My fellow orchestra buddies and I wanted to be figure skaters at some point circa junior high. It didn’t work out for us, but maybe it did for you or people you sew for! Cut a rug and get all your super stretchy glittery loveliness at these online fabric stores.
|Bdancewear.com||Dancewear to buy + Lace, lycra, shiny lyrcra, mesh, holographic and velvet fabrics to make your own dancewear.|
|dancefabrics.com||Dancewear fabrics + limited edition collections like some pretty sweet fringe fabrics!(Italy)|
|Make Your Own Dance Costume||Fabrics, trims, notions, appliques for making your own dance costume. All the lace varieties caught my eye: stretch lace, sequin lace, ruffled lace plus some pretty lovely appliques!|
|Spandex House||Novelty and printed spandex knits, sequin fabrics, animal print and ITY knits|
|Spandex World||Nylon, hologram spandex, stretch mesh illusion, ITY knits, stretch velvets, rayon lycra|
|Your Designs Performance Wear Fabric||Special spandex for figure skating, dance, equestrian, swimming, gymnastics|
Denim by the yard
We all love denim! While most fabric shops carry denim, here are some unique and high quality denims you’ll love working with.
|Farmhouse Fabrics||Heirloom fabrics, fine fabrics such as Libery of London, leather skins and beautiful embroidered denims and denim bundles|
|House Fabric||Mostly a home decor shop, House Fabric has a good selection of heavy weight non-stretch denims. There’s a good color variety, and some of them have special finishes for extra durability. Use them for home dec or heavy jackets and coats.|
|Hyde Park Denim||Laundered denim and bull denim by the yard in classic colors|
|Stash Fabrics||Excellent selection of designer fabrics including a full range of solid and patterned denims by Art Gallery|
|The Fabric Market||If you’re looking for patterned denims, this is the place! Tons of denim stripes, patterns, and chambrays in a good variety of colors. This is a great all-around shop with a little bit of everything including a huge selection of fabrics for historical costuming.|
|Threadbare Fabrics||jeans making kits, denim hardware, high quality Japanese selvage denims, cone mills denim and other USA made denims|
|White Oak Shop||deadstock selvage denim and reproduction cone denims. The downside, is that you’ll have to buy at least 4 yards, but prices are good. Save the extras for future denim projects!|
Designer Fabrics and Fine Fabrics
Sometimes you need to find swanky fabric for a swanky project. Sometimes it’s nice just to look at all that poshness. These online fabric shops can help you with both.
|A Fabric Place||Baltimore fabric shop with designer fabrics from Loro Piana, Zegna, Carolina Herrera, and Burberry to name a few.Beautiful guipure laces, and would that I could afford the cashmere/silk knit!|
|Apple Annie Fabrics||One of my favorite online fabric shops!Designer fabrics grouped by type and also by color, so it’s easy to find things.Plus, they’ll send you swatches if you’re not sure.|
|Britex||Like a candy store, but for fabric.Really really nice fabric.I once went to the San Francisco store only to not buy anything because my eyes were seeing so much beautiful.It was like a fabric museum!|
|Elliott Berman Textiles||High end fashion fabrics from France and Italy.|
|Emma One Sock||Designer fabrics of impeccable quality.I bought Italian denim here once, and 7 years later, it still has plenty of wear left in it!Will send swatches.|
|Fabrics-Fabrics.com||Many designer overstock fabrics from Europe.|
|Letoffefabrics.com||Sustainable fashion fabrics and couture fabrics.Their website is serious eye candy land!|
|Marcy Tilton||Fine fabrics all suited for Marcy Tilton patterns for Vogue.So much style in all of these!|
|Mood Fabrics||Of Project Runway fame.So much good fabric under one roof.|
|Promenade Fine Fabrics||New Orleans fabric boutique featuring fabrics for couture sewing like French laces, fine wool suitings, and brocades|
|Sawyer Brook||So many gorgeous buttons and an awesome selection of linings plus curated color collections fabrics and a membership program.|
|The Sewing Workshop||Lovely variety of fine fabrics from velvet prints, Liberty of London, Chanel style tweeds to Alabama Chanin|
|Sew Much Fabric||Houston fabric shop that features fine dressmaking fabrics.I have a couple pieces from here and they are NICE!The color capsule collections make for easy shopping.|
|Smuggler’s Daughter||Eco-friendly fabrics, natural fiber fabrics and designer fabrics plus indie sewing patterns to round it all off.|
Everyone likes a deal! Shop these online fabric stores to get some smokin hot deals on designer fabrics.
|Denver Fabrics||Same as Fashion Fabrics Club, just a different site name.|
|Fabric Mart Fabrics||One of the best places to find great deals on designer fabrics.I’ve been a Fabric Mart customer for years and I’ve literally bought one bad piece (user error!).Their Designer Linen is particularly gorgeous!|
|Fabrics Store.com||High quality linen and linen blends at a discount price. The shop works directly with fabric mills to bring yarn dyed linens, heavier weight linens, and linen blends to the public for reasonable prices. If you love working with linen, this is a great resource.|
|Fashion Fabrics Club||Huge variety of fabrics from linens, cottons, silks, wool, blends, prints, upholstery fabrics, many designer closeout fabrics|
|Michael Levine||The online store is just as awesome as the L.A. store.Their shipping is crazy bananas fast, and you’ll find about every fabric variety under the sun including designer fabrics at excellent prices.|
|Nick of Time Fabric||Wholesale prices on a staggering variety of fabrics.I’ve never ordered from them, but they’ve always intrigued me!|
Eco friendly fabric, organic fabrics, sustainable fabrics
I’ve been impressed of late at how it’s getting easier to find good places for organic and eco-friendly fabrics. Here’s some shops to get your started.
|A Thrifty Notion||Online thrift store for deadstock, vintage, destashed secondhand fabrics|
|Eagle Fabrics||Natural fiber knits made in the USA|
|Eureka Fabrics||Organic cottons, organic bamboo fleece, hemp, linen knit made in house in this cute little fabric shop in Eureka, CA.|
|Honeybegood||Hemp blends, linen, plus undyed organic cotton|
|Nature’s Fabrics||Good selection of organic cottons in various types, bamboo, rayon, modal and hemp as well as fabrics for diapermaking.|
|Offset Warehouse||Ethical fabric shop|
|Organic Cotton Plus||Wide variety of natural fabrics including peace silk, undyed GOTS certifed fabrics, colorgrown cottons.|
|Organic Fabric Company||All certified organic fabrics, no polyester, bamboo or rayon.|
|Sara Parker Textiles||Hand screen printed fabrics by textile designer Sara Parker. All fabrics are printed on sustainable and organic base cloths right in Sara’s studio in Georgia.|
|Simplifi||Eco and organic fabrics by this Canadian shop. Organic cotton, soy, lyocell, wool, bamboo, hemp, and linen.|
|Wazoodle||Organic cotton plus hemp, wool, bamboo, and zorb fabrics for making diapers and cloth pads.|
Go to for everything fabric stores
One stop shops that always have a great selection for what you’re working on.
|fabric.com||Now owned by Amazon, they have a gigantic stock of just about everything. Designer knits, wovens, quilting fabrics, novelty, home decor fabrics and everything in between.|
|joann.com||The online arm to the US store that’s a go-to for so many US sewists. Sometimes you can score better deals here than in the store. I especially appreciate the good selection of home decor fabrics as it’s tough to get good sales on these fabrics often.|
|Minerva||A UK favorite with excellent prices for worldwide shipping. It’s a great resource for finding fabrics that are hard to find in the US. Their bloggers do a great job showcasing how to use their fabrics!|
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.