Fabric Love

**April 2014: Please bear in mind that this list is always a work in progress and forgive any errors and broken links and incomplete entries. **

When you’re starting out with sewing, it’s tricky to find the best fabric places – and there are new shops opening all the time…. so, I’ve created this directory of online UK based fabric sellers to help you in your search.

Feel free to get in touch and recommend others if you know of them – and if you’ve used any of the shops listed here and have feedback, then I’d love to hear from you – then I can update the list with your experiences. I’ve tried to include as much useful information as possible, but the downside of that is that the info can get quickly out of date – so do let me know about any broken links, closed shops, changes to delivery charges etc. I wont be offended!

To make it easier to browse this list, which is LONG!, I have divided the shops into groups – this is a massively over-simplified arrangement that people (not least shop owners!) might take issue with. Please just see is as a browsing tool, not a strict classification scheme!

One stop shops for quilters
Craft shops that sell fabric
For stitchers of all kinds
Mostly quilting fabrics
Fabrics with a twist
Great for dressmaking fabrics
Great places for specialist fabrics
Vintage Fabrics
Upholstery and Curtain fabrics
Organic, Fair Trade and Eco Fabrics

One stop shops for quilters

Coast and Country Crafts

This shop is very definitely about quilting, so in addition to their fabric range, they also have lots of quilting accessories, quilting books and kits. At present the main range of fabrics in stock is Tone Finnanger’s Tilda range. They also have lots of linen fabrics in stock in a wide range of colours. Payment options include credit/debit card and Paypal.

Coast and Country Crafts and Quilts on Facebook

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Cotton Patch

I really like Cotton Patch – because of their enormous range of fabric, notions, patchwork and quilting gadgets, books, patterns, fabric bundles & threads they are an essential destination for quilters in the UK. You could spend hours on this website. If you think you are going to be a regular, it is well worth joining one of their clubs which entitles you to discounts. There are some downsides – if you order a 1/4 metre you seem to get a skinny quarter rather than a fat quarter, the site is a bit catalogue-ish (lots of long lists), and, in my experience, delivery can be slow unless you pay for the expensive Express option.  They stock fabrics by Kaffe FassettAmy ButlerTildaHeather Bailey, and lots more. Payment is by credit or debit card – there’s  no Paypal option.

The Cotton Patch Blog
The Cotton Patch on Facebook

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Fabrics Plus

Fabrics Plus have a big range of patchwork and quilting fabrics (including Amy ButlerAnna Maria HornerHeather BaileyDena DesignsMakower and Moda.), a large selection of waddings, backings, calicos,  patchwork books, accessories and other notions. They also have a  loyalty card system – read more about the scheme here. Basic delivery charge under £5o is £3.95, over £50 the delivery charge is free. You can subscribe to their newsletter, but I don’t see a Facebook or Twitter presence.

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Lady Sew and Sew

Lady Sew and Sew is a one stop shop for quilters – one of those extremely useful shops where you can pick up all you need for a patchwork project. They stock an excellent and extensive range of fabric (designers/makers including Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Valori Wells), wadding and quilting haberdashery, and they have quilting/sewing books and quilt kits too. You can browse by fabric designer or by fabric type (it would be great to have a browse by colour option too). There is a sliding scale of payments for delivery depending on order value, starting at £2.95 for orders up to £15, and you can pay by credit/debit card – I am not sure if PayPal is an option because it’s not immediately obvious. If you want to check out their range in person,the Lady Sew and Sew warehouse in Henley is open on Monday each week and on other Open Days too.

Lady Sew and Sew on Facebook
Lady Sew and Sew on Twitter

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Patch Fabrics

Fantastic stock of lovely fabrics, and everything else a quilter or sewist needs – just brilliant. There is a flat rate of £2.95 for shipping within the UK (orders over £75 are free). Payment is via the usual PayPal options.

Patch Fabrics Blog
Patch Fabrics on Twitter
Patch Fabrics on Facebook

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Pelenna Patchworks

This looks to be a really useful shop for the keen patchworker and quilter. I really like their well-chosen collection of stash packs – 8 pieces of 10″ square fabrics in co-ordinating colours – really useful for the beginner.

Pelenna Patchworks Blog
Pelenna Patchworks on Facebook
Pelenna Patchworks on Twitter 

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The Quilt Room

In the time that I have been doing this list (since 2010 I think) The Quilt Room (home of well-known quilters and quilt designers Pam and Nicky Lintott) has got to be one of the most improved online fabric and quilting shops. It used to be a very impersonal set up, but now it is full of vibrancy and personality, and it’s one of my favourite shops to browse, just because it’s such a pleasant place to be.  They sell lots of Moda fabricfabric bundles and quilt kitsquilting supplies and haberdashery and magazines, books and patterns. You can browse by fabric range or by colour.  You can choose to have your fabric sent by second class (starting at £1.95) or first class (starting at £2.95), and orders over £50 are P&P free.

The Quilt Room Blog
The Quilt Room on Facebook

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Craft Shops that sell fabric

Abakahn

Abakahn has a huge stock of patchwork, craft and dressmaking fabrics to choose from.  They also have  great range of craft supplies, haberdashery and a really good stock of sewing patterns too. Abakahn have bricks and mortar shops in Birkenhead, Chester, Hanley, Liverpool, Manchester, Mostyn, Preston and Bolton. When you buy online you can pay via Paypal or the usual debit and credit cards and the delivery charge is £5.99.

Abakahn on Facebook 
Abakahn on Twitter

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Hobbycraft

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Minerva Crafts

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Stitch Craft Create

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For stitchers of all kinds

Calico Laine

Calico Laine bills itself as ‘the really useful textiles company’, and it’s a good destination if you’re after a pretty good choice of basic dressmaking or craft fabrics plus all the notions, haberdashery & sewing craft supplies that you need. Calico Laine run regular offers and competitons on Facebook and Twitter, so it’s worth keeping up with them there. Delivery is £2.95 unless your order is over £30, in which case it’s free.

Calico Laine on Facebook
Calico Laine on Twitter

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Clothkits

Clothkits has a really good selection of fabricshaberdasherynotions, and more, as well as the sewing kits that they are famous for.  There are lovely Echino linens, a small but delightful selection of Liberty Prints, some fantastically colourful and summery striped canvas fabrics. I find the Liberty Print bias binding on wooden bobbins almost irresistible (but will have to resist because it isn’t cheap..) – fortunately it is available by the metre too, and the ribbon and trim section is a marvel – such a well chosen collection, including lovely bits and bobs from VV Rouleaux. It’s also nicely laid out, and seems a very easy to use site, so  it’s well worth a look – especially if you are interested in getting some funky haberdashery. Payment is by credit/debit card or cheque – there’s no Paypal.

The Clothkits Blog 
Clothkits on Facebook
Clothkits on Twitter

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Crafts and Quilts

There’s an extensive selection of fabrics at Crafts and Quilts, a family run shop with an real high street presence in Southport. They stock more than 1500 quality quilting fabrics and a huge selection of notions for quilting along with a great range of products for knitting, crochet and needlecrafts of all kinds. You can browse fabrics by style, designer or price (useful!) and there’s a search option.  Their prices are competitive and payment is by credit or debit card. Postage is calculated by weight of order, and they commit to refunding any overpayment on postage.

