Where Do You Buy Fabric Online?

Where do you buy fabric online? Me, I rarely buy fabric online. (Surprising, I know!) There are two reasons why: one, being in Canada means that shipping costs are high and we’re often excluded from free shipping promotions. (Which is why I like to offer free shipping promotions myself!) And when packages come up across the border, there’s a chance I’ll be charged duties and taxes as well – or Canada Post won’t let me have my package!

And two, I am fortunate to have great fabric stores locally, where I can touch and feel fabrics. There’s Dressew for great deals, Fabricana for a range of high-quality fabrics to affordable options, and Spool of Thread for fun cotton prints and a handful of selected voile, linen, and flannel. Just about anything I want, I can find locally, or find another option that will work instead.

I’ve only purchased fabric online from Etsy, where the lure of vintage, rare, one-of-a-kind fabrics that I can’t find in stores convinces me to make the purchase. It’s always printed fabrics, because that’s what attracted me in the first place to the listing. (And because you can search by ‘red rayon fabric’ and such. Even as specific as ‘red rayon fabric with roses’ if you like.)

I often (ok, frequently) have a dream shopping cart on Gorgeous Fabrics, and I’ve been eyeballing lovely silk-cottons at Hart’s Fabric. And many of the retailers that carry my patterns also sell fabric. But I haven’t taken the plunge and bought fabric online yet. I love the idea of fabric delivered to my door, I just haven’t tried it yet. (I buy yarn online though and it’s always been a great experience!)

(click for source – isn’t this pretty for a blouse?)

I do get asked where to buy fabric online, especially by people that live in smaller towns that don’t have a fabric store. And I can only make suggestions based on guesses, not my personal experience. I tell you, it would be hard for me to live in a town without a fabric store. Although then I would be an expert on online fabric shopping!

So my question to you is: have you bought fabric online? Which online fabric stores have you shopped at, and which are your favourites? Which store has the best deals? Best quality fabric? Fellow Canadians, which fabric stores have you found that offer reasonable shipping to Canada? Do you buy all of your fabric online? What’s your experience been with online fabric shopping – good, bad, uneventful? Have you ever been surprised at how different a fabric looked in real life, as compared to the photos online?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! (Although, if you tell me it’s been awesome and easy to buy fabric online, I might have a whole new problem.)

PS. It’s my mom’s birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mom!

PPS. Yesterday was an important day too – it’s been one year since the Pendrell Blouse release and the Pattern Store was launched. Reading over the post and the comments where I admit to going to the post office twice in one day made me smile. The pattern business sure has come a long way in a year!

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157 Responses to Where Do You Buy Fabric Online?

  1. Stephanie November 30, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    I’ve only every shopped online at one fabric store and it went out of business. :( I don’t usually shop online because it seems to me that the fabrics are so much more expensive! I prefer to shop in the $7-8-9 /yd range and most online shops seem to bottom out at $12/yd plus you have to pay to ship. I would shop online if I was looking for something super specific.

    • Alice February 24, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Try Fabric Mart, Hancock’s online

    • Glendon December 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      I book marked this site months ago to let you know of an Australian website Glitter and Dance who ship all round the world. If you want stretch fabric for dance sport or anything then have a look at this site – if you find the site in England then make sure you also look at the Australian site which has a much greater range.

    • Pat McLaren June 7, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Hi: I have a new online fabric store. Please check it out. It is from Greely, which is in Ottawa south. I have over 2000 fabrics online, with more being added all the time.

      • Jane June 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

        Hey Pat. Can you share your website I would love to check it out

      • Anne Marie Quinn September 28, 2014 at 7:33 am #

        Hi,Pat, I would love to look at your site. I am in Newfoundland and the spandex fabric here is very limited. Would love to see what you have available.

        • joanna October 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

          Try fabricville.com
          Great canadian ecom website for all types of fabrics.

      • Bill Sheppard January 17, 2015 at 10:51 am #

        Looks like that Greely is in Colorado. Sadly we live in Ottawa, Canada and my organist lives in that village!

      • Heather Jane Hanson April 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

        Hi Pat

        May I have the online as well as the brick and mortar location if there is one.

        Thanks and happy sewing.

  2. Stacy November 30, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    Being limited to two chain stores – Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics has forced me to explore the world on online fabric buying, and I have to say I am loyal to one company – Fabric.com. I live in the US, so free shipping is an option here and the reason I love Fabric.com is because there is always free shipping on any purchase over $35. How cool is that? Well anyway, I am loyal to Fabric.com because I always get what I thought I was getting. Their fabric is beautiful and there are always lots of great deals going on. I get a daily deal email that offers a different selection of fabrics, notions or patterns on sale each day. That’s my two cents…can’t wait to hear what others say.

    • Emma August 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      I too shop here – I make custom prom dresses and had to find 24 yards of silk camo print for a group of friends. I live in Canada and shipping was ridiculous for the price of the fabric, until I came across Fabric.com. For my $130 order, I paid $18 in shipping and it was here within 3 days (even though they quoted me 15). I have since ordered all of my big or unique orders from this site, as I can never find a bolt that has as much fabric as I need at our local Fabricland or Len’s Mill

      • Leon December 2, 2013 at 7:33 am #

        Lucky you.
        I live 1 state over from them and my last order took over a week

      • Amanda January 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

        Hi Emma! Could you let me know if you were charged anything for customs/duty/etc.? I’m trying to prepare myself before I order :) Thanks!

        • Karli January 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

          Hey, im not Emma but I am from Canada and order from Fabric.com lots. There are no Duty/Import/Taxes/Fees of any kind :)

          • Allison February 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

            HI Karli, I know you said that you didn’t get charged any customs or duty — I just want to make sure! I live in Halifax, NS and I am about to order about $138 worth of fabric and really do not want to get bombed with fees from UPS, which is how I think they ship to Canada. Was your order shipped via UPS? I’ve had bad luck with them in the past.

      • Karli January 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

        Depends on the weight of your fabric i think? I also order from Fabric.com and I live in Canada. My order was also $130 and my shipping came to $58… so its not always a great deal for shipping but i still love fabric.com :)

      • Karen October 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

        Did you get charged duty or custom fees?


        • Karen October 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

          Nevermind…I see the reply above :) (sorry…)

          • joanna October 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

            try fabricville.com
            has great selection

  3. Andrea November 30, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I’ve never bought fancy fabric online, but for quilting cottons my go to store is Hawthorne Threads. Their selection is amazing, the prices are way cheaper (at least 40%!) than what I can get at a store in Toronto and the service is quite good. Delivery to Canada is within a week or two, shipping charges don’t break the bank and I have never had to pay duty. Question for you: what are your favourite online yarn stores? I’ve never bought yarn online because I’m scared of the shipping charges!

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Andrea! I’ve ordered yarn online from three different places – EatSleepKnit.com, Quince and Co, and Tanis Fiber Arts.
      Eat Sleep Knit gives you free shipping on orders over $75 and that’s to Canada too! Plus, the more you spend, the more credits you earn and sometimes you can win free yarn! They have a wide range of yarn brands and colours and thicknesses. Lots of rainbow yarns – variegated, hand-dyed, etc. Ordered twice and haven’t been charged duties – and got a free skein of yarn with their yarn lotto scratch card! and $5 off. It’s a bit slow, as it comes from Georgia all the way to Vancouver, but it’s a nice surprise to get the yarn box eventually!

      Quince and Co has just their own yarn but it’s very very nice. Shipping is reasonable, service is good, the yarn is wonderful to work with. Would definitely order from them again! Ordered twice and haven’t been charged duty.

      Tanis Fiber Arts is in Montreal, yay for buying Canadian! Shipping is reasonable and it doesn’t have to cross a border for me. The colours are gorgeous and the thickest yarn has held up really well in a sweater I ripped out and re-started three times – it still looks nice!

      Hope this helps!

      • Andrea December 1, 2011 at 5:32 am #

        Tasia – This info is super useful. Thanks so much!

  4. Bri November 30, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I haven’t bought fabric online yet. I like you, prefer to touch and feel the fabrics I buy although I do often consider it because Fabricland is really my only option aside from quilting stores! I’ve been to Fabricana a few times on trips and I love that store! Although Linton Tweeds, which is where Chanel gets their fabrics from is certainly somewhere I will be ordering from for a big project in the future.

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

      Ooooh.. Linton Tweeds has gorgeous tweeds! I’ve never heard of them before. So many amazing fabrics! And of course, they’d be perfect for a Chanel-style jacket.

  5. Ainslie November 30, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    When I lived in Edmonton, I didn’t shop for fabric online because there was a good local selection. It’s just easier to buy when you see it. Plus whenever I travel somewhere fun I try to hit up the fabric stores. I now have some great things from New York, Chicago, Toronto and even Sri Lanka.
    But then I moved to Halifax… We have a great collection of wool stores but a tragically small number (two!) of fabric stores with very limited selections, so online has become more important. I Have used both Harts and Fabric.com and drooled over Gorgerous Fabrics. Harts was great but shipping was very pricey to Canada (had them ship to my brother in the US). Fabric.com was more reasonnable and very prompt but selection can be a little thin. Finally, I am looking into getting some goretex from Seattlefabrics for the Minoru!
    As it seems that shopping online is going to be my go-to for a bit, I’m looking forward to hearing about it!

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      I always try to hit up fabric stores when I travel, too! I have some pretty prints from Hawaii when I was there and a couple of great fabrics from Boston.

      • Lucy November 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

        Tasia – which fabric stores did you go to in Boston? I visited in the fall and only found one fabric store for the whole city!

    • Gena November 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      what is the URL for Harts?

    • SH February 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Ainslie ,

      I just moved to Edmonton, and would love it if you could share the names of local fabric stores. Also if there are stores that carry trims and you know of any pls share the names.

      I have a few projects that I need fabric for and would love get some good deals.

      • Agnes June 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

        Hi SH,

        I’m new to Edmonton and I would like to know those stores for fabrics. Did you find some good ? I know Fabricland but is there others ? Thank you

      • Wendy October 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

        Earthly Goods Quilting has opened their new store. Their selection is great & the people were terrific.

    • Mina April 16, 2014 at 7:54 am #

      What stores did you shop at in edmonton? Thanks.

      • Laura October 10, 2014 at 7:39 am #

        Fabricland is the more common one
        there are a ton of quilting stores (great one is quiltessential co in St. Albert), Earthly goods, johnson sewing center…..
        Marshall Fabrics (10003 63 Ave) Is my go to when I am on that side of the city
        Estee Fabrics is another I will hit up when I am on the south side.

  6. Michelle November 30, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    I prefer to shop at a store because I can see and touch everything but I live 200 km from the nearest fabric store. So, I do shop on-line for swimsuit and dancewear fabric at Spandex World. I’ve ordered there several times and I’ve always been happy with my purchase – they’ve shipped promptly – that day or the next – and the fabrics were a good quality. Also, Spandex World has a huge selection and carries fabrics I just can’t get here like swimsuit lining. Even with the shipping (I don’t expedit it) and customs, the fabric comes to less than the shops here, especially once you factor in my fuel to get there. Also, at the shops here, most of their dancewear fabrics have to be special ordered – so, all I can touch is a 4 inch square and I still have to wait for it to come in – though the store will ship it to me. Though just this year, the nearest Fabricland stores brought in beautiful dancewear at a competitive price, so I stocked up when it came on sale – you know, I need to be prepared in case one of the girls need an emergency lyrical dress!

  7. Katie November 30, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    I live in a fabric desert (nothing but Joann, quilting shops, and home dec shops), so I’ve resorted to online fabric shopping. I’ve tried a few different stores, so here are my opinions on them.

    Favorite: Fabric.com. I’ve gotten some lovely things from them, shipping isn’t exorbitant (I’m in the US), and the swatches are usually generously sized. My orders arrive quickly and their site is easy to use.

    Fabricmart: got some “100% wool” double knit from them that behaved like it had a significant amount of synthetic in it. It didn’t press like wool and actually seemed to melt a bit under a hot iron. Unimpressed, probably won’t order from them again.

    Mood: Ordered 2 yards of wool knit and recieved 1 yard. Customer service was unhelpful and hostile-sounding from the outset of my call. Other fabrics in my order were pretty, though. Prices are a bit high.

    Bottom line: I can only really reccommend Fabric.com, but online fabric shopping doesn’t have to be a bad experience! Just be sure to get a swatch first – otherwise you are pretty much guaranteed to be disappointed.

    • katy May 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      But I live in the uk where caan I find fabric shops there?

  8. Seraphinalina November 30, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Almost all of my fabric is bought in person at Fabricland. Because of where I work, there are 5 stores that I frequent, some more than others. However, their bra supplies suck. I have ordered from http://www.sewsassy.com a few times now. Twice having my order shipped to my parents during their February pilgramage to Florida and once to my home in Ontario. I was hit with duty on that order, plus shipping… it wasn’t cheap. That said, I do love their underwire and their stretch satin is far better than what Fabricland stocks so I will suck it up now and again and hopefully buy enough to last me another year.

    • Mallory August 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Bra Makers Supply is has great selection for bra supplies. My school orders from there for the bra workshop we do! Also If your ever looking for corset or materials of the sort farthingales is the website to go to!

  9. Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk November 30, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    While I’ve never purchased apparel fabric online, I have bought quilting fabric online at JAQS Fabric and Etsy sellers. So far, my experiences have been great. I have heard great things about fabricworm.com, though. Their fabric selection is amazing!

  10. Laura November 30, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve bought from fabric.com for availability and lower pricing, and was incredibly pleased. Although Mpls/St Paul has a surfeit of great fabric stores at a great range of prices, I will buy online occasionally too, usually if I’m looking for something specific. But thanks to your link I’m going to spend my day obsessing over bubble gum pink shetland wool from Hart’s Fabric.. It would make a great Crescent skirt too…

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      I saw that wool! It’s so pretty. How about a white-and-navy polka dot blouse with your pink skirt? Funny you should say Pink Crescent Skirt, that’s one of the things on my neverending to-sew list…

      • Laura December 1, 2011 at 6:38 am #

        Oh pink and navy is such a sophisticated combo, very Chanel. I like that idea. Of course I would make a navy and white polka dot t-shirt probably…not so Chanel…

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Laura! I’m another Laura in Mpls but I haven’t found the great fabric shops out here (just Joann) – probably because I’m new to sewing. Can you give me any tips?

      Though I too am drooling over the online stores now…

  11. Shelly November 30, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Funny you post this, I just bought some fabric online yesterday from http://www.fashionfabricclub.com. It was my first time buying fabric online, so hopefully all goes well! Their website isn’t very organized, but they seem to have a TON of stock. Plus, I’ve seen several other bloggers recommend that website.

    Honestly I would prefer to NOT buy fabric online, there are so many variables you can’t solve through a computer monitor, but where I live there aren’t many (or any) store options. Joann’s has SOME things, but I’m always leaving their store disappointed. It’s good for me to go research and feel fabrics/drape and then buy online.

    I do eyeball http://www.hartsfabric.com/ quite often!

  12. Hearthrose November 30, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I live in a county where we have Joanne’s and one other chain that seems to get factory seconds or retired fabrics. So I have started doing some of my shopping online. I’ve been using fabricmart – and have been very pleased with what I’ve gotten. I got some couture linen for a project for church, and it is … amazing. They have quantity discounts if you buy in bulk which don’t show up until the shopping cart, btw.

    I’m looking for some new sources though, so will be eagerly following this thread!

