As I was working in my fabric shipping mini-sweatshop today, I had some time to let my mind wander. When you are looking at this many envelopes stuffed (and I mean STUFFED!) with yummy fabrics, the mind tends to do that.
While I was stuffing and printing and taping and sticking, I started thinking about real online fabric stores. My fabric stash giveaway was a huge success and has required lots of organization to keep my act together, so I can’t imagine what a real store must go through. I bet cutting yardage for orders alone is a nightmare!
That being said, I do still love to order fabric online. Even though I live in a large city, we don’t have a ton of resources for great fabric outside of your typical craft stores. It’s a shame, really, as creative as Austin is, that we don’t have more choices.
I turn to online fabric shopping when I am looking for something particular that I know I can’t find in town. I have a few favorite online fabric sources, so I thought I would pass them along to you if you are ever in need of something you can’t find locally.
Warehouse Fabrics, Inc. – I picked out a piece of must-have fabric for the nursery, but everywhere online it was about $18/yard. Because I needed 8 yards of it, that was just not going to work. I searched and searched and finally ran across Warehouse Fabrics. They had the exact fabric I needed for a little over $9/yard…and it wasn’t even on sale.
I was a bit concerned that I would maybe be receiving knock-off fabric at that price, but I decided to order it anyway after reading their return policy. When I received the fabric, I was delighted to find that it was the exact same fabric that I had ordered the swatch from the $18/yard place. Amazing!
I highly recommend checking out Warehouse Fabrics if you are looking for any type of fabric – home decor, crafting, quilting, trims, etc. I just can’t get over their prices. I am annoyingly gushy about them.
The Fab Store – One of my local friends, Becky, has a really great Etsy shop where she sells tons of designer cotton fabrics and trims. She has really beautiful modern fabrics, and I always love to check out her shop to see what’s new. I kind of judge my knowledge of popular fabrics by what Becky has in her store.
The Fabric Fairy – Back when I had a little custom children’s clothing business, I bought a lot of my interesting knit fabrics from The Fabric Fairy. She has a really nice selection of hard-to-find knits, and even the popular European and Japanese import fabrics. I’ve just noticed that she is now carrying cloth diaper making supplies, so that’s exciting, too!
Buy the Bolt – Another friend of mine, Lori, sells delicious fabrics on Ebay under the name Buy the Bolt. Lori not only carries interesting fabrics at great prices, but she has a nice collection of European sewing patterns. When sewing for children, I love using the Euro patterns so that they aren’t dressed just like every other kid you run into.
Do you have a favorite online fabric store? Let me know in the comments! Now that I’ve given away most of my stash, I’m itching to stock up again!