Something homespun has a simple, coarse feel, like your homespun plan to bring about world peace by giving everyone a daily spoonful of your aunt’s delicious strawberry jam.

Homespun literally means spun at home. If you spin the wool from your sheep into yarn, and then make a dress out of it, it won’t be as fine or precise as fabric spun in a factory. Back in the day when large portions of the population couldn't afford milled cloth, homespun fabric marked you as poor, or just a farmer living off the land. Today we use homespun to describe anything that seems homemade, simple, or folksy, from homespun linens to homespun philosophies of life.

Definitions of homespun

adj made of cloth spun or woven in the home

homespun linen”
homespun garments”
made or produced in the home or by yourself

adj of textiles; having a rough surface

“a sweater knitted of nubbly homespun yarns”
nubbly, nubby, slubbed, tweedy
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface

adj characteristic of country life

“the air of homespun country boys”
cracker-barrel, folksy
living in or characteristic of farming or country life

n a rough loosely woven fabric originally made with yarn that was spun at home

a reddish brown homespun fabric
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers