A range of 100% polyester (PET) and PET/cotton blend fabrics that utilize a four-layer high-performance yarn with a high tenacity inner core, which is first covered with filaments of recycled polyester (PET) and then two surface filament layers in opposite directions on top of each other. The layers of the 100% PET blends are synthetic, and the two layers of outer fibers are cotton staple fibers. The exact composition of the yarn is customized to meet performance needs and to alter the fabric’s surface and stretch characteristics. This is an extremely durable fabric due to the combination of core and helical winding construction, but can also gives the softness of a natural fiber to the touch for the cotton blends. It offers improved abrasion resistance (2x cotton), improved tensile strength (2x cotton) and equivalent tear strength to cotton. The post-consumer PET used in this application may be sourced from waste collected from oceans. The outer yarns may be dyed any color and woven in twill and plain weaves, and are sold 58 in (1473 mm) wide in weights from 4.8 – 13 osy (163 – 441 gsm). These yarns are woven into fabrics for luggage, apparel, accessories and sportswear.