Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing fabric and navigating your way through the various cuts available can be confusing so we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions.  We hope this information is of assistance to you.

Fabric Guide

The majority of our fabric is 100% cotton which is suitable for patchwork, dressmaking, bag making and small home furnishings such as cushion covers, lightweight curtains and accessories.

Fabric is usually supplied as a bolt, which is a cardboard centre around which the fabric is wrapped. The length of fabric is usually a minimum of 5 metres up to a maximum of approximately 14 metres.

We will always try to supply fabric orders in a continuous piece. If, however, our stock of a particular fabric is spread across two or more pieces, we will always contact the customer prior to shipping.

In addition to continuous lengths of fabric cut from the bolt we sell a variety of pre-cut fabric packs, namely fat quarters, strip rolls and colour collections in 5 inch and 10 inch squares. We also sell die cut shapes for patchwork or appliqué. Look out for the various shapes we offer on the pre-cuts and kits page.

What is a fat quarter?

It is a term used in Patchwork where a metre of fabric is cut in to four square shaped pieces. A fat quarter is much more versatile than a thin quarter metre of fabric and there are lots of patterns that are specifically designed with fat quarters in mind. Fat quarters are available as individual cuts or as bundles and they are a cost effective way of building a stash of fabric in particular colours or designs.

Occasionally, when the pattern of the fabric is across the bolt from selvage to selvage we will recommend a thin quarter cut so that you do not lose any of the detail. Where this applies, please look out for our notes. Despite this stipulation you are welcome to order a fat quarter if you wish by clicking on the drop down box and making your selection.

The diagram below shows how all the various cuts of fabric are measured.

A fat quarter is where half a metre is cut off the fabric bolt, then cut in half again parallel to the selvedge – finished size is approximately 20” x 22” (50cm x 55cm)

Strip rolls usually contain 40 fabrics measuring 2 ½ inches x the width of the bolt. They are often taken from one complete fabric collection or alternatively in co-ordinating colour ways.

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Colour collections are a great way of buying an entire fabric collection or increasing your fabric stash in a particular colour way. In each colour collection you will find either 20 or 40 fabrics cut to either 10 inches square or 5 inches square.

Do you offer samples?

We do not offer samples at this time. We understand that ordering fabric online can be tricky and have taken great care to display our fabric in complete collections together with plains and tonals where available.

We make every effort to display and describe our products as accurately as possible. However, colours can appear differently dependent on individual screen settings.

We are happy to help with any queries or questions you may have. Please email us.

To prewash or not to prewash!

It is a commonly asked question in patchwork and quilting circles and it really comes down to personal preference.

If you are mixing fabric types in your quilt then you should definitely prewash as some fabrics may shrink more than others.

If you are making a quilt for a child that will require regular laundering, prewashing the fabric will confirm the colourfastness of all the fabrics you wish to use.

We would definitely suggest customers avoid washing pre-cuts such as strip rolls and colour collections etc., as these will fray and distort in the process.