Crafts and Quilts Blog
Crafts and Quilts on Facebook

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Cross Patch

A shop for anyone with an enthusiasm for patchwork and/or cross stitch. The shop is not terribly easy to navigate your way around and you have to make your orders via email, which put me in two minds about including Cross Patch in this list, but there is so much lovely treasure here that it’s worth persevering. Payment is by PayPal invoice.

Cross Patch on Facebook

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Guthrie & Ghani

Guthrie & Ghani have a great mix of fabrics for dressmakers and quilters alike – the fabrics sold online by the 1/2m (but you can phone if you have specific requirements), and they have a real shop in the Moseley, Birmingham. They also stock knitting yarns, haberdashery, sewing & knitting patterns, purse & bagmaking accessories and more. The online shop could be a little bit more user-friendly, with better search options and more browsability, but their stock is fantastic, and the blog is a great read, so it is well worth paying them a visit. Payment is via PayPal (credit or debit card or PayPal balance), and there is a flat rate delivery charge of £2.90.

Guthrie & Ghani on Facebook
Guthrie & Ghani on Twitter
Guthrie & Ghani blog

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Hulu Crafts

Hulu Crafts stock great supplies for sewers and knitters.  They stock Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett and good selection of Moda fabrics.  What attracted my attention was their good range of Moda bundles.  For example they have the lovely Lumiere de Noel collection by French General as a Jelly Roll, Layer Cake and Charm Pack.  They also stock Moda’s new Candy Bar bundles - containing four packs of 40 – 2.5″ x 5″ fabric rectangles in gorgeous fabrics.

Hulu Crafts Blog
Hulu Crafts on Facebook
Hulu Crafts on Twitter

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Nerybeth Fabric and Crafts

Stocks Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria HornerHeather Bailey and Moda. Seems to have a very good range – sells sewing accessories & patterns too so this is a bit of a one stop shop.

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Plush Addict

Plush Addict started out as a super supplies shop for people wanting to make nappies for their babies, but over the past couple of years (whilst I wasn’t looking!) but has developed into an incredibly well-stocked fabric (quilting cottons, flannel, PUL, fleece, Denim and more!) and haberdashery shop. They have a Plush Points Loyalty scheme, and postage charges are very fair, based on weight and with an option for 1st class, 2nd class or Special Delivery. Orders over £40 are sent free of charge and there is also a free returns service available (very rare, and very welcome).

Plush Addict Blog
Plush Addict on Facebook

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Ray Stitch

A fabulous modern day haberdashers, with all sorts of beautiful fabrics, notions and, of course, habdash, for all your sewing needs. The standard delivery charge for orders under £20.00 is £2.50 and for orders over £20 it is £3.50.

Ray Stitch on Facebook
Ray Stitch on Twitter

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The Remnant House

A very extensive range of more traditional fabrics for the dressmaker and quilter alike, The Remnant House bricks & mortar shop has been a Harrogate institution for more than 50 years. They also have a good range of notions and haberdashery. Online, there is a minimum order of 0.5m, but you can order in any increment above that. There is a flat rate of postage of £4.50 for orders up to £30, and delivery is free to the UK if your order is above £30. Payment is via credit/debit card or by PayPal.

The Remnant House on Facebook

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Sew and Make

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The Village Haberdashery

This website is extremely inviting and easy to use – you can search by type of fabric, manufacturer, designer, collection, colour, pattern and price! The Village Haberdashery also has a thoughtful selection of notions and other vital equipment to sewing and quilting, like wadding, cushion pads, sewing patterns, buttons, zips, ribbons and trims. And if you are into embroidery,  knitting or crochet, there’s lots of goodies for you too. Payment is via credit or debit card (SagePay), or Paypal and the flat rate delivery charge for parcels in the UK is £2.75.

The Village Haberdashery Blog
The Village Haberdashery on Facebook
The Village Haberdashery on Twitter

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Mostly quilting fabrics

Backstitch

Backstitch has a good, very well chosen range of printed fabrics and also a really useful selection of solids including Klona cottons. Backstitch is fast becoming a must-visit destination if you are after funky and stylish dressmaking patterns – there’s a really excellent selection of patterns including ranges from ColetteOliver and SSew LiberatedFiggys and Sewaholic. There are no haberdashery or notions available. The basic delivery charge for Royal Mail first class is £2.75, and payment is by credit/debit card via Paypal or by Paypal balance.

Backstitch Blog
Backstitch on Facebook
Backstitch on Twitter

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Celtic Fusion Fabrics

Celtic Fusion Fabrics is one of my own favourites – I love the eclectic, slightly quirky range, which includes EchinoLecienKokka and Monaluna, as well as the usual suspects like Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner. You can browse fabrics by colour, designer, print and weight and there’s also a product search option. Gwen, the owner, puts together some really excellent ‘cloth stacks‘ (fabric bundles), including ‘smallies‘, which are lovely selections of smaller cuts of fabric – always really useful when you want to check out a few fabrics, or you’re working on a smaller project. Payment options include Paypal or cheque, and delivery charges are based on amount spent, and are pretty reasonable.

Celtic Fusion Blog
Celtic Fusion on Facebook
Celtic Fusion on Twitter

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Cotton and Vintage

Great Ebay shop selling a lovely selection of Zakka and Shabby Chic style fabrics.

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Doughty’s Online

Doughty’s has a great selection of fabric at excellent prices. Theres a good range of Kaffe FassettAmy Butler & the other Rowan designers, and lots of batiks too. They also have lots of other fabrics, yarns, threads and quilting materials like wadding, dying cloth and calico. The website is also very easy to navigate, and they have a pricematch feature. It’s definitely worth signing of their newsletter because there are regular reductions on all kinds of goodies. Browsing is by by designer / manufacturer and payment is by credit / debit card or Paypal. Delivery charges to the UK are as follows: £14.99 or less: £1.89; £15-£29.99: £2.89; £30-£39.99: £3.89; £40-£99.99: £4.89; £100 or more: FREE.

Doughty’s Blog 
Doughty’s on Facebook
Doughty’s on Twitter

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Eclectic Maker

This a great shop with a well thought out design, great stock and a welcoming vibe. Browsing the fabrics, the emphasis is definitely on the sophisticated end of the market, with designers such as Amy ButlerKaffe FassettTanya WhelanAnna Maria Horner and Joel Dewberry well represented.

There are lots of buying options – with FQs, yardage, FQ bundles and pre-cuts all available. There are also sewing patterns, a small but useful range of haberdashery and notions, including wadding/batting and Vilene.  Finding what you want couldn’t be easier – you can browse by designer, colour, theme, collection, and type of fabric, or you can do a keyword search to get directly where you want to go. Delivery prices are on a sliding scale, with a maximum cost of £3.50 – orders over £50 are delivered free of charge. Payment can be made by credit or debit card, or Paypal. It’s very hard to find fault here, so pop round and have a look!

Eclectic Maker on Facebook
Eclectic Maker on Twitter

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Emma’s Fabric Studio

This us a great shop, with lots of fun fabrics from manufacturers Riley Blake Designs, Robert Kaufman and Michael Miller, and all those extras that are so important, such as buttons, wadding, trims and binding. Emma takes particular pride in her stock of fabric bundles (which she says are all named, like Mulberry bags), and I’m not surprised, they look just great.

