Big, bad list of where to buy fabric online

Big bad list of where to buy fabric online | a run down of the top places to find good fabric on the internet | Randomly Happy

One of the questions I get asked the most is where to buy fabric online.

And while I love how much choice there is online - it's literally insane - I know it can be really hard to find exactly what you're looking for.

Because let's just agree that Googling 'buy fabric online' is less than helpful πŸ™‚

So to help I've put together my big, bad list of online fabric suppliers. I've divided the stores by price point and by location (Europe, North America, Australasia) but some offer pretty decent international shipping costs so do be sure to have a nosy.

Of course this list isn't exhaustive, and it's mostly based on stores I've used myself or recommendations from friends/Instagram, but there are so many great places out there. So if you have any online stores you've used then do leave a comment.

Share some fabric love!

(also you might want to take a sneaky peek at myΒ big bad list of bra making supplies)

Bargain Fabrics

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I wouldn't recommend always hunting out the cheapest fabrics as the quality can sometimes be a false economy (FYI cheap jersey bobbles like a mother ucker). But sometimes you just want to try a new technique or make a wearable muslin or just can't justify spending lots of cash on fabric.

That's cool. I get it. So here's my fave suppliers for decent fabric on the more affordable end of the spectrum.

Europe

AbakhanΒ (UK) - I haven't used them (yet) but hear great things about their bricks and mortar shops.

Girl Charlee (UK) - a great range of beautiful knits that won't break the bank.

Minerva Crafts (UK) - a ginormous range of fabrics. The website feels like a bit of an aladdin's cave, but there's some real gems.

Myfabrics.co.ukΒ (UK) - h-u-g-e range of fabrics. Great sales. Definitely worth signing up for their mailing list.

North America

Girl Charlee (US) - a great range of beautiful knits that won't break the bank.

Jo-Ann (US) - seems to be popular, but can't say I've used them yet.

Australasia

Spotlight (Australia) seem to be popular.

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Mid Price & Up

OK. I know you know this, butΒ it's worth repeating: sewing with good quality fabric literally makes all the difference. It's feels better against your skin, usually lasts longer, and is generally just more enjoyable.

Of course, buying fabric online can be risky so do be sure toΒ read up on some of these tipsΒ to help make sure you're spending your pennies on the right stuff.

Europe

Backstitch (UK) - a good selection of fabrics including Robert Kaufman linens and Atelier Brunette.

Croft Mill (UK) - always worth a look for interesting fabrics.

Ditto (UK) - I've only ever bought from their bricks and mortar shop but they always have interesting things and reasonable prices.

The Drapers DaughterΒ (UK) - lovely range of designer and organic fabrics.

Fabric Godmother (UK) - a gorgeous selection of beautiful fabrics. Great email newsletter too.

Guthrie & GhaniΒ (UK) - run by a lovely Great British Sewing Bee runner up. Great collection of quality fabrics. Small, but perfectly formed.

M is for Make (UK) - I know quite a few people swear by this online-only store for interesting, good quality fabrics.

Merchant and MillsΒ (UK) - Β collection of heritage fabrics in linen, cotton and wool.

Pretty MercerieΒ (France) - literally has the most amazing fabrics. Lots of great, interesting choices #alltheprettyfabrics Definitely recommend signing for their email list.

Sew EssentialΒ (UK) - I have a real soft spot for their selection of crepes and wool mix jersey, but they have some great looking denims too.

Sew Over It (UK) - my go-to place for drapey crepes. Also solid selection of prints. The selection can be filtered by type of make which is pretty handy.

Stoff & Still (Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, UK) - their selection of fabric is eclectic but well picked. Their woven viscoses have got the most incredible drape.

Supercut (Italy) - interesting range of fabrics. Some lush looking denim.

North America

Blackbird FabricsΒ (Canada) - beautiful range of fabrics including some seriously lush looking bamboo knits.

Fabric StoreΒ (US) - hands down THE place to go to for merino wool. Also a beautiful selection of silks, linens, and liberty. Decent shipping prices.

Fancy Tiger CraftsΒ (US) - beautiful, curated selection of fabrics. Their ikats are beyound lush.

Harts FabricΒ (US) - cracking selection of jersey, linen and tencel. My tee made up in their bamboo jersey is in heavy rotation.

Hawthorn ThreadsΒ (US) - solid range of quilting cotton prints. Ideal for children'sΒ clothing, accessories or quilts.

IndiesewΒ (US) - limited batch fabrics that are totally on trend. Be sure to sign up to their email list to not miss out.

LA Finch FabricsΒ (US) - another online store with lots of recommendatuons from Instagram.

MoodΒ (US) - The iconic store. Made famous by Project Runway.

Stone Mountain FabricsΒ (US) - California based and family owned. Big range of fabrics.

Style Maker FabricsΒ (US) - lovely selection of fabrics. Highly recommended by Instagram peeps.

Australasia

Fabric StoreΒ (Oz, NZ) - hands down THE place to go to for merino wool. Also a beautiful selection of silks, linens, and liberty. Decent shipping prices.

Miss MatatabiΒ (Japan) - beautiful fabric with really decent international shipping costs.

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Specialist

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ContradoΒ (UK) - a print your own fabric factory. Family run and based just outside of London and run with a growing interest in sustainability. A few organic and recycled choices.