  13. rachael November 30, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    my favorite online fabric stores are hawthorne threads and fabricworm (though i’m in the states, so the shipping is not the same issue). i also like girl charlee (mostly for knits).

    and regarding the comment above about yarn, i have had good experiences with some etsy sellers (i’d be happy to list if anyone wants) and i’ve been really happy with the quality and selection available at knit picks (also their prices are very reasonable).

  14. Jennifer S November 30, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I am addicted to Fabric.com. Shipping can be a little pricey, but they have great deals, and when you consider that I live a tank of gas away from anything other than overpriced (except for my small local one) quilt shops, $30 or $40 for shipping can be quite a deal. Because of them, I am obsessed with knits, because I can get them for at least a dollar or two less a meter than at Fabricland’s sales. I just bought a large box of fabric through them on Monday, and the Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount more than covered the cost of shipping. You just have to watch the exchange rate a bit – don’t want to buy when we’re, say, only $0.90 on the Dollar

    For quilting cottons, I love Connecting Threads. Their prices are awesome, and between my Aunt-in-law and I, we can amass quite the order with only $7 shipping to Canada. Sure, it has to go from the western US to Toronto to Alberta, but anyone who buys quilting fabrics knows that we probably have enough stashed away to last us until it gets here in two weeks.

    We really don’t have the selection in fabric stores here anymore, quilters have sort of ruined it for regular textile purchasers. I do love a lot of quilting fabrics and have used them for clothing, but I always tell people my favorite line or brand is “clearance”. I am not about to pay $17 a meter for something this year that will be $9 or less within a few months.

    I have checked out a few other websites, Pink Panda is Canadian, with only $5 flat shipping in Canada, but I haven’t found something that I absolutely had to have there yet.

  15. alice November 30, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    i’ve never bought online either, not only because of the costs of shipping/duties to canada, but also because with the time involved, swatches are out of the question. though i’ve definitely thought of getting a PO box in point roberts, or just having some fabrics sent to a friend in seattle and going down for a weekend to visit/pick them up.

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      I’ve thought of that, too. Plus then we could buy from all the shoe stores that don’t ship to Canada either! :)
      If I ever do, I’ll let you know how it goes! When I was down in Point Roberts during the postal strike, 90% of the cars in the parking lot had Canadian license plates, a lot of people picking up packages from their PO boxes and whatnot.

  16. K-Line November 30, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I’m in exactly the same boat as you so rarely buy online. I have done on 1 occasion and, of the 3 fabrics I received, I only really liked the denim. I think being able to buy denim online can be useful – if you can’t find it locally, which sometimes has happened to me (esp. now that the FabricLand in the downtown core has closed and i cannot get myself to one in the suburbs).

  17. Lisa November 30, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I have purchased several times from Vogue Fabrics in Illinois. I subscribe to their yearly swatch service so that gives me a chance to touch the fabric – a must for me!
    Vogue’s prices are reasonable and quality is good. I paid a flat $6 for shipping to California. No complaints about service.

    • cheryl December 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      The shipping is a little bit higher to canada though (almost the same cost as the fabric itself). I have ordered fabric from Vouge, and subscribed to the swatches, and the quality is excellent.

  18. Carrie November 30, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Ooh, I’m glad you asked this question! I also live in a “fabric desert.” I’ve probably done most of my online fabric shopping at fabric.com although I’ve ordered (once) from Gorgeous Fabrics and am waiting on an order from Mood. Now you’ve got me looking at this Hart’s Fabric site…. some very tempting things there!

  19. Helena November 30, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I buy online very often because fabric in Switzerland is so expensive that I end up paying less even though I have to add taxes and shipping. The only shop I REALLY recommend is fabrictales.com. It is a Japanese fabric retailer that has very, very beautiful fabrics. It is not cheap but you can be sure the materials are excellent and the service too.

  20. Amanda November 30, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    When I lived in Los Angeles I didn’t know you could buy online, but I suppose that’s because everything was available in stores! Now that I’m in a small town there is only one store that sells apparel fabric, it’s okay, but quilting fabrics are king in this region. As far as online fabric stores, I’ve taken advantage of sales at gorgeousfabrics.com. I like that she gives you an idea of what the fabric could be used for, and you can always send her an email to get her opinion.

    I’ve also just come across http://www.marcytilton.com/index.php?cid=906 and I love the way she drapes the fabric over a dress form so you get an idea of how the fabric hangs and how the print looks from a distance (I wish more online sites would do this since it can be hard to judge the size of a print when you get an up-close shot only, never mind the fact it’s impossible to tell the drape!). I haven’t used this site though, can anyone recommend it?

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      That is a great idea – draping fabric over a dressform to show scale and drape! I have a hard time judging scale even when there’s a coin in the photo.
      Never used the site but there’s a neat selection of fabrics!

    • Miss Karen December 2, 2011 at 10:58 am #

      I have purchased from Marcy Tilton several times and have been very pleased with the fabrics and the service. Right now I’m making a garment with stretch cotton French terry from her website. Wonderful stuff.

  21. Adventures in Dressmaking November 30, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    It’s been said before, but http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com is great. GREAT prices, and sometimes they offer free shipping. I got my wedding dress and bridesmaid dress fabric from there!

  22. Jenna November 30, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I’m forced buy mostly buy on-line, too. I’ve found that Joann’s fabric is usually off-grain & very hit or miss.
    I usually order from fabric.com for garment sewing, and I’ve got some silk-cotton yardage from Harts fabric, who has great customer service.
    I’ve also ordered from http://www.fashionistafabrics.com and they were awesome!
    Let’s see…who else?? I’ve ordered from etsy a few times, and also http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com, which is really hit or miss but for the prices it’s worth the risk, usually. They have a beautiful purple twill that I want to use for the Minoru, but I’m not sure what the quality is going to be, so I’m still shopping around.

  23. Steph A November 30, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    When my 2nd son was born, 4 years ago, I started buying online from Wazoodle.com (in Ontario). About half the fabric I ordered was for making diapers, but the rest was lovely cotton knits, athletic knits like wicking pique and jersey, and some wovens with lycra. All really nice stuff, especially the cotton knit interlocks and jerseys. They seem to have changed their focus over the last 2-3 years, and now have a large variety of diaper making supplies and fabrics (which are also useful for other projects I’ve found) and some Eco fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton. Unfortunatley, they don’t currently have any basic knits, quilting cottons or wovens. I’m hoping that will change.

    Here in Ottawa we have only a few shops that carry high end fabrics (Darrell Thomas and C&M Textiles are my favourite), and I’ve even found some amazingly great stuff at Fabricland!

    I’d still love to find some good online sites that don’t charge an arm and a leg for shipping!

  24. Donna November 30, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    I’m another reader with only Joann’s and quilt shops to shop from. I do shop at those stores, but occasionally treat myself to something special online. I love Fabric Tales, a Japanese based shop. If you don’t mind the slower shipping options, it’s about the same shipping to the US from Japan as it would be within the US. Another website I like is Fabric Shack, a US based quilting shop that has an amazing range of designs and good sales.

  25. Angela November 30, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I only have a Jo-ann fabrics locally so I’ve been buying most of my fabric on line for a few years now. It does not compare with being in the fabric store and actually touching the fabric, but overall I’ve had a good experience and the opening hours are really convienient! I love Gorgeous Fabrics- there are always pattern suggestions for each fabric which really helps. I also like Emma One Sock. I’ve shopped at Fabric Mart with mixed results (their photos are not too good) and at Fabric.com which I like and has great photos of the fabric both close up and draped. Some sites will only sell complete yards which puts me off some fabric- a $20 fabric for a skirt for instance, if I need 1.5 yards and I have to buy 2 then I have very expensive leftovers. I’ve also had some surprises with the scale of some patterned fabrics when they arrived, but I’m getting much better now at looking closely at the rulers and visualising the actual size.

