Our outdoor fabrics aren't just coated with protection,
it's woven into every fibre. They're referred to as
"performance fabrics" because they can be used anywhere
- including outdoors.
Fabrics with Super Powers! - they're water resistant,
stain resistant and fade resistant. They also have
anti-microbial properties so they resist mould and
When you first feel our fabrics, it's hard to believe
they're so hardy. But believe it.
We think these are the best fabrics in the world and we
hope you will too!
Care Instructions -
When we send your fabric, you will receive a full set of
care instructions. As a general guide only, prints need
to be dry cleaned and solution-dyed acrylics should be
washed in a machine. You can tell if your fabric is a
solution-dyed acrylic, because it will be fully
Handy tips -
You will find that dust and dirt sit on top of the
fabric rather than settling in so a good vacuum or shake
is often all that's needed to keep them looking great. A
wipeover with a damp cloth will also revitalise it.
If your fabric is a solution-dyed acrylic, you can wash
it on a gentle cycle in cold water with just a little
bit of natural soap (harsh detergents can interfere with
the acrylic properties of the fabric). Line dry using
fabric wads under the pegs.
Do not use a dryer or hot iron for any of our fabrics.
Keep in mind that our fabrics are acrylic so extreme
heat can shrink them.
Make sure you sew our fabrics with an acrylic or
polyester thread. Cotton breaks down quickly outdoors.
You should also look for plastic zips as metal zips can
rust and freeze up.
Pool chlorine or salt acts as bleach, and it could
seriously damage your fabric over time. Constantly
sitting on cushions with wet bathers or leaving wet
towels in direct contact with the fabric is not
recommended. This is particularly important with printed
Selecting the Right
Fabric - We stock three main types of outdoor
1. Prints - most of our florals and geometric patterns
are prints. These are generally a polyester, which is
designed to dry very quickly, so they are great for
Prints are perfect for light domestic situations under
cover outdoors eg: scatter covers. They are
water-resistant, but not fully waterproof, so they are
not designed to get wet all the time. Most prints will
give you fade resistance for 500 hours of direct
sunlight. The manufacturer's care recommendation for
prints is generally "dry cleaning recommended". However,
if kept undercover, and given a shake or vacuum every so
often, you will find they only need cleaning every few
2. Solution-dyed acrylics - most of our stripes and
solids are 100% solution dyed acrylic. This means the
fabric is woven from strands of dyed acrylic.
Solution-dyed acrylics tend to be thicker than prints,
so are recommended for seating upholstery.
The advantage of solution-dyed acrylics is their
excellent fade resistance and toughness, while still
retaining the "softness" of a regular fabric. They are
strong enough to stand up to some chlorine exposure.
Again, they are water resistant but not fully
You can wash solution-dyed acrylics in a washing
machine, using a gentle cycle and COLD water. Line dry
only and do not iron.
Use this link to see our range of solution-dyed
3. Marine fabrics - these only come in solid colours and
are solution-dyed acrylics with a backing that makes
them fully waterproof. They can be hosed down or cleaned
with a gentle detergent (do not abrade the surface of
Marine fabrics feel more like a canvas, but they are
still comfortable for cushioning. Not all home sewing
machines will be able to cope with the toughness of our
Use this link to see our range of marine fabrics:
Samples - It's always best to
get a sample to make absolutely sure your fabric choice
will be perfect. We keep stock of all our fabrics so you
should have your sample or swatch within three business
Our sample size is usually a generous 16cm x 22cm and
the one low price of $5.00 includes postage and
handling. However, if you're interested in a stripe
which has a wide repeat, then we will supply a 10cm x
40cm sample to make sure you get the full picture. Our
swatches are perfect for matching colours and are about
6cm x 10cm. Again, the price of $2.50 includes postage
If you receive your samples or swatches and you still
can't make a decision, give us a call (on the number at
the top of the order form you receive) and we will help
you to make the right decision.
How to Order Samples -To see our fabrics, start by
clicking on the categories to the left of the home page
ie "Fab Solids". Or use this link to see all the fabrics
at once - SHOW ME ALL THE FABRICS
Once you see all the small pictures of the fabrics,
click on any of the images. You'll see a larger picture
and an order form.
To move around the site, just click your "back" button
to go back to the small pictures. Or down the bottom of
every fabric page, you'll find some suggested
coordinates that you can click on.
Fabric Width - Almost all
of our fabrics are 137cm or 54 inches wide.
handful of fabrics that differ have their width detailed
on the description page. All of the stripes run
horizontal to the selvage (in other words, down the
length of the fabric), apart from a few exceptions which
are noted on the description page.
Shipping Costs - Only
$10.00 for as much fabric as you need to anywhere in
Australia! Doesn't that make it easy? There is no charge
for shipping on samples or swatches.
Yes, we will ship overseas. Please contact us to find
out about our reasonable shipping costs.
- We keep stock of around 350 of our most popular
outdoor fabrics in Australia. However, to keep
up-to-date with the latest decor fashions, we may not
have stock of some patterns or recent editions to our
we don't have your fabric in stock, delivery can take up
to 15 working days. Please contact us for more
Returns Policy - If we
make a mistake, we will fix it at our cost.
Once cut, fabric is difficult to resell so please choose
carefully. It's important to purchase a swatch or sample
as colours can vary between monitors.
For more information on your rights under Australian
consumer law, please see this link:
FAIR TRADING GUIDE TO REFUNDS AND RETURNS
Sewing our Fabric -
You will love sewing with our outdoor fabrics* because
they're just slighter stiffer than normal fabrics and
they glide under the needle with ease. You don't need a
special needle but we do recommend that you use high
quality acrylic thread that will weather just as well as
the fabric. And don't forget to use outdoor quality foam
for all cushions to make sure your hard work lasts and
*Our marine range is much tougher than regular fabrics
and we don't recommend sewing it with domestic machines.
Can't sew? We've got you covered. Check out our
Custom Make page - our very
creative sewing team can make just about anything.
Tablecloths, cushions, chair covers - if you can think
it up, we can whip it up.