The quality of the images in the shop are just fantastic (a lesson for us all in pretty product photography!) and in the bundle section, there’s a pic of each fabric in the bundle, as well as the bundle itself – which is really going the extra mile for us customers. Emma also places great importance on customer service – and is happy for people to phone to talk about their requirements, colour matches or any specific questions they might have.

Payments are processed with Paypal (or the Paypal credit/debit card facility) and postage is calculated by the weight of your purchase. Here are the other links you need if you want to keep up with shop news:

Emma’s Fabric Studio blog
Emma’s Fabric Studio on Twitter
Emma’s Fabric Studio on Facebook 

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The Eternal Maker

I can’t speak highly enough of The Eternal Maker – it’s run by a hugely enthusiastic team who select the most fabulous fabrics to have in stock. The newly designed website is fabulous to use too. There’s a great range of bang on trend fabrics, with lots of gorgeous stuff from Japan. Brilliant – you are definitely going to need their fab Wishlist facility! Postage charges are calculated by weight – up to 2 kilos £2.75; over 2 kilos £5.00, and payment is by credit/debit card via Sagepay.

The Eternal Maker Blog
The Eternal Maker on Facebook

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Fabric Frieze

A long-established Ebay shop (with excellent feedback) which now (2014) has a stand-alone shop. Fabric Frieze stocks an extensive range from fabric studios such as Moda, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Tilda and Blend. The shop offers free UK delivery on orders over £70, but it is frustrating that it is difficult to find out what the postage costs are for cheaper parcels. You can sign up to be included in a monthly giveaway by registering with their website.  The payments options are your PayPal balance, or credit/debit card via PayPal.

The Fabric Frieze on Facebook

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Fabric HQ

Fabric HQ on Facebook

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Fabric Inspirations

I love the range of fabrics here, and there is a great search facility that allows you to search by colour and designer at the same time – an excellent tool.   So, excellent shop and excellent searching tools – it’s hard to beat.  One of the few downsides of this shop is that you mostly have to buy by the 1/2 metre – but the fabrics are so lovely, you almost always want to anyway!

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The Fabric Loft

A great shop with a lovely range of fabrics, and good searching and browsing facilities. There always seems to be lots of nice new stuff arriving on the virtual shelves. There are Amy Butler and Melly & Me patterns too.

The Fabric Loft Blog
The Fabric Loft on Facebook
The Fabric Loft on Twitter

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Fabric Rehab

Really lovely selection of more unusual contemporary fabrics, with the emphasis on retro and funky. A deservedly popular site, with a great design, which has recently been upgraded with lots of lovely new non-thematic menu options for browsing.

Fabric Rehab Blog 
Fabric Rehab on Facebook 
Fabric Rehab on Twitter

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Fancy Moon

A really excellent range of fabric – specialising in Alexander Henry amongst others. You can browse by designer, manufacturer and theme, which makes finding what you want very easy. The fabrics from the various designers are very well chosen. A real bonus is a big range of interior fabrics by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka.  As far as I can tell (and I haven’t checked every fabric!) there seems to be minimum order of 50cm.

Fancy Moon on Twitter
Fancy Moon on Facebook

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Frumble

A lovely shop which sells concentrating on funky fabrics from designers like Michael Miller and Robert Kaufman especially, and with more to come. Frumble also has an excellent haberdashery range, including lovely ribbons, buttons, elastic, trims, tapes and threads.

Frumble on Facebook
Frumble on Twitter

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Gone to Earth

I’m a regular at Gone to Earth – the customer service is second to none, and there is a very well chosen range of fabrics. Delivery is always fast too, postage prices are fair and there is good range of payment options, including PayPal.

Gone to Earth Blog
Gone to Earth on Twitter

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JB Quilting Fabrics

This is a slightly old fashioned and traditional feeling website (beware of the little jingle if you are doing work-based browsing or if you are easily surprised!), but if you are the type to be put off by that, don’t let it. JB Quilting has a huge range of Moda, Timeless Treasures and Benartex fabrics and more. Judging by the quantities listed, Christmas and children’s fabrics are a particular speciality. You can browse by colour, by manufacturer and by collection, and there is a full site search facility. I can’t quite work out the delivery charges for orders under £25, but over £25 the postage is free. Payment is by Paypal, or by credit/debit card. Their customer service comes highly recommended by my readers. They don’t appear to have a social networking presence.

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M is for Make

This is a really great shop – with a very tasteful selection of fabricspatterns, and a small but very useful selection of haberdashery, including Aurifil threads.  You can make a payment using Visa, MasterCard or via your PayPal balance, all using PayPal. There is a flat rate charge for shipping of £2.75 to the UK.

M is for Make blog
M is for Make on Facebook
M is for Make on Twitter

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Miss Tilly’s Fabric Emporium

Specialising in Michael Miller and Riley Blake.

Miss Tilly’s on Facebook

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My Fabric House

As soon as I spotted My Fabric House, I knew that I had to add it to this list. The reasons? An attractive, well-designed interface, a really good choice of interesting, different, and very pocket-friendly, fabrics, some really fun haberdashery and trims, highlighted with really excellent photography. My Fabric House say “Our aim is to create a fuss-free, secure and delightful environment for you to shop for ‘sweet n chic’ haberdashery and fabrics at the comfort of your home”, and with the amount of work that’s been put into this site, they’re doing pretty well so far. Pop round and check out the lovely stuff that they have in stock.

My Fabric House on Facebook

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Patchwork Dreamer

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Quilters Cloth

Quilter’s Cloth has absolutely tons of fabrics (Makower, Moda, Lecien, Amy Butler, Tanya Whelan, Wendy Slotboom amongst many more), fabric packs and a small selection of quilting tools and notions. You can search by fabric colour, pattern, collection, house or designer. The standard charge for delivery within the UK is £3.50.

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Seamstar

A really great, dynamic shop, with a great range of trendy fabrics from desigbers and manufacturers like Alexander Henry, Anna Maria Horner, Michael Miller and many more. They also have fabulous trims, ribbons, wool felt and a great selection of haberdashery. Payment is via paypal. Delivery charges are fair and are according to amount purchased – purchases over £60 are delivered free.

Seamstar blog 
Seamstar on Facebook
Seamstar on Twitter

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Secret Garden Quilting

Secret Garden Quilting is well organised online store with a really great range of fabrics from Moda, Makower, Lecien, Robert Kaufman and more. I particularly like the good range of FQ bundles, that always offer at least a 10% discount over buying the fat quarters individually or fabrics by the metre. Another good money-saving bonus is that you can choose to have your parcel sent first or second class,  with prices starting at £2.95/£1.95. Payment is via credit/debit card.

Secret Garden Quilting on Facebook

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Trixie Lixie

Trixie Lixie on Facebook
Trixie Lixie on Twitter

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Fabrics with a Twist

African Fabric Shop

This is a wonderful shop with a lovely range of fabrics that could never be described a run of the mill. There are stunning hand-dyed batiks from Ghana and The Gambia, and, my favourite, a stunning selection of Schwe Schwe fabrics from Coral Tree. One great way to find out about these fabulous fabrics is to buy one of their great range of Adventure Packs.  There are also gorgeous beads and some really good bag kits and quilt kits too. Payment is by credit/debit card via Worldpay, and delivery charges are calculated by weight.

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Euro Japan Links Ltd

Something a little bit different – some very attractive, good value, Japanese cottons. The single colour range is particularly good. If you love Japanese sewing books (as I do!) you’ll find lots of desirable fabrics here.

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Kekfesto Cotton

A specialist shop selling very beautiful traditional blue-printed cotton from Hungary. You can browse through the fabrics by design (flowers, abstracts, motifs etc.), and the minimum order is one Fat Quarter. Payment is by credit or debit card, and although this isn’t terribly clear, there is a sliding scale of delivery charges (by weight), starting at just 95p for an order of a FQ.

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Oakshott Fabrics

Oakshott sells a beautiful selection of fine quality handloom quilting cotton from Kerala in India. The collection includes shot, striped and textured cottons in an incredibly rich and wide selection of colours.  You can read more about the production of their fabrics here on their website.  You can see inspirational quilts made with these fabrics in their gallery.

Oakshott Fabrics on Facebook

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Rooftop Fabrics

Plush (minky) fabrics, quilting cottons and more, including nappy making supplies.

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Simply Solids

The unique selling point of Simply Solids is that they sell an extensive range of Robert Kaufman’s Kona Solids, Amy Butler Designer Solids and Kaffe Fassett shot solids. They also have printed fabrics too, including lots of gorgeous Moda pre-cuts.  There’s no haberdashery or notions, but Simply Solids does stock Gutermann cotton. There’s free delivery on orders over £15.

Simply Solids on Facebook
Simply Solids on Twitter
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Whaley’s of Bradford

Whaley’s specialise in providing unprocessed raw fabrics for dressmaking, dying, theatre and film productions. A great source for fabrics in their natural state.

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Great for dressmaking and more!

Ainsberry

This shop also has an Ebay store.

Ainsberry on Facebook
Ainsberry on Twitter

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Cheap Fabrics online

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Croft Mill

Croft Mill specialise in dressmaking fabrics, but have craft, quilting and furnishing fabrics available too. There’s always something new and interesting in stock, and their quirky website is always well worth a browse. Fabrics can be browsed by type and the quality of their photography helps you to feel confident that you know what you are buying. The prices are often very good value, and payment is by credit or debit card – there is no Paypal option. The standard delivery charge for the UK mainland is £5.95.

Croft Mill Fabric on Facebook
Croft Mill Fabric on Twitter

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Ditto

A lovely range of dressmaking fabrics (and some cottons that would be great for patchwork and other sewing) at good prices. Other than interfacings, Ditto is just about the fabric, so you wont find haberdashery or notions here. Payment is by credit or debit card – and there’s a PayPal option too. Delivery charge depends on the weight of the parcel and is calculated at checkout. Ditto has a real life shop in Brighton.

Ditto Fabrics on Facebook
Ditto Fabrics on Twitter

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Dots N Stripes

If you sew clothes for kids then you should take a look at Dots N Stripes. They stock fabrics, patterns and supplies from FarbenmixMamu DesignsOttobre and Studio Tantrum. I love all the gorgeous fabrics – they’ve got some great fleeces, printed corduroys, stripy jerseys and lovely cottons.  They also have fabrics for women’s clothes too.  You can only browse fabrics, but the interface is very clear. The payment options are credit /debit card (via Paypal), cheque or postal order. Delivery charges to the UK are as follows – small items, £2.80; fabric up to 3 metres, £4.50; fabric over 3 metres, £6.40 and shipping is free on orders over £70.

Dots n Stripes blog
Dots n Stripes on Facebook

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Dragonfly Fabrics

As you can see from the logo, dressmaking fabrics are the main focus, so this is a great place to go for jersey, linen and corduroy as well as cottons. You can browse by season (great if you are looking for dressmaking fabrics), by colour, by type of fabric (extremely useful) and by designer. The main brands stocked at the moment are HilcoWestfalenstoffeTilda  and there are also lots of beautiful bio-linens, amongst all the other goodies. Another nice touch is that you can order fabric samples before you buy. Payment is via Paypal (you don’t need a Paypal account to use this) and the standard price for First Class delivery is £3.

Dragonfly Blog
Dragonfly on Facebook

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eFabrics

This shop is known for its excellent customer service, fast delivery and good quality fabrics at good value prices. You can’t say more than that really.  Judging from my brief look round their website they have a pretty vast variety of fabrics available – for dressmaking and other crafts too. They’ve also got lots of useful haberdashery and patterns.

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Fabric Land

This website is a total blast from the past and exhausting to use, but the prices mean that it can’t be left out. No designer fabrics here, but lots of useful stuff at good prices (if you can find them…).

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MacCulloch & Wallis

Masses to choose from with the added bonus of huge quantities of gorgeous haberdashery and notions. You have to register before you find out what the postage price is, and VAT is not included until you check out, so working out what you are spending is tricky. Usually this would stop me including a shop in the list (so frustrating!), but M&W is such a treasure trove that I am making an exception.

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Sewbox

Sewbox’s  has a lovely selection of top quality dressmaking fabrics and a fantastic range of dressmaking and accessory patterns including Colette, Hot Patterns, Serendipity Studio, Kwik Sew and more. There’s also all the haberdashery and notions that you need to get started with dressmaking. There is a flat rate delivery charge within the UK of £2.50.

Sewbox Blog
Sewbox on Facebook
Sewbox on Twitter

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Truro Fabrics

A wonderful array of fabrics, especially for dressmakers, although this shop would definitely be of interest to quilters and crafters too. The search facilities are excellent – you can browse by type of fabric, and colour, and you can do a full search of the site too. There’s a photo of each fabric, and they offer a sample service too. You can pay via PayPal or credit and debit card. Orders up to £9.99 are posted at £2.50, and over £10, the delivery charge is £5.99.

Truro Fabrics on Facebook

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Specialists in other fabrics

Blooming Felt

Blooming Felt is a dynamic and well-designed shop that has a fab range of of felt sheets, felt shapes and needle felting supplies. They also have felting craft kits, books, gorgeous embroidered ribbons, a fantastic range of buttons (including shell and ceramic buttons) , and findings for your felt jewellery. There’s also a tips and tutorials section.  Payment options include Paypal. There’s a flat rate delivery charge of £2.25 and orders over £40 are delivered free – there’s also a loyalty point scheme, so you can earn points as you spend.

Blooming Felt on Facebook 
Blooming Felt Blog

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Cloud Craft

An Etsy shop selling an excellent range of wool felt.

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Felt Folk

Feltfolk has felt sheets, felt balls & other shapes. They also have some beads, ribbons, books & craft kits. They have lots of lovely buttons and DMC cotton threads.

Felt Folk on Facebook

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Handmade Presents Wool Shop

I’ve included them in the list because they have a wonderful stock of glorious pure wool felt – which is light years away from some of the sometimes unpleasant and flimsy acrylic stuff that seems to be the norm.  I’ve ordered from here many times and have always had fantastic service – the quality of the felt is brilliant and the colours are gorgeous.  It’s not cheap, but it’s totally wonderful and you can buy it in quite small pieces, which makes it a bit more affordable.

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The Wool Felt Company

As the name suggests, the focus of this shop is entirely on wool felt. They sell 100% wool felt in a brilliant range of colours, which you can order by the sheet, 1/2m or full metre (which is not always easy to do in other shops selling felt). They also have an equally extensive range of wool blend (30%), which although not quite so wonderful as the 100% version, is a lovely product and a little less pricey. Although this is a new (2012) venture, the people behind it already run the wonderful fabric shop Fabric Inspirationsso they have a proven track record. There’s a flat delivery fee of £1.95 per order, which is a real bonus too.