  26. Angela November 30, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    whoops- it’s FabricMart that has the good photos, fabric.com has just the close ups.

  27. Linda Michelau November 30, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Since I ALWAYS make a muslin test first, and tend to sew what I can’t afford to buy, I love
    http://www.lintondirect.com,www.gorgeousfabrics.com, and http://www.emmaonesock.com. Their selection and sales are awesome.

  28. Kristen November 30, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Congratulations on your 1-yr Pendrell anniversary! You’ve done SO much in one year!!!

    • Tasia November 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you! Hard to believe it’s only been a year – a very exciting one, that’s for sure!

  29. Lisa C. November 30, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    I absolutely love http://www.fabric.com! I live in an area where there is only a Joanns to buy from and their selection isn’t the greatest. No cute locally owned fabric shops around here :( I do really like Hancock Fabrics though (I visited one in Kentucky where my brother lives) and would possibly order from them online!

  30. Steph A November 30, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    The only online site in Canada that I’ve ordered from is Wazoodle.com. I started buying there 4+ years ago before my 2nd son was born, and initially bought a lot of diaper fabric and supplies. Since then I’ve also bought some lovely cotton and bamboo jerseys, denim and twill with spandex. They seem to have shifted their focus over the last 2-3 years, and have a large variety of diaper making supplies, but they do still carry a lot of the basic knits/jerseys, fleece, wovens and quilting cottons (you just have to ignore the links that indicate “0” items for some of the fabric types!) I had pretty good experiences with ordering, and shipping wasn’t too bad.

    For fashion fabrics, there are only a few good shops here in Ottawa, but my favourite ones are Darrell Thomas and C&M Textiles. And over the last year I’ve found some amazingly nice fabrics at Fabricland!

    I’d love to find out about more online sites though.

  31. Amy November 30, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Online and all the time ;). I like unusual things and going down the rabbit trails of obscure online shopping. There are a few fabric stores here, but they are more craft-focused than my own tastes. I’ve gotten used to shipping costs as part of the price–our tax is usually higher than most out of state and sometimes country shipping costs, anyway. Etsy is a fun hunt! Emmaonesock.com is my absolute favorite. Yes, the fabrics are expensive but they are always better quality than my other fabrics and true to description–and the owner Linda gives incredible, personal service.

  32. Blythe November 30, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    When I’m feeling adventurous, Fashion Fabrics Club (because it can be a crapshoot. Most of the time I’m really happy with what I get, until I’m REALLY not). When I’m feeling spendy, Gorgeous Fabrics. You really can’t go wrong there. Fabric.com is also good for basics like semi-affordable doubleknit, which I have a hard time finding in NYC. Like you, I have also gotten some great vintage fabrics on Etsy.

    I like to browse Emma One Sock too but I haven’t bought anything from her yet. I always hesitate because I live in NYC and I know she sources a lot of her fabrics there. It seems silly to pay for shipping when I can just lug my lazy butt down to the Garment District, though that is more complicated than it seems. Purl Soho also has a great online store. Obviously I would never order online from them, but I really recommend checking out the website if you aren’t in NYC. They have absolutely beautiful fabrics. I especially love their selection of Liberty lawn and Japanese cottons like Nani Iro.

    One thing worth pointing out – if you are near a decent fabric store (or a whole district of them!), the tactile experience of going and feeling the fabrics and really examining them up close absolutely cannot be beat. I love to browse and simply feel fabrics in order to get to know the different types.

    Shopping for something specific, however, is something else altogether. I’m still a beginner and I find the experience of fabric shopping in NYC extremely overwhelming. You are lucky to find a store like B&J, which has the most stupendously gorgeous fabrics that are often outrageously expensive (I have seen $900 bolts of lace) carefully labeled with fabric content, etc. They have a website by the way, though not everything is on there. I think NY Elegant Fabrics also labels but they are also expensive. Paron is really the only exception – their stock is nice, affordable and they label. Most other stores don’t label anything, and you’ll just go into this tiny space where you can barely walk without fear of tripping on piles of bolts, all unlabeled and arranged willy nilly. Mood is huge of course and fabrics are organized by type but it is so enormous, so crowded and there is so much to see that I get dizzy every time I step off of the elevator.

    Also, believe it or not, sometimes I have something so specific in mind and I can’t always find it in the Garment District, so I turn to my internet sources.

    I guess what I’m saying is – even living near a supposed goldmine of fabric stores has its own issues. Hopefully I will get used to it so I can take advantage of it!

  33. Katitarian November 30, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I’ve used a couple – the only issues I’ve run into have been my own ignorance.

    I’ve used http://www.fabric.com – the nice thing is that you get points for each sale and these points eventually get you something, so says the friend who recommended it to me – I don’t use it all that often – I generally can’t find what I am looking for there: limited stock and I tend to get a particular vision/color in mind as I plan a new project. Another plus for them is that they let you know how many yards they have remaining for each fabric.

    I’ve frequently used http://www.fashionfabricclub.com I’ve never had a problem with their services. They have good sales, extensive stock, and good prices; however on http://www.patternreview.com there are a lot of negative reviews for them.

    I’ve used fabric stores on http://www.e-bay a few times.

    I’ve used http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/ as well – they only have cottons – but they’re good for old-fashioned quilting and sewing projects.

    I am going to order fabric later today from https://www.moodfabrics.com/ I ordered swatches from there a few weeks ago – they had the exact color I desired. Not happy about the price, but my folks are paying for it as a gift for the holidays so I feel less bad about splurging.

  34. arlene November 30, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    If I were to order online….it would be Emma One Sock.
    But I also have a nice variety of fabric shops near by in Vancouver…


    • Jamie January 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      What fabric stores do you like in Vancouver, Arlene?

  35. Jessica November 30, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I’ve never bought apparel fabric online, and I think it would have to be a pretty sticky situation locally before I would. Buying apparel fabric for me is very much a tactile experience- I want to touch something and think about how it would feel as a piece of clothing before I take the plunge. And I know how different types of fabrics feel, but no matter how much I think about it, it just doesn’t replace that in person experience. Of course, I’m very lucky to be near a bunch of chain stores and at least one very good independent fashion fabric store.

    The only fabric I do buy online is quilting cotton- quilting is my recent obsession, and there’s not a ton of variety in the quality of fabric used for designer quilting fabrics. Plus, no quilting store carries all of my favorite designers, so I end up turning to sites like fabricworm.com and fatquartershop.com.

  36. Miss Crayola Creepy November 30, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for making this post! I live in an area that does not carry much fabric for garment sewing, at least fabric that I like. These links are helpful!

  37. AnnieV November 30, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you for writing about this! I live in a small town of 125K people in Quebec, and it is a fabric desert… I need to go to Montreal to have a sort of choice and Montreal is the worst city I have ever been. The traffic is terrible and the parking fees are so high that the shipping costs seems a lot more affordable. With the gas fees and the taxes which are so high here in Quebec(GST+ QST = 13.925%), I prefer to shop online. I have ordered several times from fashionfabricsclub.com. The prices were very honest, but I received the wrong fabric once and I never had it exchanged or refund even though I contact them many times. Also the shipping delays are long, mostly because of the Canadian Post customs, they are so slow it’s a shame. So if you need fabric for a specific date, you need to order a month before.

    Do someone know fabric shops who ship faster?

    • ValC December 31, 2012 at 5:48 am #

      Hey Annie, I live in Mtl, and can easily tell you, don’t even bother to come in….there is nothing here anyways! And the driving is ridiculous!

      • Alison Cummins August 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

        I live in Montreal right near the fabic district! Love it. Lots of stuff. Always worth it. St-Hubert above Jean-Talon.

    • Embe May 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Hi – I live in Montreal and just got my sewing machine fixed so I’m learning about my options here. I’ve come across a blog you may find useful (not mine, just passing it on…). It seems like a very exhaustive review of different stores in the Montreal area, including maps and many useful details. I sympathize with you: shopping in a large centre without a guide is incredibly frustrating.


