Ask Design Mom Week — Online Fabric Sources

November 3, 2009

Question:
I’m looking for a fun print fabric to use to bolster some window boxes, but am disappointed in the choices at the chain fabric stores. Any suggestions for online fabric stores that are affordable? Thanks — Lauren



Answer:
Great question, Lauren. This is another popular topic that comes up frequently. From what I can tell, the online fabric sources that seem to have the most fans and best collections are:

1) Purl Fabrics. You can browse fabric by company, style or designer. Their collection of reproduction 1800′s fabrics is excellent. The japanese fabrics are so tempting, you’ll buy now and come up with the appropriate project later. They also stock knitting supplies, books, and notions. Plus, a really lovely goods and a smart crafting blog: The Purl Bee.

2) Repro Depot. It’s my sister Jordan’s favorite online fabric source. She’s mentioned them multiple times. You can read her Repro Depot posts here.

3) Spoonflower. If you really can’t find any fabric you love, Spoonflower will print your very own designs for very reasonable prices.

What about you, Dear Readers? Any other online fabric sources you know and love?

PS — Some of this answer was taken from one of my previous posts.

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1 Sarah November 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Two that I know and love are:

http://www.fabric.com &
http://www.jcarolinecreative.com

There are SO many good ones!

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2 Morgan November 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I'm going to second Sarah! I've only ordered from JC once, but I'm a regular Fabric.com customer. Their customer service rocks too!

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3 Heather November 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Just a quick correction, it is Purl Fabric, not Pearl Fabric. Other good online sources are :

fabric.com (second that!)
sewmamasew.com
superbuzzy.com

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4 kristi lou November 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm

i like to go to the fabric designer's website (i love anna maria horner & joel dewberry) to find what i like, then look for it at fabric.com or on etsy.

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5 Jennifer O. November 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

In addition to the others listed, I like Pink Chalk Fabric (www.pinkchalkfabrics.com) and the Fat Quarter Shop (www.fatquartershop.com). You can also find lots of fun fabric on Etsy.

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6 Sara November 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I second fatquartershop.com!

I also love Natalie's fabrics at olivemanna.com

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7 Shelah November 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm
8 Cameron Blazer November 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Spoonflower is not just for designers anymore–many, many designs by independent designers are now available for purchase in their marketplace!

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9 Anonymous November 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I like Missouri Star Quilt Co….they have awesome daily deals and a decent selection of precuts. (my fav!!)

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10 Jaime November 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

she named my two favorites but you can also get great patterns at great prices here:

http://www.hartsfabric.com
http://www.shopcraftyplanet.com
http://www.sewmamasew.com
http://www.fabric.com
http://www.superbuzzy.com

and this shop usually has the best prices
http://www.imaginefabric.com

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11 alex t November 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Love all the options listed so far – I have loved etsy recently for japanese fabrics and ebay for some great vintage pieces.

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12 Dianne K. Nelson November 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

http://www.sewmamasew.com
http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com

Some other choices there!

Smiles,
Dianne

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13 Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love November 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

I have used Lewis and Sheron Textile Company and loved them. They even sent free samples of trim to use that coordinated with my fabric.
http://www.lsfabrics.com

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14 chiara November 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

you might have to do some online digging here, but there is goo stuff to be had!

http://contemporarycloth.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?cart_id=5616364.3477.s0&lastmenu=&menu=submenu-1000.html

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15 EvaBabeDesigns November 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

When we're not shopping in the Fashion District in Los Angeles, then we buy all our fabrics here (wholesale to the public): http://www.fabric.com/?ovchn=CJN&ovcpn=commission+junction&ovcrn=wholesale+to+public&ovfrd=cj&ovtac=AFF&cm_mmc=CJ-_-2821649-_-3664734-_-Fabric.com…Wholesale+to+the+public%21
They have a great selection of prints and patterns too!

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16 Katie McNeil November 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I found great fabrics on etsy as well.

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17 Anonymous November 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Etsy! Super browsable too.

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18 tammie November 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

cia's palette has always been good to me!!

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19 clare November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Check out http://www.thunderlily.com they have several boutique fabric shops under one roof, but the prices are really good.
I was looking for a particular fabric that I just could not find and when I wrote to them, they recommended one of the sellers who I contacted and bought the fabric offline. So pretty good customer service too.

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20 Carly June 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

These are all great recommendations! If you’re looking for unique and adorable knits for your next project, check out our online store at http://www.girlcharlee.com. We carry a variety of cotton jerseys, lycras, and ribbed knits and pride ourselves on our great customer service.

Happy sewing!

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