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The ultimate jumbo mega guide to online fabric stores

After writing all my tips for savvy fabric shopping online, I wanted to put together a guide to online fabric stores that would be a great companion for sewists.

I really wanted to be as comprehensive as I possibly could be. This post is the result of a ton of research, and looking through great online fabric stores I thought people would enjoy. You’ll see everything here from small Etsy sellers, mom-and-pop shops to big one-stop-shop places.

Check out the different categories of online fabric stores by what they sell and also by geography. Most of the shops are in the US, but I also included Canada, Australia, the UK and a couple others too.

And if you’re intimidated about buying fabric online, be sure to check out my 16 tips for better fabric shopping online. I promise you’ll feel more comfortable buying something as tactile as fabric in our Amazon Prime world.

And one more disclaimer, this list is not meant to replace shopping for fabric in actual brick and mortar stores. It’s important to support local businesses. For those of us who don’t live close to great fabric shops like this, think of this list of where to buy fabric online as a way to bring the shops to you. In a weird way, shopping for fabric online actually allows you to support small fabric shops from afar–those very same shops that are vital to our sewing craft!

Be sure to use the table of contents at the top of pages to help you navigate and find the online fabric stores that you’re interested in. There’s 200+ places to browse, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. Here we go!

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Activewear fabrics

Sewing your own running gear is kewl, and there’s lots of places that will support you in your efforts!

Discovery Fabricsextensive selection of Polartec including Power Wool, technical fabrics, flame retardant fabrics in British Columbia as well as dance, swim, outerwear, performance and natural fabrics.
Funki FabricsVibrant digitally printed fabrics.There’s a few options for printing on different fabrics.Great for bright, happy running gear!
Mill YardagePolartec fleece straight from the mill at excellent prices
Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics IncBallistic nylon, ripstop, Cordura, supplex, wicking baselayer fabrics, also Goretex and other waterproof/breathables, and Etacol sew in interlining. You can also find metal and plastic hardware as well as zippers perfect for these fabrics.
Peak FabricsTechnical fabrics like Windbloc fleece,neoprene, wicking fabrics, kevlar (Canada)
Rocky WoodsCordura Nylon, heat sealable fabric, cords, Supplex, ballistic nylon, ripstop, UV protective fabric
Seattle FabricsPolartec fleece, waterproof breathable fabric, softshell fabrics, grommets, reflective tapes and pipings
Sew Active Fabricssource for activewear fabrics in Australia. Definitely check out the selection of wicking compression spandex!
Shelby OutdoorKits, sewing patterns, notions and fabrics for snow gear, camping, and running.I had a great experience with the Shelby Nallo Jacket I made for my husband in Polartec Windbloc Fleece.
The Rain ShedRibbing, waterproof fabrics, mesh, insulation battings

Ankara

Beautiful African fabrics with amazing designs, Ankara is one of the coolest fabrics you can work with. Here’s some good places online to check out for Ankara.

Ankara and Lace200+ Ankara designs, Ankara subscription boxes available plus laces, and accessories. It’s nice that you have the option to order small yardages here!
Ankara MalkiaDashiki, Kente designs, batiks, some really cool abstract and patchwork Ankara prints. I’ve got my eye on that peaches print! 8 yard mystery packs available.
Empire TextilesAfrican laces, Mitex Holland, Filtex Atampa. The voile laces caught my eye–so pretty!
House of Mami WataDashiki and Kente designs, African lace, and epic scale floral designs.
June Marriott DesignsSolid Ankara
Femi FabricsA Sew Much Talent favorite, you’d be hard pressed to find better service than you’ll find here with Femi Bailey-Gordon of Lee Lou Designs 720!
VliscoWide variety of Ankara designs here: large scale geometric and nature prints to smaller scale object and abstract prints. The fashion lookbook is great for inspiration!

Bagmaking Patterns, fabrics, and supplies

There’s been some fantastic bag pattern designers in the past several years! It’s getting easier to find the right hardware to make your own beautiful, pro-looking bags thanks to online fabric stores like these:

Emmaline BagsBagmaking patterns, fabric, interfacing, hardware, and kits from this Canadian shop.
Sallie Tomatobagmaking supplies, excellent selection of nylon coil bag zippers and cork fabric + cork fabric book.
Sew SweetnessAll the bagmaking stuff you could possibly imagine from cork fabric, glitter vinyl, and Tula Pink fabrics to hardware, faux leather, patterns, and acrylic cutting templates.
Swoon PatternsBag patterns, interfacing, fabric plus Bag of the Month Club
Taylor TailorBackpack pattern plus all the hardware, beautiful jeans topstitching threads, rivets

Bridal Fabrics

Sewing your own wedding dress has to be close to being the Mount Everest of DIY sewing projects. Here’s some online fabric shops to help you through that process!

bridalfabric.comBridal fabrics and fabrics for bridesmaids plus fabric for the venue.
Bridalfabrics.comLaces, fabrics, trims, appliques plus you can search for a dressmaker if you’re not personally working on the project.
G Street FabricsLarger online fabric store with fine bridal fabrics, and also an excellent collection of menswear fabrics.
Mary Not MarthaExcellent selection of lace appliques, beaded appliques, and other fine trims and fabrics + millinery supplies
NY Fashion Center FabricsNice collection of silks for bridal plus fine laces.
Remnantwarehouse.comAustralia’s largest online fabric shop with extensive collection of just about everything including swimwear fabrics, notions , trims, designer overstocks. On the bridal side: bridal tulles, sequin fabrics, garter elastic
Smart FabricsGuipure lace, sequin fabrics, beaded mesh laces
Stylish FabricWide selection of laces and bridal fabrics

Cosplay Fabrics

Cosplay is a fun world with a lot of specialty fabrics and techniques. Here are a few online fabric stores to whet your cosplay whistle.

cosplayfabrics.comCurated collection of cosplay specialty fabrics, Yaya Han fabrics, carbon fiber, pleather, trims, embellishments and tutorials
DK FabricsAustralian fabric shop with wide costume fabric and costume accessories section
MendelsFabric dyes, markers, faux furs and vinyls in San Francisco
MJ TrendsSpecialty metallic spandex, stretch vinyl and faux leathers for cosplay
Parkin FabricsFabrics, buckram, feathers, and thermoplastics like Worbla for cosplay (UK)
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14 thoughts on “The ultimate jumbo mega guide to online fabric stores”

  1. Very comprehensive, but I think you missed The Sewing Workshop ( unless I just didn’t see it, if so I apologize) . I would classify it under Fine Fabrics.

  2. Oh Elizabeth. I love what you’ve done with all of this information. It really is a jumbo guide. You’ve done an amazing piece of work. I hope everyone comes here and sees what a great job you’ve done. Thank you so much.

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