Hey y’all – today I want to answer a question I get a lot – where do you buy your fabric? So I’m going to talk about 7 great online fabric stores that are my personal go-tos when I shop.
Before I get into the stores, though, I want to add a few disclaimers. This question is both an easy and hard one for me to answer. The simple where do I shop answer is easy, but because I’m a sewing blogger, it gets complicated because I’ve worked with some of these stores, and because other stores I haven’t listed might want to work with me in the future. Since I am not currently working with any fabric stores as of this writing, it felt like a good time to write this.
As for all the other fabric stores out there – there are a LOT of really good ones, and I’m sure there are plenty I’ve never even heard of. So if you see one I missed, feel free to leave a link in the comments. My list is just that – my list of places I most often shop personally. They are not the only fabric stores I’ve shopped, they’re just the ones I seem to return to over and over lately.
7 Favorite Online Fabric Stores
This is usually my first fabric shopping stop, because it’s local. Which means they’re happy to let me add a note to my order that I’ll have my husband pick up for me. It helps that the shop is less than 5 minutes from where he works. I get most of my quilting cotton prints here, as well as my Nani Iro and Cotton+Steel double gauze fixes (like the button back double gauze Shoreline Boatneck I’m wearing in the photo below).
Hawthorne Threads is my next stop for designer quilting prints. As much as I love shopping local, The Cloth Pocket doesn’t carry all the fabric companies I shop (most notably missing is Riley Blake). So if I can’t find quite what I want at The Cloth Pocket, I head here to get my designer fix, like the shirred waist skirt from Art Gallery voile I’m wearing below.
This shop is my go to for luxurious staple fabrics. They’re not the cheapest, but the quality is high. I often stock up on unbleached cotton knits that I can later dye myself to get whatever unique fabric I want. They’ve also recently started carrying other organic fabrics, like silk and hemp, as well as yarn. They also have a great selection of cotton laces, which are hard to find. The snuggly organic cotton French terry Rivage Raglan I’m wearing below is fabric from this shop.
This is an Amazon owned company, and much like shopping on Amazon, they have a huge selection and low prices. Fabric quality can vary greatly (I’ve noticed this when I’ve ordered non designer knits) but this is my go to for sheer variety and it’s also the best place I’ve found for a wide selection of rayon challis, like the dress in the picture below.
This is a small independent Etsy shop with a well curated collection. This shop is also a go-to for French terry fabrics, with a bigger selection than I’ve found anywhere else. Check for interesting apparel fabrics (I found lots of check and chambray on my last visit) and designer prints and knits (for example, I know they’ve sold out of my Idle Wild Floral pictured below at least twice).
Anyone who has ever watched Project Runway has also heard of Mood Fabrics, and their online shop has a huge selection as well. This is where I go when in search of high end fashion fabrics – like denim (they often carry mill ends from designer jeans manufacturers) or wool, like this wool Berkshire Blazer.
Girl Charlee specializes in carrying knits at low prices. The quality can sometimes be surprising if you don’t read the descriptions carefully (like there are many tissue knits that may not look so thin in their pictures), but I’ve never gone wrong ordering their cotton spandex solids, like the contrasting collar/yoke in the Juniper Jersey Dress I’m wearing below.
So there you go – several of my favorite online haunts. Happy shopping!
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