Big, bad list of where to buy fabric online

Good news! I recently updated this post to include even more fabric shops AND a special section on where to buy eco-friendly fabrics. 
The big bad list of great places to buy fabric online, tried and true places for a range of budgets. Worldwide, including Europe, North America & Australia.

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

Which is a big question. Because there’s SO much choice out there. 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.

And can we all just agree that Googling ‘buy fabric online’ is less than helpful

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).

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

I know 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!

Oh, and if you’re buying from another country do be sure to keep in mind shipping costs and import taxes. Because that bargain fabric can quickly become super expensive – ask me how I know!

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

Eco-friendly

Of course, the starting point for any eco-friendly project is to make sure you’re using the right fabric and that what you make will get a lot of wear. That’s why I put together this post on choosing the best fabric for your project. And which is why I put together the Maker Capsule series – to help you get the most from your handmade wardrobe.

Once you’ve got your plans in order, you can go even further by shopping for more sustainable fabrics. These might be fabrics that designers have had made and no longer need (called deadstock), fabric made with more planet-friendly fibers (like linen, bamboo, or organic cotton), or suppliers that do more to support the people that have woven them.

Some places I go (or have been recommend to go to) are:

Cloth Story (US) – a small, but perfectly formed collection of deadstock fabric and a few other gems.

Amandine Cha (France) – rigorously organic fabric sourced in France. Beautiful selection of fabrics and haberdashery.

Loom & Stars (US) – all natural, slow fashion fabrics. Hand woven in India.

Matchpoint Fabric (Canada) – deadstock and eco friendly fabric. A lush collection of colours and fabrics (the washed linen and silk noil are too perfect).

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

Offset Warehouse (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.

Ray Stitch (UK) – has a great selection of fabrics, including fabrics from the London Cloth Company.

Bargain Fabrics

I’m a pretty firm believer that buying cheap fabrics isn’t always the most economically option. Cheap, overly synthetic fabric can be a beast to work with and may not end up giving you the results you hope for (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

Abakhan (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 (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.uk (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.

Mid Price & Up

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

OK PSA over πŸ™‚

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 Daughter (UK) – lovely range of designer and organic fabrics.

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

Guthrie & Ghani (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.

Ma Petite Merceie (France) – great range of fabrics. Superb collection of bias binding.

Merchant and Mills (UK) –  collection of heritage fabrics in linen, cotton and wool.

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

Sew Essential (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.

Stone Fabrics (UK) – I recently bought some amazing jersey from them. You need to call to place an order but the staff on the other end of the line are really helpful and great and just confirming the particulars of the fabric to make sure you’re buying the right thing.

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

North America

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

Fabric Store (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 Crafts (US) – beautiful, curated selection of fabrics. Their ikats are beyond lush.

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

Hawthorn Threads (US) – solid range of quilting cotton prints. Ideal for children’s clothing, accessories or quilts.

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

LA Finch Fabrics (US) – another online store with lots of recommendations from Instagram.

Mood (US) – The iconic store. Made famous by Project Runway.

Stone Mountain Fabrics (US) – California based and family owned. Big range of fabrics.

Style Maker Fabrics (US) – lovely selection of fabrics. Highly recommended by Instagram peeps.

Threadbare Fabrics – online stockists of Cone Mills denim. The Mac Daddy of denim.

Australasia

Fabric Store (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 Matatabi (Japan) – beautiful fabric with really decent international shipping costs.



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!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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˜„

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Fabric Mart is a great US online (and brick and mortar) shop for deals. They have various sales, with a different one each day. I also like Imagine Gnats in the US (online) for quality fabric at reasonable prices. I’m also a biased fan of Pintuck & Purl in the US for in-person shopping for really nice fabric (they are also getting their web shop up and running).

  • I have another suggestion for Canada. It’s called Fabric Spark. The sell a lot of woven cotton for quilters but also some canvas, as well as knits, flannel, linen, double gauze, and other garment fabrics. They have a modern slant and a great variety. They started as an online business and now have a bricks and mortar store in Toronto, Ontario. Check them out. I have bought lots of fabric from them and get great service.

  • In the US, the Missouri Star Quilt Company is the world’s largest supplier of pre-cuts. They have 12 stores on Main Street in little Hamilton, Missouri. They ship worldwide. The website is fabulous with coordinating solids and a selection of yardage for each precut selection. Daily deals are not to be missed. Prices are very reasonable. Website: missouriquiltco.com.

  • Hello, all I have locally to me is a Joann’s. I just wanted to warn any of you that go to visit one and don’t know, their bolts are only 8 yard bolts and they also pull from them to supply online. So when you buy from them, make sure you buy all you want because it is practically impossible to get more. With the receipt they can search other stores, but you will have to drive there. I had no luck getting them to contemplate shipping it to me even at my cost.

  • Informative blog, I was looking for some designer upholstery fabrics. I got this website fabricwarehouse.com by searching Upholstery Fabric and Fabric Online.

  • Thanks for this great list..if you update it, can you please add Tessuti (Aus). Not cheap, but really wonderful fabric, photographed beautifully.

  • Anyone in Europe (England if you qant to visit) can also check out my mums shop: Marshland fabrics. Search her on facebook, she has some really cute stuff at nearly cost price!

  • I use Fabrics Universe on etsy! Tjey are really really affordable and they ship everywhere. You should add them up there! They are a small company but carry a wide range of fabrics

  • There is a fantastic shop in Worthing (uk) called More Sewing it’s run by Laura who gives lessons/classes from absolute beginners to those who just need someone on hand for a bit of guidance. They sell fabrics in the shop and online, and I would recommend taking a look they always have something you need.

  • I cannot believe that you didn’t include Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. It is the most AMAZING brick and mortar fabric store I have ever visited! I can spend hours in JoAnn’s but I could spend WEEKS in Britex. The first time I visited the button wall just blew me away! I had never seen so many amazing buttons!

    I even purchased some artificial Persian Lamb from them over the phone before they had an online store. I called them, told them what I was looking for, charged it to my card, and the shipped it right-away. They were extremely helpful. I just wish I were close so that I could go dream!

  • I would have to say Silk Baron, BB Black & Sons, G Street Fabrics, 96 District Fabrics as well as Dharma deserve to be on this list as well. All of them are excellent both from a delivery perspective and a fabric quality perspective.

  • fashion Fabrics club in St Louis USA, ( htttps://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/ )
    Has consistently beautiful silks,cottons, knits and ship free over $75 and sometimes on any order. They also have a great remnant/end of bolt

  • I can’t believe you didn’t mention Spoonflower.com! They’re not cheap, but the quality of the fabric is excellent! You can select from 21 different fabric types and literally millions of designer originals, so it is unlikely you’ll see anyone else walking down the street in whatever you make from their fabrics. Plus, you can even design your own fabric and have them print if for you! I’m one of the many freelance designers who use their platform to sell my designs on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. You can check out my designs here: https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/karenspix. To see other designs just go to http://www.spoonflower.com. If you are looking for home decor items on custom designs that are made for you, check out their subsidiary, the Roostery: http://www.roostery.com