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)
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.
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.
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.
Girl Charlee (US) – a great range of beautiful knits that won’t break the bank.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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!