This is an update to a post I made several years ago regarding places to buy fabric/notions. One shop in my original post has closed and the other started almost totally switching over to face mask kits. Thankfully, iSewing is still up and a great place for sewing machine accessories, feet, needles, etc.
There is no local fabric store here where I live, so most of the time I have to order online. This can be tricky, but I’ve included a few tips for buying fabric at the end of my post.
CalicoQuiltCo-Quality fabric, all the good brands, such as Art Gallery, Moda, Timeless Treasures, etc. reasonably priced. Great fabric bundles too! I bought the cutest Grinch bundle before Christmas, but asked for more Grinch, less solid from the shop and they definitely came through. Always packaged nicely, I worry less about how something will arrive. Shipping is reasonably priced at $4.95, US flat rate.
SewSewStudioAthens– Quality fabric, such as Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Kaufman, etc. reasonably priced and a great selection. You’ll find all types of fabric, such as quilting cotton, flannel, etc. Free shipping for orders over $35, which is common with many shops now. I’ve always received my orders in a timely fashion and items are packaged well.
Modern Quilter-A great shop mostly geared to quilters, so lots of fabric bundles (yardage, layer cakes, charm packs), notions (rulers, scissors, thread). Variety of fabrics, such as quilting cotton, flannel, lawn. Same great brands mentioned above. Shipping is reasonable and timely, items are packaged well, which is is crucial when you are buying something online.
Etsy is also a great place for personalized labels. A couple of shops I use all the time are Heart of Wonder and Wunderlabel. Whether you are selling or giving, these labels look professional and a great way to finish any handmade item.
Buying fabric online can be challenging when you cannot touch or feel product, but here are a few ways to make this easier:
- Become familiar with fabric brands and designers. This will help you determine everything from the type of material you prefer to quality. Brands within the same genre can be quite different. I’ve found Art Gallery for example has a different feel than Moda, but both are great brands.
- Order small amounts. If you see something you like, but unsure of quality or feel, a fat quarter or bundle is a great way to go. Some shops even do swatches, if you are truly unsure. Also most Etsy shops give the theme/brand/designer with each listing, so you can be sure to notate something you really liked.
- Choose fabric within the same line. Just like handbags or clothing, fabric companies come out with new “lines” and are specifically made to coordinate with each other. Normally, the fabric details are within the listing title or in with the listing itself. For example, last summer I purchased from a Riley Blake line, called Fireworks and Freedom. Everything in this collection was made to work together. Colors/prints are coordinated. This can make it really easy for beginners to purchase fabric anywhere, not just online.
I hope you have found this post helpful! Happy fabric buying! Always remember, you can never have too much!