Crinoline Help and Facts!

tammytutterow crinoline rosettes

I am hearing from several readers that they are having a hard time finding crinoline like I used in the Rosette Posies and Crinoline Tattered Roses (the printable version is here: tutorials.  I think part of the problem comes down to two things- fabric store employees who are not totally sure of what crinoline is and also that it seems to have become kind of a generic term for any kind of petticoat material.  Cotton is they key, you want cotton, not acrylic or polyester.

A blog reader (thank you Mary!) shared with me that her local Joann’s had crinoline in the area near the felt and that it has a stock number of #1491265.  The photo above is the end of the bolt information from my local Joann’s store for crinoline and buckram.  At my local Joann’s, the crinoline is in a section with other white utility fabrics, like the fabric that you put on the bottom of footie pajamas.  Joann’s online shows two different fabrics when you search for crinoline.  One is acrylic (which to me makes it a tulle) and the other is cotton crinoline.  You can find it online here: crinoline at

By the way, I am mentioning Joann’s a lot because that is where I buy the crinoline that I used in the tutorials.  I have an awesome independent locally owned fabric store that also carries it.  They stock it near the special occasion fabric. Local stores usually have very knowledgeable sales people, so if you have a local fabric store, give them a try.  With a google search for “cotton crinoline” I found crinoline online at Vogue Fabric Store.  I am not familiar with the store, but what they show in the photo is consistent with what I use and the price is also in line with Joann’s price.


{shown cotton crinoline: photo courtesy of Vogue Fabrics}

When you find the cotton, you will probably find two similar fabrics- crinoline and buckram, which is what is shown in my photo above.  I have added photos here to try to show the difference between the two.  Both are cotton and white and both have a square weave that you can see through.  The buckram weave is bigger and the threads making the weave are thicker than the thinner threads and tighter weave of the crinoline.  Another difference is the stiffness of both.  Buckram is very stiff.  It is often used in millinery arts for shaping and form.  The crinoline will be stiff, but very bendable and pliable.  Crinoline will work for either of the flower tutorials, buckram though, because it is so stiff, will really only work for the Crinoline Tattered Roses tutorial.  (I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think the rosette strip die will cut the buckram.)  The product that is applied to the fabric to stiffen it will resist dying somewhat.  Because crinoline has a light coating, it will dye uniformly but slightly lighter than the color of your dye.  Buckram will dye, but it will be less uniform in color, more stiffener on it means more resist.  I personally like that because it creates color variation from only one color of dye.


{shown cotton buckram: photo courtesy of Vogue Fabrics}

Crinoline is NOT tulle, net, or bridal veil material.  Some people use those for petticoats so I think that is where some clerks might get confused.  Many people refer to “crinolines” as petticoats.  Crinolines as a garmet is different than crinoline as a fabric.  Both crinoline and buckram look like fabric and are cotton, whereas tulle is synthetic and looks like netting and has a diamond weave.


{shown tulle: photo courtesy of Vogue Fabrics}

I hope that helps everyone who has had questions.  Both crinoline and buckram are great fabrics for die cutting and am thrilled that so many of you have been interested in giving it a try!  If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment here (I will respond by email) or by emailing me at the link above (below my photo).


PS. If you have an online source that you would like to share, please leave a comment on this post.  I will add it to the list below.  An online source for the UK would be very helpful!

Online sources:

Judith Millinery Supply:

Vogue Fabrics:


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  1. Linsay says

    Tammy, Thanks for the very helpful information on crinoline. I looked for it earlier this week, and as you said, the clerks were not familiar with it. I will hunt at my Joann’s again–I was in and out of their website for three days, and the crinoline was always out of stock. So I placed my order without it–now it looks like it’s back–grrr! I can’t wait to make the flowers!

  2. Cim Allen says

    Thanks for clearing that up .. I don’t have much fabric experience and would probably let the girls at Joanns mislead me and be frustrated when I purchase the wrong kind. I love to follow your blog, I learn sooooooo much ! Thanks .. have a great weekend !!

  3. Marijane says

    Thanks for clearing that up! I will have to get some online as clerks I have encountered don’t seem to know what I am looking for. I haven’t been able to find the material you used yet in my store.

  4. Cheryl C says

    thank you for the photos and details that really cleared up any questions about these confusing fabrics. That’s why you have such great creds!

  5. Barbara Albrecht says

    Thanks for the information on how to find crinoline. My JoAnn’s was like everyone elses…they didn’t have a clue. I told them it would be by the buckram and they pointed me there…found it!!

  6. Karen M. says

    Thanks for all the info Tammy. With your helpful blog I found it at JoAnns and it was even on sale! Gotta love that!
    Karen M.

  7. says

    Tammy, I love your tutorials. Just wanted to let you know you can also order crinoline & buckram online from Judith M Millinery Supply.

  8. Jacquelene L says

    Tammy, I found some today at Kings Textiles in Toronto, in the fashion district. I was fortunate I had an older very experienced woman helping me. It was with the interfacing. She even burned a little piece to make sure it was cotton for me, how is that for service! It was 4.99 per yard. I am so excited to find this, now I am going to make the dahlia like flowers with a hearts die. Thank you for sharing the comparisons to buckram. I was better able to explain to her what I needed, she didn’t know the term cotton crinoline. So my advice to people is to ask for interfacing like buckram, maybe that will help others find it too.
    Jacquelene L