
      microfiber suede (micro suede) available in the upholstery stores can be used to make waterproof pet beds – it is waterproof

  14. Hi,

    Just FYI, Neoprene is not waterproof. It is used for wet suits because it keeps the wearer warm when wet (hence the name “wet”suit). It actually absorbs water very efficiently.

    Dry suits are made from rubber.


  15. Hi all,
    My name Ai, purchaser at Viking Viet Nam. Nice to contact with you.
    We have new customer who is interested in waterproof fabric for the rain suit.

    Pls kindly help to check do you have this item? If you have pls send quotation/MOQ/ lead-time

    We need the color: black and red color.
    Pls also offer unit price for 600m/ color and 1000m/ color.
    Thank you.

  16. Hello! This article is extremely informative, thank you! I would love your advice! I am interested in making a lightweight (perhaps even collapsible), waterproof blanket that is tough enough for picnics but soft enough that a baby/child would love it (also child safe). What would you recommend? From
    The article it looks like maybe a laminated cotton, but I am wondering if it will be light weight enough. Weight-wise, parachute-like material is what I am thinking but I want something softer and less nylon-like to the touch. I truly appreciate your advice!

  17. What luck I found this informative site!
    I have zero sewing skills but I am motivated because I have to replace the canopy over my pergola (HD), after about 7 years the original turned to shreds. It is about 105″ x 105″ I have been exploring camping tarps and tablecloths, If I knew the fabric I am looking for that would be easier.
    Water resistant
    Can fold or gather cleanly when pushed to the side, like over head roman shades
    I would use rings to attach it to the over head sliding crossbars.
    Maybe I won’t sew at all 🙂

    I appreciate any ideas related to this.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Laurie
      Maybe you can take apart the existing one and copy the pattern and sew it yourself.
      For canopies, PU coated ( on one side) high denier polyester fabrics (Ripstop ) are used. You can check for these fabrics online under the name Waterproof Canvas Fabric Material / ripstop polyester PU coated or in furnishing stores.
      Thanks for the kind words of appreciation
      Best wishes

    • Hi Sarina.
      I don’t have the old one, tossed it last summer.
      Having fabric names narrows things so that is very helpful so thanks for that.

  18. My daughter’s cat keeps peeing on her bed. I’m tired of washing sheets, blankets and mattress pads. Is there any water proof/ pee proof soft material I can use for a cover over her comforter.

  19. Hi, I’m making some baby bibs for my very dribbly baby and I want to use a waterproof lining in the middle to keep her extra dry. Can you please recommend the best material to use that will also withstand washing machine use? Also hoping to find an organic or recycled material….
    Thank you!!!

    • Hi Cat! I am looking to make items similar to baby bibs and was looking for a baby-safe material. What did you end up finding?
      Does anyone know of some baby-safe material that is wipe-able?

    • If you want wipeable it has to be a waterproof PUL /oil cloth- you can back with hemp/cotton fleece

  20. Hi! I want to make a picnic blanket that is waterproof on the bottom layer. Ideally something that is light but durable (considering that there may be rocks and pointy things on the ground that rub against the blanket). I’ve been trying to figure out the right material to buy that is still washable. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  21. Hi There
    I too am looking for a material to sandwich between 100% cotton for face masks. I bought a 100% polyester shower liner that is water repellent but I wonder now if that was a good option. I’ve read that you should hold material up to light and see if it block out the light for which the shower curtain really didn’t block out much light. I’ve also been told that reusable shopping bags could also be used? I was just wonder what others are doing?
    Thanks Robin

    • Hi Robin
      I am using interfacing Pellon809 between layers. I hope this information can help you.
      Have fun

  22. Use 150 gsm PU coated nylon get zippered removable liner of goose feathers or Two layers of 150 gsm fleece fabric must mave generous hood

  23. Hello – What would be the best waterproof fabric to use as a household item/blanket that can be washed in a washing machine?

    • Hi Bianca
      If you want a tough outdoor type waterproof one you can use Ripstop Polyester Taffeta fabric or same in nylon – the kind I have read that all campers use. Premium quality non piliing fleece is somewhat water resistent and good as blanket material – soft and machine washable.Hope this is what you wanted to know.

