Online Fabric Shopping: The Big List!

Wow! What an amazing response to yesterday’s post on where to buy fabric online. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. It’s much better when you can buy with confidence, knowing other people have had great experiences with an online fabric shop. I like to know when I’m going to get excellent fabrics and excellent service, which explains why prices are higher. And I’m all for the adventure of buying on sale or through discount stores. Taking a risk on fabric is my kind of gambling! It’s just nice to know what you’re getting into. And for that one awesome project, the one you’re going to splurge on, now we know where to look for the perfect fabric!

I thought I’d compile a selection of your comments into one big list, and if more come in I’ll update it if needed.* I’ve added links to the actual shops so if you like what you read, you can go shopping! (Hey, why not make it easy for you, right? You can blame me for enabling your fabric addiction.)

Here we go – the big list of Online Fabric Stores, recommended and reviewed by you! In alphabetical order, with the country noted if the store is located outside of North America.

Alfatex (Germany)

…they sell the fabrics used in the german edition of burda magazine… Alfatex has nicer photos, but it can be a bit more expensive. Still worth it I think. It’s been a while since I bought from them, but I had good experiences with both. -Corinna

Connecting Threads

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. -Jennifer S.

Crafty Mamas (Australia)

I love crafty mamas its a great source of knits, the stella is a great all purpose shirt knit and then there is the devine hilco and stenzo knits. The hilco campanete knit it the best knit to use . The customer service is above excellent :). -Kylie

Croft Mill (UK)

..dressmaking focused (rather than quilting) -Miriana

Denver Fabrics

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. -Katie W.

DistinctiveFabrics.com

DistinctiveFabrics.com is another great one. Fairly limited selection, but they focus on hard-to-find fabrics. If you become a member (free and non-spammy) they’ll send you swatches for free, too. I’ve ordered from them four or five times in the last few years and only had awesome experiences. -GlassCannon

Ditto Fabrics (UK)

..dressmaking focused (rather than quilting) -Miriana

Ebay sellers

How about ebay sellers bestonlinefabrics, zanzadesigns, highendfabrics, and lycra4sale. -Mary in FL

Elliot Berman Textiles

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

Emma One Sock

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. -Amy

Their selection and sales are awesome. -Linda

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! -Maria

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. -Jean S.

Fabric.com

…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. -Stacy

Fabric.com was more reasonable and very prompt but selection can be a little thin. -Ainslie

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. -Katie

I’ve bought from fabric.com for availability and lower pricing, and was incredibly pleased. -Laura

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 -Jennifer S.

Fabric.com is also good for basics like semi-affordable doubleknit, which I have a hard time finding in NYC. -Blythe

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. -Katitarian

I’ve order from FashionFabricsclub.com and Fabric.com and have been happy with my purchases from both. -Lashell

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).  -Laura

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.  -Maria

Fabricworm

my favorite online fabric stores are hawthorne threads and fabricworm. i’ve also had really great experiences with fabricworm customer service and their selection and prices for japanese fabrics in particular is fabulous. -rachael

I just cannot emphasize how much I love them- they have a great selection of designer quilting cottons (and even some apparel fabrics as some quilting designers start to branch out into voiles and things), including many things that I have a hard time finding anywhere else (not to mention the prices are quite reasonable). -Jessica

Fabric Mart

Fabricmart. Their inventory is somewhat random (it includes some designer and high-end fabric, but not everything is of equal quality), but they have AMAZING sales. Their photos and descriptions are also very helpful–they usually describe the weave, pattern repeat, weight, drape, recommended uses, etc. I think you can tell whether a fabric is a risk if you read the description carefully. Occasionally it seems like they aren’t certain of the fiber content of their fabrics (it might just say “blend” or “stretch” instead of giving percentages), but when fabric is on sale for $1.99/yd, I don’t always care! -Alex

I’ve been thoroughly pleased with everything I’ve ordered from them. And they have good sales, relatively reasonable prices, and when your fabric arrives it has a label on each piece telling you what it is, the yardage, AND the care instructions. It’s incredibly helpful when you pull it out of your stash a year later. -Clio

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. -Katie

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. -Hearthrose

Fabric Shack

Another website I like is Fabric Shack, a US based quilting shop that has an amazing range of designs and good sales. -Donna