The Wool Felt Company on Facebook

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Viva La Frida (oilcloth)

Viva La Frida specialises in Mexican Oilcloth which is a durable, flexible, vinyl-coated fabric – hugely useful and there’s some gorgeous designs here. Payment is by credit/debit card via Paypal or cheque. Delivery is charged by amount spent, and starts at £1.99 for orders under £10.

Viva La Frida Blog
Viva La Frida on Twitter

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Vintage Fabrics

Donna Flower

Donna Flower stocks antique, vintage and retro fabric and haberdashery. What immediately impresses is the extent of the range, but the shop is divided up into sections by period and theme, so it’s pretty straightforward to narrow down what you’re looking for. There’s also a free text search box so that you can search by colour, design or type of fabric too. It would be easy to lose a few hours (and worse) at Donna Flower.

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Meggy Magpie’s Fabrics

I love the style! Some absolutely gorgeous fabrics here. Very retro – lots of classic modern stuff – Heals, 60s Sanderson etc. At present there’s nothing very big, which limits your options a bit. I would love the opportunity to buy some bigger pieces.

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Rag Rescue

Rag Rescue is like a salvage yard of fabrics, trims and other lovely vintage items – and that’s meant as a compliment! I have this vision of the owner setting out on brave missions to rescue the smallest piece of pretty scrap fabric.  The fabric is divided up into really useful sections – by pattern, by colour and by size (brilliant idea!).    The Stash bags and Scrap bags are really great and seem to disappear as soon as they are listed. One good way of getting round that problem is to sign up to the Rag Rescue blog, where the owner often gives a sneak preview of things she’s going to put up for sale.

Rag Rescue on Facebook

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The Spinster’s Emporium
A very cool looking site with a great range of vintage fabric, amongst other things.  There’s also vintage yarn, haberdashery, trims, patterns, buttons and more. I really like their Vintage Fabric packs. If you are in the Nottingham area then you’ll want to know that they have a real life shop and have regular crafting workshops. Deliveries to the UK are £2.00 plus 50p per additional unit purchased.

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The Vintage Fabric Market

The Vintage Fabric Market is a wonderful treasure trove of fabrics, haberdashery, vintage patterns, accessories and more.  I love the layout of the site and the professional appearance – it’s all very well laid out and easy to browse.  My particular favourite things here are the really fun and useful fabric packs and fabric squares which look to be great for stash building. The Vintage Fabric Market are also now selling their own hand-printed, vintage-inspired fabric.

The Vintage Fabric Market Blog
The Vintage Fabric Market on Facebook
The Vintage Fabric Market on Ebay

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Vintage Textiles by Lilly

A treasure trove of all kinds of vintage fabrics including curtains, tablecloths, traycloths, linen and dressmaking fabrics too. A great resource if you want to shabby-chic your house, and the big lengths of fabric means that it’s definitely worth a look if you are into bag making, making clothes or making patchwork. There’s also a huge stock of vintage patterns.  This is an Ebay store.

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Vintage Fabric and Curtains

This Ebay store is a real treasure trove of great vintage fabrics, and is one of those helpful Ebay stores that is well arranged and easy to browse. There’s an associated website, where you can buy coordinated bundles of vintage fabrics.

Organic, Fair Trade & Eco

Fair Trade Fabric

I love the beautiful colours and weaves of the cottons at Fair Trade Fabric. I am also really pleased to be able to draw your attention to their stance on only selling cotton that provides a fair wage for the people who grow and weave it – you can read more about where their fabrics come from on their site.

There’s a lovely selection of fabrics, with lots of beautiful colours and weaves available, and a few subtle prints too. Fabrics are available by the metre (mostly at £10 per metre) or Fat Quarter, and there are FQ bundles and very prettily packaged Charm Packs available too. The payment options are credit card and Paypal, and the delivery charges are £2.30 plus 20p per item.

Fair Trade Fabric on Facebook

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Offset Warehouse

If you want to make sustainable choices in your crafting and sewing, and if you make accessories, clothes, toys or soft furnishings, then your first port of call should be Offset WarehouseAll the fabrics they stock are socially or environmentally responsible and this is clearly outlined on the site, with lots of resources about the ethics of fabric manufacturing. You can browse either by fabric type (types include denim, velvet, linen, terry, fleece and much more) or by fabric use, and there is also a search facility for the whole site. The pricing structure is excellent – the fabrics are affordable for people buying smaller quantities, but there are discounts for businesses wanting to buy larger quantities. I can’t give precise information about delivery costs because it depends on the weight of the fabric and its origin – but it is all clearly explained just here.

Offset Warehouse on Facebook
Offset Warehouse on Twitter

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Organic Cotton UK

An exciting find!  A lovely big range of all kinds of organic and fair trade fabrics.  They stock calico, cord, velvet, linen, jersey, handloom cotton, bamboo and silk, many in beautiful colour ranges, and even have some amazing-looking herbal-dyed cottons.  I really recommend taking a look, and reading more about their motivation on their About Us page.

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Upholstery and Curtain Fabrics

Ada and Ina

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Falcon Fabrics

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Norfolk Textiles

Not a shop for quilting fabrics – their specialities are oil cloths and furnishing fabrics.  But these are, of course, brilliant for making housewares –  and they’re excellent for bag makers too.  The currently have these gorgeous Annabel Grey Oilcloths in stock.  The also stock vintage textiles including dressmaking fabrics, curtains, bedclothes, clothing and lace. If you are interested in getting a bargain then go to their Bargain Fabrics section (under Furnishing Fabrics on their slightly clunky menu system).  This site isn’t the most user-friendly in the world, but it’s easy to find what you need, and I really like their selection of furnishing fabrics and oilcloths at pretty good prices.

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Terry’s Fabrics

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158 responses to “Fabric Love

  1. Hello Ali, Thank you for keeping this list for us all here in the UK. I’ve just ordered from a ‘new to me’ shop, which I didn’t see in your list so I thought I’d tell you about it. Such a pretty, easy to navigate shop which sells fabrics and trims.. and probably more.. Here: http://www.prettyfabricsandtrims.co.uk/
    I ordered Saturday evening and the parcel arrived in today’s post (Tuesday lunch time).
    Hope you are keeping well and thank you again for keeping this list. Elly xx

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  3. Doggesbody

    This is a useful list with some new (to me) resources, so thanks for putting it all together. Going just by looking at their site, fabric godmother has some nice stuff for garment making. I’m waiting until I’m in funds to buy from the shop. I will report back when I’ve actually bought something from them. Sewing Chest (who have changed their name but can still be “googled” on the old name) are good for stuff to make underwear and work-out gear. Sewcurvycorsetry obviously sells corset-making stuff. Being an older lady I was glad when girdles etc went out of fashion, but SewCurvy have some decent haberdashery. I’ve also bought power net and elastic there; good quality but only black and white. Vena Cava also have mainly corsetry stuff but also bases for fans and parasols/brolleys in wood that you can decorate though they had some problems with their website so may be on ebay now.

