We don’t all have time to go to brick-and-mortar stores to buy fabric. If you are like me, you spend hours there (days if you could)! Or maybe you don’t have any good fabric stores around you? Do not fret! We have compiled a list of the best fabric to stores to buy online from. Since most of us don’t live in the United States, I’ve separated the stores that ship internationally from the stores that ship only within the US.
Fabric Depot ships to most locations in the world using either UPS or USPS (chosen during checkout).
Fabric Depot has a range of fabric choices – and alternative craft bundles and tools. It has great filter capabilities, allowing you to search by categories, collections, color groups, material content, fabric type, fabric width, project type and more.
Online Fabric Store
The Online Fabric Store is probably my favourite, for several reasons. Firstly it has a massive inventory of fabrics and products.
Searching for products is easy with their comprehensive filters: search for project application (such as apparel quilting or decor), brand, product group (such as batiste or chiffon), design, color, characteristic, material content, price range, and much more.
What I like most about The Online Fabric store is the details they give on the fabric. They will let you know exactly:
- what materials make up the fabric in percentages,
- the width,
- flammability performance,
- cleaning instructions,
- the weight in ounces per yard, and
- in some cases the backing/treatment the fabric received,
- suggested use,
- abrasion, ultra-violet, mildew, anti-microbial and stain resistances.
Fabric.com ships to 39 different countries with shipping charged by weight. They have a massive inventory; they have over 3,700 fabric choices for apparel and fashion!
The site is easy to browse with filters such as fabric categories, brands, color, price, pattern, product features, collection, fibre content, width, average content reviews, amount of stretch, and much more.
Purl Soho offers three speeds of international shipping: standard, expedited and express. Like many other sellers, they ship with United States Postal Service.
Their website sells a variety of products from books to fabric. There are three filters to search through the fabric selection; company, designer and style.
Their product pages show the fibre content, the width and the fabric weight.
Spoonflower ships everywhere except Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Somalia, Yemen, Cuba, Iran, and Syria. They use United States Postal Service.
Spoonflower is unique in that they let you upload your own designs to custom print fabric and wallpaper. Their product information page compares the differences between the fabric with close up front and back pictures of the fabric, along with a picture on how the fabric drapes.
They also give details on the fibre content, the width and weight, thread count, estimated shrinkage, appropriate uses and care instructions.
Searching for pre-designed fabric isn’t as easy as it could be; you only have a few filters to use such as tags, colors, local search and availability. Searching for the color white will result in every single pattern that has white, and not a predominantly white coloured fabric.
Lewis and Sheron Textiles
Lewis and Sheron Textiles ship internationally via United States Postal Service.
Searching the website is difficult; whilst pretty to look at, it can be frustrating to find specific types of material with the only filter being a mixture of keywords such as “animal motifs”, “linen” or “childrens/teens”. Furthermore, a search will search the entire product catalogue, so you cannot search for only fabrics – quite annoying.
Some products can be a bit deceptive: a search for silk mostly bought up trims and products with silk in their name. I found a product made from 100% linen called “Silk Threads” that sold for $29.98/yard, and another product that was named “silk sheer” that did not list it’s content materials at all.
Super Buzzy ships their products with United States Postal Service. If you order more than $200 worth of products, insurance is automatically included in your shipping charges. Whilst there are shipping price tiers, Super Buzzy does try to offer a flat-rate envelope. You can also make special requests during checkout, such as for tracking numbers (additional charges may or may not apply).
Super Buzzy sells an assortment of goods, from fabric to patterns, books, yarn and even classes. Searching the site isn’t the friendliest; fabric is broken up into categories such as “animals and bugs”, “designers”, “knits and terrycloth”, “pre-cuts and kits”, “sewing” and “solids and blenders”.
Unfortunately there are no filters when searching for a product, so a search for a product will result sometimes in over 700 items and 20 pages!