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Date: 5/19/12 10:05 PM

Duck cloth vs. Canvas: What is the difference?

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Date: 5/19/12 11:24 PM

I have seen the same fabric labeled both ways. However, I have seen fabric labeled "canvas" in the home dec section that is lighter weight and in stripes, etc. whereas the duck that I have at home seems to be solid colors and heavier and stiffer. I'd go by what is written on the end of the bolt. I think the duck is usually wider, also, but not positive.

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Date: 5/20/12 7:49 AM

I just purchased some canvas from Hancock's a few days ago because it seemed heavier than the duck. But I will not know for sure until I wash it. It does seem to have a lot of "finish" on it though. I plan to make a carry bag to carry my lunch and a few other things that I take to my volunteer job at the SPCA. I don't take any valuables with me because I have to leave my area a couple of times during my shift.

I had previously bought some nice duck from Walmart that was great. I used that for a dog bed and it was great for that purpose. But thanks to the powers that be at Walmart, my local store no longer carries fabric by the bolt, just a lot of quilting cottons already cut. I had purchased a number of fabrics there in the past that were really nice and they were actually better than things at Hancock's and Joann's. They did carry a lot of really bad fabric too. I wish Walmart would rethink that decision.

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Date: 5/20/12 8:02 AM

They did at our store. After a year of nothing but quilting cottons and no patterns, they are now bringing in Simplicity patterns and lots of new fabric. They've expanded the fabric department by another whole aisle--twice as much fabric -- and put a lot of the original stuff on clearance.

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Date: 5/20/12 8:08 AM

duck is a type of canvas. It is a slightly tighter weave, and comes in a number of weights that vary depending on the use of the cloth:

link to duck description

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Date: 5/20/12 8:51 AM



Generally its in the thread count and or the finish on the fabric.. but these days.. ...... Usually canvas and duck cloth are l00 percent cotton.. but these days.......
If you are looking at these two fabrics.. you might also try looking at sailcloth.. again.. the thread count. Sometimes canvas may have a primer or such finish on it which will make it stiffer. The price of canvas varies again.. according to thread count.. and whether it has already been primed or such.
You might also try denim .. softer to the hand but also long wearing.
As well as painters cloth sold at lumberyards.. which is most like a canvas cloth. Its a good middle between canvas and duck.

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Date: 5/20/12 8:59 AM


Good link. but I have to disagree that denim doesn't wear as well as duck .. Again.. its in the thread count. A heavier denim will outlast a thin duck IMHO.
I should advise the OP that I primarily do Home Dec.. and not garment / quilting when I use any of the aforementioned fabrics..

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Date: 5/20/12 10:38 AM

duck cloth is for ducks and canvas is what painters use to paint on
I always thought canvas was thicker?

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Date: 6/2/12 2:12 AM

My walmart did the same thing---but there are usually many walmarts in an area and the one 45 minutes from me still has fabric
I used the Duck clothcanvas from walmart all the time for totes its the best you can get for the money $6 a yard and twice as "thick" (i.e greater thread count) than the denims or duck at Joannes. In fact I think the walmart one is an outdoor fabric it is treated with a coating that didn't seem to wash away when I tried it.
When I tried painters cloth I found it to be horrible (very loose weave low thread count and in the end not any cheaper
for bags even though the duck might seem heavy dont hesitate to throw the really thick peltex on it (70 o r71) I do that and then line my bags and the end product feels thicker than the Lands end totes--even though a great deal of the "beef" is the peltex
Leather is a great trim for canvas and duck. Sunbrella and the outdoor fabrics in the red tag section of Joannes also make good bags

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