BOMULLFabric, unbleached

£2.50/ metre
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This versatile fabric has a timeless design and quality suitable for many purposes. After 40 years in our range, it’s still a favourite. Made of 100% cotton from more sustainable sources.

Article Number517.251.12

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Cotton is a soft and easy-care natural material that you can machine wash.


IKEA of Sweden

Article Number517.251.12
  • 100% cotton

    Machine wash, max 60°C, normal process.

    Do not bleach.

    Tumble drying, normal temperature (max 80°C).

    Iron, max 200°C.

    Do not dryclean.

  • By using only renewable materials in this product, we avoid using fossil or finite materials.

    All the cotton in our products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is either recycled, or grown with less water, less fertilisers and less pesticides, while increasing profit margins for the farmers.


Weight.: 138 g/m²

Width: 150 cm

Area: 1.50 m²

    FabricArticle no.517.251.12

    Width: 100 cm

    Height: 0 cm

    Length: 150 cm

    Weight: 0.23 kg

    Package(s): 1


I love this fabric soVerified BuyerI love this fabric so soft and flexible I have used it for sewing all sorts of items. There is nothing else quite Like it.4
Great basic fabricVerified BuyerReally useful fabric at a great price5
Perfect thick fabricAjollsThick and durable fabric, perfect for heavy wearing items. Not sure it would block out light completely though if you need it for curtain material.5
Excellent value for moneySaiyuriSo far I’ve used this fabric to make face covers, sun hats and even a toddler shirt, it’s surprisingly soft and looks great as well5
Perfect material for craftsMadCowI use this material for my embroidery, and find it very easy to work with, it's inexpensive, feels really nice also.5
Fabric1 CjBCheap and rough feeling even after washing2
Perfect for my quiltingYvonne 273I enjoy quilting and make a lot so I find this fabric perfect for backing them5
Perfect for use!MiriamLuvThis is 100% cotton & at an incredibly affordable cost. It washes at cool temperatures nicely too...although I guess that would depend upon what you spill on it ;) Easy to handle through the sewing machine.5
Great fabricpogostemonGood , lightweight cotton fabric, great for dyeing or lining/backing soft furnishings. making toiles etc. Decent value for money5
Great fabricLindaW1I use this fabric for making my cushion pads, it’s perfect, not flimsy and is very good quality5
CalicoSew n SewThis is a good, lightweight calico that is useful for making toiles, lining bags and other craft items. The quality isn't as good as it has been in the past, it's much more lightweight than it used to be but still useful and a good price.4
PerfectViking IngridAmazing quality and price - use it for lining table runners, placemats, curtains etc5
Great for your fabric stashHonor56I use this for backing my quilts, lining bags and making samples before cutting into my good stuff. It washes well and great price.5
Excellent price.MonstersmumLovely thick fabric and an amazing price. Bought to be used as homemade bedroom flags for my daughter.5
Great priceMoonraker MaidUsed for lining shopping bags. Lightweight and easy to use andit sews well.5
June43I use bomull as an alternative to calico and use it with my craft groups.4
Lovely fabricGailGreat price for 100% cotton fabric. Takes dye beautifully.5
Perfect for toilesIoni59Love this fabric I use it all the time in my classes I buy it by the bolt.5
Nice qualityTrishI’ve bought several batches of this as it’s like calico, good quality and good price.5

Our take on cotton

We use cotton in many of our products, from sofas and cushions to bed linen and mattresses. It is a soft, durable and renewable fibre that breathes and is good at absorbing moisture. All these great qualities make cotton one of our most important materials, but it isn’t without its challenges, much having to do with conventional farming methods that negatively impact the environment and poor working conditions for farmers. With our size and production volumes, we want to drive change in the cotton industry. By only using recycled cotton or cotton from more sustainable sources, working with partnerships and initiatives on the ground and prioritising compliance, we believe that we can make a positive impact in the world of cotton.

100% cotton from more sustainable sources

Since 2015, all cotton in IKEA products is either recycled or comes from more sustainable sources*. This means that we only source cotton grown using sustainable farming practices that reduce the use of fertilisers, pesticides and water, improve working conditions and earnings for farmers, and benefit ecosystem health and biodiversity conservation. We have set up a system that enables use to trace all our cotton and ensure that the final product is from approved, certified sources. *Cotton from more sustainable sources commits to the following schemes: Better Cotton (as defined by BCI, including their equivalence in various geographies), cotton from farmers working towards the BCI standard (TBC).

Working together to drive change

Each year, IKEA uses around 0.5 percent of all cotton grown around the world. This may not seem like a lot, but the number is big enough to drive change in the industry. For many years, we have been working with partners and stakeholders globally to transform conventional large-scale cotton farming and set social and environmental standards for cotton production. As an example, we helped set up the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) who runs the world’s largest cotton sustainability programme. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. Today, more than 110,000 farmers have adopted more sustainable farming practices within IKEA projects.

Ensuring compliance throughout the value chain

All IKEA products are produced in accordance with the IKEA IWAY Standard, our Supplier Code of Conduct. It sets out the minimum environmental and social standards expected from our suppliers, including compliance with local laws. We do not accept any form of forced labour, child labour or treatments in breach of our supply chain requirements. Our cotton teams across the globe ensure that all cotton used in IKEA products meets the demands of compliance in our supply chain. By having teams on the ground in areas where it has previously been challenging to work responsibly, we can challenge the traditional ways of working and improve the industry. If we discover that we are acting in places where we cannot ensure our requirements are being met, we follow-up on the ground and drive change.

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What is cotton?

Cotton is one of the world's most appreciated and used natural fibres. Textiles in cotton are soft, hardwearing and can be washed at high temperatures. They are also good at breathing and absorbing moisture – making them pleasant to wear close to the body. Today at IKEA we use more and more recycled cotton and strive to make sure that all the new cotton we use has been grown and produced with less and less amounts of pesticides, fertilisers and water.