Fabric selections: Fleece and Cotton
– COVID-19 regulations and restrictions have changed the way both suppliers and their customers shop.
Currently many suppliers are having trouble keeping up with demand due to supply issues from overseas, and Australian border closures etc. Predicting stock availability is now simply not possible.
This page will be updated as fabrics either run out, or new ones become available. Fabrics are removed from the website if they get below 2m.
HOW I ALLOCATE FABRICS FROM MY STOCK:
I do not cut your order out until it is your turn on the bench. I do this incase people change their minds on fabrics, sizes etc –
if you have placed an order, and the fabric you chose is no longer available when I am ready to cut your order out – I will contact you for a second choice.
- * * If there is nothing in my range you would like instead, I can check my private stash for something suitable – or I can offer a full refund if that is your preference.
This is one of the main reasons I work in date order, so that those who order a particular fabric first, have first option of getting the ones they want from the stock I have on hand.
Polar fleece is a winter fabric & availability is seasonal. Winter in Australia is generally May – September.
Therefore there is limited fleece choice in Australia during the summer months.
Polar fleece is not generally made here in Australia – most of the supply comes from overseas, and takes several months to travel to Australia by sea.
NOTE: RETAILERS such as Spotlight do not offer wholesale pricing or reserved stock – so if you see something out of stock on their website, I cannot obtain stocks either. They treat me just like you, as general public.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING FABRICS –
BEST TIP: Load your items one at a time into the cart, even if you want TWO of the same product.
By doing this you can be sure you choose the right combinations of fabric for each individual one. It also helps me to see what you would like used, and how, for each item.
For items with ONE fabric choice – choose only one.
For items with TWO fabric choices – one is for the FRONT SIDE, and one is for the BACK
For items that you want made in the SAME FABRIC FRONT AND BACK – choose the same fabric twice.
NOTE: There is no extra charge for patterns or plains, all fabrics here are the same pricing.
IMPORTANT: I will contact you for a second choice if the ones you wanted have run out when your turn comes up.
You can then choose from the next lot of fabrics, or I can check my stash for something suitable for your order – or have a full refund instead if nothing suits.
FABRIC STOCK UPDATES:
Sunday 4 July – I have removed AUTUMN from the fabric options. It’s been very popular! Orders already in the queue may use up the amount I have. If you have chosen it, please do not panic, if it runs out by the time I cut your order, you will be contacted for a second choice, or first option on new stocks.
Sunday 4 July – I have also removed PAWS – this is a Spotlight one which seems to have now run out online. If you have already ordered it, I will continue to sew those orders already in the queue. If it runs out by the time I cut your order, I will contact you for another choice, or given first option on new stocks.
Friday 9 July – I have removed TURTLES GREY – There was only one roll of 10m, and orders already in the queue will use all I have. If you have ordered it, please do not panic. If, when your turn comes up, there is none left, I will contact you for another choice.
Wednesday July 21 – I have removed FLYAWAY from the website. I will keep working on orders already in the queue. I will contact you for another choice if it has run out by the time your turn comes up.
Why are there not more fleece options?
Polar fleece options here in WA are pretty dismal – there are only two retailers, and their range is hit and miss thanks to changes after COVID first arrived and disrupted shipping around the globe. Fleece is manufactured in places such as China, and transported around the world by sea in shipping containers – like most of the freight from those countries, it takes months to arrive here. Most lands in the Eastern states, and is then shipped across to WA by road or train.
As a consequence of COVID, there is now a crisis for those wanting to ship goods from China and similar – a shortage of shipping containers, and the prices for the shipping have more than doubled.
I have been negotiating on and off for over six months now trying to arrange a container or polar fleece for my own use, so I can offer you, my customers, something else.
But alas, I am one of many small fish, in a very large pond – all trying to get a big job done, dealing with language barriers, economic fluctuations and not being able to go there and deal directly with the factories.
Its a lot of money to outlay up front, and possibly around 300 rolls of fabric to select, freight, ship and store. I will continue to try and make progress in this area, but in the meantime, I have to be content with the options I have, from the suppliers I can deal with.
07.07.2021 ATTENTION BUNNY LOVERS!!
I now have added this french terry fabric to the fleece options for CUDDLE SACKS REGULAR and CUDDLE SACKS XL ONLY – this fabric is not available as an option for other products such as liners, bags etc.
The fabric has been named SMOOSH after our model Oliver Smoosh, from Smooshie Face Treats.
Cotton Fabric Range
I don’t make a big range of items in cotton, I find it is not really a robust fabric, some animals like to chew it, and this leads to threads being a problem.
I offer a few options for summer versions of my standard items like hammocks, cuffed tunnels and cuddle sacks
Choose these for Summer Hammocks, Summer Sacks, Cuffed tunnels etc
These fabrics are NOT suitable for Fleece Cage Liners.
Here are some common questions I get about fabrics:
Click the question to see the answer. If your question is not here please contact me.
Above in the main navigation bar (navy one) you’ll see a link ‘Fabric Choices’, click it to browse the current stock of fabric choices. Each fabric has a name underneath the image, either jot down the name, taking a photo can help as you can refer back to it as you place items into the shopping cart..
Once you’ve decided on the fabric choice and your product, you’ll find on the product page there are some drop down boxes which you can select the name of the fabric choice you want. Most products have 2 fabric choices, these can be the same or different.
Note: I am actively removing and adding fabrics I have in the workshop. If I have run out of the fabric you wanted, I will contact you for another choice, this happens sometimes, due to everyone looking and choosing from the same fabrics they see here.
You can select your fabric choices on the product page via a drop down box. The system will ask which fabrics you want for the front, back etc – just select the ones you want me to use.
Sorry, I am not a contract dressmaker. My products are made factoring in the fabric and my time. I do not sew with customer supplied fabrics..
Once I get down to under 1 Metre of a fabric, I take it off the FABRICS page. If you would like something to match an item you have bought before, email me and tell me which fabric you are looking for. I may have a small amount left over that I could use to make you the item you are after.
Product Care Instructions:
Hand-washing your fleece or cotton cage accessories will make them last longer – simply because of it’s a gentle process.
For items like Fleece Cage Liners – wash them by hand or machine wash with warm water and liquid detergent, add no fabric softener when rinsing. Hang over the line to dry outside. For more details see the ‘About fleece’ page.
Hammocks, Fleece Tunnels, Sleepy Sacks, Cuddle Sacks, Hanging Tubes, Summer Sacks and all other fabric accessories – a gentle hand-wash and rinse will do just fine. You will not need to remove clips if hand-washing, use the clips to attach to the clothesline.