Fabric Tales

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. -Helena

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 -Donna

Fabrics-Store.Com

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

Fashion Fabrics Club

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! -Adventures in Dressmaking

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. -Shelly

I’ve order from FashionFabricsclub.com and Fabric.com and have been happy with my purchases from both. -Lashell

..is really hit or miss but for the prices it’s worth the risk, usually. -Jenna

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). -Blythe

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. -Katitarian

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. -AnnieV

Fashionista Fabrics

I’ve also ordered from http://www.fashionistafabrics.com and they were awesome! -Jenna

Fine Fabrics

…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! -Amy

Girl Charlee

..i also like girl charlee (mostly for knits). -rachael

Gorgeous Fabrics

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. -Amanda

I love Gorgeous Fabrics- there are always pattern suggestions for each fabric which really helps. -Angela

Their selection and sales are awesome. -Linda

When I’m feeling spendy, Gorgeous Fabrics. You really can’t go wrong there.  -Blythe

I branched out and bought some fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics!!! I love, love, love it. I definitely dream about buying more from her. -Laura

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.  -Maria

Hart’s Fabric

 Harts was great but shipping was very pricey to Canada (had them ship to my brother in the US). -Ainslie

I’ve got some silk-cotton yardage from Harts fabric, who has great customer service. -Jenna

Hawthorne Threads

…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. -Andrea

my favorite online fabric stores are hawthorne threads and fabricworm. i would also add to my comment about hawthorne threads that it is a great resource to use for matching and finding fabrics b/c they have a search by color function. also, you can sign up to receive emails when an out of stock fabric becomes available. i’ve always had incredibly positive experiences with them and shipping (i’m in the US) is always quick; not to mention the fact that the owners, charlie & lindsay, are just downright lovely. -rachael

JAQS Fabric

I have bought quilting fabric online at JAQS Fabric and Etsy sellers. So far, my experiences have been great. -Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk

Keepsake Quilting

Keepsake Quilting (here in little ‘ol New Hampshire, USA) is great for quilting cottons, patterns, notions, etc. I have the luxury of going to the shop in person (and going through the scrap bins!) but the website is great too. -Katie M

Linton Tweeds

…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. -Bri

Their selection and sales are awesome. -Linda

MacCulloch & Wallis (UK)

..this UK store seems like heaven on earth. Haven’t shopped there, but very much hope to! -Erika

..gorgeous but pricey.. -Miriana

Marcy Tilton

But for equal quality, service and very good descriptions of fabrics and their possible uses, you’ve got to check out Marcy Tilton. She and sister Katherine design patterns for Vogue. -Jill H

..my favorite, although it won’t be everyone’s, as Marcy is extremely selective with regard to fabric color and type. -Jean S

Mill Direct

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. -Maria

Mood

I am very near their brick-and-mortar store, so don’t shop on line often. But when I made a special occasion dress it was pretty much the only on-line fabric store where I knew I was getting crepe back sating, organza and georgette that were exact color matches. So, incredibly helpful when you are making a dress of one fabric and doing trim in other fabrics but wanting it to match. They’re not cheap, but they are high quality. -Clio

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. -Katie

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

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. -Katitarian

Peach Berserk

Peach Berserk just has really interesting and different stuff. They are both pretty spendy so I haven’t tried either yet but they are really fun to browse through. -Amelia

Pink Chalk Fabrics

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. -jodi

Purl Soho

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. -Blythe

The Remnant House (UK)

As buying fabric online can be hard due to high shipping prices, for us around Ireland and UK i found this place great.
It has a great selection of fabric, good prices and good shipping charges. -Shel Baker

Reproduction Fabrics

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

Sawyer Brook

Sawyer Brooks–pretty fabrics but limited selection. -Maria

Seattle Fabrics

I am looking into getting some goretex from Seattlefabrics for the Minoru! -Ainslie

Sew, Mama, Sew!

