Let’s learn about outdoor fabric options! These durable fabrics can go so far beyond your porch or patio – it’s perfect for stain resistance indoors, too.

There are so many wonderful outdoor fabric sources these days, and they are available at every price point. Let’s learn about the options!

An outdoor patio decorated with white furniture and blue and white outdoor fabric pillows
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Outdoor fabric is formulated to be easy to clean, resisting stains, mold, mildew and more. The best news of all? It can be used virtually anywhere in your home.

That’s right – it’s amazing to use it far beyond your outdoor pillows! Especially if you have little ones, these fabrics are excellent at resisting the wear and tear of daily living.

I love this fabric for its durability in our homes. We have used it for pillows, upholstery projects, and even curtains.

Don’t worry – you don’t have to know how to sew! I’ve found that local seamstresses are an affordable way to get the look I crave, in a durable fabric that works for our family.

A reading nook under a staircase, upholstered with blue and white striped outdoor fabric

Outdoor Fabric

I love that these incredibly high performing fabrics are available at my favorite retailers by the yard! It’s a great way to add long-lasting durability to your home decorating projects.

You know my love of switching out pillow covers, both indoors and out! It’s a great way to switch up your look for the seasons, or simply breathe new life into a room. Read about my favorite Amazon Pillow Covers here, and outdoor pillows here!

That’s what I love about outdoor fabrics (and performance fabrics of all kinds). They can give you the look you love, without the worry that disaster will strike at any moment.

Outdoor fabric is pet-friendly, kid-friendly and spill resistant. Even better, the selection of colors, patterns, textures and durability is improving all the time. What more could you ask for?

Well, if you’re anything like me, you’d love someone to help make your decision a little easier and narrow down all the options for you! That’s what we’re here for, with a curated guide to some of the prettiest outdoor fabric by the yard.

An outdoor patio decorated with white furniture and blue and white outdoor fabric pillows

Where to Use Outdoor Fabrics

  • Pillow Covers – Both indoors and Out!
  • Dining Room Chairs
  • Entryway Benches
  • Mudrooms
  • Curtains

Tips and FAQS

Because the world of outdoor fabric (and performance fabrics) can be a little confusing, we’ve carefully curated this guide to showcase only highly rated fabrics that are sold by the yard and rated for outdoor use!


  • I am always drawn to soft pastel colors (and my favorite shades of blue) so that’s what I’ve curated here. However, many of these outdoor fabrics are available in several unique color ways!
  • Carefully read the specifications on any fabric you’re considering. While many fabrics are outdoor safe, there are more specific guidelines for performance fabrics! Many brands can even be cleaned with bleach, so be sure to do your research.
  • Think of it this way: Some performance fabrics can be used outdoors, but all outdoor and performance fabrics can be used indoors.
A white living room with a white sofa, decorated with pillows made from outdoor fabric

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between outdoor fabric and performance fabric?

While performance fabrics are generally rated for outdoor use, they are also specifically formulated for stain, mold and mildew resistance. In some brands of performance fabrics, the color is so deep at the core of the fiber that they can even be treated with bleach!
Outdoor fabrics, on the other hand, are simply fabrics that can better tolerate damp and sunny conditions by resisting moisture and fading.

Which is better, performance fabric or outdoor fabric?

Generally speaking, outdoor fabric *is* a type of performance fabric. The difference lies in the quality. Often, the higher price point brand name performance fabrics will be a better quality than lower priced options that use some of the same terms.

An outdoor patio decorated with white furniture and blue and white outdoor fabric pillows

Serena and Lily Outdoor Fabric

An outdoor patio decorated with white furniture and blue and white outdoor fabric pillows
Our wicker sofa from the Serena and Lily outdoor furniture line, with pillows in outdoor fabrics linked above!

Ballard Designs Outdoor Fabric

Amazon Outdoor Fabric

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