2020 has meant more and more people are shopping online. From food shopping to fabric shopping, you can now buy everything you need (crafty or not) at the click of a button. Online craft retailers now stock everything you need to learn a new skill and make something beautiful. There are some amazing online fabric shops which are both affordable and easy to use. Physical stores like Hobbycraft, Jo Ann’s etc have started selling their fabrics online and there’s also new online fabric shops springing up which stock everything from fabric to haberdashery essentials to full-on sewing machines.
With so many options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve rounded up some of the top online fabric shops in one handy place so you can stock up on some much-needed fabrics. These online fabric shops range from small independent sellers to big brands, patterned to plain and expensive to affordable, so no matter your fabric preference you can find a design you love.
If you’re new to sewing then make sure you check out our beginners guide to sewing so you can pick up some essential tips. Oh and browse our sewing patterns for beginners for a project to make with your new fabric!
Best online fabric shops for home crafting
- John Lewis
- My Fabrics
- Minerva Crafts
- Jo-Ann stores (US)
- The Cotton Patch
- The Bramble Patch (great for quilting)
- Love Crafts
- Sew Over It
Online fabric shopping tips
Before we take you through our best online fabric shop suggestions we thought it’s time to bring in the experts! Senior Tech Editor of Simply Sewing Magazine and keen sewist, Roisin, shares her advice to make sure your online fabric shopping doesn’t result in any surprises.
1) Read the description
Take the time to read the entire description – it’s easy be lured in by an attractive print only to find that the fabric isn’t suitable for the project you have in mind. Many online retailers show a ruler in their pictures so you can get an idea of the size of the print. Double-check you’re happy with the scale before placing an order.
2) Order a sample
Colours can appear different on screen and colour names can mean different things to different people. Samples are cheap and are a quick way to confirm your choice. It’s also really beneficial to start a swatch book, grab a sketchbook, and staple in swatches as you get them. Make a note of the weave, weight, reference number, and any other important info next to each swatch.
3) Research competition
Have a look online or in sewing books and learn about the weave of a fabric and the fibres it is made from. Once you understand how a crepe is formed and the difference between twill and satin weaves, for example, fabric shopping will become a breeze!
Top online fabric shops
John Lewis is a great online fabric store since they stock a wide range of fat quarter bundles from different designers and brands. Their collections are often seasonal and feature some gorgeous fabrics that will leave you feeling very inspired. As well as fat quarters John Lewis stock fabrics per metre from brands like Spendlove, Carrington Fabrics, Stabler etc. They also have their own John Lewis & Partners PVC tablecloth and furnishing fabrics which are super affordable.
Minerva Crafts is a well established online fabric shop that dressmakers know and love. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your basic fabrics as well as stocking some more luxe fabrics like fleecing, satin and tulle. One of the things we love about Minerva Crafts is you can select a simple tickbox and they’ll send you the matching thread to your fabric saving loads of time and faff!
They also have a loyalty scheme that will get you 10% off and a community forum that allows you to see how other makers have used the fabric, what it looks like in person and how they rate it. If you’re new to Minerva Crafts and want to test them out before ordering per metre we suggest ordering a bunch of their samples which you can do easily once you’ve selected your fabric.
For all our American crafters Jo-Ann’s is one of the best online fabric shops because it allows you to fully customise your fabric. Once you’ve found a design you like you can customise the colour, scale and repeat of the design. Then you can select which fabric you’d like it to be printed on. Jo-Ann’s stock 24 different kinds of customisable fabrics including cotton twill, crinkled chiffon and much more.
They also have a huge range of crafting supplies such as sewing baskets, lamps and sewing machines. If you’re on the hunt for a new sewing machine then check out our sewing machines for beginners round up.
The Cotton Patch
The Cotton Patch is one of the best online fabric shops for quilters and patchwork lovers. There’s a huge range of fabrics, wadding, tools for you to choose from including some very detailed designs like this Argyll Tile print. Moda, Rowan, Hoffman, Makower and more are all stocked on The Cotton Patch as well as seasonal designs. You can filter their fabrics by colour, designer and styles to find your perfect one. They also have a range of Batik fabrics!
If you’re new to quilting then we’d recommend checking out their quilting kits which come with all the fabric you need to make some beautiful projects. Once you’ve got your fabrics head to our quilting for beginners for all our quilting tips and tricks.
Doughty’s online fabric shop has a wide range of dressmaking and quilting fabrics available. Aside from the fancy fabrics, they stock like Bridal satins and this gorgeous lace, they also have a great range of basics. Cream muslin, pre-washed hessian and even white fabrics that are prepared for dyeing, they’re the go-to shop for the plain fabrics that will make up the base of your stash. Wadding and haberdashery items are also available allowing you to get every item in your project list added to your cart.
The Bramble Patch
The Bramble Patch is the best online fabric shop for all you quilters and patchwork lovers. They stock absolutely everything you need to create stunning quilts including kits, books, fabrics, wadding and more. You can find seasonal fat quarter bundles and fat eight bundles as well as jelly rolls and charm packs. They’re also great for quilting resources with a range of video demos, quilting tips and even a free booklet download to help you start stitching.
If you’re more of a dressmaker than a quilter, The Bramble Patch has got you covered too. They have dedicated sections to dressmaking fabrics, linen fabrics and tapestry fabrics which are perfect for making clothes or home furnishings.
Love Crafts is a crafters dream. Whether you’re a crocheter, knitter, embroider this online fabric store will have everything you need for your next project. It’s also a fab online fabric shop with lots of different brands, styles and designs in stock. Filter by brand, theme and precut fabrics to find what you need. There’s fat quarter bundles, strip rolls, charm packs and quilting kits by brands like Moda, Kona, Craft Cotton etc. Love Crafts’ blog is also packed with inspirational projects that will make you get the sewing kit out immediately.
Sew Over It
If you haven’t heard of Sew Over It then get to know! They have tons of fabrics, patterns, books and supplies for sale on their site but there’s a few extra touches that make their site extra special. When scrolling through their fabric selection you’ll come across their blue circles which give you suggestions for that material. Their suggestions such as ‘Great for Beginners’, ‘Perfect Pairing’ and ‘Sew Along Make’ are all designed to make it super simple for beginners to find what they’re looking for. They suggest several patterns that would work with that material as well as providing online sew-along workshops for newbies. Definitely check out this online fabric shop, it’s a Gathered favourite.
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of the best online fabric shops and have found a new place to shop! For more sewing goodness then head to our sewing kits for beginners and our best overlocker round-up.