I love SewMamaSew! They have a good selection, fast shipping, they always have special where if you spend $25, you get a free fat quarter, They choose the fat quarter, but it is always fun to get a surprise fabric! Plus, it’s always something I love! -tara

Sew Sassy

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. -Seraphinalina

Shaukat Fabrics (UK)

I’d like to mention Shaukat fabrics (based in London) for the best range of Liberty print fabrics. They have a better selection than Liberty do themselves, and even though I’m on the other side of the world in Australia, it works out far cheaper at around $20 per metre compared with $50 per metre in stores for their cotton lawn. -Ali

Silk Baron

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. -Laurie Brown

Sonjas-textilatelje.se

Might be only for Swedes, but email her and ask for shipping to other countries! This is a site with only organic fabrics and threads, and most of the fabrics are for apparel sewing. -Erika

Spandex World

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. -Michelle

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.  -Maria

Spoonflower

I think spoonflower is really cool, you can design your own design and have it printed for you on fabric and see other people’s designs and buy them as fabric. It is a really interesting idea. They offer different fabric types to do this on. -Amelia

Stoffe-hemmers.de (Germany)

While I find it harder to find what I’m looking for… you can have up to 5(?) sample pieces of fabric sent to you for free so you can actually feel the fabric before you buy. Alfatex has nicer photos, but it can be a bit more expensive. Still worth it I think. It’s been a while since I bought from them, but I had good experiences with both. -Corinna

Stoffochstil.se (Sweden)

Excellent prices, shipping is very reasonable if one orders larger amounts (to Sweden it’s 60SEK no matter how large the order is). Great selection of haberhashy and sewing equipment as well (in comparison to most sewing shops in Sweden). -Erika

Superbuzzy.com

Superbuzzy.com is another good source for Japanese fabric! They have tons and tons of great stuff. -Ann

Vogue Fabrics

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. -Lisa

Waechter’s Fine Fabrics

I’m so lucky to have Waechter’s Fine Fabrics in my town…they have lovely fabrics, and their online shop is excellent. -Olive

That’s a pretty impressive list! Did I miss any? Anything to add to this list? Leave a comment and I’ll be back to update this post* with more recommendations and stores.

Thanks for all of the feedback! This will be super helpful to anyone who wants to buy fabric online but doesn’t know where to start.

Another tip is to check out True Up http://www.trueup.net. Every friday they have a “fabric sale alert” where they list sales from online fabric stores around the world… thanks Petite Josette for the link!

*Last Updated December 8th, 2011

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70 Responses to Online Fabric Shopping: The Big List!

  1. Shel Baker December 1, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    http://remnanthouse.co.uk/

    As buying fabric online can be hard due to high shipping prices, for us around Ireland and UK i found this place great.
    It has a great selection of fabric, good prices and good shipping charges

  2. Miriana December 1, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Some UK ones that are dressmaking focused (rather than quilting)

    Ditto Fabrics – http://dittofabrics.co.uk/
    Croft Mill – http://www.croftmill.co.uk/
    And gorgeous by pricey Macculloch and Wallis – http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/Default.aspx

  3. orangedream December 1, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Thank you Tasia for compiling these! It must have been some work. I have so many new sites to now check out.

  4. Kathy December 1, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Wow! Thanks for all your hard work. I was going to go back to the posts and make a list, but you did it all. Thanks again!

  5. GlassCannon December 1, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    DistinctiveFabrics.com is another great one. Fairly limited selection, but they focus on hard-to-find fabrics. If you become a member (free and non-spammy) they’ll send you swatches for free, too. I’ve ordered from them four or five times in the last few years and only had awesome experiences.

    I’ve also had good experiences with SyFabrics.com.

  6. Amelia December 1, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    There are a couple pretty quirky sites I don’t think were mentioned but I recently discovered. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome and http://www.peachberserk.com/wordpress/

    I think spoonflower is really cool, you can design your own design and have it printed for you on fabric and see other people’s designs and buy them as fabric. It is a really interesting idea. They offer different fabric types to do this on. Peach Berserk just has really interesting and different stuff. They are both pretty spendy so I haven’t tried either yet but they are really fun to browse through.

  7. Trisha December 1, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    To chime in, I also use fabric.com, and am very happy with them. I needed to use their customer service once, and they were fantastic!

    When I saw this yesterday, I checked out Girl Charlee for some knit fabrics, and was so excited by their site that I ended up buying some. Gaaaah! :)

  8. Corinna December 1, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I’m from Germany and when I buy online, I buy at http://www.stoffe-hemmers.de or http://www.alfatex.de/epages/alfatex.sf <– they sell the fabrics used in the german edition of burda magazine. While I find it harder to find what I'm looking for at the former, you can have up to 5(?) sample pieces of fabric sent to you for free so you can actually feel the fabric before you buy. Alfatex has nicer photos, but it can be a bit more expensive. Still worth it I think. It's been a while since I bought from them, but I had good experiences with both.

