Five Surprising Places to Buy Fabric

As a fabric addict, I'm always looking for new places to score my next fix. While my local quilt shop is a favorite, it doesn't always have the selection I need. Here are five surprising places I check when my fabric needs arise:

Most in the DIY community have a soft spot for Ikea. Honestly, I crave Ikea. When we first got married, my husband and I literally lived 1/2 mile down the road from an Ikea. When we were bored and it was too cold or rainy to walk outside, we'd walk Ikea. Living in a tiny one bedroom apartment {and on an even tinier budget}, we weren't too big on buying things. I curse the old me now. The nearest Ikea is more than an hour drive {and like $7 in tolls} away. And oh how I always seem to "need" something from Ikea. 

Enough about my Ikea obsession...let's talk fabric. Ikea has a variety of home decor weight and quilting cotton fabrics. The selection pretty much stays the same for the year. They're also affordable. Plus, the fabrics tend to be between 52 and 59 inches wide. More bang for your buck!

West Elm sells a beautiful collection of home decor fabrics. They are a bit more expensive than Joann's with a coupon. But, they are infinitely better quality. Oh how I wish I was brave enough to reupholster something! I mean...look at that print.


Yep..that's right. Amazon sells fabric. They actually own Fabric.com. But I'm currently mad at Fabric.com. Did you see they now charge more if you only buy a 1/2 yard of fabric. Come on no! Until they deal with that and embrace my wonderful idea to allow for free Prime shipping on Fabric.com, I'm pretending like Fabric.com doesn't exist. We'll see how long that lasts! I digress...
Many of the fabrics listed on Amazon are Prime eligible. Shipping costs are always the downfall of me buying fabric online. Really, it just makes me buy whatever the minimum for free shipping is. It's better for my wallet to find something I like on Amazon.


Etsy is perhaps the most obvious place on this list. I include Etsy because its a great place to look for out of print fabric. Oh Flea Market Fancy, how beautiful you are. I really picked up sewing again about four years ago. I spent most of that time at Joann getting the cheapest fabric possible. Then, I discovered designer fabric. Ah the quality. Oh the beautiful colors. I'm still all about a deal, but man of man give me a deal on the good stuff! Flea Market Fancy was just leaving stores as I discovered the beauty of designer fabric. And I love it. So from time to time I drool over the beauties still available through Etsy. Long story short; if there's an out of print fabric you just have to have, check Etsy!


I have a love/hate relationship with Ebay. I think many people do. However, it's always worth checking out Ebay when you're searching for out of print fabrics or random deals. Scrap bags are easy to find and fun to use. Need ideas as to what to do with all these scraps? Check out my Pinterest board for ideas galore.

What unusual spots do you score great fabric?

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