  38. Ruth November 30, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I buy some fabric on etsy.com as fabric here in England is so much more expensive than in the US and we also do not have the range of fabrics available to you. There are more on line fabric stores opening here in England selling interesting patterns but very few actual shops.

  39. Amanda November 30, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I buy fabric online frequently because I don’t have any local options. The problem is, I’m almost always disappointed (except when I’m buying quilting cotton, when quality and feel are more predictable. It’s also terrible for things like notions, because it is almost impossible to get a good color match online.

  40. Lashell November 30, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve order from FashionFabricsclub.com and Fabric.com and have been happy with my purchases from both. I would love to try Knitpicks.com sister company that sells quilting fabric called Connecting Threads. They have really great prices on quilting cotton. Because I live in NYC whenever I need fabric I usually just make a trip to the garment district.

  41. sallyann November 30, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I too, live in a “fabric desert”. JoAnn’s and a little quilting store are it. You’d think that here in Florida you could find some really cute cottons and prints for summer skirts and dresses, but no. So I order from http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com,www.moodfabrics.com, http://www.manhattanfabrics.com, and for fine cotton fabrics, http://www.farmhousefabrics.com. I recently recieved some perfect lightweight demin – just like The Loft’s offers for their dressier trouser pants/jeans – from http://www.fabricandbuttons.com
    Some sites offer free and/or low cost samples, some offer free returns, some offer shipping deals.

  42. Nan York November 30, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I live in Alaska so shipping is always an issue here. I have used fabric.com for many years now. I usually get free shipping if orderding over 35. and they honor that for Alaska which http://www.fashionfabricclub.com does not when they say free shipping they do not include us and also tack on an addition shipping charge which really jacks up the cost. However I do like their fabric selection.

  43. Kris November 30, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I’m lucky enough to live near places that have options for me, even if it means driving an hour. I’d rather drive the hour and feel the fabric than blindly buy online. However, for costume purposes, where I’m not as picky about things, it can be nice to buy fabric for cheaper than I could buy it for near me. I got some cheap poplin from fabricmart and while I don’t think I’d use it for everyday wear, it’ll be more than sufficient for a one-time use costume.

    There are definitely more quilting stores in my area than garment clothing stores though. A lot of those shops offer quilting classes but I wish there were more hands-on garment sewing classes that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to attend.

  44. Amelia November 30, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I love Gorgeous Fabrics and Mood Fabrics for online fabric shopping. I am not fortunate enough to have good local fabric options at all, I was just writing a post of my own concerning this strangely enough, my options are very limited (extremely) so I rely on the internet. I recently bought a couple vintage fabrics on Etsy that I am pleased with but I understand the international shipping issues. For some reason they make it difficult to send stuff from the US to Canada…I do it with my work all the time…actually I know why. Customs on both sides wants to make sure they get their money and they want money for everything crossing the border. Which is dumb since we already paid sales tax, generally, for it on the US side and I am sure the Canadian government makes you pay some kind of tax when purchasing items. It’s like an extra way for them to get money it is so frustrating! Thanks for posting this, it’s a great way to find new sources.

  45. zeddie November 30, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I, too, live in Canada but unfortunately there are very few fabric stores in my city. One local fabric store specializes in bridal fabrics and the other in quilting fabrics. I’m not too happy with the selection at Fabricland (which doesn’t stock good quality suiting, such as wools or silks, or cotton shirting materials and has more expensive bemberg lining than the two specialty fabric stores in the city). I do buy online at Gorgeous Fabrics, Sawyer Brook, Michaels’s Fabrics, and emmaonesock. In the past I have purchased from Fashion Fabrics Club, fabric.com, fashionistafabrics, Hart’s, and Elliott Berman Textiles. I don’t mind the customs but the shipping ends up adding $4 to $5 per yard but that can be cheaper than the regular price at Fabricland for yucky blend fabrics and the selection is a hundred times better. Buying online means taking a chance. Some stores will allow you to purchase swatches and that helps a lot.

  46. Laura November 30, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    We have JoAnns and Hancocks here, and they aren’t very good. Then there is a Quiltique about 45 minutes from me. That’s about all we have here in Las Vegas. Sad. I do almost all of my fabric shopping online. I love fabric.com. Their prices are reasonable, great customer service, variety of fabrics, shipping is reliable, great customer service (I know I said it twice). I branched out and bought some fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics!!! I love, love, love it. I definitely dream about buying more from her. I would love to have stores where I can touch everything before I buy it. I hope to travel to shop one day!

  47. Becky November 30, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    My only options are one Joann’s or online. (And if that Joann’s ever closes, I’m going to be heartbroken at having nowhere local to buy last-minute notions/interfacing/lining/etc!) The place I go most frequently is Fabric.com, since they have a good overall selection of apparel fabric and the prices are generally good. I’ve bought a couple of things from Gorgeous Fabrics. And I’ve made one-time purchases from places like Mood (only because they were having a big sale and I needed some knit prints, usually they’re way too expensive for me!) and Emma One Sock. I’ve generally had a good experience with it, though I did run into a problem once when trying to buy fabrics for an attempt at a mini-wardrobe. Not being able to see the fabric in person made it much harder to match the colors in my main print fabric to other fabrics, and so things ended up not going together very well. I know people like to hate on Joann’s, but at least there I can see and touch what I want to buy!

  48. Allie November 30, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I probably buy 75% of my fabric online. I have Joann’s, which I do shop at for costumes, crafty-projects, and certain other things, and there is a local fabric store in my town but their prices are really high (and I am used to paying a lot for fabric… I have expensive taste!) and their selection is miserable. I usually go to those the stores though when I am looking for something I’m not quite sure what, and need to know how it feels (like a canvas or other heavy weight fabric for my Minoru jacket!) but I am always disappointed with the selection, and at Joann, how sloppily they cut the fabric.

    I buy on etsy, fabric worm, hawthorn threads, and fabric.com. With the exception of fabric.com (which appeals to me for its free shipping and low prices) the quality of the cut and all customer service has been really good.

  49. Maria November 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I love to shop for fabrics (and also other stuff) online! Even though there is a Jo-Ann’s 20 miles from where I live and a Jackman’s, there are fabrics I can only find online. To name a few:

    Emma One Sock–one of my favorites. Her online swatches are so helpful I’ve often bought without requesting real swatches. Although she tends to sell expensive fabrics, the quality are topnotch and consistent, she ships so fast, fee is reasonable and she answers e-mails so quickly!

    Fabric.com–so far I’ve had good luck with items I’ve bought. I’ve compared prices and similar fabrics sold at Jo-Ann’s are cheaper at this site and there are always coupons that can be used and free shipping offers. Shipping is also fast and they provide tracking.

    Gorgeous fabrics–I’ve bought a couple of times from this site but my only complaint is the online swatches. It’s hard to purchase unless you get a real swatch so most often I end up not bothering.

    Mood fabrics–hit or miss. But more choices and more assortment.

    Spandex World–good for specialty fabrics. I’ve purchased moisture wicking spandex for workout clothes. Shipping was fast. Although for swatches, shipping is super slow and they don’t mark the swatches so if you request similar looking fabrics, it can end up a guessing game.

    Mills Direct–seller of Malden Mills fleece. My only experience is with purchasing their swatches and based on the swatches, I am going to order any fleece fabrics from this site in the future.

    Sawyer Brooks–pretty fabrics but limited selection.

    Elliot Bermann–lots of designer fabrics. Occasional coupons and sales. Shipping, not as fast as Emma One Sock.

  50. Tasia November 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    These are really good comments! So many new stores to check out, plenty I’ve never heard of.
    I think I’m going to compile these comments into one big list, with links, so we can come back to it whenever we want to fabric-shop online. What do you guys think?

