What is the fiber content of sunbrella fabric?

Hi:  What is the fiber content of Sunbrella fabric?  I bought 45 yards today and need to make slipcovers and pillow covers.  I would like to find out if I need to wash and dry it before cutting it out, so that it won’t shrink after being cut.  I did a burn test on a piece of the fabric and it appears to have a cotton/synthetic composition.  45 yards is a LOT of fabric and even trying to wash and dry it first seems like a major ordeal. Thanks for any information I can get!



By: Louise Jarmilowicz

3 Responses to “What is the fiber content of sunbrella fabric?”

  1. Kirsten says:

    Hi Louise,
    First of all don’t worry about washing the Sunbrella before cutting into it. Cotton Synthetic blends have such a low shrink rate that it really won’t be noticeable. I’m looking for the exact fiber content but I doubt I will be able to find it. I seem to remember having access to some of the Sunbrella information some time ago and they listed weight and purpose but not fiber content. I could be wrong but am double checking for you. Will get back to you as soon as I can find some concrete info for you. I do know that Sunbrella is designed to withstand all types of outdoor conditions. Heat, sun rays, rain, and snow without shrinking or loosing it’s color. So go ahead and cut into your material.
    Hope that helps.

  2. Sunbrella is made from 100% Sunbrella acrylic fibers and is not a cotton or a cotton synthetic blend. Kirsten is quite correct in regards to its fade and stain resistance. There’s no need to wash it beforehand for cutting and you absolutely want to avoid putting it in the dryer (always air dry). For specific care/cleaning instructions you please reference: http://www.sunbrella.com/cleaning/upholstery.php. Good luck on your project!

    • Kirsten Longly says:

      Oh thanks guys! I really like your stuff, BTW. Last time I had the chance to work with it, it was great! Made it into a golf cart cover. Really had fun with that project.