It’s no secret that I have a fabric addiction. “Stash Therapy” is my favourite for of retail. Not surprisingly, quite a few peeps have asked me where I buy fabric, here’s the round up to feed your budding obsession. There are two options when buying fabric ; online (cheaper, very convenient) or instore (more tactile). I do both. If you’re matching colours or looking for drape in a fabric this really has to be done in the flesh. But those designer threads (Liberty, Amy Butler, Kokka) that you fall in love with can be bought with a click for a much cheaper price.
I love Kelani Fabric (they also stock my wares) are based in Victoria, Australia. They have the best range of Australian designers like Aunty Cookie, Kristen Doran, Ink & Spindle. They go beyond the average quilting fabric offering home décor weight, voiles and even oilcloth. Their postage is free and super speedy.
A USA site, they have an excellent range of designer quilting and home décor fabric at one of the best prices you’ll find on the internet. Reliable postage, beautiful range and a great newsletter.
Also have a great range of fabrics, slightly more expensive that Hawthorne but a wonderful community if you’re looking to get involved in sew-alongs, pattern reviews and so on. Check out their blog for tutorials and lots of ideas.
Not quite as cheap as Hawthorne threads but they have the biggest range of quilting fabric I’ve found. It’s also a very easy to use website and, as they post same day as your order, the fastest shipping I’ve found from the US.
If you’re after cute Japanese Super Buzzy is the place to go. They have fabric, notions, gifts and patterns. They’re even stocking lovely craft felt. A little pricey on the postage ($18 flat rate envelope) but great quality.
If you’re looking for a design that is out of print or out of stock in most stores Etsy can be a great option. Just search your fabric name in the supplies section. While the bigger US stores will charge flat rate for a large postage envelope ($12-$18) Etsy sellers will typically charge per item so a fat quarter might cost you only $5 or $6 in postage. You can also find great Japanese fabric direct from Etsy stores based in Japan, Emi Craft has an incredible range.
A store and range to swoon over. Housed in a whimsical barn like building in Balmain, Sydney, Calico and Ivy is fabric shopping heaven. Liberty, Amy Butler, Japanese Kokka and Kaffe Fasset sit along side emerging designers patterns, yarn and more. They also have a store in Western Australia. Trust me. Just go.
In Alexandria, Sydney, this place is a mix of all the lastest quilting fabrics and beautiful garment fabrics. There are bargains to be had on Italian cottons and Jersey and they also stock Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and great range of haberdashery.
A breathtaking range of garment fabric. They have Sydney and Melbourne stores stocking cottons, wools, silks, linens and laces. The prints they have are incredibly inspiring and sourced from designers like Missoni, Chanel and so on. Be warned… your credit card will not thank you but your heart will sing.
So that’s my round up – where do you buy fabric, any tips to share?