  9. Jessica December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks so much for putting this together! This will be an awesome resource!

    And I think I mentioned Fabricworm.com in my comment yesterday too, but I just cannot emphasize how much I love them- they have a great selection of designer quilting cottons (and even some apparel fabrics as some quilting designers start to branch out into voiles and things), including many things that I have a hard time finding anywhere else (not to mention the prices are quite reasonable).

  10. petitejosette December 1, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    do you know of this blog:
    http://www.trueup.net

    Every friday they have a “fabric sale alert” where they list sales from online fabric stores around the world…

  11. rachael December 1, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    thanks for putting this great list together!

    i would also add to my comment about hawthorne threads that it is a great resource to use for matching and finding fabrics b/c they have a search by color function. also, you can sign up to receive emails when an out of stock fabric becomes available. i’ve always had incredibly positive experiences with them and shipping (i’m in the US) is always quick; not to mention the fact that the owners, charlie & lindsay, are just downright lovely.

    i’ve also had really great experiences with fabricworm customer service and their selection and prices for japanese fabrics in particular is fabulous.

    • tara December 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      I agree, Raechel! Fabricworm is awesome! I also just ordered from Spoonflower and I love their selection! You can create your own fabric! Also, if you use Etsy, you can get a free yard of “check out my Etsy shop” fabric for free from spoonflower. It is pretty groovy.

      I love SewMamaSew! They have a good selection, fast shipping, they always have special where if you spend $25, you get a free fat quarter, They choose the fat quarter, but it is always fun to get a surprise fabric! Plus, it’s always something I love!

  12. Tilly December 1, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Wowzers! I bet this is really useful for US and Canada sewists. Can you compile a list for the UK now please?! Or ask someone else to do so! So jealous of the choice that you get across the water.

  13. Tasia December 1, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    This is great – thanks for the additions! I’ll wait a while and then update the list with the new additions. (Forgot to add a photo to the post too – fixed!)

    Tilly – I know! I’m thinking of adding (Country) next to each store so people outside of the US aren’t disappointed when they click on each store. For us in Canada, that’s helpful too!

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  14. katie M December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Keepsake Quilting (here in little ‘ol New Hampshire, USA) is great for quilting cottons, patterns, notions, etc. I have the luxury of going to the shop in person (and going through the scrap bins!) but the website is great too.

  15. Alex December 1, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    If I had read your post yesterday I would have chimed in to vouch for Fabricmart. Their inventory is somewhat random (it includes some designer and high-end fabric, but not everything is of equal quality), but they have AMAZING sales. Their photos and descriptions are also very helpful–they usually describe the weave, pattern repeat, weight, drape, recommended uses, etc. I think you can tell whether a fabric is a risk if you read the description carefully. Occasionally it seems like they aren’t certain of the fiber content of their fabrics (it might just say “blend” or “stretch” instead of giving percentages), but when fabric is on sale for $1.99/yd, I don’t always care!

  16. Ann December 1, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Superbuzzy.com is another good source for Japanese fabric! They have tons and tons of great stuff.

  17. Hannah December 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Thank you for compiling this list! I have just recently been considering buying fabric online, but have had limited success looking for good resources via a google search. Seeing the name of the site right next to others’ experiences buying from them is very helpful.

  18. Judith December 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    … and there now goes my day, because who can refuse the tempting carrot dangling in front of them with all of these wonderful new sites to visit. Time to hide the old credit card from myself – though one little pre-Christmas spend wouldn’t hurt….lucky for me some of them don’t ship Down Under (yet!!!)

  19. Clio December 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m surprised there weren’t more positive comments for FabricMart.com. I’ve been thoroughly pleased with everything I’ve ordered from them. And they have good sales, relatively reasonable prices, and when your fabric arrives it has a label on each piece telling you what it is, the yardage, AND the care instructions. It’s incredibly helpful when you pull it out of your stash a year later.