  24. Hello Sarina,
    How are you? I have a couple of questions that I hope you may be able to answer. I am interested in making disposable hospital isolation gowns.

    1) What is the best material to use? Where can I buy it?
    2) Can I use a regular sewing machine for stitching?
    3) Where can I find a sample isolation gown to use as a pattern?

    Thank you for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated. Enjoy your day.

  25. Hi, I was interested in making the breathing masks for the hospitals and home use. The information I received said linen or cotton material that is breathable and water repellent.
    I have had difficulty finding this combination . Can you help.

    • Hi Carole
      Cotton and Linen are not water repellent as such – when you add water repellency to these fabrics through sprays and such it becomes non breathable. You may use very tightly woven cotton, I think.

    • Hi Sarina, I am looking to do the same as Carole and make masks by sandwiching a layer of water resistant fabric between 2 layers of something softer like polycotton so it feels nicer on the skin. They’d need to go into our industrial laundry and so tolerate temps of over 60 degrees C. Can you advise on fabric selection and elastic selection for this purpose please?

    • Hi Heather
      To be truthful I am also confused about fabric that will block microorganisms. Even the CDC website doesnot give any clarity as far as I can read. You can read it here and here. Your plan seems to be good to layer many fabrics. But I do not think that elastic will retain its elasticity if you wash it in hot water in an industrial washing machine. Can you wash them in seperate wash bags like this ?

  26. Great information guys. I am interested in finding the right combination for using as a shower cap and everyday hat/cap wear. Which of the above would be good to couple with an inner material. Your expertise is truly appreciated.

    • I am looking to do the same, I want a bonnet that has more room for my curly hair. Something like Hairbrella without the visor

  27. Aloha!
    We are running a homeless shelter and need to make waterproof covers for the beds. Something that will protect from urinary incontinence to protect the beds? Hope you can help we need a lot of the best fabric.

    • I have found that heavy vinyl flannel lined tablecloths make great waterproof type pads for mattresses for incontinence. You can “corner-pockets” for fitting this pad onto your mattresses. A knit fabric, i. e. like, ribbed T shirt fabric etc can make the little pockets that would be a trapezoid shape that you would sew across the corners. I hope that this idea can lend help to you. You can throw the covers away and make new ones when needed. There are fabrics available that are for outside use that can be used for making these types of bed covers as well.i.e. Water Proof canvas duck, twills, and upholstery fabrics This website is very detailed with multiple fabrics, links for product and project usage. Lots of fabric education on it for helping people figure out what they may need.
      https : //www.bigduckcanvas.com /categories/ waterproof-canvas.html

  28. I make hats and would like to offer a line of rain hats, some for Winter and some for Summer weather. What materials would be ideal for each of the two seasons? Also, would fleece be best for lining Winter rains hats? Finally, do you have source recommendations?

    Thanks much.

    • Hi Rina,
      Some fabrics you can consider are Oilskin, cork, waxed cotton, Gore-Tex, fur felt/ wool felt ( waterproof to some extent)
      Straw for summer ?

  29. What fabric would you recommend in a -30 degrees c winter for a hunting jacket? It needs to be breathable, wind and water resistant, plus stand up to roughed use. I live in Canada’s Arctic.

    • Hi Maxine
      I felt cold reading that – -30 degrees ! I have no experience for this kind of weather – just what I have read – Nylon/polyester outer (with 10000 mm or best 20000 mm waterproof rating) with thermal fleece lining for jackets; A drawcord hem, stand up collar and hook and tape adjustable cuffs on sleeves help keep cold out.

  30. Hi Serina I live in a hot humid climate and want to know what you would recommend to sew into tubes which could carry water and be put into a garment for cooling. Obviously the tubes would be next to the skin and would need to be washable.

  31. Hi,

    What fabric would you recommend for making a car boot cover for when my large dog needs to travel in my car. It needs to be thick, strong and waterproof?


    • Hi Amy
      Have you checked Tarpaulin (you may have heard of it as Tarp) sheet – it is strong, waterproof and easy to clean.

