Thursday, July 07, 2011

Fabric Sources . . .

I imagine most of you realize that I don't choose to advertise on my blog, however, when I come upon a good source I'm more than willing to share the love and promote a business, blog or an individual. Along that line, I'm often asked in comments or emails where I purchase my fabrics. Hopefully a few of those questions will be answered in this post.


Occasionally I will purchase a fabric or two from Hobby Lobby or Hancock Fabrics -- mostly for projects that don't require a really high-quality quilting fabric. There's also a local quilt store that I may or may not have visited a thousand times in the last few years, but generally speaking I purchase my fabrics online at a number of different sources. One of my favorites is Fabric.com. (Recently I purchased the flannel fabrics in the photos in this post from Fabric.com) Fabric.com has a broad selection of fabrics. I always go to their "quilting fabric" section to purchase high-quality designer cottons. They also have a "clearance and discount section" within the quilting section that I love to browse.


I have found that Fabric.com's fabrics are often a dollar to two less per yard than other sources if you are paying full price for a piece of fabric, however, the real advantage comes if you spend more than $35. Shipping is free (every day) with a purchase over $35, and if you sign up for their emails you will receive coupons that lower the price further! There is one area where I think Fabric.com can improve. Their fabric often arrives a bit wrinkled and sloppily folded. That really irritates me. An improvement in their shipping department would go a long way in showing appreciation for their customers purchases.


Additional resources where you can find fabulous fabrics are the individual fabric stores on Etsy. Many of them have close-out sales on fabric lines where you can get a great deal.  Fresh Squeezed Fabric is an example of an Etsy store that has a fabulous "clearance section". I love frequenting these stores and supporting these cottage businesses. As a side note -- I've yet to receive a package from an Etsy fabric store that isn't packaged beautifully. I appreciate their handling my purchases with care!


One more great source for fabric is the blog The Fabric Shopper. Shortly after I started blogging I came upon a blog written by Rosie. She shared the same love of fabric that I did, so I quickly became an admirer of her, her projects and her blog. Since that time Rosie started the blog "The Fabric Shopper" -- a blog about fabric and people who love it! This blog features all the latest collections and patterns from favorite designers and tells you when they’re available and where you can find them. It also points you in the direction of sales on fabulous fabric lines. It's a great daily read.


I hope this answered some questions you might have had about where to purchase fabric online. Have a great day!

11 comments:

chris said...

I also appreciate shopping from fabric.com. Where their packing may be lacking, they make up in wonderful customer service. I had to return some linen I ordered that ended up being the wrong color. They pay for the return shipping, too.

diane said...

thanks, you mentioned two I hadn't known about.

Lynn said...

Thanks Suzanne, I checked out The Fabric Shopper and really liked what I saw. We have only Fanny's Fabric and a small quilt shop here so online fabrics would be great. Shipping costs to Canada can make it too costly so I'll need to check into that.

Suzanne said...

Chris, I agree -- Fabric.com's customer service is fabulous. I've ordered many, many times from them and only once had a problem where they sent me a wrong piece of fabric. They quickly sent out the correct fabric and told me to keep the piece that I hadn't ordered. Their customer service is great, but I still say they could do a better job packaging their fabrics for shipping. ;o)

Adin B said...

Thanks for sharing! I too shop a lot at fabric.com and always order items that leads me to free shipping. :) Love it! Great selection and tons of fabric to choose from. And you get to shop for other items as well not just all fabrics. :) Love it!

Adin B

Jenn said...

Thanks so much, I've been hoping to venture out and buy fabric online, but wasn't sure what the best places are since there are so many!

Sandy said...

May I also suggest you and your readers check out www.aboveallfabric.com? My friend Melanie runs an awesome shop, frequently has discounts and clearance items, and shipping is never more than $5 in the U.S.

Christie said...

Thanks for your kind comments and reference to The Fabric Shopper! We very much appreciate it!

Christie ~ The Fabric Shopper :-)

Grammie said...

Another site I have used and really liked is www.quilthome.com. I have been impressed with their selection, sales and discount codes (if you sign up for e-mail), customer service and packaging. Their site is also easy to navigate,

Donna Heber said...

Suzanne,

Gorgeous fabrics! I wish I knew how to sew :-(

Kinzie Sue said...

Previously, I've had wonderful experiences with fabric.com, however I currently have decided that I may never buy from them again because of recent bad customer service. I've been waiting on some fabric for almost 4 months with no end in sight. Boo! I was so excited to make my curtains before baby arrives, but the likelihood is that I won't get them done (or the fabric itself) anytime soon.
I really love buying on Etsy because I can often find designer fabrics for cheaper than online/local stores since the etsy sellers are trying to have a better price than the next seller. Oh, how I LOVE fabric!