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Have you seen or heard about Geobella® fabric yet? We’re pretty excited about the possibilities of this fabric line. Geobella is made from 100% olefin yarns, which is known for having a wool-like feel. It’s a great choice for both inside and outside your home or inside your boat cabin. Today we’re sharing a few of Geobella’s best traits, so you can see the possibilities of this fabric, too.

Geobella is Green

What is Geobella Fabric?

The name Geobella breaks down into two parts: “geo” meaning “earth” and “bella” meaning “beautiful.” That’s a great summation of what the makers of Geobella set out to do—create an eco-friendly fabric that’s also stylish. Geobella fabric is made from 100% recyclable yarns. In fact, olefin fibers, the material Geobella is made from, can be recycled up to 10 times! Olefin is a synthetic (man-made) fiber, but the process of making it is greener than other synthetic fibers. Extruding olefin creates virtually no by-product, resulting in very little waste.

Geobella is Durable

What is Geobella Fabric?

Geobella fabrics are extremely durable, both for use outside and inside your home. All Geobella fabrics are solution-dyed so they are incredibly colorfast down to their core. These fabrics are great for use near water like in boat cabins or pool areas because they are moisture wicking and quick drying. In addition, Geobella is resistant to bacteria, mold, mildew and odors.

Geobella is also great for interior upholstery, especially for families with kids or pets. While Geobella has a rougher hand than most other upholstery fabrics, the tradeoff is its long-wearing durability. This fabric, as Matt Grant likes to say, “wears like iron.” Pet’s claws won’t easily tear the fibers of this fabric and spills clean up easily. In fact, you can clean Geobella with a 50/50 bleach and water solution and it won’t harm the fabric.

Geobella is Stylish

What is Geobella Fabric?

Geobella fabrics are manufactured by the makers of Phifertex® and Phifertex® Plus and as such are an excellent compliment to those lines of fabric. Pairing Geobella pillows with Phifertex Plus sling chairs makes a really stylish poolside or patio set-up. For inside your home, Geobella’s predominantly neutral color scheme makes it easy to pair with other décor, so it can fit seamlessly into your existing décor.

Geobella is Versatile

What is Geobella Fabric?

We recommend Geobella fabrics for boat interiors, outdoor cushions and patio furniture as well as cushions and upholstery in high-traffic areas of your home.

Give Geobella a try for yourself! Sailrite carries Geobella Fabric in over 60 patterns and colorways. Find them at

Have you ever sewn with Geobella? Share your experiences with this fabric line in the comments below.


Sunbrella Marine Grade on Sailrite’s Project Boat

Selecting the perfect fabric, especially for a large project, can be a daunting task. To help inform your decisions, we’re here to answer a fabric question that we hear quite often from customers—What’s the difference between Sunbrella Marine and Sunbrella Upholstery Fabric? There are some differences between these performance fabric lines, so let’s take a closer look.

All Sunbrella fabrics are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic. Therefore, they share a lot of core characteristics like being UV, water, mildew, stain and fade resistant, to name a few. But the marine and upholstery fabrics do have some key differences, and it’s those traits that make these fabrics perfectly suited to their applications.

First, let’s take a look at the construction of the two fabric lines. Sunbrella Marine and Awning fabrics have been engineered with shade applications in mind. Perfect for awnings, biminis, and boat tops, Sunbrella Marine Grade features a stiff, tight weave construction and a heavy finish. This tight weave gives the fabric a stiff feel to the touch. Then, compare that to the lighter, softer weaves of Sunbrella Upholstery fabric.  These fabrics are engineered with softness, comfort and flexibility in mind. The end result is an upholstery fabric that has a wonderfully soft hand.


Sunbrella Upholstery Fabric Patio set by Jorge Veloz at Smith’s Upholstery

Stiffness versus flexibility comes into play for these fabrics again when it comes to sewing and applications for use. The stiffness of the Sunbrella Marine Grade doesn’t lend itself well to upholstery projects, as it doesn’t easily flow around curves and it is less desirable to sit on than something softer. It also can be more difficult to sew, as the stiffness keeps the fabric from folding over itself. A good way to combat this is to crease the fabric well or to use basting tape. Sunbrella furniture fabric, however, is made for upholstery purposes and it sews well, just like any other home décor fabric.

Each fabric is designed to be the best performing in its intended area of use. Take a look at this quick comparison chart to help see which fabric best suits your needs and application.

Sunbrella Marine and Awning Sunbrella Upholstery
Solid colors and stripes Solid colors, stripes and woven patterns
Stiff Soft
9 oz. per square yard 6-8 oz. per square yard
Outdoor Use Indoor/Outdoor use
10-year warranty 5-year warranty
Use for covers, awnings, biminis, dodgers, boat tops, cockpit cushions, and enclosure curtains Use for cushions, pillows, upholstery, patio furniture, and boat interiors

Find the perfect Sunbrella fabric for your application at

What traits do you look for in a fabric? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!

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