These are my favorite places to buy fabric online and in person. I’ve been sewing and shopping fabric for years and go back to the same places.
I have been deliberately and thoughtfully sewing for myself for over a decade. I have tried all sorts of fabric shops and fabric types. I have seen how these fabrics wash and wear, and I figured out my favorite places to buy fabric.
I keep going back to these places again and again for either their great fabric or their large selection. Some places I have to be really selective so I pick high quality so I’ll give you all my best tips.
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Best Places to Buy Fabric
Buy Fabric Online
Buy Fabric Secondhand
A Thrifty Notion
I have been shopping at Thrifty Notion for about a year. They sell secondhand fabrics online. Sometimes they are given stock from fabric shops that are closing, and sometimes people donate fabric they don’t want.
I have found everything from quilting cotton and canvas to apparel fabrics. I have actually purchased a lot of apparel fabrics, and I haven’t been able to sew with them yet! Like any thrift shopping it’s important to check regularly and only choose what you’ll use and what’ll last.
Destashify is an online shop where people can sell fabric from their stashes. There are some great fabrics that come through at a great discount. I love buying from other people’s fabric collections. It helps them and me!
I have found everything from quilting cotton and canvas to apparel fabrics. Like any thrift shopping it’s important to check regularly and only choose what you’ll use and what’ll last.
Buy Fabric New
Raspberry Creek Fabrics
Raspberry Creek Fabrics* is actually local to me, but they also ship out their fabrics. They print their own fabrics so you can get really unique designs. I love their cotton spandex jersey and their cotton spandex French terry. I often get their prints for my children, and I also love getting their swimsuit fabric for the whole family.
Besides getting their fun prints, I love their solids and basics. I wear mostly solids so it’s a great place to get it.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics* also sells great solid woven fabrics. It’s often where I get fabric for pants, shirts, and dresses.
I’ve only recently started shopping at Spoonflower*, and it’s because I just can’t find the unique prints anywhere else. It’s a place for people to upload their fabric designs for everyone to buy.
I almost always buy the regular cotton fabric since it’s the cheapest, and I am usually using it for beginner sewing projects.
I love looking through the different choices, and it’s especially fun at holidays and for themed items.
I als0 LOVE getting Spoonflower* cheater quilt fabric prints to make quick and easy quilts for friends and family.
Fabric.com* has such a huge selection of fabrics that I have to be very careful when I’m looking. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or to buy something that is low quality. I get all types of apparel fabric here along with quilting cotton and canvas.
The brands I usually buy from are Telio (apparel and specifially knit fabrics), Robert Kaufmann (apparel fabrics), Cotton + Steel (quilting cotton and canvas), and Art Gallery Fabrics (quilting cotton and canvas).
Fabric.com* is the best place to buy Tencel fabric which is one of my very favorite substrates to work with.
I love to get high quality and unique apparel fabrics at Sewing Studio. They are a smaller shop so there’s not always a lot and it moves through quickly. I have gotten both woven and knit fabrics with great success.
I love to get high quality and unique apparel fabrics at Stylemaker Fabrics. They often choose fabric leftover from high end clothing brands, so you can get some great fabrics. I have gotten both woven and knit fabrics with great success.
Buy Fabric In Person
Buy Fabric Secondhand
I love looking for fabric secondhand in person. The best thrift store near me is Savers, but figure out what has the best fabric near you. Some amazing and beautiful apparel fabrics have come through the Savers near me.
Like any thrift shopping it’s important to check regularly and only choose what you’ll use and what’ll last.
Buy Fabric New
The fabric store I shop regularly in person is Joann Fabrics*. There’s always great options, and I love to touch the fabric. Sometimes I get apparel fabrics, and sometimes I get seasonal quilting cotton. I love looking at their fleece and faux fur too.
Joann Fabrics* is the best place to go when I’m altering or refashioning and I’m trying to find a fabric that closely matches or coordinates. I like to hold the item up next to the fabrics to find the best one.
And I always get fabric at Joann fabrics for costumes. It’s the best Halloween place!
If you love one of these fabric shops, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather