Where to find solid Kona fabrics (and what to do if you can’t)

As quilters deal with a national shortage of Robert Kaufman's popular Kona Cotton Solids fabrics, we've put together tips for where to get your hands on some – and if you get stuck, some suggestions for easy alternatives to try...

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Where to find Kona Fabric in the UK

Can’t get your hands on the right shades of Kona Cotton? Fear not! As quilters grapple with a national shortage of the modern maker’s favourite fabric, we’ve put together these tips for where to find it in the UK and US, and suggest some alternatives if you still can’t find the solid shade you need.

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Where to find Kona fabric in the UK

Try these stockists, and if you’re still stumped, read on for our suggestions for alternatives you can use.

  • Love Crafts – have a sale of some Robert Kaufman Kona Solids still in stock at the time of writing this article
  • Plush Addict – have a range of shades in stock, available by fat quarter or by the metre
  • Wool Warehouse  – have a large collection of shades available
  • Eternal Maker – also have a great range to dive into
  • Quilt Essential – stock a range of shades

Where to find Kona fabric in the US

  • Joann Stores – stock a large number of Kona fabrics
  • Fat Quarter Shop – have a range of charm packs and roll ups to help you stock up on pre-cuts
  • Etsy – have a number of sellers who stock some of our favourite shades

Where to find alternative shades if you can’t find the one you need

As the whole world (or so it seems) is desperate to get their hands on Kona Solids, if you struggle to find the one you need, fear not! We’ve worked out the best alternative shades if you swap brands and replace Kona with Moda Bella Solids or Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements – so that you can get to work on your quilt with whatever’s available to you.

We’ve based these recommendations on the quilts in issue 88 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, but they’ll also come in handy for Kona fans across the country who need a hand with their fabric shopping!

Modern applique patchwork

Yasmeen K Branton’s Blomma Block of the Month series uses the following shades of Kona Cotton Solids:

  1. Snow
  2. Dusty Peach
  3. Lupine
  4. Hibiscus
  5. Nautical
  6. Cadet
  7. Dresden Blue
  8. Seafoam
  9. Sage

In the same order, we’d recommend the following shades of Moda Bella Solids:

  1. Off White
  2. Sisters Pink
  3. Sugar Plum
  4. Purple
  5. Midnight
  6. Cobalt
  7. Blue
  8. Frost
  9. Teal

Or if you switch with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements, use these shades in the same order

  1. White Linen
  2. Cotton Candy
  3. Field of Lavender
  4. Purple Pansy
  5. Heart of the Ocean
  6. Night Sea
  7. Parisian Blue
  8. Icy Mint
  9. Warm Wave

Rainbow triangles quilt

Allison Jensen’s Simply Charming cover quilt uses the following shades of Kona Cotton Solids:

  1. Gumdrop
  2. Carnation
  3. Flesh
  4. Salmon
  5. Peach
  6. Melon
  7. Lemon
  8. Cactus
  9. Peapod
  10. Aruba
  11. Candy Green

In the same order, we’d recommend the following shades of Moda Bella Solids:

  1. Berrylicious
  2. Amelia Pink
  3. Sisters Pink
  4. Peach Blossom
  5. Bubble Gum
  6. Rose
  7. Sunshine
  8. Key Lime
  9. Acid Green
  10. Aqua
  11. Peacock

Or if you can swap them with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements:

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  1. Very Berry
  2. Sweet Pink
  3. Cotton Candy
  4. Grapefruit
  5. Peach Sherbet
  6. Quartz Pink
  7. Honeydew
  8. Lemonade
  9. Dark Citron
  10. Fresh Water
  11. Mirage Blue