Frequently Asked Questions
Author: Cheeky Chops Fabric Date Posted:5 February 2020
How is the fabric sold?
Fabric is available in half metres. Half a metre is available as 50cm x Full width of fabric (150cm unless otherwise stated).
If you would like 1 Metre then select 2 units etc
When cutting, we will generally add a centimeter to allow a buffer. This may make the ends less straight but only with the extra fabric not included in the measurement.
What fabric should I use for what project?
- Cotton Poplin is a woven cotton base (135gsm) that has a plain woven surface with no ribbing, it’s great for woven clothing patterns, lightweight tote bags, cushion covers etc.
- Cotton Canvas is a more durable woven fabric (240gsm) that’s great for bags, backpacks, wallets etc.
- Cotton Lycra is a stretch knit fabric, 95/5 (220-240gsm). It has 4 way stretch and great recovery, it's perfect for making dresses, t-shirts, hoodies etc.
- Minky is a plush double sided fabric that is 100% polyester, it’s like faux mink. It’s very very soft, and great to make blankets, baby toys, tag blankets, nappies etc.
-Swim is a slick stretch fabric, it is a nylon/lycra blend. It’s great for swimsuits, rashies, leggings and even silky feeling robes.
-Peach Skin or Boardshort fabric is 100% polyester, it has this peach fuzz feeling to it, it’s very fast drying, and quite thin while being sturdy. It's great for board shorts, tote bags and many other things.
-Stretch Fleece is 100% polyester, with a feel very similar to Cotton Lycra, it has 4 way stretch like CL but is softer, has a low fluffy pile and is much warmer. You can use it for essentially everything you’d use cotton lycra for but it’s warmer.
-PUL is 100% polyester with a waterproof Polyurethane laminate bonding to the underside. PUL is used a lot to make cloth nappies but can also be used to make bibs, art smocks, bed wetter sheets, training pants, menstrual and breast pads, carseat covers, pram liners, baby change mats and so much more.
- French Terry is similar to Cotton Lycra, 95/5 (280gsm), and feels like CL on the printed side, but it warmer and more absorbent. Great for making warmer clothes, but great for making tea towels and thin swim dressing gowns etc.
Help! My fabric has flaws in it.
Please note that sometimes very minor small flaws may appear. We do our best to catch them. Any flaws on the edges up to 10cms are not classified as flaws. Some may be missed. As the fabric is digital, printed, small flakes may very occasionally appear. If anything is bigger than a 5cm please contact us and we can fix it. The end sides of the Cotton Lycra may be stretched due to the nature of printing and fabric type, however once washed the fabric weave will set and the stretching should go back to its normal width etc.
Can I get a refund or exchange items that I've ordered/received?
We offer refunds on faulty items. However, we do not refund on change of mind items. We cannot refund any item that has been washed or cut.
What are the care/washing instructions?
We recommend washing all fabric on a cold wash and either air drying or with only a cool or warm setting on your dryer. We also recommend using a colour catcher in your wash and washing with like colours.
Swim Fabric should be rinsed with cold water and hung to dry straight after use, especially after contact with chlorine or sunscreen. We do not recommend wringing the fabric out as it can damage the fibres.
Can I combine orders or add to my existing order?
We can combine orders if you contact us and your orders are within 24 hours of each other if buying retail and one week if ordering from preorder.
What payment methods do you accept?
Payment options are AfterPay, PayPal and Direct Deposit. Lay-by is available with orders over $100 with a 50% non-refundable deposit on Preorders only. Please contact Cheeky Chops before checking out if wanting to pay with PayPal or Direct Deposit lay-by, as you will need a special code. The final 50% will need to be paid within 4 weeks of the round closing.
All panels will have measurements for images in the descriptions. Please make sure you check that they are suitable for your needs before purchasing.
Teen Tshirt - 55cm x 65cm
Adult Tshirt - 75cm x 85cm
Child Skirt – 75cm x 75cm
Adult Skirt - 150cm x 150cm
Tea Towel – 50cm x 70cm
Cot Blanket – 75cm x 85cm
Pillowcase Panel – 100cm x 50cm
Small Blanket – 100cm x 150cm
Large Blanket – 150cm x 200cm
When do pre-orders open?
Preorders are opened for two weeks, via the website, unless otherwise stated.
Retail will open once all preorders have been sent out.
Strike-offs will arrive around 1 to 2 weeks before rounds open to show true colour and sizes of the prints etc.
How do you calculate shipping?
Shipping is charged by weight. Any overcharges on shipping will be refunded at the time of shipping your order. You can choose to add shipping insurance which is $1.50 per $100 value. We offer a flat rate NZ shipping rate of $30 for up to 5 metres. All other international shipping is calculated by weight
What is your TAT (Turn Around Time)?
Our printing turnover time is anywhere between 8-12 weeks after the round closes, I always inform the group when it has been shipped from my printers to myself. We will aim to get the fabric out to you within 6-10 days of receiving it from our printers. Shipping days are generally Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. . If you need the fabric urgently then please contact Cheeky Chops before purchasing.
All of our fabrics are ethically made and digitally printed in China.