    • Caroline November 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      Fabulous idea! I’ve never ordered online, but am beginning to be frustrated with my limited local brick-and-mortar selection. It would be fun to drool over a master list!

    • Summer December 1, 2011 at 4:15 am #

      Oh, yes! That would be awesome. I’m reading through the comments and can’t wait to check out these online shops! No local stores for me, either. I’ve only ever purchased quilting cotton online.

  51. Amy November 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I think a giant list would be a great idea. If there’s a way to sort by country, too, so that you can know beforehand whether you might be hit with international issues.

    I also like the new (to me, at least) look of your comment replies. It’s nice seeing them under and indented from the original comment.

    Finally, to answer your question, I actually do quite a bit of online fabric ordering. A huge reason I got into sewing garments was my mother-in-law. She lives in Santa Barbara and loves Fine Fabrics. Because of her, this store was really the first fabric store that I got to know, and it’s been easy to stay loyal to them since everything I’ve gotten from them has far exceeded my expectations. Though, granted, I haven’t been sewing long enough to know that much about fabric, but I am certain that the local chain stores around me just don’t have anything that compares. If I went into San Francisco, sure, I’d be able to find what I wanted, but I honestly get intimidated in giant stores like Britex. Since the prices at Fine Fabrics are on the higher side, I’ve tried to focus on quality over quantity this past year and on making pieces that I’ll want to wear for a very long time. And, I actually only oogle at most of the pieces since I do want to be kind to my budget. When I do decide on a particular fabric, I also try to order as little yardage as possible, which you may know since I’ve bugged you several times to ask just how little fabric I really need for your patterns. Plus, the owner of Fine Fabrics answers my emailed questions about as quickly and frequently as you do – great customer service!

    I’ve also tried Fabric.com to get a color of minky that wasn’t available at my local chain store (I’ve made a lot of baby blankets this year), and I can say that that minky was much softer than any I’ve found locally.

  52. Nat November 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I’ve never ordered any fabric online, although have drooled over a lot of it. I live close enough to both a Fabricana and a Fabricland, but do miss Dressew lots. There is a company in Port Coquitlam (BC) that does ordering online. They have great fabric, and a large selection of outdoor apparel fabrics (think Minoru!) They are called Sundrop Textiles and the ladies in there are wonderful. They have classes and machines as well.

  53. Susan - Knitters Delight November 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I shop online for fabric a fair amount. I prefer it over the big box stores like Joann’s. If I’m not purchasing fabric at Yardage Town (a local supplier) or in LA in the garment district it’s online for me. I frequently purchase from DenverFabrics.com, Fabric.com, and for a treat – GorgeousFabrics.com.

  54. Jean S November 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    my experience to date:

    –Vogue fabrics (Chicago)–especially great if you subscribe to the swatch service
    –Gorgeous fabrics–Meh. Either request swatches or know you’re living dangerously.
    –Emma OneSock–her stuff is amazing and sells quickly. I especially like how she photographs a long length of the fabric; it gives you a better sense of how it really looks.
    –Marcy Tilton–my favorite, although it won’t be everyone’s, as Marcy is extremely selective with regard to fabric color and type.

  55. Mary in FL November 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I have bought knit jersey and ITY online at ebay. My favorite sellers are zanzadesigns and bestonlinefabrics.

  56. jodi November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm #


    I am a Vancouverite and avid online fabric shopper! For me the ease and convenience of shopping unline outweighs the shipping charges. I work full time and have a very active toddler who I don’t want to drag out to fabric stores with me in the weekend!

    I’ve been ordering fabric online since about 2006. At first I ordered all my fabrics on ebay and then I switched to Pink Chalk Fabrics because I like their selection and service. In all my years of ordering fabrics online I have never been dinged for duty.


  57. Monica November 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    What a great topic, such amazing information and resources in the comments! I think it would be wonderful if you could compile a list that could be referred to in the future, what a helpful idea. I recently purchased from fabric.com for the first time, and even with shipping to Australia the costs were quite comparable. I was a little bit nervous about the color of my fashion fabric, but it turned out well. I also used it to stock up on interfacing, muslin and needles…I think online shops are perfect for notions and such that you don’t need to see in person first. I cannot wait to check out all these new-to-me online fabric stores!

  58. GPetunia November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Gorgeous Fabrics, Waechter’s, onlinefabricstore.net and Michael’s are great. I had a bad experience with Fabric Mart. Thank God I can get fabrics online because I live far from a city.

  59. Alison November 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    It’s so interesting to see what other people’s reactions are to various online stores! I have tried fabric.com several times, and have been consistently disappointed in them — their descriptions often didn’t match the fabric very well. On the other hand, I love fabricmart.com, where I’ve often gotten great fabrics for an excellent price. So I guess it’s all about trying a few places in order to figure out which one best meets your preferences.

    I also highly recommend subscribing to the swatch services. Besides letting you see a selection of their fabrics in person before you buy, it also gives you a more general feel for the quality of fabric at various stores and the way that store describes their fabrics. Vogue fabrics (voguefabricsstore.com), Sawyerbrook (sawyerbrook.com), and FabricMart (fabricmartfabrics.com) all offer this. All are a good deal; Vogue and Sawyerbrook also let you purchase a trial month before you subscribe for the whole year.

    A final added bonus to ordering online (from some stores) is that they’ll match lining/thread/buttons/etc to the fabric you’ve ordered. I personally love this service, since it saves me running out at the last minute for matching notions.

  60. rachael November 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    one other thing i should have thought to mention in my earlier comment is that trueup.net posts lists of online fabric sales weekly – both a US and international edition.

  61. Laurie Brown November 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    For silk, Silk Baron is wonderful. http://www.silkbaron.com/silk/ They have the most incredible selection of colors, and for silk, the price is very reasonable. The dupioni is to die for.

    Many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I bought a lot of stuff from the Natural Fiber Fabric Club. They have since been taken over by Fashion Fabrics Club, but I have no idea what they are like these days.

  62. Cassie November 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    I really like pinkchalkfabrics.com. They have a nice variety of fabric at fair prices. There is always a sale section as well. I have always gotten my fabric in a timely manner, wrapped nicely in a plastic bag. They have very cute patterns as well.

    Also I really like Sew-LA. I take classes at their LA location and the owner handpicks all fabrics that she sells and has very high standards. Very beautiful and cute fabrics there.

  63. rebeccas November 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    In order of customer service/quality fabric experience: At the very top is Emma One Sock then Gorgeous Fabrics, Fabricmart and somewhere a few rungs down, Fabric.com. I have some strategies as a Canadian shopper. Keep the weight down to under 4 lbs. Cotton/silk, for example, doesn’t weigh much, so it often goes in a First Class envelope which is much cheaper. It does take a bit longer, though. Fabricmart has flat rate shipping, so I get it sent to a place right across the border, and pay $5 for them to receive it. I try to order big on sale, and they have mystery bundles! So far I have had some great deals from them on wool and coatings. Gorgeous Fabrics is a bit more for shipping, and not as fast as some others, but customer service is good, and selection is always interesting and fashionable. I’m off Fabric.com after declining quality and customer service. They also do not give you a choice of UPS or USPS. You take your chances. I have only ever paid customs once, and the bulk of that charge was a handling charge from Canada Post. This was on a package stuck in the strike last spring, so it had time to attract attention as it sat in the system. I do visit Fabricana several times a year, but have seen some of the exact fabrics I’ve seen at EOS or Gorgeous Fabrics for twice the price, and customer service varies from friendly to indifferent. If I have to drive for an hour, I might as well order online. Oh, and the rush of getting a package in the mail almost equals the rush of feeling quality fabrics at a good store.

  64. Katie W November 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I’ve ordered apparel fabric from Denver Fabrics before: denverfabrics.com. They have amazing prices and a huge selection of fashion fabric, and I was very happy with the purple wool gabardine I ordered for my Lady Grey coat.

