Picture this: you’re scrolling through Instagram, lalala, like’n a few pics...lalala...oh look, your cousin is on a boat...lalala...cool! handmade purses; I should learn how to make purses...lalala...WAIT. ERRYBODY HOLD UP! That fabric. I love it. I need it.
Now the internet scramble. Where can I get it...also while still sitting on the couch watching Netflix?
This scenario plays out weekly for me. I see fabric. I need fabric. Gimme that fabric.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a go-to list of online fabric shops? With ready access to online inventory, you drool over a swatch and within 10 minutes, you find it and order a yard...or two or three!
WARNING: Once you read this list, there is no going back. You will become aware of the hottest spots on the web for buying fabric from your favorite designers. Bulk purchases may occur. Stashes may grow.
I should also point out that most of this list was made by you and for you. A couple days ago I asked quilters on IG to tell me where they love to shop and this list was the result. There are some larger fabric companies, but also some quality small shops run by husband and wife duos, mothers and daughters, friends, and single girl bosses work’n hard to provide us the best that’s out there.
A lot of the smaller shops started with a love of sewing and grew into a passion for entrepreneurship and customer service. Because some of these shops are small and even run out of the owner’s homes, they can be hard to find with a quick Google search – which is a real bummer because it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to support small fabric shops.
My goal with this list is to connect the dots between the best fabric online and creative, fabric-hungry quilters. Now onto the list! Enjoy 🙂
The Best Online Fabric Shops
Alewives Fabrics, established in 1975, carries a variety of traditional fabrics and also the latest in contemporary designs. What makes this shop unique? A passion for English Paper-Piecing with a modern twist! Online you can find loads of supplies, books and patterns for EPP.
Bloomerie Fabrics is like your local fabric shop – only exclusively online. The personalized customer service, modern fabric selections in a variety of substrates, custom Bloomerie Bundles, individual fat quarters, and free samples with orders are just a few of the things customers love about this store.
My good friend Andrea started this shop to cater to both quilters and garment sewers. Almost daily you will find new fat quarter bundles for sale along with wovens, blends and exciting outside-the-box fabrics. This is one of my favorite go-to shops!
Clair's Fabrics is an online shop specializing in all things modern. Clair always looks for the cheapest, fastest way to ship orders and will make part refunds if she can send an order for less than what was originally charged. After attentive customer service the number one priority here is to have fun!
Three words. Liberty of London. This website has a vast selection of your fav Liberty prints in a variety of colors and cuts. After visiting this online shop you will be dreaming of tiny prints for days. Liberty Clubs are also available so you don't miss a new collection.
Fabric Bubb is a family run shop that specializes in selecting the best modern, geometric and on-trend fabrics. They carry the latest designer fabrics, Japanese import prints, all the KONA solids and curate specialized bundles that have become incredibly popular with customers. Kristina and Evan take pride in accurately processing and shipping orders at lightning fast speed.
Fabric Spark is where you'll find fabrics that inspire you and get your sewist imagination traveling. This shop chooses prints, colors and substrates based on design quality, originality, usefulness and how much joy they bring to fabric loving hearts. In every fabric listing Fabric Spark shares why they chose it, what they like about it, and what they'd make with it. Fabric Spark also tries to find the little gems and lesser known goodies that might not be available everywhere but still deserve a spotlight.
Fabricworm is the perfect one-stop shop for the newest collections of modern fabric, fabric bundles and kits. (FYI, you can get kits for a few of my quilt patterns including: Retro Plaid, Mod Melons and Warrior) In addition to the store’s wide range of designer fabric, Fabricworm also carries a large selection of organic cotton.
With a wide breath of apparel, quilting and home decor fabrics as well as a user friendly website, Hawthorne Threads endeavors to inspire the modern sewer. The shop owners, Charlie and Lindsey, continue to stretch artistic bounds by expanding into an exclusive line of in house designed and printed collections.
Kate started this store because she was unable to locally source the brighter, more modern (and sometimes slightly retro) fabrics she loved. Kate loves meeting with and visiting distributors to choose new fabrics from a range of manufacturers including Moda, Liberty, Free Spirit, Alexander Henry and Art Gallery, as well as some gorgeous, quirky modern Japanese prints from Sevenberry, Cosmo Textiles, Sun Prints and Yuwa.
Pink Castle Fabrics is the perfect fabric shop for the modern quilter. They stock hundreds of solid fabrics and always have modern blenders and stash builders in stock. Pink Castle has a big selection of beautiful Liberty of London lawn fabrics and super cute imports from Japan. Every week Pink Castle gets new modern collections and they also create fabulous custom bundles. A great way to build your stash is to sign up for one of their monthly clubs! This online shop also puts on the very popular Stitchalot and Sew Pro events.
The once Pink Chalk Fabrics is now ilovefabric - new name, same great fabric and patterns for modern sewists. This online store stocks over 500 solids and all of your favorite designer prints. ilovefabric also has one of the most organized websites on the internet. Fabric is listed by color, collection, designer, manufacturer, pre-cut and what's new. Basically anything your quilty brain is thinking, the ilovefabric website will make it incredibly easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for.
Pretty Fabrics & Trim is a family business passionate about fabric and good old fashioned customer service. This online shop specializes in traditional fabric and notions with a modern twist. Their inventory focuses 1930's reproductions, Tilda and Japanese Imports. If you are looking for chintzy florals, delicate stripes or pretty little prints, this is the shop for you.
Purl Soho was founded in 2002 by three women with a passion for exceptional design, natural fibers and crafting tradition. You can see those themes carried through their fabric selections which focus on beautiful linen, shot cotton, Liberty of London tana lawn and select designer fabrics that share a similar "natural" aesthetic. In addition to selling fabric, yarn, patterns and notions, this website boasts some of the most stunning free tutorial projects you will find on the internet. Read more about this shop in the NY City Guide!
This Etsy shop, owned and managed by Cassie Putney, offers a range of fabrics from designers and manufacturers and specializes in contemporary, 1930's reproduction and Japanese prints. You should also know, that this shop is mega cute. It's a fact 😉
Sisters, Mary and Shawn, bring a joyful sensibility and love of all things kawaii and quilty in the selection of products for Sunny Day Supply. The shop is chock-full of lovely fabrics from leading designers and manufacturers, concentrating on hard to find Japanese lines; gorgeous double gauze, oxford cloth, lawn and quilting weight cotton. The Sunny Day blog is filled with tips and tutorials to inspire. Mary and Shawn wrap all purchases lovingly and creatively, making an order from this online shop a special experience.
If you have been happily surprised by a new fabric shop discovery, or if you see one of your long-time favorite stores, tell us about it in the comments section! I'd love to hear what you're buying and making from these great online venues.