About our fabrics
Our fabrics are 58 inches wide, including salvage. The length of pattern repeat is mentioned in the product details of the fabric. Repeats are within +/– 3% of what is specified.
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. Fabric swatches are not available.
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 are certified according to the STANDARD 100 by OEKOTEX®. The certificate guarantees that the fabrics are free of harmful chemicals. Our coated cottons have earlier been coated with phthalate-free PVC and since 2019 this has been replaced by acrylic coating.
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%).
Can Marimekko fabrics be used to make products for sale?
Marimekko’s patterns are well known in Finland and globally, and they are protected by intellectual property rights. The protection also covers the related reputation. That is why we do not allow commercial use of our fabrics, which means the manufacture of products for commercial purposes. Commercial purposes refer to business operations aimed at gaining financial benefit. You can, of course, make crafts and products for yourself or as gifts.
Can Marimekko fabrics be used to make respiratory protective equipment?
For safety reasons, we do not recommend using our fabrics as respiratory protective equipment or other face mask products. Marimekko fabrics available for purchase are meant for interior design and they have not been manufactured or tested to be used as respiratory protective equipment or similar facial protection products.
Can Marimekko fabrics or patterns be used to make craft instructions?
Since Marimekko’s patterns are protected by intellectual property rights, we do not allow the manufacture or distribution of craft instructions that contain an image of Marimekko’s fabric or pattern. Such an instruction may be, for example, a knitting instruction advising how to make a sweater from Marimekko’s pattern, or an instruction on how to make a keychain with an image using Marimekko’s fabric. Of course, photos of crafts made for yourself or as a gift can be shared as inspiration to others.