    I also would put in a plug for Mood.com. I am very near their brick-and-mortar store, so don’t shop on line often. But when I made a special occasion dress it was pretty much the only on-line fabric store where I knew I was getting crepe back sating, organza and georgette that were exact color matches. So, incredibly helpful when you are making a dress of one fabric and doing trim in other fabrics but wanting it to match. They’re not cheap, but they are high quality.

  20. Olive December 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m so lucky to have Waechter’s Fine Fabrics in my town…they have lovely fabrics, and their online shop is excellent: http://www.fabricandbuttons.com

  21. Ali December 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I’d like to mention Shaukat fabrics (based in London) for the best range of Liberty print fabrics. They have a better selection than Liberty do themselves, and even though I’m on the other side of the world in Australia, it works out far cheaper at around $20 per metre compared with $50 per metre in stores for their cotton lawn.
    http://www.shaukat.co.uk/

  22. Mary in FL December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    How about ebay sellers bestonlinefabrics, zanzadesigns, highendfabrics, and lycra4sale.

  23. Erika December 2, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    I see some of the comments above has added shops for europeans, but I’d like to add a few for mainland/northern Europe:

    tyg.se
    For Germany and Scandinavia. I’ve never shopped there, but they have a pretty good selection and I know people who have and they’ve been very pleased with the fabric.

    http://www.stoffochstil.se/
    Excellent prices, shipping is very reasonable if one orders larger amounts (to Sweden it’s 60SEK no matter how large the order is). Great selection of haberhashy and sewing equipment as well (in comparison to most sewing shops in Sweden).

    http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/Default.aspx
    It’s already been mentioned, but this UK store seems like heaven on earth. Haven’t shopped there, but very much hope to!

    http://retail.sonjas-textilatelje.se/?gclid=CJbfnt-Q46wCFeQumAod6xxZng
    Might be only for Swedes, but email her and ask for shipping to other countries! This is a site with only organic fabrics and threads, and most of the fabrics are for apparel sewing.

    Thank you for putting this list together! If nothing else, it’s fun to browse the sites =)

  24. Jill H December 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    And I thought I’d found them all. I live in a city with only a Joann. Nuff said.

    My primary online pusher is still EmmaOneSock, although lately she’s been carrying a lot of evening wear and wool, which I just don’t need. But for equal quality, service and very good descriptions of fabrics and their possible uses, you’ve got to check out Marcy Tilton. She and sister Katherine design patterns for Vogue.

  25. kylie December 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I love crafty mamas its a great source of knits, the stella is a great all purpose shirt knit and then there is the devine hilco and stenzo knits. The hilco campanete knit it the best knit to use . The customer service is above excellent :).

  26. Tasha December 5, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    This is such a fabulous resource post, thank you so much for putting it all together!! I hadn’t heard of so many of these sites!

  27. Dawn December 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    This list is fantastic. You ought to pile them all into a downloadable PDF and put it in your sidebar. Super good work. I only know of four of these sites listed! I’m thrilled to have more places to shop on line and honest reviews. Thanks for doing this, I know the post took time with all the links involved. Good job.

  28. Mary in FL December 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I do hope you will update this list from all the suggestions. We could link to this post, or you could link to it on the sidebar (per Dawn’s suggestions).

  29. didyoumakethat December 9, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    This is a great resource!

  30. wundermary December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I just have to make a comment here on Mill Direct.

    I lived in Providence, RI for years and I remember the Malden Mill fire of 1995. This was a multi-generational family business that was still housed in their original mill. The mill was severely damaged and the the CEO, Aaron Feuerstein, spent $25,000,000 to rebuild a state-of-the-art mill and keep 3,000 employees on payroll with benefits during the process. Unfortunately, with the coming economic downturn, it also eventually cost him the business, as Malden Mills became insolvent.

    I do not know much about their current state of affairs. But, I see that the Mill Direct company states on it’s front page that they are all former Malden Mill employees and that the fabric is still being made in Lawrence.

    Maybe this is a bit political for your page. But, when I am buying, I do wonder about where fabrics have come from and the working conditions for the people who have produced them. The price tag on the Polartec family has never bothered me, for this reason.

  31. wundermary December 9, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Oops, I just went digging, thinking that he couldn’t have rebuilt that mill for 25 mil. He didn’t. He spent $25,000,000 on the employees and a total of $405,000,000 with the rebuild.

