Cotton Duck or Cotton Canvas is a plain weave canvas, very tightly woven and extremely durable. Artists enjoy using duck canvas because it is crease free and very sturdy. The word “Cotton Duck” originates from Dutch origin namely; “doek / linen canvas”. In earlier times linen canvas was used by sailors. Later down the line cotton was added; too identify it from the traditional linen canvas. Cotton duck has various end uses. It is a very strong canvas, strong enough to endure the daily rough wear and tear.

Benefits of using Cotton Duck

  • The surface is smooth which prevents snagging and tearing.
  • It is burn resistant to some extent. A few sparks or hot ash can do no harm.
  • After a few washes it loses its stiffness and is very easy to work with.
  • It is washing machine friendly and needs no special care.
  • It is easy to dye and sew with.
  • The great news is that it is also weather resistant.

Ends uses:

Lighter weight grade uses:

  • Tote bags
  • Laundry bags
  • Slip covers
  • curtains

Heavier weight grade uses:

  • Tents
  • Hammocks
  • Outdoor awnings
  • Sandbags
  • Boat covers etc
  • car seat covers
  • hats
  • bags
  • shoes

How to distinguish cotton duck fabric 

  • thick and tightly woven
  • Made officially from 100% cotton as other fabrics do not have this quality.
  • It has longer and stronger fibres.
  • It is coarsest to touch.
  • Based on its weight you can also tell the difference.


Be sure to buy quality when purchasing fabric. So before stopping by at any fabric shop, make sure to check these characteristics in the cloth and be a smart and educated shopper!

You can purchase your fabric from Weave It, offered in various weights, from 270gsm up to a 640gsm, and widths from 140cm to 250cm, the variety and choices are endless.