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I am shopping on-line for fabric to make a Mei Tei type carrier and I am not sure what type of fabric to use.

So does anyone know what is the difference between canvac and duck fabric? On the picture they seem to be the same, or very similar. I need some heavier weight fabric for the straps.

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The terms seem to be used interchangeably, but duck has a tendency to be slightly rougher and heavier than canvas.


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Canvas and Duck are two different weaves. Both can come in varying weights, but Duck is a two by two weave, and Canvas is a flat weave. Canvas will always seem stiffer or 'boardier' in comparison because the weave allows a greater thread count. The '2B' weave in Duck allows for greater air circulation and was used for nautical clothing because it would dry out faster that Canvas.
Canvas would make much better straps for a carrier as the weave makes it more durable. Duck is softer and more pliable, and is better suited to clothing for that reason. It would be better for the body of the carrier. HTH.
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Canvas and Duck are two different weaves. Both can come in varying weights, but Duck is a two by two weave, and Canvas is a flat weave. Canvas will always seem stiffer or 'boardier' in comparison because the weave allows a greater thread count. The '2B' weave in Duck allows for greater air circulation and was used for nautical clothing because it would dry out faster that Canvas.
Canvas would make much better straps for a carrier as the weave makes it more durable. Duck is softer and more pliable, and is better suited to clothing for that reason. It would be better for the body of the carrier. HTH.
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In my experience - duck is much stiffer than canvas. I have made MT straps out of both and they both work really well. Just prewash and it will soften up quite nicely. I was a little worried the first time I used duck because it was so stiff. But it has made some of the nicest MT straps.

Good luck with your project.
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Sometimes Twill will be labeled as Canvas, but this is a misnomer. Twill is much softer with a an obvious diagonal pattern in the front face of the material and the back will be flat. Poplin is another fabric that is mistakenly called Canvas.
If you look closely at the surface of Duck fabric, you can see the distinct 2B weave that gives it a bumpy surface. It does soften up nicely when washed. Duck was very popular in the early sixties, when I was a child, and it is still one of my favorite fabrics. It wears pretty well, although the more open 2B weave makes it prone to snagging in the more loosely woven variety.
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