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

Returns:

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

Shipping:

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

Shipping:

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!

 

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