The Fabric Guide

How to buy fabrics online


Marimekko's fabric collection includes various classic and seasonal prints, and materials like cotton, coated cotton, sateen, linen and batiste.
You can order fabrics from our online store just like any other products. Choose the fabric you like, its color and length in yards or number of repeats, and add it to your shopping cart. Your cart will show you the final price and quantity of the fabric.


Check the product page of the fabric to see whether it is sold by the yard or by the repeat. Fabrics with large patterns are generally sold by the repeat, and those with small patterns are sold by the yard. 
Our fabrics are 54-56 inches wide. The length of the pattern repeat is listed in the specifications of the fabric. Repeats are within +/- 3% of what is specified.


The amount of fabric you order will arrive in one continuous length. Coated fabrics are delivered rolled around a cardboard tube, ensuring that the fabric stays neat during transport. In the order packing process, coated fabric rolls are handled as individual parcels. The tone of our fabrics may vary between different printing batches. There may be slight differences in the color tone of the picture on the product page and the actual fabric. Samples can be ordered through any Marimekko owned store. 


Please note that fabrics are cut-to-order, which makes them non-returnable.


Printed in Helsinki

Marimekko fabrics are printed using either a flatbed or rotary printing method. Printing large-print fabrics using the flatbed method leaves a repeat line at the edge of the pattern, and the prominence of this line depends on the fabric's color and pattern. The repeat line is not a flaw but a feature of the printing technique that can also be used as an effect.

The majority of fabrics printed at the Marimekko printing facility in Herttoniemi have been granted the Öko-Tex Standard 100 certificate, which guarantees that the fabrics are free of toxins. Since 2008, our coated cottons have been coated with phthalate-free PVC.


How to calculate yardage

When calculating the amount of fabric needed, be sure to take into account the additional yardage required for hems and aligning the print.

For aligning the pattern, use the repeat measurement (listed on the product page for each fabric) as a guide. Please also take potential shrinking into account when planning your sewing (cotton, sateen, and batiste: 4%; linen: 6%).

Buying fabric for a cushion cover



1. Decide the size of the cushion you want to have.


Examples of common sizes are 20" x 20" and 26" x 26". If you are making a new cover for an old cushion, measure your cushion.


2. How much fabric do I need?


A - If the cushion width is 26" or less: height + 4" for seam allowance = what you should order per cushion.
For example: 20" x 20"cushion – buy no less than 0.66 yards of fabric per cushion (20" + 4"). 


B - If the cushion is wider than 26": width + height + 4"for seam allowance = what you should order per cushion.
For example: 28" x 28" cushion – buy no less than 1.66 yards of fabric (28" + 28" + 4"). 


Please note that the width of our fabrics is 54"-56"and fabric is sold in increments of 1 yard or 1 repeat online. Please contact a store for purchases of less than 1 yard.


Buying fabric for a tablecloth


1. Measure your table


Measure the table and decide how much you want the fabric to hang over the edge of the table (a drop length of approximately 6"- 12" per side is normally recommended).


2. How much fabric do I need?


Table length + drop length (total) + 6" for hemming = what you should order.

For example: 7 ft long table - buy no less than 3 yards of fabric (54"+ 6"+ 6"+ 6"). 


Please note: The width of our fabric is 54"-56"and fabric is sold in increments of 1 yard or 1 repeat online. Please contact a store for purchases of less than 1 yard.


Buying fabric for a curtain

1. Select type of curtain and measure


A - Valence

B - Window sill-length curtain

C - Floor-length curtain


2. Decide how you want to hang your curtain.


Clips or hooks: Amount of extra fabric needed for hemming: 10"

Rod pocket: Amount of extra fabric needed for hemming: 12"


3. How much fabric do you need per curtain?


Curtain length measured from the top of the curtain rod to the bottom of the curtain +10"/12" for hemming = what you should order. Round your measurement up to the nearest yard.


For example: 95" long rod-pocket curtain - buy no less than 3 yards of fabric per curtain panel (95" + 12")


It is important to take into consideration the repeat of a pattern when calculating yardage for curtains, especially if you would like the pattern to line up on each curtain panel. 

If there is a repeat of 24.4", divide the total length of the curtain by the repeat length and round up. Multiply the number of repeats by the length of the repeat for total length.


For example: 95" long rod pocket curtain - 3.4 yards of fabric is needed for each curtain panel, 5 repeats. 

(95" + 12"= 107"; 107" ÷ 24.2" = 4.3 repeats)


Please note: The width of our fabric is 54"-56"and fabric is sold in increments of 1 yard or 1 repeat online. Please contact a store for purchases of less than 1 yard.


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