How to Test if Fabric Is Linen

If you're not sure whether or not that tablecloth, dress, vintage doily, or bedspread is linen or some other fabric, here is a very easy test.


  1. Image titled TestLinenFabric Step 1
    Moisten the end of a finger with water.
  2. Image titled TestLinenFabric Step 2
    Place this finger onto the fabric and press.
  3. Image titled TestLinenFabric Step 3
    Check the other side straight away. If the moisture comes through the fabric immediately, it's linen. If the moisture is slower to come through, it'll be another fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fabric item

Sources and Citations

  • Sourced from a hint in Polly Pennant's Household Hints, Shell NZ, 1955.

Article Info

Categories: Sewing Skills | Tableware