June 4, 2016

Fabric Shopping Guide

Ooooh fabric. How I love you. As much as I adore quilt shops and have a desire to support them, the sweet ladies there usually don't appreciate me bringing 3 rambunctious little boys. So at this phase of life, I shop mostly online. Here are my favorite places to do so, in order of what I use most.

1. Fabric.com- This is where I go for Kona solids, Aurifil thread, beautiful backings by my favorites like Bonnie and Camille, Tasha Noel, and Carolina Gingham, as well as Riley Blake basics like ginghams and dots, and batting. Free shipping over $35, gotta love that. It does take a while to ship so plan ahead.

2. Etsy- Here are a few of my favorite shops. I value selection, price, and yardage options for each print, that way I can easily create my own fat quarter bundle.
  • Starlit Quilts- My favorite! I have been turning to Starlit a lot lately. I love her selection, her colors and designers are just my cup of tea. 
  • Fresh Modern Fabric- I love their modern selection, and the orders come packaged to perfection. Seriously, I don't know how they fold and stack fabric SO perfectly. Also, I have to admit that I have a little crush on the owner's name- Alice Essinger. I mean how classy is that? 
  • Stitches n' Giggles- You can't beat the prices in this shop, and they have a wide selection of all my favorites. 
  • Simply Love Fabrics- I have vexed these poor ladies (mother/daughter duo) with complicated custom orders a time or two :) They have been very patient and helpful, and have even been known to sneak in cute little buttons and mints! Happy mail at its finest.
  • Uberstitch- a very pretty selection and they are having a huge sale right now!
  • Olie and Evie- carried all my faves
  • Handmade is Heartmade- good prices and large, pretty selection
3. #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. This is a great way to get some bargains, as well as older lines. I've only been sewing for 3 years, but I've gotten some beautiful older lines on the destash. It's addicting, watch out!

4. Shops with their own sites that I've used before:
  • Lou Lou's- amazing daily deals!
  • Fabric Bubb- gorgeous modern selection, and they carry every Kona color, I love that.
  • Whimsy Quilts- Cristi and Desiree have some custom bundles that will knock your socks off. they both have a great eye. I think they are closing up shop soon and therefore having some great sales! 
  • Westwood Acres- lots of beautiful bundles in this shop, and I love her Carolina Gingham for backings.

Those places consist of 99% of my fabric shopping. I hope that is helpful to someone.

Where do you like to shop for fabric?


  1. I shop on Etsy a lot especially for yardage and I order my Art Gallery fabrics from Llama Fabrics, on Etsy, as she has better shipping prices!! I always look at Green Fairy Quilts for any Moda pre cuts because they have free shipping. I do ck eBay too because I sell my older lines there but for just a few items only. I will look to Fabric dot com for some solids. Great information!

    1. I will have to check those out, thank you Judy!

  2. I'm in the UK, I shop for fabric mostly at my local shops. If you don't support your local shops you loose them, and I prefer to see the fabric colours before I buy. Also I am usually in too much of a hurry to wait. That said I so buy some fabric as well as wadding and stuff online at Cottonpatch.co.uk as they sell the wadding I like at a good price. Wish I could get free shipping though, I would have to spend over £100 for that.

    1. It is nice to see it first, that's for sure. I want to support my shops, but not only is it hard with little ones, but they don't really carry any fabric that I like. I love how the British call it "wadding". :)

  3. I only have one local shop and they specialize mostly in batiks and novelties so I'm finding myself shopping online more and more. Fabric.com is a great source that I've used quite a lot this past month. Some of the others are new to me and I can't wait to check them out. Thanks for the tip!

    1. You are welcome Patti. Sounds like your shops and mine are about the same- batiks, novelties, and low quality solids. I'd love it if they carried modern lines and brighter colors.

  4. Love this post, Alli! I recently shared one of my favourite online sites Mad About Patchwork - they are just awesome and have a ton of Kona solids in stock. There are not that many quilt shops in the area, so online shopping is really my go to. For any fellow Canadians, My Fabric Spot is another great source :)

  5. Thanks for sharing Shannon! I'll have to check out Mad About Patchwork.

  6. Lady Belle Fabrics online, Brooke has the BEST customer service! Love it:)

  7. Great stores, you listed some of my favorites!