  4. Hi Ali, Love your site and particularly the way you have combined the use of linens with Liberty prints in lots of your projects. The three panel cushion with the lace zip is lovely. I would love our fabric shop – Secret Garden Quilting ( http://www.SecretGardenQuilting.co.uk ) to be included in your next revamp We have been selling a wide range of quilting fabrics, basics, pre-cuts, wadding and kits on-line and locally in Hertfordshire for the last 18 months. Many thanks Lucy

  5. Hi Ali, Love your new list.. would love our fabric shop to be included in your next revamp http://www.sparklyfabric.co.uk – we speicalise in children’s fabrics selling fleece, cotton and cord fabrics – we are currently expanding and have an exciting year ahead.. thanks. Janet

    • Hi there Janet, I will certainly consider your shop for the next update. I am not sure when that will be however, I’m so busy just now! Thanks for letting me have your details, I shall watch with interest over 2014!

  6. Hi Ali

    My name is Kate and I have recently opened The Homemakery (www.thehomemakery.co.uk) a brand new craft boutique featuring pretty country inspired fabrics with a vintage twist. So far we stock fabrics by Tilda, Tanya Whelan, Lecien, Sevenberry, Dashwood Studios & Blend Fabrics alongside a huge range of ribbons, buttons, felt bias binding, yarn, notions and all sorts of crafty loveliness. Would love to be considered for your next update, our website is really easy to navigate with a guest checkout option!

    Many thanks

    Kate

  7. Hi Kerry, I’m just going through your list and sadly saints and pincers and nerybeth have both gone out of business :-(

  8. Thanks so much for adding Vintage Fabric & Curtains to your list of suppliers.. your lovely comments were much appreciated too.
    Ali :)

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  11. Hi!
    I buy most of my fabric from http://www.plushaddict.co.uk/. SOOO much to choose from all sorts of cottons including cords and brushed cotton to minky to fleece to waterproof!
    I quilt and their fat quater bundles are fantastic..too much to choose from. The website is beautifully layed out and they are so helpful.
    Last weekend I went to one of their open days at their warehouse. Spent a lot of money haha but it was worth it. I travelled quite a way to get there too and they were so welcoming and couldn’t do enough to help. Plus there was tea and cake on offer!
    They also have a great selection of haberdashery bits and bobs. Basically I love it AND FREE POSTAGE over £40! Get in!
    They should deffs be added to your list. Cheers
    x

  12. Aileen

    Very useful resource, thanks (not that I need any more encouragement to buy fabric!) One site that I use a lot which is not on your list is Plush Addict – http://www.plushaddict.co.uk. They have a very wide-ranging stock, but specialise particularly in plush and fleece fabrics. I also find their prices very reasonable and customer service is excellent.

    BTW, Quilt Me Happy has a closing down sale on at the moment.

  13. This is extremely useful information Ali. Thank-you for all your hard work in researching it.

  14. Bettina

    Most boring? Naaaaa- I LOVED your old list and swore by it, so a huge thanks for the update. I so appreciate it!
    Bx

  15. Hi Ali Thank-you for the inclusion on your list wow what a lot of work! I am gonna have fun looking through because I have such a fabric habbit I buy from others even though I have my own stock! Shh don’t tell anyone least of all my poor ole hubby. Mary x

  16. Hi Ali, Thanks for all your work promoting the UK sewing scene. Any chance of an honourable mentioni in the list for http://www.trixielixie.co.uk/. I’m not sure what category we fit into, but I can say we definitely have a flat rate delivery and no registration at the checkout! Plus there’s all the usual Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Blog stuff to keep our customers up to date. Many thanks. Tracy

    • Tracy – thanks for the reminder.. You were definitely on my list of ‘to add’ shops, don’t know where you have disappeared to! And well done you on the no registration at checkout! xx

  17. j

    ty for the list – so helpful!

  18. Anonymous

    Hi Ali

    Thanks very much for putting this list together. An online quilting retailer I have used for over 11 years is thetabbycat.co.uk and I have always had excellent service. Several times I have ordered in the afternoon and received the goods the next morning. They are currently listing over 1200 fabrics, as well as packs, kits, sewing equipment, threads and wadding. There are some very useful articles on the site about choosing a colour palette, thread choice etc. There is a button at the top of the homepage marked ‘shipping and postage’ so you have all the shipping information before you commit yourself.

  19. You might like to look at Kaleidoscope – http://www.kalquilts.com/ingenii.cgi. They have a large stock of quilting fabric, leaning towards the trad but many moderns creeping in. Also huge selection of quilt related books – you might recognise them from many big shows. They also offer free UK postage on orders over £10.

  20. Hi is there any chance we can be added? http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk – we provide unprocessed raw fabrics for dressmaking, dying, theatre and film productions. thanks.

    • Hello there.. Coincidentally, you are on my list for inclusion in the next update.. You will be glad to know that you have been recommended by a customer. :-)

      • Oldage sewer

        I hope I am on your reply list. I have just started sewing again, I used to make all of our clothes, even the boys trousers. But as children do, they all grew up and left home. After making wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses etc., I seemed to run out of steam, now with a new sewing machine I am making and sewing and crafting. Quilting is next on my list, so at 71 I am starting out again.

      • All the very best with your new sewing adventure! Hope you find lots of good resources for you here. :-) Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

  21. Anonymous

    Hi love the list some I knew some new to me, thank you for doing this I shall have a good look through because a girl can never have too much fabric ;) Would you pop me on the list too I have just opened http://www.patchworkdreamer.co.uk (this week!) I have some different fabrics from Blend and Art Gallery Fabrics as well as Michael Miller, Riley Blake and some lovely Kona solids. Big thanks Mary

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  23. Hi,

    Your list of online fabric retailers is fab! I’ve just launched Miss Tilly’s Fabric Emporium and I am stocking Riley Blake, Michael Miller and Robert Kaufman fabrics in the main along with some pretty lace. I’ve lots more of yummy fabrics due in over the coming months so would love for you to check out our website & if possible add us to your fab list.

    We can be found on facebook and twitter too.

    Thank you,

    Laura

  24. Ian

    Love your site!
    I run Ainsberry.com. We stock many fabrics all with same day dispatch and free UK delivery and would really appreciate if you could add us to your very big list!
    Our website is: http://www.ainsberry.com/
    We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter and eBay store for Ainsberry Fabrics.

    Thanks,
    Ian.

  25. Anonymous

    I have bought lots from Prints to Polkadots during 2012 and always found them really good…about 4 deliveries, all correct. Maybe they have taken on board some of the issuessome customers may have had?

  26. Julie

    Hi,
    This is a great list – thanks so much for sharing! Love your shop too. Do you know if there is a specific list (or where I could find) a list UK fabric design and manufacturers/printers? I am also about to start a fledgling online shore and I am keen to promote and stock UK products and designers. Thanks so much for your help.
    Julie

  27. Ann Rose

    A very useful resource. You should think of adding http://www.jbquiltingfabrics.co.uk They offer a very efficient service and have a design wall or comparing fabrics.

  28. George

    Hi Ali – Boy I hope the ATC swap keeps going until I have the time to join in (say about 2072!!). I just had a very interesting email at work (The Quilt Association in Mid Wales) from an ethical fabric trader – have a look – I like the range, prices, and ethos. Here’s the link http://www.offsetwarehouse.com/

  29. Wow, what an amazing list. Thank you very much for saving me loads of time. Do you happen to know if there are any suppliers/wholesalers that offers oekotex certified fabrics? Thank you in advance. :-)

  30. Great list
    I wondered if you would kindly add me in any update. I make a range of hand dyed fabrics and threads with a few yarns too
    My website is
    http://www.yarnsandfabrics.co.uk
    and I also have an Etsy shop
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnsandfabrics

    thanks
    Karen

  31. Ewa

    What an amazing list! Massive help for me, especially that I am mainly working on furniture fabrics, that are harder to hind. I went through all your list, and if I can just say, Meggy Magpie’s Fabrics and Fabric Garden don’t seems to be on ebay anymore. I hope that helps keeping the list updated.