  65. Gena November 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for posting this! i haven’t bought online YET, I live in the Seattle area and we have plenty of quilting shops, which is what I have been doing most of. Currently, my teenage granddaughters have been asking for ‘special’ items and I have been looking online. I appreciate everyone’s input on this and will look at the sites mentioned. I did visit Victoria Canada once and couldn’t do my supervising of 15 teenage girls very well since I wanted to live in the great fabric stores. Seattle doesn’t have alot of Wonderful fabric stores now…used to but not now. Again, thanks for everyone’s input. May I suggest that if we do order from one of the sites, to be sure and let them know how we found about them!

  66. lunachick 265 November 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Hi! I live way out in the German countryside, and the local fabric stores don’t carry the fabrics I want. Also, what they have is very expensive. I go to my local Tessuti store for matching thread and zips, since those are hard to match online. I’m lucky enough to have a US post office box here, since my husband is in the military. Thus, I buy all my fabric online. I buy most of my fabric from fabric.com. Free shipping, good selection, and the possibility of returns make me a loyal customer. I’ve also bought some fabrics from etsy and hartsfabric.com and been happy with the results. I’d recommend sticking with stores that will accept a return if you decide the fabric just won’t work for your project.
    Onto your second question: living in Canada and ordering to that country. I grew up in Canada, but my parents always kept a PO box in Sumas (which was a 10 minute drive from our house in Abbotsford, not counting a border line!). Would it be feasible for you to have a PO Box over the border? It might be handy for you to have a US mailing address for fabric buying and other purposes. You could take a trip down there when you’re expecting a package and combine it with some shopping or visiting friends that you can’t do in Vancouver?
    Have fun online fabric shopping! I know I’ve spent many an hour on dream carts filled with silk.

  67. Kirsty December 1, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    I live in a small town in sunny old Dorset. I don’t really have many fabric shop options except the lovely Hansons Fabric Warehouse which is a drive away. It does have a decent range, and the ladies are so helpful but is always so busy that you have to pick your time carefully when you go!
    This place doesn’t sell organic fabrics so on a trawl to find some on the internet I came across a couple of websites. I have ordered from them and they have a wide selection of funky, interesting (not just organic) fabrics. .raystitch.co.uk, seamstar.co.uk, saintsandpinners.co.uk, backstitch.co.uk
    I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with delivery, the postage can vary but I try and make the most of free delivery if they have an offer on.

  68. Vanessa December 1, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    Hi everyone,
    Because I live in Switzerland, where fabric is expensive, and because ordering online can also be quite expensive if you consider shipping costs, I was wondering the other day that it would be FANTASTIC if there would be a system or something allowing sewers to make grouped purchases of fabric bolts directly by the big providers. Has anyone already purchased fabric by wholesale to share it with friends or acquaintances?

    • Laura December 1, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      I have participated in co-ops (cooperatives) where you get enough people together to buy directly from fabric manufacturers. I live in the US though, so I don’t know much about how that would work in other countries. Usually the manufacturers have sales representatives here. You contact them and most have a minimum first order, and then no limit after that. Definitely look into it if you can find enough people to go in on it with you.

  69. colleen December 1, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    I get my quilting fabric from a TON of stores online and even use Etsy sites. I’ve gotten a LOT of fabric from Fabric.com and can’t say enough good about them. They are extremely fast and the free shipping over $35.00 makes it easy to fill up the cart. You can also use coupons by googling Fabric.com coupons. I’ve ordered twice from Denver fabrics and won’t again because they take so long and my last order was so different from the picture swatch and now I have to go through the trouble of returning it. I’ve gotten some GREAT pieces for great prices from Fabricmart.

  70. Pauline December 1, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Waouh, so many answers!
    First congratulation on the first year anniversary of your store.
    Second, how funny, I just bought the same fabric you posted (blue polka dots) last week to make a blouse. And I bought it in a local store. I live in Valencia (Spain) and there is a a nice local shop and notion store as well. I have never bought fabric online, I guess I am scared that without touching and feeling the fabric(as well as colours on screen), I would make mistakes and order the wrong kind of fabric. And before that, living in Paris allowed me to spend quite some time in the fabric district…
    But all the awesome shops mentionned above are changing my mind…Even if I am afraid the shipping costs to Europe would be higher than the fabric costs!

  71. IvalynActie December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    I love Fabric.com and emmaonesock. I also love A Fabric Place in Baltimore, Md. They stock fine fabrics for garments!

  72. Freya December 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Im in Canada as well, but I find that even after shipping, I save about 30% on fabric.com. I always google search for a coupon code and try max out the amount of fabric in the shipping bracket (I keep adding yardage until the shipping increases to find out how much I can fit into the pkg before I have to pay more). I find a better selection online and I hardly go to my local fabric store any more!

  73. Sue December 2, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I have only ever ordered Curtain fabric online, and I have to say I was very pleased with it! However, I am reluctant to buy dress weight fabric if I can’t feel the weight and test the draping and creasing qualities! A list of online stores which have been tried & tested by your followers would be very helpful, especially if they posted comments about particular fabrics that have been made up into garments! Sue

  74. Lynda December 2, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    For a really nice selection of 100% linen of various weights or linen/cotton blends in lots of gorgeous colours I go to Fabrics-store.com. Great selection and fast shipping. I didn’t have to pay duty (I’m in the Vancouver area). If you sign up for their newsletter it will alert you to what is on sale that week (usually 10% off). You can get colour cards and samples of the different weights. Nice stuff! Lynda

  75. Amanda January 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Thanks for this great post! Finding good quality fabrics is a HUGE dilemma for me, as the only fabric store near me is Fabricland, and they are overpriced and overstocked with polyester lol. I have been afraid of buying fabric online but I finally took a deep breath and placed an order with Trim Fabrics today. Even though shipping was more than my total fabric cost ($28 fabric + $29 shipping) it is still cheaper than buying local… as long as I don’t get dinged with extra charges *shudders*

    I have ogled Gorgeous Fabrics and Fabric.com but am afraid with shipping costs they may still be too high for me, as the ones I drool over are often $16+/yd lol.

  76. Susan February 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I bought some beautiful wool blend with a bit of an unusual pattern at EmmaOneSock.com. They also send swatches for free.

  77. Doris Mandez February 28, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    I head over to Etsy.com for the sheer variety of fabrics out there. I especially love the handmade fabrics in FabricTreasury.Etsy.com and have bought one too many from this wonderful seller :)

  78. Meera April 2, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    I live in India, which is probably the sewer’sparadise for fabric. You get like two meters- almost 2 yards in around 100 rupees, which is 2 dollars. Selection is beyond vast, and most people have their clothes tailored for them, and almost every single household has a sewing machine, whether or not they have electricity (they use manual machines). However, all fabric is very – indian. There is nothing funky. And there is no pattern system here. Everybody cuts directly, the are that good. So if I want anything, I have to order online. And it actually breaks the bank, as we earn in rupees.

  79. Pink April 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm #


    Wow, love the mass amount of comments, amazing! I’m looking for a website with awesome wool suiting options, as well as fabric to make head scarves or hijabs. I think hijabs are mainly made out of chiffon or polyester chiffon, but I generally prefer cotton, like Georgette Hijabs, http://tinyurl.com/d39a22j. If you have any tips, please let me know!

    By the way, Vogue patterns on sale until April 14th, 2012: http://voguepatterns.mccall.com, for like $4.99 for many of them :D


  80. Sue May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I started buying fabric online a few years ago as I was unhappy about the selection in my hometown and the unavailability of all those gorgeous fabrics that keep popping up on these blogs/craft Forums.
     Being in Canada posed problems due to high shipping cost and currency conversion but it seems now things are getting better.

    Here is my list of online fabric stores that I have ordered from often and have had great experiences with, They are Canadian friendly offering reasonable prices for fabric and shipping cost.

