I would like to share with you some of the particular qualities of the different fabrics when sewing and designing craft items and larger creative projects. Please see below my thoughts rationalised into a table.

  Strengths Weaknesses Craft projects and ideas
PVC
  • Strong fabric
  • Wipes clean
  • Lots of quirky designs
  • Water resistant
  • Reasonably priced
  • Good for items that need to hold shape
  • Difficult to sew as it sticks together.
  • Quite stiff so difficult to form folds
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Too thick to overlay and make a neat seam
  • Not suitable for items that need a soft drape
  • Not available in wider widths - max normally around 140cm
  • Cannot be washed
  • Bags
  • Coasters
  • Book covers
  • Pencil cases
  • Notebook protectors
  • Peg bags
  • Aprons
Acrylic
  • Strong fabric
  • Wide variety of patterns and colours.
  • Available in extra wide widths up to 175cm
  • Water resistant
  • Wipes clean
  • Sews easily
  • Drapes well
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Machine washable
  • Not very ridged so not suitable for items that need to hold their shape
  • A little more expensive that PVC
  • Blinds
  • Dog cage covers
  • Bags
  • Coasters
  • Tea pot stands
  • Shade awning
  • Shower hats
  • Food mixer covers
  • Bunting
  • Book covers
  • Aprons
  • Pin Boards
Vinyl
  • Very economical
  • Lots of designs and patterns available
  • Wipes clean
  • Water resistant
  • Sticks well with glue
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Does not drape well
  • Not very strong as it has a non woven backing
  • Will not hold a stitch well so seams are weak
  • Not machine washable
  • Much thinner than PVC 
  • Covering shelves
  • Book covers
  • Coasters