Monday, May 9, 2011

{Where I Buy Fabric}

Hello friends.

Sharing resources is one of my favorite things to do. That is why I love hosting #SetUpShop so much. I love the exchange of ideas and support given to others. After all, we are working together to help promote and grow the handmade community.

Recently a twitter friend asked me where I purchased my fabric. It took me quite some time to find fabric places other than my local Joann Fabrics. The 40% off coupon is really great but it is difficult for me to find time to go to the fabric store so I prefer to order online and have my fabric arrive in the mail. After all I love mail!

I love to order from the following shops and will share some bits about why.
{Please note that these shops are not listed in any particular order.}

Above All Fabric:
$5 flat rate shipping and really quick turnaround. I am on the east coast and Above All Fabric is in Tucson, AZ. I usually receive my order in a couple of days. Average selection, good prices and sales, fun to interact with on twitter, and great customer service. Loyalty program also makes me remember to check them first for fabric before I go elsewhere! I also enjoy chatting with Melanie on twitter!

Hawthorne Threads:
Great selection but sells out fast. They do have a feature where you can sign up and be notified when the fabric is back in stock but by then I have already bought it elsewhere. I don't like to wait long for my fabric. Pricing seems somewhat high compared to others. There is a discount the more yardage that you buy. Shipping is really fast. I ordered and received in 2 days because the fabric came from New York and I am in Delaware. They also have a twitter.

Fat Quarter Shop:
Amazing selection and reasonable shipping rates. Interactive on twitter and customer service is good-quick turnaround with orders placed. I am waiting to receive my recent order to report back on how quick shipping is. Twitter sales are great; often 50% off certain fabrics.

Ribbon Retreat:
Good selection of fabrics, reasonable shipping rates, okay sales. The selection that is offered is good and I have been pleased with what I could find on the site. They also have oodles of ribbon and sometimes offer free project patterns. I just found this site because of the Arizona Girls Night Out event and I recently placed my first order. The Ribbon Retreat has a twitter although I have not connected with them just yet.

Some things that make me continue to buy fabric on a particular site:
*Fabric is in stock and the selection is wonderful. I want to have different fabrics from the norm.
*Shipping is a quick turnaround and for a reasonable price.
*I love a loyalty program. The idea of getting "credit" for my purchases makes me feel valued.
*Connecting with somebody from the shop on twitter makes the shop personal to me. I think of that person and am more likely to buy from them than a competitor.


Where do you love to buy fabric? Please share!

11 thoughts:

Sarah B. said...

I love the fabric you use!! When I do buy fabric, I go to the discount fabric store downtown- I love a good deal :) And I've ordered from here before: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fabricshoppeand liked them!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Thanks for sharing these resources, Gina! I still just buy fabric from JoAnn's, but someday soon I plan on ordering online - I've starred this post for future reference!

Watkins35 said...

hee hee, I'm just the same with fabric (& getting mail). I have several small "shops" online where I purchase mine, & like you, various things attract me to them - lots of 'different' & often quirky fabrics & def need fast shipping;
I really have to hold myself back as I could easily spend a fortune every day on fabric (& I'm fast running out of storage room) :D xox

BB Goad said...

Thanks for sharing, Gina! I haven't bought any fabric online, but will take the plunge eventually :)

Ashley said...

I'm going to have to check these out, thanks! Especially the Fat Quarter shop. I think I most like places that can give me a variety of fabrics, at reasonable prices, and have a variety of measurements. I rarely need a full yard of anything, when I buy online I almost always buy fat quarters, 1/4 yards, 1/2 yards. When I buy at JoAnn I often only buy 6 inches of fabric, so no matter the cost/yard I only end up paying a dollar or two for that piece. Makes buying a variety easy and fun.

I also like the Fabric Shoppe on Etsy. Good prices, selection, great shipping, great customer service. Jody also has a blog & Twitter:

http://www.everydaybeautiful.typepad.com

http://twitter.com/#!/FABRICSHOPPE

Sandy a la Mode said...

i also love my sunshine fabric for pretty designed fabric!! :)

Ashlee said...

thanks for this post.
i'm bookmarking it!

ive ordered fabric online but only as a last resort...no longer!!!

la petite coquine said...

I love this advice-I always go to Britex when I need fabric, but frankly, it can be pretty pricey! Horray for other options!

Carolyn said...

so helpful! thanks for the info :)

d'Olivia said...

Thanks, I want to try out that Ribbon Retreat. I just recently placed an order with the OnlineFabricStore, so will be interested to see how that turns out.

bluebird wishes said...

I always like finding new places to check out for fabric! Of the ones you listed, I've only purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. My favorite though is Bloomerie (www.bloomerie.com) The girls that run it are the nicest and shipping has been quick in my experience.

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