What to Look For in a Great Online Fabric Shop

How do you decide between so many online fabric shops when you can’t even touch the fabric? Online fabric shops have huge inventories you can access whenever you want but here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for the best dressmaking fabric.

Location

It may seem obvious but your sewing project could require just a yard of fabric or a whole roll. Don’t get caught out by expensive shipping rates if your ideal print happens to be on the wrong side of the world! Domestic shipping tends to be relatively cheap, or even free for higher order values at some fabric shops, but importing from abroad can involve extra customs fees.

Discounts

Fabric is expensive. Look out for savings deals on larger quantites like Fabric.com, who offer up to 50% off in their “Buy More, Save More” category. Here are the discount pages you need to know:

Fabric.com Clearance

MyFabrics.co.uk Sale

Joann Sale

OnlineFabricStore Clearance

Minerva Crafts Sale

Material

If you are concerned about the quality of your final product then invest carefully in your sewing materials. Fabric is the most significant part of a sewing project besides your labour and can vary drastically in both quality and price. Make sure your supplier has a range of good quality natural fibres as these are more comfortable to wear and better for the environment. Getting fabric samples is also a great way to test out a fabric shop before placing a big order so you can try the delivery, customer service and, finally, the actual material.

“Seeing the colors and texture of a fabric in-person is a great way to decide between several fabrics and to make sure they’re suitable for your project. We are happy to offer extra-large 8″ x 8” swatches for our apparel fabrics,” said Fabric.com. “If a swatch is available you’ll see the “Order Swatch” button. You can order as many swatches as you need for a flat shipping fee of $1.50 in the continental U.S. Shipping cost for for Hawaii, Alaska and international swatch orders will be based on the weight and destination. Swatches cannot be returned.”

Fabric Offcuts

For smaller sewing projects, or simply adding to your fabric stash, offcuts are like a drug to savvy sewing shoppers. Some suppliers are happy to give you great savings on a whole pile of off-cuts for a lucky dip of bargains.

Minerva Crafts (image) has a great selection of fabric offcut bundles.

Fabric Bundle Packs are perfect for those that can’t make up their mind, or want to sew a variety of projects that only require small amounts in co-ordinating colours and themes. “Here at Minerva Crafts our beautiful selection of fabric bundles are put together by us in assortments we feel co-ordinate together beautifully to take the hard work out of matching colours, prints and styles,” said Minerva Crafts.

“We also include a metre length of co-ordinating ribbon which you can use in so many ways for practical or decorative purposes in your craft projects. We have also recently introduced a new line of Lucky Dip Fabric Bags which are great for those of you who are dressmakers and crafters looking for good quality fabric on a budget.”

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