Fabric Specifications

The Mud Mates range of New Zealand made products are designed to keep your little ones clean, dry and warm whatever the adventure! Here’s what you need to know about our water-resistant, water-repellent and waterproof clothing for babies, toddlers and children and our new fitted tablecloths range.

Children’s Coveralls, Overpants (unlined), Shoe Covers, Swim Bags and Wet Bags

Mud Mates Coveralls, Overpants and Shoe Covers are made from a water-resistant and water-repellent fabric that is waterproof to 600mm/24 hours (which is a reasonable amount of rain!). This is a polyester, PVC-free fabric with a polyurethane (PU) coating on the inside and a 3M Scotchguard water-repellent coating on the outside. The fabric is soft and lightweight (yet durable and hard-wearing) which means the garments are comfortable and easy to wear without restricting your littlies movement.

These garments are water-resistant and water-repellent and are perfect for keeping your child clean and dry while playing in the backyard, in the sandpit, at the playground, on the farm, at daycare – anywhere your child could get wet and dirty! They also provide good protection in light rain showers (are great for puddle jumping!) and make great windbreakers (ideal for trips on the back of mum or dad’s bike).

From April 2018, we are replacing our fabric with a waterproof fabric (waterproof to 1000mm/24 hours). This is a 100% polyester fabric with a polyurethane (PU) coating on the inside.  This will be rolled out as we sell out of our current stock.

Please note our garments are not seam-sealed and therefore not guaranteed 100% waterproof.

When dressing your child, please consider the number of layers and type of fabric of the clothes they are wearing under their Mud Mates. Active children will naturally sweat to cool their bodies and the clothing they are wearing under their Mud Mates can become damp with sweat. We recommend a synthetic (polyester or nylon) or natural fibers (merino wool) garment for your child’s first or base layer (not cotton). Merino is a great option as it stays warm when wet and wicks away the moisture. If it’s chilly, a polyester fleece layer next works well as fleece stays warm even if gets damp, and it dries fast. Fleece also breathes well, so children are less likely to overheat in it.

Here’s what our product testers thought of our new fabric:

“I love how waterproof they now are. Not to mention sand proof, mud proof and glue proof!”

“We found the Shoe Covers fabric very waterproof. After my daughter had been playing outside in the dewy grass her shoes and socks were still completely dry.”

Waterproof Fleece Lined Overpants

Our children’s waterproof Fleece Lined Overpants are made from the same polyester fabric as our unlined Overpants, then lined with a super soft and snuggly microfleece for warmth, comfort and extra protection against the elements. Perfect if you’re heading to the snow!

Children’s Craft Aprons

Mud Mates Craft Aprons are made from our original water-resistant, PVC-free, 100% nylon fabric. This fabric has a polyurethane (PU) coating and a 600mm/24 hours waterproof rating. It is a lighter weight fabric than our polyester fabric (but still durable) and also comfortable and easy to wear.  It allows children flexibility and ease of movement so it is perfect for arts and crafts, painting, messy play, water play, baking and even eating.

Fitted Tablecloths

Our Fitted Tablecloths are also made from a nylon parka water-resistant fabric. This fabric is wipeable making the tablecloths easy to clean with a damp cloth.


Both of our fabrics are machine washable and quick drying so you can be all set for fun, messy play adventures the next day.

Please be aware that frequent washing and the use of strong detergents and large amounts of washing powder may cause the waterproof qualities of the fabric to break down over time. Please follow our recommended washing instructions.

Need more information? Please contact us, we’d be happy to help.

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