  32. Rebecca December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    So much work. Thanks for doing this!!

  33. Tine December 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    My favourite shop is stoffe.de . They have a great selection and I always find a good bargain. Moreover they have websites in english, french, italian, swedish, czech… And they send you 5 samples for free in one month as well. My last purchase was a mustard and dark green knit made of Modal ( haven’t seen Modal fabrics in any other store yet). The colours were exactly like in the picture and I can’t wait to sew with that fabric.

  34. Lisa December 10, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    Wow! Thankyou so much for including Crafty Mamas in your list!

    Lisa :)

  35. Lucy Hastings December 10, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Add Banksville Designer Fabrics to your list of online fabric stores. You can call them or send them color samples via snail mail and their service is excellent. Best of all, the samples they send you are large – and once you order, the fabric is at your front door in just a couple days. they are located in Norwalk, Ct.

  36. Bella December 10, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Thanks, Tasia, I appreciate your research & reviews. So helpful!

  37. Lynne December 16, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Hey Tasia! Great list!

    Just wanted to let you know that your links for Distinctive Fabrics and Super Buzzy are broken!

    • Tasia December 16, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      Fixed! Thanks for pointing it out – it’s because I missed the ‘http://’ in front of the URL, it does weird things that way!

  38. elise January 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I just discovered this site: http://www.jrbsilks.com/ by accident while combing through all the ones you posted in search of Dupioni. I haven’t ordered from them, but I was _floored_ by their selection of silk. The prices were not as cheap as some of the other online stores, but they literally have silk in just about every color known to man (Think I’m kidding? See for yourself!). I think it would be a fabulous resource for anyone looking for a silk to make a special dress. They also have an unparalleled collection of striped and checked silk.

  39. Teresa February 6, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I’d like to point out http://www.tissufabrics.co.uk/fabric-store/ for a fairly affordable UK fabric shop. You have to read the descriptions closely but their stretchy fabric selection is fantastic.

  40. Tasha November 3, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Check out http://www.simplififabric.etsy.com. Huge selection of organic textiles, designer organic cotton and cloth diaper making supplies. Ships worldwide from Canada and USA!

  41. Leah December 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I’ve just started my own fabric store in Australia through facebook with a website coming soon.
    My fabric is super cheap but I currently only have about a dozen fabrics in stock although I am taking requests for fabrics that people would like to see.
    Will post outside of Australia, just inbox me to check out shipping prices

  42. Tina January 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for this list, it just helped me on a crazy search for rayon gabardine!

    xoxo,
    Tina

  43. Paolina March 19, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Just what I was looking for!
    many thanks for this list!
    Just want to add http://www.franceduvalstalla.com (France) since I am really in love with her fabrics!

  44. embroidered patches May 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Always good to have more fabric sources!

  45. Lou Ann Bremers May 30, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I saw a burb about a company who would try to match a fabric for you but can’t find it when I went through the list and all the comments. I have some gray suiting which I think is a blend. Made a skirt but had some damage to the fabric for the jacket. I want to send some samples out to see if I can get some to match it “pretty closely.” Anyone know where I can do this? Thanks.

  46. Colleen June 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Help… I looking for the best velour fabric that can be used on baby blankets, can you help me find?

  47. Colleen June 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m trying to find the best velour fabric so can use on baby blankets ..can you help me out?

    • Tasia June 18, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      Hello Colleen, sorry I have no idea what would be the best velour fabric for baby blankets, it’s not really something I sew! Try looking for a blog that focuses on baby clothing or baby blankets and see if they have a recommendation in their posts. Or find a source for velour and then ask the store if it would work well for baby blankets? Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

  48. Bella July 7, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Hey, Tasia…I use this list quite a bit (thanks for putting it together), but just realized you don’t have one of my favorites on it…Dharma Trading (dharmatrading.com) in Berkeley. They have been around forever & it’s run by creative spinners, sewists, dyers, painters & knitters, so they really know what they’re talking about (all my artist friends in SFO swear by them). I’ve just ordered 55 yds of 5mm silk habotai for $187 (includes shipping)…I’ll just dye it as I need it to line dresses & jackets. I have spent the weekend looking for cheap-ish silk and after trying most of the stores on your list + etsy + ebay, I’ve decided the best deal for me is Dharma…then dying the fabric if I have to.

    Thanks again for a great compilation…I’m a librarian so I LOVE it when info is gathered & then shared!

