What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide

I love cotton drill. It’s very versatile and is a great utility fabric that we stock in some very vibrant colours and best of all it’s really great value too.

Drill has a twill weave which makes it a very strong, dense medium to heavy weight fabric. It’s a really popular choice for uniforms and work clothes but the vibrant colours lends itself to all sorts of other exciting garments including both tailored and casual designs, as well as children’s wear and home furnishings. It’s even used to line shoes!

Drill makes great jackets

 

The twill weave means it has very attractive characteristic diagonal lines on the fabric which adds an interesting texture.

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Drill is quite similar to denim but is usually dyed and has a smoother appearance. (Read my guide to denim fabric here)

Use Drill To Make

The 100% cotton drill that we stock is medium weight and is ideal for clothing and home decor projects. Use it to make:

  • Shirts
  • Heavier weight dresses
  • Trousers
  • Uniforms and workwear
  • Jackets
  • Bags
  • Aprons
  • Home furnishings

Wash and tumble dry several times to pre-shrink and get rid of any excess dye. This will also soften the fabric if it needs it.

Use cotton drill to make and line bags

 

Drill is great for toys as it’s hard wearing

 Sewing Tips

Drill is a pretty easy fabric to handle.

  • Use a 90/14 needle
  • Stitch length 2.5mm – 3.0mm
  • When cutting pay close attention to the grainline

I hope that’s helpful for you. Please shout if you have any questions.

5 thoughts on “What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide”

  1. Hi… thanks for this guide it helped me so much.

    I was just wondering is it possible to apply a hydrophobic treatment to garments made with cotton drill?

    Thanks again,

    Adam.

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