How to Find Scrim

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How to Find Scrim
The wide, rectangular weave of scrim makes it look like a window screen. (gauze image by Henryk Olszewski from

Scrim is a coarse cotton fabric most often known as gauze. Scrim is often used for sewing curtains, upholstering and bookbinding. Heavy scrim is used for painting background sets in theatre. This type of scrim is most commonly referred to as sharktooth scrim. Scrim and a fabric called bobbinette are often used interchangeably, but bobbinette does not have the same diaphanous feel to it because its weave is hexagonal and wider than that of scrim.

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    Identify the scrim that you will need. Scrim has a loose, perpendicular weave to it that is like a grid. It is lightweight and gossamer and, when lit from behind, becomes almost transparent. When lit from an angle, however, it appears opaque. Scrim is made of cotton, so you will either see it in its natural cotton colour, a yellowish tan, or bleached white.

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    Look in your local fabric store. You should be able to easily locate scrim in any fabric store. This is a good source to get scrim in smaller amounts for projects such as sewing curtains or upholstering.

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    Check an art supply store. If you are planning on using scrim in very small amounts for bookbinding, you can get small strips at most art supply stores in the bookmaking section, along with the acid free PVA glue you will be using to apply the scrim.

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    Buy online. If your local fabric store does not carry scrim or does not have scrim in wide enough dimensions for your desired project, you can order it online. There are many sites that sell large rolls of it at discounted prices. One is the Online Fabric Store (see Resources).

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