Q: Where do you buy your fabric?
Here is the next question I get asked quite a bit. I respond and show my latest purchases from the shops below.
I will admit to you all that I check the new arrivals page pretty much weekly and buy as much imported fabric as I can from here since its located in Massachusetts so it saves me on postage. And for all you long-time fans, check out she is now selling the japanese imports in half-yard increments.
This shop I go to for more traditional Japanese prints like the top two fabrics shown above. They are located in Japan but the shipping rates are reasonable.
Locally, this is one of the shops I stop by whenever I’m in the neighborhood to see if they have anything that catches my eye. If you sign-up for their mailing list you get a 40% coupon and they often have them in the front of the store. Generally, I buy fabrics I make clothes with here so I can feel the weight of them in person. The bottom fabric in the photo above was a new linen print they had last week on sale.
This is the other national fabric store I shop at locally. The top three fabrics I picked up from them in the past few months. They have a collection of retro inspired prints like the Mother Goose fabric I recently picked up.
This is the place I will go to third if I can’t find the Japanese prints I want at Reprodepot or on Etsy. The bottom fabric is from them and is a Toshiyuki Fukuda print. They are also located in Japan and do sell on Ebay under the same name nuno.plus but they do not sell all their fabrics through Ebay so check out their main site first.
Speaking of Ebay, I will occasionally look to Ebay for unique vintage fabrics or for scrap lots. I typically use any combination of the search terms: vintage, feedsack and novelty fabric to see what I come up with. The top fabric in the picture above was a recent Ebay purchase. I usually only bid on fabrics that are less than $5 if they are just for my stash. Prices can get a little high using those search terms so I don’t go crazy or get too attached to a particular auction. I also go to Ebay if I am searching for a fabric from a previous season.
I haven’t come across too many thrift stores that have a special craft or fabric section but I did find one in Hilton Head, South Carolina that is called The Litter Box Thrift Store. I picked up the bottom three fabrics in the picture with the Ebay fabric and then the other fabrics in the picture above from them. Since most of them don’t seem to sell old fabric yardage, I hit up the linen and curtain sections.
This is the other spot I go to for Japanese fabrics, after Reprodepot. I regularly check the following shops:
That about does it. Wait! I forgot to add a few more online shops I do sporadically check their selections of and they include:
Remember you can check all the other FAQ under the category of “business” and will continue to do so for another week or two or until I’m tapped out of answers.