  32. Anonymous

    This is a fantastic resource list, saved me hours of searching, thank you so much. Sharon

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  34. Vicki

    You should take a look at http://www.minervacrafts.com, this is my favourite place for fabrics. They also have a shop too, its huge!

  35. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I was looking for smaller quantities of fabric, and having real difficulty before I found this.

  36. Not sure if Annie has already commented, but just to update the Village Haberdashery details, Annie does accept paypal. :-)

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  38. thanks for this great list… so good to find a resource for us Europeans, as so much information is for the US!

  39. Thanks so much for this blog post!

    I always wondered where those Etsy folks and the like get their fabrics from. I’m still surprised at the cost of some of the fabrics though, it’s cheaper to buy an actual cushion from a shop than it is to make one yourself.

  40. Hi Verryberry
    Lovely web site
    Would love to invite you for a coffee and a grand tour of one of london’s leading fabric shopS.
    I’m sure you will pleasently surprised at the ‘Aladins Cave’ that is tucked away in Church St just of the Edgware Rd
    Looking forward to meeting you
    Gary at Joel & Son Fabrics

  41. Adele

    Hi do you knowof any Uk stockists of Premier Prints fabrics?

    • Hi Adele, I’m afraid I don’t, other than Prints to Polkadots, and I’m afraid that I can’t recommend them, as they have a poor reputation for customer service. Altho’ obviously, that’s up to you… I checked with my FB followers, who are usually very good for this sort of thing, but no luck there either. You could always hope you don’t get stung by customs and order from the USA… Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  42. I love this list I keep coming back visiting the shops and drooling, thank you for taking the time to make it, as someone who is just at the start of buying fabrics it is really useful.

    • Thank you Shirley! That’s really kind. Am putting together a list of great places for haberdashery/stitching stuff now – hope that is just as useful to you, when I’ve finished it… :-)

  43. Sarah Weir-Smith

    Amazing, as others have said before, I have searched and searched for shops with imaginative fabrics for all my makes, and here they all are in one place, I am fabric person myself but I would like to mention my good friends wool and knitted item company, Knit One Purl One, who are fab, they have great ranges and stock many designer brand wools including Debbie Bliss, take a look you won’t be disappointed x

  44. Hi

    I need jersey knit in baby colours can anyone help

  45. Rena

    Hi Ali,
    just found your list – only two years late but better late than never! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it. Although I am living in Germany I often look around UK shops if I’m searching for something that I can’t find locally.
    I had really great customer service a few times already from

    http://www.cross-patch.co.uk

    Their site isn’t glamorous, but their customer service per E-Mail is phantastic and order processing is ever so quick.

    Best regards from Germany
    Rena

  46. We’ve got a large selection of needlecraft products ranging from needlecraft kits, knitting wool and haberdashery as well as many other associated items!!

  47. anon

    is there a place in the uk that sells duchess satin

  48. Helen Harwood-Smith

    What a great resource, thankyou so much! I dont suppose you have any ideas where I can buy pure wool fabric from, apart from Whaley’s? I make re enactment clothing and wool is sooo hard to find!

  49. Great Resource thanks so much! Can anyone recommend a shop specialising in organic printed cottons?

    • Hi Kate – I don’t know of a specialist shop, but there are a few companies that make organic printed cottons that are widely sold – Birch and Cloud 9 are a couple. I am currently putting together a buying guide for organic and fair trade fabrics… should be out soon.

  50. Rhoda

    Thanks for a great list. I’ve finally found a UK based shop that sells the geometric design fabrics (like the Riley Blake chevrons) that I was about to buy from the US!

  51. Emily - The Mad Quilter

    This is so good list! Many thanks for it :D This has made my life so much easier – I keen quilter. I can also recommend you Ada & Ina’s Linen Fabrics Shop which I found about 2 weeks ago ;D They got such gorgeous fabrics and they are very affordable. http://www.linenfabrics.co.uk . Love your blog also ;D

  52. Loved reading the list. However, my favourite fabric shop doesn’t appear to have been listed. I go to Falcon Fabrics because although it’s further for me to walk, they have a box of offcuts for £1 per square metre, and they quite often have swatch books which are £1 for the lot. They also have a box marked £3.50 per square metre.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds like a a great shop. At this stage I only include shops that have an online shopping option, but it looks like, although they don’t have an online shop just now, Falcon Fabrics might be working on that, so I will keep an eye on them. Glad you like the list. :-)

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  54. Nadine

    Great list, thankyou! I would also like to give mention to minerva fabrics and cheap fabrics online too..lots of variety at both websites.

  55. Claire

    Wow, thank you for taking the time and effort to do this! I would like to add the customer service from Saints and Pinners is amazing. On one occasion they phone me within minutes of me placing an order to check something. On several other occasions I have have got fabric match advice from them.

  56. Katie

    This is brilliant! Thank you! Lots if great sites that I haven’t come across before.

  57. Jane Whalley

    Brilliant work Ali, thank you so much. There are certainly a few on here that I’ve never heard of before and will be having a look around. You never know Ali, next time you update your list, may be veryberry fabrics will be on there!!! xx

    • Thanks Jane! I intend to add myself as soon as I feel like I have enough fabric!! And a proper website, lol. Wont take long…

    • Jacqueline

      Fantastic, useful, brilliant. Well done and thank you for sharing your links and knowledge.
      I’m currently looking for a supplier who would sell me bolts of Alexandra Henry, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman and Elizabeth Studio fabrics. Any ideas?

      Be lucky x

  58. Elizabeth Myers

    What a great resource, I’ve been googling for days and haven’t found half the shops listed here. I’m going to enjoy working my way through them!
    Thank you

  59. marian sheibani

    thanks for these. By the way have you heard of http://www.fatquartershop.com as they have a good choice of organic fabrics and often have fabrics at 50% discount. Just bought 8 metres which including international postage of $17 (about £11) has only cost me £5 per metre and it’s all organic! Can’t wait for the postman to arrive, but have to be patient as will take about 10-14 days. Still you know what they say about the best things being worth waiting for…………?!?!?

    • I have indeed heard of them – excellent shop, altho’ there is always a worry that you might be stung by customs charges… I don’t think it happens very often, I’ve been lucky so far! This list is for UK shops only though, otherwise I’d definitely include it.

  60. Thanks for this list… really useful. I would love my newly launched children’s fabric shop to be included if possible. http://www.sparklyfabric.co.uk I am adding fabrics to the site all the time. Hope you like it.
    Janet

  61. Grace

    Thank you, I have spent a great afternoon browsing at your suggested websites….a fantastic resource! Sewing was a passion of mine many years ago I would love to start again. Can anyone advise me if there is a sewing class in the Essex area?

  62. Tiina

    Hi Kerry,
    I noticed Tikki Patchwork in Kew Gardens wasn’t on your list – have a look here: http://www.tikkilondon.com.
    Tikki is a dedicated patchwork quilting shop.