  49. Sabrina July 9, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Wow what a fantastic list! I’ve tried one or 2 out before but I buy all my fabric now from Minerva Crafts (http://www.minervacrafts.com). They have such a huge range and there’s always something new!
    Love
    Sabrina
    x

  50. Simon August 7, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Can I add another suggestion to the on-line shop list .
    http://www.dragonflyfabrics.co.uk (Britain) which have a lovely range of quality dressmaking fabric and an easy to use sample service.Regards
    Simon

  51. Nicole Montgrain September 7, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Thank you for all the useful information great sight.

  52. Cheap Fabric September 20, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    There are so many online store where you can buy fabric but the source that I would like to preffer is SOFI.

  53. Shenaz September 21, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Dear Tasia,

    I have visited your site and it is indeed a very good shopping place..
    Though i have just visited it as a visitor…i am from Mumbai City in India…and was looking for someone like you who can be interested in clothing line…

    I have cotton base unstitched dress material fabrics in different color and design patterns which comes in normal to casual wear …largely targeting people interested in Indian wear at manufactures whole price to offer you..

    Tasia,if you have a market and interest for the same …please do revert me back..on my personal email ..so that we can build a further commmunication on the same…
    Hope to see your mail..

    Have a good time.
    Regards,
    Shenaz.

    • Rita November 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Hi Shenaz ,
      I’m interest in indiam clothing line and fabric, do you have any page to see your product catalog ?

      Regards,
      Rita

  54. Swapna October 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    This is real good job… It must have taken quiet some time for you write this post. I am glad I came across your blog…. Thanks to google. I wish I was your neighbour Tasia!!!!
    Could you let me know if there are any online stores in Australia? I guess shipping would be less expensive within the country.

    Best wishes
    Swapna

  55. Shelly S November 19, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Don’t forget commonthreadsquilting.com they specialize in reproduction fabrics
    Biggest selection of civil war that I have seen. They ship all over the world and have great block of the months

  56. andrew November 24, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Hey,
    I just read somebody looking for Indian fabrics in the comments. I would like to share my experience with you guys.

    I and my wife were looking for some lovely and good priced Ikat fabric for our home decor about 3 months ago. After much research, I landed up on a site (www.etsy.com/shop/raajma) who sold such and other handmade/ organic fabrics. I had many questions about the fabric quality, shipping, etc before we wanted to place a large yardage order. Before buying from them, we troubled them with our queries but they (sorry, I don’t remember their names!) were always patient and happy to help us in finding the right fabric for our particular needs. Its very hard today to find such personal customer service from an online store. Just give it a try and find out for yourself.

  57. Elina December 10, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    I would love to add one more in the list http://nnstoffen.nl/

  58. John Taylor December 27, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I hope you add this Website to your List. They are http://www.online-fabrics.co.uk . Have used them 4 times and their Service and Product range is second to none. Brilliant Prices too and fast Delivery.

  59. Lana Mowdy February 7, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    http://www.johnsonsquiltshop.com
    They have a huge selection of fabrics. More is being added everyday with sales, coupons, and contests. I have used their fabrics for almost every quilt I’ve made. The quality is exceptional, prices are great, and shipping is fast.

  60. Cathy February 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Oh my goodness what a list! Thank you so much for taking the time to compile such an impressive resource :)

  61. Mamta Motiyani February 11, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you, Andrew for your nice comment about our store. It was an absolute pleasure to have you as our customer.

    We have only selected and unique designs fabrics and supplies in our Etsy store. Our prices are competitive and we ship anywhere in the world in less than 2 weeks. Indian sarees, Ikat, blockprints is our specialty. We have also recently launched our website http://www.mamtamotiyani.com where you can find many variety along with dozens of beautiful crochet patterns which I design.

    Thank you for compiling such a huge resource of information.
    Mamta Motiyani
    India

  62. Janna February 24, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this brilliant blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and
    adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  63. Ashley March 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Long-time reader, first-time poster. Just wanted to stop by and say that I love this blog! I was really inspired by this list to go out and try some online fabric sellers. It’s a bit scary because you can’t exactly go out and feel/see the textiles for yourself, but living in Hawaii means that my brick-and-mortar options are very limited, and it’ll be good to venture out and try something new. Thanks so much! Sewaholic is amazing. <3

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