Birds of Aotearoa pure cotton fabric
Pure cotton fabric, pre-washed and ready to make your own beeswax wraps, or use in quilting, sewing or craft projects.
How to buy
Our fabric is sold in fat quarters or half metre lengths. If you purchase multiple fat quarters, they will be individually cut. If you purchase multiple half metres, they will be a continuous length of fabric. Note that we usually only list a few metres of each fabric at any time, however we usually have more in stock - feel free to check with us for larger amounts.
Our fabrics are pre-washed.
All of our fabrics are washed on arrival at Dee's Bees, which gives you a couple of benefits:
- you don't need to pre-wash our fabrics when you receive them; we've already done it, so you can get straight into your crafty fun.
- you're not paying for shrinkage - our fabrics are cut after they are washed, so you're getting the use of the full measure you've paid for.
Of course, fabric also shrinks across the width of the bolt, as well as the length, so our fabric bolt that usually starts at 112 cm wide pre-washing may be a few cm narrower post-wash.
What is a fat quarter?
Fabric is usually sold by the linear metre, so a quarter metre of fabric would usually be 25 cm long by the width of the roll (usually about 112 cm). A fat quarter is cut at 50 cm long by half the width of the roll - giving you a square-ish piece of fabric that is often a more practical size to use.
Our fat quarters are cut at least 50 cm long, however the width will vary a little depending on wash shrinkage, but are generally around 53 cm wide (56 cm pre-wash).
I'm making beeswax wraps - how much fabric do I need?
Each of our 120 gram blocks of beeswax blend is enough to wax around half a metre of fabric, or two fat quarters. Keep it simple with a single pattern, or mix and match - your choice!
Search terms for this pattern:
kiwiana, New Zealand birds, kereru, fantail, piwakawaka, takahe, tui, morepork, ruru, kokako, kea, kaka
We will always do our best to send your order out within 2-3 working days. Occasionally we may need to make your products to order, so if you need an something in a particularly tight timeline, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call on 06 876 8852 and we'll do our best to help.
Delivery Costs and Timelines
$7 within urban areas, $9 to rural areas. (2-3 working days after dispatch) Free delivery on orders over $100.
We currently send via Courierpost.
Australia & Rest of World:
Sadly, due to rising costs of international delivery and extended delivery delays, as of 3 November 2020 we have removed our international shipping option.
We hope to resume international deliveries when the situation improves, but for now we believe this is our only option to avoid disappointment to customers.
International Orders and Bee Products
Different countries have different rules around importation of natural products, and it's common for beeswax not to be allowed in order to protect the health of their local bees. We get it. After all, Kev and I (Dee) are beekeepers, first and foremost.
HOWEVER, we have very tight biosecurity and good bee health here in New Zealand, and as many of our products are a blend of beeswax, tree resin and other oils, there is no risk they will ever end up being used directly in a beehive, as a block of pure beeswax might.
Therefore we've had no problem with border restrictions, and as at the date of writing this, our products have been sent without problem to Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, and a dozen other countries .
Some countries may have various border or import charges - please note that you will be responsible for any such charges.
Route Shipping Insurance
At checkout you'll see the option to purchase Route shipping insurance on your order.
It's usually a very small cost, and Route is underwritten by Lloyds of London, so you can trust them to pay for a replacement for your order if it is lost for any reason.
We don't think this insurance is really necessary in New Zealand, so feel free to untick if you like, but we highly recommend it for international orders, as these travel via untracked airmail (tracked is about four times the price!).
What about packaging? Do you use plastic?
We're committed to eliminating plastic wherever we can - the clear bags our kits are packaged in are NOT plastic. They are genuine cellophane, made from vegetable cellulose and are fully biodegradable and home compostable.
And we're very happy to announce that the black courier bags we use are also NOT plastic! They are made from plants (mostly corn I believe), and are fully biodegradable, and home compostable. And, a little oddly, they smell like fresh toast, or maybe popcorn!
It's not just plastic we're about reducing though - You'll see on our naked DIY blocks you have the option to buy without packaging, and on every one of our ready-made wrap pages we encourage customers to let us know if they don't need individual packaging on the wraps.
All prices on this website are in New Zealand Dollars.
We offer the following payment options for your convenience:
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All my friends really took that one first, than the native birds.
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