Shopping for fabric online has opened up a world of possibilities. Many more fabrics are available at our fingertips now then when one only had the option of shopping locally. But that doesn’t mean that buying fabrics from an online retailed comes without questions. Will it look like the picture when it arrives? Are the colors accurate? Will I like it? Will it feel the way I imagined?
To help put my mind at ease when making a big fabric purchase is to order a sample whenever possible sometimes the fabric to no fault of the retailer will just not be the same as you imagined. Of course this isn’t always possible.
Another way I calm the questions swirling in my head is to order from some of my favorite tried a true retailers. Happy fabric shopping!
Fabric guru is a recent favorite find. They sell name brand fabric at discounted prices. One I scored a major find with my bedroom curtain fabric which I bought as a second for $6.00 a yard. Their inventory tends to change often so if I see something I like I snag it as quick as possible. (Fabric guru sources 1. 2. 3.)
Update: I just received a coupon for fabricguru, use coupon code fall4 during the checkout process for 20% off your entire purchase good through November 12, 2012
Lewis and Sharon Textiles is another wonderful source for fabrics they have a great selection and beautiful fabrics they tend to be a tad more on the expensive side than some of the other fabric places I mention here but nothing outrageous. (Lewis and Sharon Textiles sources 1. 2. 3.)
If you’re looking for a few modern or eco friendly fabrics Tonic Living is your place to shop. They also offer custom curtains and pillows made form the fabrics they sell which is a great option if you’re not handy with the sewing machine. (Tonic Living sources 1. 2. 3.)
Online Fabric Store is another site I tend to visit frequently they have a great resource for upholstery fabric and supplies. If you’re looking to recover a piece of furniture and need some supplies they’re a great one stop shop. (Online Fabric Store source 1. 2. 3.)
Fabric.com offers tons of choices for those looking for fabric. They offer great budget solutions if you’re looking for fabric with not such a steep budget. They ship fast and cheap which is always a plus. (Fabric.com sources 1. 2. 3.)
Etsy the retailer made famous for selling handmade wares is also a great place to find fabric supplies. Some shops sell designer fabric that would only be offered to the trade otherwise. There’s also a large one of a kind vintage pieces of fabric for sale. If I’m looking for a one of the kind piece that doesn’t require large quantities Etsy is the place I go to look. (Etsy sources 1. 2. 3.)
eBay the flagship auction house is another great resource I frequent often to find quality fabrics at a discount. However the retailers on the site can vary greatly in reviews, shipping rates and return policies . To combat the uncertainty I stick to quality eBay store with highly positive reviews and sound return policies. (eBay sources 1. 2. 3.)
Spoonflower is an up and comer in the fabric market you can create your own custom designs or order yards of fabric from a number of creative minds. I like Spoonflower for their bright colorful prints and unique designs. (Spoonflower sources (1. 2. 3.)