Favorite Fabric Shops: High & Low

Favorite Fabric Shops: High & Low

Sarah Coffey
Feb 8, 2013

Fabric junkies — this is for you — a guide to 15 of our favorite places to shop for gorgeous patterns and textures, loosely divided by price. There are a number of great shops that were left off this list due to space constraints, so check our fabric store listings for a more complete picture.

High-End Fabric Stores

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Their bright, bold 1960s Finnish style is classic and instantly recognizable. You can buy Marimekko in the US through concept shops, Scandinavian stores like FinnStyle, and — through a recent collaboration — Crate and Barrel. Shown: Bottna Cotton Upholstery Fabric.

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Their online shop has a huge inventory of cool designer fabrics (many of them imported from Japan and other countries), and their blog, the Purl Bee, is an amazing resource for DIY project ideas. Shown: Handstitched Napkin Project from the Purl Bee.

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Quadrille is a lesser known resource for 1970s fabrics from China Seas, Alan Campbell, and Home Couture. They sell mainly to the trade, but their site also lists ways for the public to contact them about sales. Shown: Alan Campbell Saya Gata Fabric.

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Based in Boston, this shop specializes in 100 percent wool felt imported from Germany. This is the good stuff, available in a variety of thicknesses and colorways, and you can buy it by the roll or in smaller sections. Shown: 2mm Felt, starting at $75/yard.

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Maxwell blogged this fabric as a Daily Find — he says, "Previously only available in Europe, with their new store in NYC, this amazing French fabric is closer at hand...Fabrics come in two types, suitable for exterior (awnings, umbrellas) or interior."

Mid-Range Fabric Stores

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This online shop has a lot of the trendy lines you'll see at places like Purl (Amy Butler, Kaffe Fasset, Joel Dewberry), as well as some lesser known designer fabrics. Shown: Denyse Schmidt Greenfield Hill Voile, $15/yard.

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A darling of the blogosphere, Amy Butler has a colorful, retro style that's all her own. She's built a small empire of fabrics, pillows, and home decor, and she releases new collections seasonally. Shown: Love Collection, 2011.

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This well-organized website has some beautiful patterns and styles, including retro florals and geometric patterns. Prices are reasonable, and everything is listed in both US and Canadian dollars. Shown: Joy Bucks Fizz, $15/yard

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Established in 1944, Lewis & Sheron is a longtime Atlanta decor fabric shop. They have an easy-to-use website, free shipping on all U.S. orders, and decent prices. Shown: Spicer Basket Ikat, $20/yard.

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This New York store is a staple among interior designers. They stock a huge number of home decor fabrics, many of them at discounted prices. Shop here for traditional upholstery and drapery fabrics. Shown: Cotton Blend Red Print, $35/yard.

Budget Fabric Stores

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Located in Georgia, this site is a well-known resource for discounted fabrics, including designer lines by Robert Allen, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, and others. Shown: Robert Allen Kiki Pinata, $13/yard.

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This discount fabric shop has prices starting as low as $1.95/yard. Their inventory tends to be more traditional and they've got some nice upholstery basics. Shown: Premier Prints Cotton Drapery Fabrics, $6.95/yard.

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A huge aggregator site for crafty sellers, Etsy has tons of fabric, including new and vintage designs. Shop here for designer fabrics, remnants, and bundles of cool quilting quarters. Shown: Moda Twill Eggs in Raspberry, $10/yard.

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They have a ton of bright, Josef Frank-ish fabrics. Most lines are affordably priced 100 percent cotton, like this Frederika Fabric, which sells for $7/yard. Unfortunately, most fabrics aren't available online — you have to shop for them in-store.

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Always a good place to look for deals, Jo-Ann has a nice e-commerce site and a ton of locations across the country. We found this Home Essentials Muse Black Fabric on sale for $5/yard (regularly $10/yard).

Photo: Les Toiles du Soleil

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