Discover the best places to buy fabric online here. I’m sharing my favorite fabric stores so you can shop them too.
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. In my opinion, these are the best online fabric stores to shop for apparel fabric, with one thrown in as a quilt fabric shop. So keep reading; gorgeous fabric is available wherever you have an internet browser.
Before You Shop
Before you even start to shop online, make sure you have a good grasp of different types of fabric so you know what you’d get. It’s important to know the difference between fiber and construction (aka why you can’t just shop for “cotton”). I have a post about different types of woven fabrics here and a post about types of knit fabrics here. Check those out so that fabric terms will make sense to you when you’re shopping.
Also 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. And I do update this post regularly, so my list of best places to buy fabric for clothing is current.
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.
My Favorite Online Fabric Stores
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
This shop has unfortunately closed.
Blackbird Fabrics is a shop I’ve found that has a similarly curated selection to Imagine Gnats. Lots of natural fibers, including wool and linen. I have also found performance fabrics there, like the matte knit spandex I used for this swimsuit (Modified Esplanade Bra for the top and self drafted bottoms). You should note that this shop is in Canada, but I’ve found shipping to the U.S. to be reasonable.
Fat Quarter Shop is a go to retailer 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, not just fat quarters.
This shop is my go to for luxurious staple fabrics in natural fibers. 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 lace, which is hard to find. The snuggly organic cotton sweatshirt fleece hoodie pictured below is fabric from this shop.
This Amazon owned company has closed and now you have to search for this fabrics on Amazon itself.
This is a small independent Etsy shop with a well curated collection of fashion fabric. 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). Lately they’ve also started carrying fabrics printed in their own exclusive designs.
Though Dharma Trading Co is best known for dyes, they’re also a great supplier of basics, like cotton and silk 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. I’ve also happily purchased rayon challis and cotton velveteen from Dharma to dye myself. And if I ever decide to do a silk velvet project, this is probably where I’ll shop first.
This shop has stopped carrying fabric to focus on yarn. I’ve been able to find similar fabrics at LA Finch Fabrics. Josie at LA Finch carries a lot of deadstock fabric, which is large left over remnants from when a clothing manufacturer finishes a run of garment production. Deadstock can be a great way to shop sustainably.
Since I’ve been sewing more swimwear and activewear lately, I’ve ordered from Spandex World several times. And they have a great selection of nylon stretch mesh, which I used in these dresses I sewed for our adoption finalization. I like the way stretch mesh drapes but still has that sheer feeling like tulle. Nylon stretch mesh is also softer and less itchy than stiff tulle can be. Spandex world also carries sequins, laces, and metallic fabrics – think ice skating costume fabrics and you’ll have a good picture of their stock.
More Online Fabric Stores
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. I often order Robert Kaufman apparel basics from this shop.
Mood Fabrics – mostly apparel designer fabrics, deadstock
Girl Charlee – mostly knits. Quality can vary, but I’ve yet to be disappointed in their cotton spandex solids.
Seattle Fabrics – specializes in athletic, performance and outdoor fabrics.
Measure this is similar to Blackbird Fabrics, a small, curated shop. Last time I browsed there were quite a few laces and luxury fabrics.
Tailor Made Shop – this is a great source for lingerie fabrics and notions.
So there you go – several of my favorite online haunts. Happy shopping!
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