Unlike fashion school, you can’t use remnant materials forever (although we know how much you love them!). While small cuts are great for one-offs, remnant materials set you, and your business, up for failure. In order to scale for larger buys, you need to source from larger suppliers, mills, and distributors whose business it is to provide replenishable materials sourcing. To help you get organized, click below for a list of suppliers we have worked with in the past organized by what you are a looking for as a designer.
Looking for quick turnaround from US distributors?
|JoAnn Fabrics||JoAnn’s offers basic clothing fashion fabric, apparel trims, special occasion fabric, sewing materials as well as various classes. JoAnn Fabrics has 790 retail locations along with a full online catalog.Min/Max: No min or maxStores: 900 stores in every state except Alaska
Online purchase; return unmodified within 90 days.
Store purchase; return unmodified as long as store still carries the product.
Shipping: 4-7 business days
|Hancock Fabrics||Fashion fabric, special occasion fabric, value fabric, and embellishments. Hancock Fabrics operates 266 stores along with a full online catalog.Min/Max: 1 yrd min; do not sell swatchesStores: In 37 states; not including West Virginia, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Alaska
Returns: Within 60 days for a refund on the price of the product
Shipping: 3-10 business days; does not ship overseas
|Fabric.com||Fabric.com offers a wide array of apparel and fashion fabric with many different filtersr.Min/Max: Only limitation is on the amount of fabric availableStores: No brick and mortar
Returns: Unaltered fabric 30-day money back guarantee period
Shipping: 1-6 business days
|Previewtextile.com||Preview Textile Groups offers a full line of silk and silk blends along with cottons, cotton blends, custom wools, and virtually all natural and synthetic blends imaginable. Note, they only serve the wholesale market so you must have an EIN to purchase.Min/Max: No min for stock fabrics;50 yrd min for custom colors; 100 yrd min for custom printsStores: No brick and mortar
Returns: No returns
Shipping: Shipped immediately and shipping depends on location
|Buyandcreate.com||At buyandcreate.com, you can choose to shop for fabric by color, use, or by type.Min/Max: 1 yrd minStores: Warehouse in Lodi, New Jersey
Returns: No returns
Shipping: 2-3 business days
|Purlsoho.com||Purl Soho offers sewing materials such as fabric,embroidery necessities and accessories.Min/Max: ¼ yrd min; 1 yard min for sale fabricStores: Brick and mortar in California and New York
Returns: No returns
USA: 3-7 business days
Canada: 1-2 weeks
International: 1-3 weeks
|Moodfabrics.com||Famous for it’s Project Runway segments, Mood Fabrics offers options in fashion fabrics, trims, buttons, and notions. They often carry fabric in store that is not online but the preference would be to use fabric with inventory noted online. Avoid designer novelty fabrics as these cannot be used for consumer products.Min/Max: ½ yrd minStores: Brick and mortar in California and New York
Returns: Fabrics and trims not returnable; Buttons, notions, or anything sold as a whole item can be exchanged or returned for store credit
Shipping: 3-7 business days
|Onlinefabricstore.net||Online Fabric Store offers apparel fabric in a variety of materials including everything from silk, satin, and chiffon to cotton, muslin and denim, as well as, a wide array of supplies suitable for many different projects.Min/Max: 1 yard min: free shipping over $50Stores: No brick and mortar; sister store (Osgood textiles) is brick and mortar
Returns: Refund of store credit (no available on all items)
Shipping: 5-7 days for domestic orders
|Hawthornethreads.com||Hawthorne Threads has a number of fabrics including flannel, home décor, organic quilting, quilting, rayon, velveteen, and voile.Min/Max: ½ yrd min; yardage sold in ⅛ yrd increment; no swatchesStores: No brick and mortar store
Returns: Minimum of 1 yard and regularly priced fabric can be returned less a %20 re-stocking fee
First class: 2-5 business days
Priority: 2-3 business days
Express: 1-2 business days
|Fabricworm.com||Fabric Worm is great for colorful, patterned apparel fabric including children’s and organic fabric and also carries sewing notions.Min/Max: ½ yrd minStores: Brick and mortar store in California (Birch Fabrics)
Returns: Depends on the order
Shipping: 6-10 days
|Fabricdepot.com||Fabric Depot carries apparel fabrics special occasion fabricsand notions.Min/Max: ¼ yrd min; 1 yrd min on clearanceStores: Portland, OR
Returns: no clearance, book or pattern, fabric less than 1 yard, or any altered product returns
Online purchase: 30 days from when order is shipped
Store purchase: 60 day return policy
Shipping: 2-8 business days
Looking for custom printing?
No problem. We’ve got you covered. Upload your designs to Spoonflower.com or Fabrics on Demand for easy sourcing. We have had great turnaround with Spoonflower and they offer free swatch books with 18 fabrics so you can touch and feel before you buy and even submit your own fabric if they don’t offer it. Fabrics on Demand offers slightly less choice with 12 fabrics.
Looking for sustainability?
Luckily we have a resource right next store – literally! We are happy to introduce any of our designers to the amazing resources of the S.Lab at the BF+DA which specialize in helping designers source sustainable fabric – whether it’s organic dyes or sustainably grown cotton.
Did we miss any great ones? Let us know!