  32. Looking for a waterproof very drapey woven fabric that almost looks like chintz with a matte shine. ..something like the le sportsac fabric without the criss cross lines woven in.
    Any recommendations?

  33. What material would you recommend for making all weather mostly (frost/snow) wing covers for an aircraft that is parked outside in winter?
    Also UV protective during hot summers?

    Anita OConnor

    • Aluminium colour pvc coated polyster fabric being outer cover will reflect sun rays, 5mm PU foam middle insulation and flexibility and brushed cotton touching aircraft body being scratch free. Here on India it is used -30 in Himalays mountain to 40 Cin summer costal Goa State

  34. Hello
    I’d like to make a waterproof skirt for cyling, that I can keep on ater getting off the bike. Also that’s not too hot so I could wear in summer too (with leggings in winter). Could you recommend a fabric, pref breathable? Thanks!

  35. Hi, I’m currently working on an idea to search for an alternative material to replace nylon for parachutes (operation airdrop). Is there a sustainable material that is lightweight, waterproof and durable to withstand the air resistance/ gravity so that the items can safely land onto the ground??

    • Hi Hui Yi
      Terylene ( a type of polyester) is used for making parachutes; It is lightweight high density polyester ( densely woven which is why it is waterproof)
      Kevlar very strong and waterproof if water resistant treatment done on the surface ; it is expensive

  36. I am trying to find a strong water resistant/ waterproof material to use on a dog jacket for giant breed dogs. What would you recommend and would I need an inside lining for extra warmth, if so what would you recommend to complement the exterior fabric? Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Kellie
      No first hand experience, but a look at commercial ones tell me that dog jackets are usually lined with soft fleece fabric and the outer layer is usually rip stop nylon which is waterproof.

  37. I was looking for a waterproof canvas which is not stiff for bags. I tried Ottrettex waterproof canvas, but it feels stiff. Is there any brand or similar material you can recommend me?

  38. Trying to come up with a waterproof solution to cover up my picc line in the shower – I thought about PUL fabric as it has some stretch and is water resistant? But I need some waterproof tape to seal up the seam and which does not let in water at the top and bottom of the sleeve – any ideas? I’m a bit over the plastic bag and tape!!!

    • Hi Carol
      Have you tried to finish the edges with elastic – that will tighten the edges and hold the water from seeping in, wouldn’t it? Just my opinion. No expert.Then there are duct tapes, though not waterproof they ward off water for some time. You get waterproof rubberized tapes but I don’t know if these can be in touch with body. Look for Waterproof Latex Free Breathable Tape- which can be used on body.

  39. Any idea what the latest glossy raincoats are made out of? I found one at Nordstrom that is a glossy polyurethane top layer with a polyester layer underneath. However, trying to find this fabric in s fashion plaid is difficult. Any ideas?

  40. Can you point me in the right direction please, l have a conservatory 3 piece suite, this l have moved outside, l have painted it for outside use, now l would like to cover it, cushions, and bottoms plus the elastic that stretches across seating, something that gives, something that can be left out in all weather’s, hoping you can help .

    • Hi Linda
      Sunbrella fabric is used extensively for outdoor furniture. Vinyl with waterproof label is also used

  41. Hi ,
    I am after a waterproof material that can be submerged for very short periods of times
    (say in a bath or pool)
    would be in a bag form and have a double closure system at the top like a back pack strep sort of thing.
    Could you advise the best material for this please.

    thanks in advance

  42. My teenage grandson has Cerebral Palsy and drools allot. I make him scarves to tie around his neck to help. What material would you suggest using? Thanks in advance. Peggy

    • Hi Peggy
      Have you considered Linen? Linen can feel almost comfortable even when it is wet, unlike all other fabric. Another fabric is terrycloth. You can also use a flannel. If you want truly waterproof, line your shawl with plastic/vinyl as they sometimes do with bibs for babies/adults.

