Best Online Fabric Stores
We shop for fabric a lot, and its still one of my favorite things to buy in person because you can touch, smell, caress, throw on your furniture, stare at excessively, etc. But the LA fabric district feels increasingly archaic. It’s often random what you find, with limited yardage and obviously you have to go there in person order to purchase. People think its cheap but the good stuff is really still expensive. The good thing is that its just all in one place so it makes it pretty easy, but it’s not this super easy to navigate place, thats for sure (watch this video about it).
So we pulled together this post (and by ‘pulled together’ I mean days of research, sourcing, pinning and photoshopping – thanks to all those who tagged stores from our Instagram post) to highlight the best ONLINE fabric stores. These are all fabrics that you can buy from anywhere – not just to the trade, and not just in person at disgusting stores where they treat you like you are trying to steal each time you ask for a swatch of fabric.
It’s a democracy here on the blog, and you all have equal shopping chances and knowledge now. You can order swatches (typically they range in $2 – $5 each) and if you are interested in pillows then most of these sites might also sell pre-made pillows in your fabric so look for that. We chose a lot of patterns because it makes for a more visually fun post, but most of these sites have pretty simple solid linens, cottons and velvets as well. Get to shopping.
Click through to see our favorite 24 online shopping resources.
New to me, but Fabric Bubb is pretty darn happy and fun. Most of these are ‘quilters weight’ meaning that they are best for pillows, curtains, quilts- not your furniture but most of the ones I clicked on were around $10/yard so that ain’t bad at all.
1. XOXO in On The Rocks 2. Tiger Stripes 3. Mojave Desert 4. Breeze In Sky 5. Tree Stripe in Blue 6. Savannah Glow in Mint 7. Clay Sundot 8. Plus in Lagoon 9. Wispy Daybreak in Aura 10. Sketch in Gray 11. Criss Cross in Ebony 12. Confetti Dots in Fire
Lewis and Sheron are old school – they’ve been around since the 40’s but their inventory is large and they have lots of classic gems. You might have to search a bit like I did. Their prices are all over the board – some in the teens and many as much as $80/yard. Both apparel weight and upholstery weight here.
Most of you know this, but Ikea has pretty great fabric for under $10 a yard. Use on smaller pieces of furniture (stools, benches), pillows or craft project – or upholstery a wall in their crazy more scenic scandy patterns (Like #2 or #3).
I had never heard of The Guildery before and its AWESOME. So many fresh yet simple patterns. All the ones I clicked on were $42/yard. They might not be sofa upholstery weight but these patterns are perfect for your above- average curtains or pillows. Nice job, guys and welcome to my brain.
Marimekko is a classic for all those you can handle that joy. I can. They also have coated cottons (great for picnics and kids in general).
Minted (the art company) launched their fabric collection recently and it is really good. A lot of happy, fresh, whimsical designs. I think its more for pillows/curtains than for sofas – but thats fine because most of these patterns are suited best for those things anyway.
New to me and pretty wonderful and fresh. TwentyOne7 has Duralee, Lee Jofa, Schumacher – all the classics but they’ve curated them for you and I found quite a bit that I was into.
Tonic Living is doing a lot of good upholstery weight fabric (for sofas! headboards!) in simple, understated and high quality ways. They have a lot of patterns, too, but I was particularly drawn to these sophisticated neutrals because I’m very refined.
Dry Good Design is a smaller Seattle based company that I’m pretty sure is run by one of my college roommates. Hi Kelly. They have a great selection and are growing fast. Go check ’em out.
Calico Corners has a massive collection and you might have to dig, but they have a huge variety of price points with both solids and patterns and upholstery and quilting weight.
Lacefield Design – a little old school but a lot of good classics.
Loom Decor has a TON of great fabrics, both fun and trendy and classic and simple.
1. Pantheon in Dandelion 2. Little White Line in Blueberry 3. Optrix in Ash 4. H2OMG! in Multi 5. Chantilly Stripe in Midnight 6. One Vine Day in Chartreuse 7. Deco Darling in True Blue 8. Take The Bait in Tangerine 9. Cheery Blossom in Lemongrass 10. Band Stand in Oyster 11. Stripe Out in Tigerlily 12. Leda Peony
I’m pretty obsessed with Rebecca Atwood’s fabrics. They are always modern and yet feel handmade, with simple patterns done in a delicate, fresh way.
A cute little collection of simple fun patterns at Sarah’s Fabrics.
Joanne’s has fabric for everyone – and I mean everyone. Nate Berkus has a collection there and his are always so chic and simple. Generally the price points are good, the selection is huge and its available for fast shipping everywhere.
This guys, Svenskt Tenn (that is a lot of consonants in one name) is new to me and man, that fabric makes me happy. I believe they are reproduced vintage swedish patterns. It ain’t cheap (I converted one and it was $273/meter) but this isn’t ‘the cheapest fabric in the world’ roundup and this stuff is really special.
We buy A LOT from Spoonflower. People design their own and then you buy them. It’s more patterns than solids, for sure, but they come in a bunch of different weights – light to heavy.
1. Marker Stripes 2. Nicolette Day 3. Dhurrie 4. Mustard Yard 5. Jumbo Dots 6. Navajo 7. Freestyle 8. Modern Seagull 9.Buffalo Check 10. Free From Arrows Gray 11. Free Form Arrows Mint 12. Marine Jubilee
Mood is more well known for the apparel fabric but they have a decent amount of home and upholstery fabrics as well.
B&J Fabrics has a broad selection of all different types of fabrics, and you may have to do a bit of digging but you are sure to find something that will work for your space.
Linen Me is a great source for all of your linen needs. Different weights, colors, patterns, and styles make it a go to for me when I start the design for my country home… you know that one that I keep talking about.
Linen Fabrics UK is another great linen source that is just across the pond. Lots of beautiful washed and raw linens, and is it just me or does having linens from Great Britain sound oh so fancy. Excuse me while I go warm up my tea and crumpets.
Purl SoHo has some awesome designer collections filled with fun patterns and styles.
Serena & Lily has always been a go to for me for home goods and furnishings, and their fabric collections (although small) is well curated and has a lot of great traditional patterns.
Now you have no excuses to not recover that disgusting chair you’ve been hoarding in your garage for 4 years. 🙂