Ma Petite MerceieΒ (France) - great range of fabrics. Superb collection of bias binding.

Offset WarehouseΒ (UK) - jaw droppingly beautiful suggestion of eco and ethical fabrics at not jaw dropping prices. Still in mourning over some beautiful white ikat I missed out on.

Nosh OrganicsΒ (Finland) - sweetest selection of organic fabric. Totally in love with their prints.

Threadbare FabricsΒ - online stockists of Come Mills denim. The Mac Daddy of denim.

Phew. Pretty full on right? And I'm sure I've missed out on loads, so remember sharing is caring so tell us all who you use if I've missed them out!

  1. Reply
    Let's Get Sewing

    Thank you so much for the roundup! It’s really helpful.

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    Saki

    Thanks so much for putting this list together! Definitely a saved post! I have one more suggestion for the future… one of my favorite brick and mortar stores in Portland has over an acre of fabric. They have an online store as well and frequent ent 30% off sales. It’s fabricdepot.com.

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    Mara

    I really like Mercer Fabrics! They are family owned in Boston and also have online shopping.

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    Anne-Rose

    Thank you for posting! I have ordered a couple of times from the Pretty Mercerie lately and the fabric is lovely! I would also like to add Stone Fabrics in the UK (stonefabrics.co.uk), they have great fabrics and the staff are very friendly.

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    PsychicSewerKathleen

    I just wanted to add 2 more for Canada because Canadians now find it SO hard to order from the US (most of us don’t anymore with the cost of shipping and customs and the difference in our dollar you have to double the cost you see – so a fabric that runs $10.00 US in the US will cost us $20)

    The UK is better – we don’t have to pay customs, the shipping is always less expensive (in some cases even less than shipping within Canada) and the pound is not so high Minerva in the UK is fabulous.

    In Canada there are 2 other shops (I love Blackbird as well!) Simplifabric in Quebec and L’oiseau fabrics, Calgary, Alberta. They sell wonderful high quality and reasonably priced fabric that I’ve always been pleased with.

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    Sherry Noonan Carr

    equilter.com has a fabulous selection, often offers 1/2 price shipping overseas, donates a portion of their profits to charity and has great tools for color and pattern search, and even has many patterns for free!

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    Helen

    Really useful list. Just wanted to let you know we are new on the online fabric scene so you may want to check us out at http://www.couturefabrics.com

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    Nadine Sutoyo

    Thank you for sharing this

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    Monique

    I’m in NZ and usually buy from the US from eithe Hawthorne Threads or fabric.com
    Both have a great range from all the designers and the shipping cost is not too bad. Another one for Australia is Bebeloush Designs in South Australia. She has a great range from Art Gallery, Michael Miller, Riley Blake etc and shipping within Australia is cheap. I bought from her, had it shipped to my Mum in Perth and she brought it to me in NZ. The price worked out quite reasonable. Around the same as what I’d pay to get it from the US when taking exchange rates into account. If I had to ship it to NZ though it would be more expensive than the US.

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    Alice Prier

    Ray Stitch in Islington London UK Both in the delicious new shop and online. Plus lots of books and brilliant classes. From totla beginners to advanced pattern cutting

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    Alice Prier

    Ray Stitch in Islington London UK Both in the delicious new shop and online. Plus lots of books and brilliant classes. From total beginners to advanced pattern cutting

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    Megan Grant

    EmmaOneSock.com in the US will ship to Australia (and I assume NZ). EOS has an amazing selection of designer fabrics, beautifully photographed and labeled so that you can feel confident making a purchase–including “pairs well with” shots for lining, trim or additional separates. Even then Linda will help you with questions about the suitability of the fabric for certain projects, she will hold onto purchases for a time so you can get better value from your shipping AND shipping is calculated on the real weight of the items. I have banned myself from any fabric purchases until the stash is under control but I soothe myself by visiting EmmaOneSock.

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    Nikki

    My fabrics is actually a German company with a British website- they are excellent though

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    Kelsey

    so helpful! i’m totally bookmarking this page for when I need to do a fabric haul. thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    Julie

    One of my favourites in the UK is Clothspot.co.uk They specialise in dressmaking fabrics and release new fabrics every Friday. I have found their prices to be reasonable and the quality good. Not the biggest range and popular fabrics go quickly. Ladies who run it are very helpful.

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    Erica

    This is an impressive roundup, thank you! I echo the feelings of the other Canadian, it’s tough to find stuff here! Bookmarking for later πŸ˜„

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    Tatum

    Hi,
    I am part of a HUGE fabric company called I WANT FABRIC. We are based in Manchester UK. However we ship ALL OVER THE WORLD. We are the biggest fabric retailer/wholesaler in Manchester and have great products at amazing prices. We definitely should be on this list πŸ™‚ Not a lot of people know we are here, but visit us at http://WWW.IWANTFABRIC.COM and check out our huge range!

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    Maaike

    Such a great list! I just found my dream dress fabric from this! Thank you thank you!
    Australia’s offering is getting a little better. We have Tessuti’s, Muse, the remnant warehouse, Bev’s remnant House (more soft furnishings but gorgeous lightweight linens sometimes) and the fabric store.

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