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Brushed Cotton vs Cotton Twill Fabric

By ShirtSpace | Aug 29, 2019 |  Updated Jan 11, 2024

Brushed cotton vs twill cotton

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What is Brushed Cotton

The Pros and Cons of Brushed Cotton

What is Brushed Cotton Used For?

What is Cotton Twill

The Pros and Cons of Cotton Twill

What is Cotton Twill Used For?

Brushed Cotton vs Twill Cotton: Which One is Right for Me?

So let’s start with the basics. Cotton is one of the most commonly used fibers and is extremely popular with a variety of different industries. We see it being used in clothing, bedding, furniture, and so much more. Because it is used in so many different products that have different needs, cotton has to have been modified into a variety of different fabrics. Two of today’s most popular cotton fabrics are brushed cotton and cotton twill fabric. 

What is Brushed Cotton? 

Brushed cotton is a woven cotton that is brushed during the end stages of creation. After the fabric is woven together, metal machine brushes gently move along the fabric, causing a rub against the fibers. The rub on the fabric causes the fibers to raise and result in the fabric feeling soft to the touch. Because brushed cotton is meant to have raised fibers and be soft, it does not go through the raised fiber removing process as other cotton fabrics do.

Colorful stack of brushed cotton blank apparel.

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The Pros and Cons of Brushed Cotton

One of the major benefits of brushed cotton is that it is extremely insulating. It is also durable, breathable, and easy to care for. You can’t beat the texture of the fabric either, as we said, it is wonderfully soft to the touch. Oh, and shout out to screen printers, brushed cotton is magnificent to print on. However, one of its downfalls is that it is prone to shrinkage and pilling. For those unfamiliar with pilling, pilling occurs on the surface of fabrics when short or broken fibers group together and become tangles in a tiny knot or ball, known as a pill.

Close up of brushed cotton blank sweaters.

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What is Brushed Cotton Used For?

One of the main uses of brushed cotton, it is widely used to create both t-shirts and sweatshirts. Because brushed cotton is insulated, wearing clothing made with brushed cotton allows you to wear fewer layers in cold weather. In other Industries, you will see brushed cotton used to create sheets and other bedding. Brushed cotton fabric adds an extra level of coziness, which makes it popular in the bedding department. 

What is Cotton Twill? 

Like all other cotton fabrics before it, cotton twill is made from cellulose fibers. What makes cotton twill different is how the fibers are woven together. In twill fabric, the fibers are woven in diagonal and parallel ribs. This weaving gives cotton twill its recognizable diagonal look. Twill fabric is often used in jeans, chinos, upholstery, and bags due to its durability. Twill fabric has a high thread count which makes it very durable, able to hide stains, drape well and show very few wrinkles.  

Large rolls of twill cotton.

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The Pros and Cons of Cotton Twill 

The major benefits of cotton twill relate to its durability. It is extremely tear-resistant compared to other types of fabric. Cotton twill is also resistant to wrinkles, creases and has a major pro of showing less dirt and stains. However, one negative is that cotton twill fabric is heavier than other types of cotton and fabrics. Cotton twill is also a bit more expensive than other types of fabrics. 

What is Cotton Twill Used For? 

Because of its sturdiness and durability, cotton twill is used in pants and coats. Most commonly, cotton twill is used in denim and chino pants. The strength of cotton twill also makes it a strong choice for work shirts. Outside the clothing department, cotton twill is used in home decor. Most commonly, you will see it used in fabric for furniture and furniture covers. 

Close up of twill cotton.

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Brushed Cotton vs Twill Cotton: Which One is Right for Me? 

Which type of cotton you should choose really depends on what you will be using it for. If you are going for something that is soft, super easy to print on and is comfy, check out brushed cotton. However, if you are looking for something that is tough, shows fewer stains, and is wrinkle-resistant, go for cotton twill. No matter what, ShirtSpace has you covered on all of your blank apparel needs!

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Krishin Asnani 10/13/2022 02:43 am

Does twill cotton keep you warmer ; looking for the right type of cotton to keep me warm during Fall in San Fran. Also does brushed cotton itch . Currently I only wear broadcloth cotton which is dressier and soft and I do like it .


ShirtSpace10/19/2022 03:26 pm

Hi Krishin! Cotton twill fabric will feel airier than polyester twill. The breathability is mainly impacted by the fabric's thickness, which makes twill warmer than a lot of other fabrics. As for brushed cotton, Brushed cotton is soft to the touch, comfy against the skin and never itchy. Thanks for reading!


Getya_enzup 04/18/2022 04:17 pm

Cotton twill the shirt will last longer and has a thicker base to hold prints of all material brands


ShirtSpace10/19/2022 03:17 pm

Hi! Thank you for reading our blog and taking the time to comment!


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