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!
Sewing your own running gear is kewl, and there’s lots of places that will support you in your efforts!
|Discovery Fabrics||extensive 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 Fabrics||Vibrant digitally printed fabrics.There’s a few options for printing on different fabrics.Great for bright, happy running gear!|
|Mill Yardage||Polartec fleece straight from the mill at excellent prices|
|Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics Inc||Ballistic 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 Fabrics||Technical fabrics like Windbloc fleece,neoprene, wicking fabrics, kevlar (Canada)|
|Rocky Woods||Cordura Nylon, heat sealable fabric, cords, Supplex, ballistic nylon, ripstop, UV protective fabric|
|Seattle Fabrics||Polartec fleece, waterproof breathable fabric, softshell fabrics, grommets, reflective tapes and pipings|
|Sew Active Fabrics||source for activewear fabrics in Australia. Definitely check out the selection of wicking compression spandex!|
|Shelby Outdoor||Kits, 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 Shed||Ribbing, waterproof fabrics, mesh, insulation battings|
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 Lace||200+ Ankara designs, Ankara subscription boxes available plus laces, and accessories. It’s nice that you have the option to order small yardages here!|
|Ankara Malkia||Dashiki, 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 Textiles||African laces, Mitex Holland, Filtex Atampa. The voile laces caught my eye–so pretty!|
|House of Mami Wata||Dashiki and Kente designs, African lace, and epic scale floral designs.|
|June Marriott Designs||Solid Ankara|
|Femi Fabrics||A 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!|
|Vlisco||Wide 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 Bags||Bagmaking patterns, fabric, interfacing, hardware, and kits from this Canadian shop.|
|Sallie Tomato||bagmaking supplies, excellent selection of nylon coil bag zippers and cork fabric + cork fabric book.|
|Sew Sweetness||All 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 Patterns||Bag patterns, interfacing, fabric plus Bag of the Month Club|
|Taylor Tailor||Backpack pattern plus all the hardware, beautiful jeans topstitching threads, rivets|
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.com||Bridal fabrics and fabrics for bridesmaids plus fabric for the venue.|
|Bridalfabrics.com||Laces, fabrics, trims, appliques plus you can search for a dressmaker if you’re not personally working on the project.|
|G Street Fabrics||Larger online fabric store with fine bridal fabrics, and also an excellent collection of menswear fabrics.|
|Mary Not Martha||Excellent selection of lace appliques, beaded appliques, and other fine trims and fabrics + millinery supplies|
|NY Fashion Center Fabrics||Nice collection of silks for bridal plus fine laces.|
|Remnantwarehouse.com||Australia’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 Fabrics||Guipure lace, sequin fabrics, beaded mesh laces|
|Stylish Fabric||Wide selection of laces and bridal 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.com||Curated collection of cosplay specialty fabrics, Yaya Han fabrics, carbon fiber, pleather, trims, embellishments and tutorials|
|DK Fabrics||Australian fabric shop with wide costume fabric and costume accessories section|
|Mendels||Fabric dyes, markers, faux furs and vinyls in San Francisco|
|MJ Trends||Specialty metallic spandex, stretch vinyl and faux leathers for cosplay|
|Parkin Fabrics||Fabrics, buckram, feathers, and thermoplastics like Worbla for cosplay (UK)|
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.
15 thoughts on “The ultimate jumbo mega guide to online fabric stores”
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Happy to do it Alethia!
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.
Ah indeed. I had forgotten about them. Linda Lee is a great teacher! I will add that when I update in a couple days. Thanks Kathy!
Amazing list! Definitely a Save!
Thanks Shannon! Glad it’s helpful to you!
This is really very kind of you Elizabeth! (And a ton of work!!) It is appreciated more than you will ever know!! Thank you!
You’re so welcome Myra!
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.
Thanks Maria! And there’s more coming!
I’m definitely going to bookmark this page! Thanks for putting this together, Elizabeth.
You bet Nicki! It was a labor of love!
Glad it’s helpful to you Colleen!
Another online fabric store is Sugared Sage Fabrics