Where do you buy your fabric?
By minnie on September 29, 2008
Were do you get your fabric?
I think we all have our go-to local fabric store - for me, the big
chain store is Joannes. Joannes is fine for cheapish everyday fabrics.
The Joannes near me recently closed and so I had to journey to a nearby
town to go find one but that one is a SUPERSTORE. It's huge and has a
way bigger selection of fabrics and notions and I'm pretty excited
There are a couple of smaller non chain fabric stores near me that I frequent often as well. But what about other sources?
Tiny neighborhood shops. You can search online for small shops. Yelp is a good way of finding them. I found Happy Stop Fabrics right in my own neighborhood this way!
Upholstery shops are another great place to check out. Upholstery
weight fabrics are fairly easy to sew with (depending on what you are
making) and you can discover great finds there and besides they often
have a spectacular remnants bin. And don't get me started on the
Cheap ready to wear shops. Think Target or Dress Barn. If you find some
crappy dress made out of lovely fabric buy the largest size they have
and cut it up!
Thrift and vintage stores are next on my list. It takes a bit more
time to rummage through these shops and you're unlikely to find actual
yardage. Still, reworking an old dress (think huge prom dresses and the
like!) made with great fabric into a shirt or skirt can be rewarding.
Thrift shops tend to be cheap too which is a plus.
Antique marts - you know those larger antique stores that have many
vendors all selling in one spot. You just might find yardage in one of
these places and if not then you will definitely find some great
vintage pieces of clothing. Don't be afraid to cut up old clothes for
Online is of coucrse your next good bet, I could go ON and ON. There are a TON of fantastic online shops. reprodepot.com, fabric.com, hancocks-paducah.com, sewmamasew.com to name a few. And here are a few more: fabrictales.com, nuno-plus.com , reproductionfabrics.com , purlsoho.com, craftyplanet.com and (one of my favs) superbuzzy.com .
engines are your friends when it comes to searching for fabric. You can
try all kinds of searches, be specifi or vague, you never know it might
work! You could try: 'fabric remnants', 'quilting fabric with bees' or
'alexander henry fabrics on sale'.
I don't know anything about buying fabric wholesale but I bet that is an option.
Erin at A dress a day has a great funny list of how to buy fabric.
Erin Doland at Unclutterer has some good tips on how to store your fabric.
And Constance has some good ieas on how to increase your fabric stash.
Where are your favorite places to buy fabrics?
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