What is Polyester Yarn Good For?

When stepping into the world of yarn, you find yourself coming across a variety of yarns, all of which have their very own uses and styles.

One type you may stumble upon is polyester yarn.

Polyester yarn is a synthetic highly durable yarn with a multitude of uses. 

You may be asking yourself, should I buy polyester yarn? Or how do I use it?

In this article, we will go over polyester yarn and its uses. 

How is Polyester Yarn Made?

Polyester yarn is a synthetic material. The yarn doesn't come from natural fibers like wool or alpaca yarn.

Polyester yarn comes from plastic pellets, that are melted down.

Once melted down this liquidated plastic gets pushed through tiny holes.

They go through spinnerets to form long strands or threads, which are cooled.

Are you surprised polyester yarn is plastic? It's definitely a shocker for people.


Polyester Yarn Uses

Like any other yarn, polyester yarn is good for a variety of uses. Polyester yarn is a great yarn for making heavy-duty projects. 

  • If you're making an item that will need to be washed often, polyester yarn is a good way to go.
  • Items like blankets or clothes are good items to be made with polyester.

Polyester yarn is a very durable material.

Generally, anything that will be tossed and roughed up a bit will be a great choice when using polyester yarn.


Polyester Yarn Pros and Cons

Polyester Pros:

  • A durable yarn made from plastic, an excellent choice when making clothes or garments.
  • Easy to care for
  • Washable
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Holds shape well
  • Versatile

Polyester Cons:

  • Polyester is bad for the environment, non-biodegradable.
  • Non-heat resistant
  • Non-moisture absorbing


Overall, polyester yarn is a very versatile and inexpensive yarn to use. It's great for beginners and serves as a good yarn to make clothes and garments with.


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