  43. Hi everyone, I am a designer in Pakistan and working for a successful business in raincoats and water repellent light wait material, i have designed so many dresses ,jackets, trousers and stylish raincoats and gowns to serve best against rain,water,air. Best to use to serve the needs of fashion as well. Looks like leather ,though are P leather. Very affordable and soft and comfortable in wearing .
    If anybody is interested in single/bulk orders you can contact me on my whatsapp number or also can email me for further details. +92 302 4111179.
    sehrishh.abbass @gmail.com
    Stay blessed
    Regards, Sehrish

    • Hello, I’m actually working on something similar to what you already do. I believe I can learn some more from you.

    • Nylon Lycra is not fully water repellant as such, unless it has a special water repellent coating (eg PU/teflon) – they are used to make Leggings, Sport Bra, Swimwear etc. You can choose a tightly woven fabric for some water repellent properties.

    • Hi Stephen
      I have read that lycra mixed with neoprene is what professional manufacturers use to make armbands. Microfiber is a more skin-friendly material . Both are not breathable as such

  44. My son excessively sweats in the armpits. Instead of buying special undershirts I want to add 2 layers to his cotton ones. One layer will be bamboo cotton and inside layer will be waterproof. What do you suggest…PUL or TPU? Thanks!

    • Hi Dale
      I would think TPU – you can find TPU fabrics which claim to be breathable – seems they take up sweat and releases it out.

    • Hello Sarina
      What is the best material for making an outdoor waterproof blanket that does not require dry cleaning? Thank you.

    • Hi Marilyn
      polyurethane laminated polyester fabric with fleece as backing – this is what I have seen what outdoor blankets are made of. And infact PUL is not to be dry cleaned : )

    • Try this. It works amazingly. I had this issue throughout high school. Worst time ever! I would use abut once a week and gradually use it less and less. now its about 3-4 times a year.

      Maxim Prescription Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant
      Good luck.

      I’m Looking for fabric to make my husband work rain gear.

  45. I live in Florida and have dogs that get on the furniture! I battle sand on a daily basis! I have found that most fabrics let the sand through onto the furniture! I have been looking into waterproof fabrics, because I figured if water can’t get through then neither can the sand! Which fabric would be the best option to keep the sand on the top for shaking off or vacuuming, but is washable to get rid of the dog smell?
    Thank you for the information!

    • Hi Valarie
      That is tough : ) I think you need to look for cotton / polyester/nylon ripstop fabric – one characteristic is the resistance of the fabric to ripping or tearing which you may face. Nylon ripstop is a water repellent strong, machine-washable woven fabric

  46. thank you for this informative article, as a woman who comes From an ultra rainy country and also observes the hijab and abaya (Islamic dress) I’m tired of getting soaked! Would you please advice as to the best martial that is both breathable and ultra lightweight!
    Thank you

    • Hi Omolade
      The Nylon ones – ripstop and taffeta – are washable in the machine, I suppose. Not so with oil cloth, vinyl, pleather etc as you probably know

    • Hi Nate
      Yes, I know. my daughter even asked me ‘ are you writing about doughnut” 🙂 I have so many do not to correct but progressing. Thanks

  47. I had the opportunity to travel through several cities and villages in South Western Nigeria these past three years. One thing I noticed is the way small scale farmers dry their Paki (yam, plantain, tuber) and other food stuff that needs drying by spreading these items on rocks, tapeline, burlap/apo gari sewned together. Even on mid size farms, the method of drying “Paki” is the same, spreading the Paki or plantain, Isu
    Several thoughts came to my mind
    1. In case of sudden rain, how can these items be kept dry
    2. Lassa fever is a big threat to the lives of prospective consumers of these items. How can rats be prevented from laying feces on these items
    3. Moving these items in door in the evenings
    4. Spreading them out in the mornings
    My ideas
    1 use a material on which these food stuff are spread is made of water proof material
    2 design the material like a sleeping bag, with zipper
    3 in short, the material is flat but can be zipped up, whatever the occasion is

    Please advice which types of waterproof materials are suitable for the purposes lay out above

    Yomi Owoyemi

    • Hi Yomi
      Reading this what comes to my mind is tarpaulin sheets which I have seen being used over large quantities of dry chillies and spices -it is waterproof and you need food grade tarpaulins (high gsm) to lay on top to protect it from dust etc.this is one sheet you get in big yardage. refer this page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarpaulin
      hope this helps

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