One of the questions I get e-mailed all of the time is, “Where do you shop for fabric?”. This often comes from people who find out that they live near my hometown, as we are always looking for great local fabric shops. Am I right? Sadly there are not many brick and mortar stores that I can recommend locally here in Virginia Beach, outside of my ever fabulous Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. But I can let you know some of my favorite on-line haunts. So here they are, places I spend ridiculous amounts of money at on a regular basis…all in the name of sewing. Ummm…work, I mean work.
Some Fabric Shops you Oughta Know.
I adore this shop, it has high quality cottons and double knit gauze prints from all over the world. But the best part, this store is local to the US – so it ships faster. Its like your favorite little handmade indie / artsy store for high quality products. I drool over something every time I visit.
And for when you don’t mind waiting a couple of weeks to get your fabric, you need to shop here. I am so in love with everything Miss Matatabi sells. Her fabrics are always the best, and unlike anything you can find here in the United States. Remember back to when you were in High School, and you anxiously awaited by the postbox until your college acceptance letter arrived? Ordering fabric from Miss Matatabi is kind of like that…but better.
Where would the sewing world be without our local Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores? I am at mine at least once a week, for almost all of my basic sewing supplies and day-to-day fabric. My local Jo-Ann’s Store carries some awesome fashion apparel fabric, and has a fantastic clearance bin to boot. The ladies there are friendly, and keep the line moving (which might be an anomaly among fabric store stereotypes). So long as you are not going there on Black Friday, you will love it.
If you are lucky enough to be local to Los Angeles, than you probably visit this store regularly. LUCKY YOU, because that means you get to shop the $1 bins in the clearance section. For the rest of us uncool non-LAers, we will settle for shopping on-line. I am constantly on lowpricefabric.com for quality fashion apparel fabrics, sequins, and more. They have the basics that I want, at pretty decent prices. And you can usually find a coupon, which is even better.
As in, I watch Project Runway MOOD. Having visited this store in NY on multiple occasions now, I can tell you it is pretty awesome in person. But the on-line store is not bad either. A little bit harder to navigate, but you can find some absolutely GORGEOUS designer silks and fabrics for your more detailed, couture looks. I can spend a pretty penny in this store, when the occasion calls for it. But the fabric makes me want to cry when it arrives because it is so dang perfect.
For a fun knit print at a great price, I think Girl Charlee is simply fabulous. I love the prints I can find easily, and am able to get loads of it for under $20. It’s the perfect store for stocking up on T-Shirt or maxi skirt fabric. Whether its tribal, stripes, floral, nautical, or forest animals – whatever the latest trends are – Girl Charlee usually has it.
Do you love Liberty of London fabric? Do you want to see it all in one place easily, and browse worthy? Then Duck a Dilly is for you! Talk about fabric heaven. I can just look at all of the pretty fabric pictures for hours, and don’t even get me started on my private pinterest boards. HA. Loooove.
I almost didn’t want to mention this one, and give away one of my secret gems. But this little Etsy shop has been my one-stop shop for leather for more than a year now, and I love it. It has every color imaginable, some even with cool designs. And you seriously cannot beat her prices. Just pretty, pretty please leave something left for me once you are through shopping…mmmkay?
Technically, not a fabric shop. But whenever I am looking for a little bling to add to my designs, this is the first place I look. Shine trim has the most gorgeous, and well priced sequin and rhinestone appliqués around. Things I can never find in any fabric shop, no matter how hard I look. I lovety love this store.
A local NY fabric store, similar to MOOD…without all of the publicity. If you are ever in NYC, you need to stop by this place. It is AWESOME, with a killer trend board. I am particularly fond of their embroidered cotton and eyelet section, along with their classier knits, and linens.
And for those occasions when I am looking for quilters cotton, Fat Quarter Shop is where you will find me. I usually stop here first for all designer brand named quilting cotton, and then if for some reason they are not stocking the brand I am looking for – will do a google search to find an alternative. But FQS has done a fantastic job remaining relevant in an ever-fast paced on-line fabric store world. Where the turn-over rate seems to be moving faster and faster, Fat Quarter Shop remains constant. And they have always supported sewing bloggers, which I love them for.
And lastly, where would I be without Spoonflower? Well, a lot richer for one. Ha! But I love shopping on this absolutely addictive fabric store, for its one-of-a-kind designs. Designs that you can get printed in any fabric type, from indie designers with talent the world has yet to discover. The one lesson I have learned the hard way though, always order a swatch first. But still, you gotta love em.
And there you have it, some of my fabric store faves. I am sure there are loads I am missing, but off the top of my head – this list isn’t half bad. Just make sure to have a budget in place before clicking away!!! You’ll thank me for that later.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…