Best Fabrics for Leggings

What are the best fabrics for leggings?

When it comes to leggings, it's crucial to choose fabrics that provide comfort, flexibility, durability, and good moisture-wicking properties. Here are some fabrics commonly used for making leggings:

1.Athletic Knits & Compression Jersey: Leggings made from a blend of nylon and spandex (or polyester and spandex) are popular due to their stretchiness, durability, and moisture-wicking capabilities. The spandex content ensures excellent flexibility and shape retention, while the nylon or polyester adds durability and breathability.

2. Polyester Spandex: A blend of polyester and spandex is commonly used for leggings designed for athletic activities. Polyester offers moisture-wicking properties, allowing sweat to evaporate quickly, while spandex provides stretch and flexibility for ease of movement.

3. Cotton Spandex or Cotton Lycra: Leggings made from a cotton and spandex blend offer a soft and comfortable feel against the skin. The cotton provides breathability and natural moisture absorption, while the spandex adds stretch and shape retention.

4. Bamboo Knits: Bamboo fabric blended with spandex is a popular choice for leggings. It offers a silky and smooth texture, excellent breathability, and natural antibacterial properties. Bamboo fabric is also known for its moisture-wicking capabilities, making it suitable for active use.

5. Wool Knits: Wool Knits are good for climates with brutally cold temperatures. They also keep cold pockets of air out, holding all the warm air in. 

When choosing leggings, consider the intended use, such as athletic activities or casual wear, as well as personal preferences for thickness, breathability, and level of compression. Each fabric has its own unique properties, so it's essential to select one that meets your specific needs and desired comfort level.


Here are some free Mood DIY patterns and ideas for leggings:

Paneled Workout Leggings

The Lotus Leggings

The Ixia Leggings

Cross Waist Leggings

To learn more about fabrics for leggings, you can read our full blog post, here.

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