The All-Important Guide to Boucle Fabric: From Sewing to Care

The world of sewing can be a little overwhelming. There are so many different stitches, materials, and patterns that there is no possible way to remember everything you need to know about them all. But today I am going to break down one crucial detail in an easy-to-understand manner: boucle fabric! It’s been awhile since we’ve done a blog post on this topic, so it will be nice for some of our loyal followers who have been waiting patiently for us to bring back this informative series. And if you’re new here and happen not to know what boucle fabric is? Don’t worry – this blog post will answer all your questions! 

What is boucle fabric and how is it made?

The name “boucle” is derived from the French word for “lock” or “bobble.” The fabric was first created in the early 1800s, and it became popular during World War II when women began to make their own clothing due to rationing.

Boucle fabric can be made two ways: knitted or woven. A knitted boucle fabric is made by knitting a tube, then cutting it in half and pulling the cut edges to the center. This forms the loops that give boucle its characteristic look. A woven boucle fabric is made by weaving two strands of yarn together – one thicker and one thinner. The thin strand creates the loops on the surface of the fabric.

What does boucle material feels like?

Knitted boucle fabric (which is available i our shop) is a textured fabric made of strands that are knitted together. It can be smooth or textured, depending on the direction in which the strands were knit during manufacturing.

Woven boucle fabric has loops running across its surface and tends to be rougher than other types of woven fabrics. The finer strands used for woven boucle fabrics make it less durable than knitted boucle fabrics.

Both knitted and woven boucle fabrics are usually quite thick, making them good for winterwear or heavier-weight garments.

What can boucle fabric be used for?

The possibilities are endless with boucle fabric! Of course, this fabric is perfect for winter garments like coats and jackets. But boucle can also be used to make other items such as skirts, pants (pants with interesting pockets), classic suit, scarves, hats, home decor accents (cushions or pillows) and even bags!

Best methods to sew with boucle material.

Of course there are a few things you should keep in mind when working with boucle fabric:

– Because of the strands and loops, it can be a little tricky to sew. Make sure your machine is set on a medium or large stitch length, and use a contrasting thread color so that you can see the stitches better.

– Boucle fabrics are generally quite thick, so they can be difficult to work with. Try to sew them on a sewing machine, and if you’re hand stitching try using a thimble!

– When working with knitted boucle fabrics it is best to use pins when cutting out your pattern pieces as the strands can move around. Using rottary cutter may be a better option if you find your fabric moving a lot when cutting with scissors.

How to care for boucle knits?

Time for some care instructions. As boucle fabric is usually a thicker, winter weight fabric it’s best to hand wash it in cool water and lay flat to dry. However, some woven boucle fabrics can be machine washed on a delicate cycle. Check the care instructions on our product page when purchasing your fabric before you begin!

And that’s all there is too it! With just a little knowledge and a little bit of practice you’ll be up and running in no time. And if you’d like to create more cosy, warm winter projects please check out knitted fabric collection in our shop.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to boucle fabric and that it has helped you understand how the different types of bouclé weave, weight, thickness, and other factors can impact what you sew out of a particular type. Whether your next sewing project is for yourself or someone else in need of an extra special gift, we think there will be something here to help get your creative juices flowing! If none of these fabrics seems like quite the right fit for whatever you have in mind then let us know – our team would love to hear from you about what YOU want to create with this beautiful material so feel free to comment below with any ideas. What are some things YOU could create?

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