    Tonic Living – Canadian store located in Toronto
    Free shipping in the GTA

    Cedar house fabrics – offers organic fabrics and free shipping to Canada

    Form & Fabric

  81. Tammie Sills July 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    There is a great little online shop called PG Fabrics that has really good prices and free shipping over $35. They are small family store and going through some changes, but great prices.

  82. Patricia October 27, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I live in the Trinidad and Tobago. We still have some fabric stores. Because of time however I am unable to visit as I would like to. I bought fabric online from Fabric.com. While there is free shipping to the US for purchases of over $35.00 and I was able to enjoy this to my skybox address, the shipping fees from Miami to Trinidad were extremely exhorbitant. As a result I cannot afford to buy online, except if someone is coming to Trinidad from the US and they agree to bring the fabric down for me.

  83. Anne George October 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Etsy has a lot of fabric shops…and fabrics from all over the world. Just enough patience to wade through the amazing variety and one could end up with lovely finds!

  84. Erin November 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    I try to just buy organic cotton fabric, and have found http://www.organiccottonplus.com to have very reasonable shipping rates (they ship anywhere in the world) and a really nice selection for organic cotton. I get allergies to conventional cotton.

  85. Chris December 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I love to hear about good sources because I only have a few stores nearby and most of them are Joann’s. But I used to live in Santa Cruz and can tell you that Hart’s is a wonderful store! Their products and service are top-notch. Dharma is good if you’re into dyeing. I got some nice linen from fabrics-store.com, but the process–wrong stuff sent the first time, confusing and disorganized communication–left me reluctant to go back. I am shocked at how much prices have risen in the past six months; even Fabric.com is pretty pricey now. I make an occasional 200-mile RT to discount shops near Boston, but it’s always hit or miss. I’d prefer online if I knew it could be trusted.

  86. Rita Montminy December 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I purchase fabric from http://www.quilthome.com and have never had a problem. I find their prices reasonable especially if you sign up for their newletter. Every newsletter they feature a different designer where they offer a coupon code and I find that that savings usually compensates for the shipping costs.

  87. Karen January 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    If you are looking for great prices and great selection of modern cotton fabrics and patterns, check out Fabric Spot at http://www.myfabricspot.com. We are a Canadian based online fabric shop. No need to worry about customs charges, dollar conversion, etc (if you’re Canadian :) ). Free shipping with any order over $100.

  88. saj February 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    How about http://www.fabricuk.com
    a good fabric warehouse in Saltley Birmingham UK, great collection of fleece fabrics in plains and printed kids prints florals, love hearts, spots and stars

  89. Louiseh April 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi there, I have a good friend who has an online fabric store and it is in Canada
    Please have a look at http://www.warpandweft.ca and I think you will be pleasantly surprised

  90. Deanna April 29, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Great Canadian Fabric store for Outdoor Fabrics and Upholstery supplies. Great for the DIYer.

  91. Michelle May 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Hello everyone! I know this post is really late but I ALways buy my fabric online. I live in a virtual fabric desert since i only sew apparel. I only have Joanne and Hancock to choose from. There is a smaller mom and pop fabric store in my area but it is a ways away and tends to be a bit pricey.

    I know this may sound quite daring, but I have been SOOOOO fortunate and successful with buying fabrics on Ebay. Now, it takes some real attention, but I have found so many good deals on many fabrics I couldn’t ordinarily afford. I have bought beautiful silks (and these are from the USA) as well as some great rayons. Wools are a little trickier to find, but once you establish a good relationship with certain sellers, you will not be disappointed. Also, the prices cannot be beat. I recommend trying it at least once. To lessen the risk, I have a strict budget on what I will spend, so if by chance something comes that is not what I expected (which honestly has rarely happened) I don’t feel bad since I have only spent about $10 or so. Try it! At least once and see if you are successful. I have really been pleased with my purchases on Ebay. Thanks!

  92. { Zaara ali } June 11, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    Hi i m a sewist love sewing a lot and all those fabric i see are pieces of jewels for me i live in india and dnt have any store or online fabric store plz suggest me how can i get few good printed cotton fabric

  93. Fabric Galaxy June 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Try facebook page Fabric Galaxy

  94. mary July 5, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Oh so many! But I love organic cotton, so I’d have to say my fave is http://www.organiccottonplus.com. Plus they’ve just updates their site so it’s easier to browse the fabrics.

  95. Michelle de Beaudrap September 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I have an online store where I feature super fun and beautiful fabrics from Europe and now, organic bamboo jersey made right here in CANADA! (Yay) I have a lot of those high quality, adorable but oh so hard to find knits and also amazing woven ribbons, iron on patches, and patterns from Finland and Germany.

    These are the products that made me fall in love with sewing again and I want to share them with Canadians. I hope you’ll check it out. :)


  96. angela kowcenuk September 18, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Great Canadian Fabrics and Upholsery Supply store. They have samples you can order before you buy by the yard.

  97. Jan November 4, 2013 at 10:07 am #


    I buy from equilter.com in Colorado. Quilting fabric is $9-$12/yd US, they ship USPS fairly inexpensively. I have paid anywhere between $12-$17 for shipping. No customs hassles, great quality. I am in BC and have been very happy with them. Wonderful selection; it just takes 10-14 days to get to me, but that has not been an issue.

  98. Juliet March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi! Just discovering all these sewing sites! i love http://www.maigocute.com
    They have SUPER CUTE fabrics! Some are Japanese, some are modern like Charley Harper and Mo Willems’ pigeon and some are classic Ed Emberley.. they have organic, too! I love ocean/sealife and they have a bunch of cute patterns. I also use their washi tape to put on gifts and cards. Cute stuff!

  99. Lori March 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    A good source for first quality designer fabrics at very competitive prices is Texas Susannie’s at http://www.texassusannie.com. The Bargain Barn section has some amazing deals. They also have an Etsy store.

  100. Catherine June 3, 2014 at 9:47 am #


    I recently launched my online fabric boutique and would love to share it with you. I am in the Kitchener/Waterloo area and focus on mod/geek/interesting and unique prints. Lots of fun stuff for babies/kids/adults alike! Please take a look. I will be getting more stock in very shortly.



  101. Manda July 3, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I didn’t see it listed but I sometimes buy fabric from fabricdepot.com. Their shipping rates are not that bad and I have never had to pay any duties or import fees. I mostly shop for minky but they have all kinds of other fabrics and they are usually good quality. It usually takes around a week for shipping to Canada and they are located somewhere near the west coast in the US.

  102. Pat December 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I typically go to http://www.NYCenterFashionFabrics.com – they run promotions on occasion and have free returns which is always nice!

  103. Pat December 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I typically go to http://nyfashioncenterfabrics.com/ – they run promotions on occasion and have free returns which is always nice!

  104. Stephanie January 1, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    You can also buy wonderful organic fabrics, all full GOTS certified, at :

    We sell only GOTS certified organic fabrics.
    We ship worldwide

  105. Katrina April 5, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    I buy my fabric from http://www.fabric-fabric-keele.com/

    they have all kind of fabric and price is good over 35 is free shipping.

  106. Alicia June 15, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    We just launched Dinkydoo Fabrics & Notions! We are based out of Vancouver (but we ship to the US and International as well) We sell mostly modern fabrics – pre-cuts, solids, notions and more. We have good shipping rates, and we have a great rewards program which we think you’ll like.

    We just got in a big shipment of Moda, and we have a lot of Cotton + Steel.

    Our prices are very competitive, and you get 15% off your first order for signing up to our newsletter. With our rewards program, you can get another $20 in “Dinkydoo Points”by making an account, liking us on Facebook, etc.

    We hope you’ll stop by and check us out, and let us know if there’s anything we can do or get for you.


    Alicia, Owner of Dinkydoo Fabrics & Notions.



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