Where to buy fabric online
Hey y’all – today I want to answer a question I get a lot – where do you buy your fabric online? So I’m going to talk about where to buy fabric online and share the online fabric stores that that are my personal go-tos when I shop.
Before I get into the online fabric 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.
I also want to point out that as I am located in the U.S. my recommendations are U.S. based. If you’re an international reader, I’d suggest browsing the comments for suggestions for some other countries.
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 – however, make sure it’s a link because you love the store and not an affiliate link. My list is just that – my list of places I most often shop personally, none of this is affiliate linked. They are not the only fabric stores I’ve shopped, they’re just the ones I seem to return to over and over. I talk about and show some recent purchases in the video below, which can also be watched on YouTube here. There are more details and shop links in the rest of this post below the video
My Favorite Online Fabric Stores
This shop has unfortunately closed. Blackbird Fabrics is a shop I’ve found that has a similarly curated selection. The linen/hemp blend fabric we used for the sample Esma Top below was from Imagine Gnats.
Fat Quarter Shop is a go to for designer quilting cottons, like the ones from my Blooms and Bobbins line that I used in the camisole below. And despite their name, they do sell yardage of the fabrics.
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).
Though Dharma Trading Co is best known for dyes, they’re also a great supplier of basic fabrics. Most of what they carry is ready to dye, but they do carry a color selection for some fabrics, like the silk charmeuse I used to make this bias cut slip dress.
Here are links to other fabric stores I’ve shopped in the past that I just haven’t ordered from recently, mostly due to changes in the types of fabric I’ve been ordering.
Hawthorne Threads – mostly quilting cottons, some apparel fabrics
Mood Fabrics – mostly designer apparel fabrics
Girl Charlee – mostly knits. Quality can vary, but I’ve yet to be disappointed in their solid cotton spandex blends.
Spandex World – swimsuit and dance fabrics, huge selection
Seattle Fabrics – specializes in athletic, performance and outdoor fabrics.
Blackbird Fabrics – this is a Canadian fabric store with lovely apparel fabrics.
L.A. Finch Fabrics – mostly deadstock fabrics (a deadstock fabric is left over when a clothing manufacturer finishes a run of garment production) with reasonable prices.
So there you go – several of my favorite online haunts. Happy shopping!
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