  63. Thanks a lot for this great compilation. I now have you in my favorite bar. There is 1 website which I love also, U-Handbag, by Lisa Liam. I have her book on making bags which is great, and her approach is very freeing for me. Babette

  64. Kay

    Thank you for the great list. So many of the shops I look at are American and it is lovely to be able to have a bood British choice of shops now, and most importantly ones that are reccomended too.

  65. Jane

    http://www.remnanthouse.co.uk/ I would recommend on going on this as its excellent

  66. What an awesome list! Could I be so rude as to recommend my site to you as well? IT’s Fair Trade Fabric (www.fairtradefabric.co.uk) and we sell exactly that – fabrics and notions that help to support poor and marginalised producers in developing countries. I do hope you check it out and that you like what you see :)

  67. Jane

    I love the remnant house in Harrogate they have a good selection of fabrics especially when you go up stairs i’d recommend it to you all. It’s amazing

  68. Eleanor

    This site is amazingly useful! I don’ know how I lived without it before!! I’m currently looking for fairly lightweight cotton jersey in teal to make a jumpsuit. I’ve looked absolutely everywhere and can’t find anything! any ideas??

  69. Sandhya

    This list is AMAZING! I have always been looking for something like this. Thanks for all your hardwork.

  70. Angela Joslin

    Have just discovered your site and am so excited! I’ve been struggling for ages to find fabrics I want – this is like Alladin’s Cave! Thank you so much.
    I don’t suppose you know where one can get pre-quilted fabric that has been sewn in narrow lines (like french bedspreads) rather than the usual diamond criss-cross lines? I’d be forever in your debt!

  71. Paula Banks

    This list is just what I need but so much choice don’t know where to start. Thanks so much and I’m certain everybody would agree.

  72. Rebecca Brown

    Thank you for creating such a fantastic resource! Thank you thank you thank you :)

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  74. Thank you! I am really struggling for childrens fabrics that have a bit of stretch to them and Dots n Strpies is perfect. One other site I have found good is printstopolkadots

    • Hi there Alexis, glad to know that you have found Dots n Stripes. Prints to Polkadots were on my list, but I several people I know have had some not-up-to-scratch customer service from them, so I felt I couldn’t recommend them at this time.

      • I’m having an awful time with prints to polkadots. I’m glad you haven’t recommended them. I would certainly not. On here looking for an alternative. Thanks for the great list.

      • Thanks Hannah – they were on the list, but sadly I had some similar reports from other people and didn’t feel I could recommend them any more. It’s a shame because they have good fabrics and good prices, but I have heard very poor reports of their customer service. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling too.

  75. vicky

    Just found your fabric shop list. THANK YOU! Exactly what I need! (maybe ‘need’ is not the right word). Am salivating whilst going through it, and I’m only up to the Fs! x

  76. Thank you;D I hope you like it. I’d be happy to donate some fabrics to your worthy cause.

    I saw your blog link on his facebook page. Maybe it was just linking to your fabric give away. He’s making something every week to be raise funds for MacMillen.

    Looking forward to reading your blog posts.

  77. Hi Very Berry Handmade,

    I love your UK fabric shop list. I’m a fellow folksy seller and have an online fabric shop called Stitch Me Lane. I source hard to find and quirky fabrics from the U.S. and Japan. My friend Chris is doing your 2012 52 crafts challenge.

    Just wanted to say “Hello”. Love your blog.

    Jennifer

    • Hi there Jennifer, thanks for letting me know about your shop… I will check it out and add it to the list if it fits the bill of my own slightly random criteria.. 2012 52 crafts challenge isn’t me – it sounds amazing, but not my idea..!

  78. Thanks so much for this list. My New Year’s resolution was to only buy from UK shops this year. You’ve helped me heaps!

  79. Hi Ali, thanks for the list. I keep coming back to it all the time. :) I was looking on line for animal printed fabric to make my sons cheetah costume and came across this: http://www.fabric-online.co.uk/ they have the best collection of Faux fur and childrens fleece i have come across and thought I should submit it for the list!

  80. George

    Just had really great service from

    http://www.sewingtheseeds.co.uk/

    Their site isn’t glamorous, but they had the Kaffe I wanted at a good price and it arrived speedily!

  81. Thank you once again for adding our shop to your list. We are so grateful. Your blog is superb!
    Love all at http://www.craftsandquilts.net x

  82. What a massive and very useful list! I run Enchanted Fabrics. I’m a tiny business just starting out and would really appreciate being added to your list. At the moment I stock a selection of Organic and Oeko-Tex certified fabrics from Westfalenstoffe but hoping to expand in the new year. http://www.enchantedfabrics.org/
    I also have an FB page and an Etsy store for Enchanted Fabrics.

    Talie
    x

  83. Not so much adding to your list as adding detail… I used the ‘fabric matching’ service from Seamstar the other week. I’d picked bag fabric in brown with yellow ukeleles on it (how cool!) and they picked a perfectly matching yellow for me to line the bag with. Definitely recommended

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  85. Tara

    Another great site for selling fabrics: http://www.mondaysmilk.nl

  86. Lizzie Burgess

    Great list – but what a pity that a significant number of the suppliers show neither physical address nor phone number on their website. Apart from this being against distance selling regulations, I think it is – or at least could be – indicative of something very dodgy going on. A pity, as I said, because some of the guilty parties have lovely fabrics available.

  87. Katie Finlayson

    Oh and I’d love a knitting/crochet yarn shop equivalent….

  88. Katie Finlayson

    You should probably have clothkits on here – obviously they mostly do the kits but they also have a smallish (though expands every time I look at it!) but useful selection of fabrics and haberdashery.

  89. Hi thanks for the list. Would love to put a copy of this on my website under the resources page. Would you please let me know if thats ok?
    thanks
    aliza

  90. This list is AMAZING! I have been looking for something similar as I just have lists written on paper or saved in favourites. I’m new to blogging so still trying to catch up with things but great to find someone else in the UK sewing community blogging.

  91. Hi, I run an online fabric shop and would appreciate it if you could list our website:

    http://www.ukfabricsonline.com

    We are adding new products all the time. If this is an inappropriate place to ask then feel free to delete this.

  92. http://www.dotsnstripes.co.uk/index.cfm
    This is another UK online fabric shop. I have no connection except to have bought from it. but there is a lovely range of European dressmaking fabrics that are difficult to find elsewhere, and the owner, Nicole, is very helpful.

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  94. Hello, thanks for this list, it’s fabulous! Can I be cheeky and also suggest my own shop, http://www.sewbox.co.uk? We stock lots of luscious Liberty fabrics (silks, poplins, jerseys) and will be adding more John Kaldor soon. Happy sewing :) xxx

  95. Ali, great list!

    I’ve used this site for organic and fair trade cotton.

    http://www.organiccotton.biz/store/

    Really recommend them.

    Zillah

  96. The Bible. I love it, thanks so much :)

    • Aww, thank you so much! And I know you will put it to good use with all your gorgeous creating. :D

      • Hi there! I love your list and would love it if you would even consider adding us – We are Eden Fabrics in Atherstone, Warwickshire – a retailer of highly discounted high end interiors fabrics… We stock over 8,000m of beautiful first quality designer fabrics! In addition to this we have curtain making and upholstery sundries, braids and FR foam. We also carry iLiv and Marson pattern books in store :) We have a website at http://www.eden-fabrics.co.uk plus a big eBay shop, the link for which can be found on our website. Thankyou :) Eleanor xxx

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