What is washpapa?

Washpapa is a washable sewing paper.

It does not deform in water, it does not discolour or dissolve.


Washpapa has found application in fashion and decorating crafts. It is an excellent material to produce boxes, bags, decorations, as well as book, notebook and calendar covers. Washpapa can also be used to create laptop and phone cases, beauty bags, lampshades and even jewelry.

Our offer includes the following washpapa types:

  • Standard (smooth)
  • Aged (leather structure)
  • Color (dyed)
  • Lamina (covered with foil)
  • Print (patterns printed in UV technology)
  • Genua (strongly aged, papyrus structure)

Washpapa Aged looks like leather. It performs well in combination with other materials. It is flexible and easy to sew, especially washpapa on a roll. Washpapa Standard is smooth and stiff, however it softens after multiple washes and it acquires aged structure.

Washpapa properties and uses

  • You can print on it, laminate it, cover with foil and engrave, burn with a burner and press it.
  • It is durable and flexible, and thanks to synthetic latex strong enough to sew products intended for carrying heavy loads.
  • It has right and left sides. The left side of washpapa Standard has a delicate perforation, while the right side of washpapa Aged has a clearer structure and corrugation.
  • Wet washpapa is much more durable than dry. It is worth using this trick during sewing and turning inside out, because then it is much harder to tear it.
  • When designing products and during their production (stitching, gluing, etc.) remember that this is a paper - made of long cellulose fibers reinforced with latex - which makes it very durable - but it is still a paper that can be torn.
  • When designing washpapa products consider what weight your product may carry, how it will be used, and what it will be used for.
  • Washpapa does not have food safety certificates nor is it a material approved for the production of items for very young children.

Washpapa is Oeko-Tex and the Forest Stewardship Council (SCS) certified – awarded to timber forest products.

Typical washpapa composition:


cellulose fibers








chemicals & other

See for yourself


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Turning inside out

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Hand washing

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Washpapa is also a registered trademark ®, registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, no. 016633836.