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merandus
01-14-2010, 04:22 PM
so where do you buy your fabric? online or instore? where??????? i found some cute online stores, but they can be a bit pricey. i love Joanns but the nearest one is an hour away..........

LittleBrownDog
01-14-2010, 04:30 PM
Fabric.com has great sales, I end up with boxes from them on my doorstep quite a lot ;) I get basics at Joann, designer fabrics mostly from co-ops. La Chakra's remnant shop (http://www.la-chakra.com/servlet/StoreFront) is fun for getting little bits of this and that!

merandus
01-14-2010, 04:31 PM
Fabric.com has great sales, I end up with boxes from them on my doorstep quite a lot ;) I get basics at Joann, designer fabrics mostly from co-ops. La Chakra's remnant shop (http://www.la-chakra.com/servlet/StoreFront) is fun for getting little bits of this and that!

what coops? like yahoo groups? im on like 3 of those. one for knits and one for wovens and patterns

LittleBrownDog
01-14-2010, 04:43 PM
Yup- a few Yahoo groups, but they are all closed to new members right now.

manicmonday
01-14-2010, 04:45 PM
I get my fabric mostly at Joann's, sometimes Walmart, and hardly online (because of shipping). I really like Joann's when I have coupons :)

Perimyndith
01-14-2010, 05:42 PM
Mostly Joann's, as there is one very close to me, but there are also a Hancock Fabrics and a Pacific Fabrics fairly close. A couple weeks ago my mom and I drove up to a fabric store in an outlet mall, which was fun, but it wasn't much cheaper than Joann's and the selection wasn't better, either...

Kymy
01-14-2010, 05:47 PM
I used to get it mostly at JoAnn's & Walmart, but as I have started sewing more I have learned a lot of lessons about fabric quality (many not the good way)! I still like to get some of the nicer fabric they carry at JoAnn's, but I get most of it from 'co-ops' on yahoo now. Once you start using stuff like Micheal Miller & those other high quality designer fabrics it's hard to go back! Etsy is also a great place to get fabric at closer to co-op prices.

When I get the co-op stuff I do have to wait generally a few months but I get a huge flat rate box cram packed full to get the most out of my shipping $$.

coveredbydesign
01-14-2010, 05:50 PM
Fabric.com, denverfabrics.com, thefabricfairy.com, sewzannes.com, fabrichound.com and etsy.com.

mamakaty
01-14-2010, 05:51 PM
Mostly Joann's, though I've gotten a little bit at Hancock's. Hobby Lobby sells fabric here, but I haven't been there in a long time. I've never ordered any fabric online, although there is definitely a better selection online than locally, lol. :)

coveredbydesign
01-14-2010, 05:52 PM
oh and hi kymy!

Kymy
01-14-2010, 05:54 PM
oh and hi kymy!

Hi! I just saw you posted in the sewing machine post!

butterflybabyplace
01-14-2010, 08:17 PM
I love www.hawthornethreads.com!! They have a great selection of designer fabric and they have the fastest shipping!

Adviga
01-14-2010, 11:25 PM
For yardage, usually JoAnne's, especially when I have a coupon! For specialty fabrics (like organic bamboo velour) I usually find a mama on diaperswappers.com that is selling some and buy it from her.

But most of my projects are small enough that I use recycled fabrics. I take worn clothing that people are getting rid of or find clothing made from fabrics I love at the thrift store and turn them into something new!

aecryan
01-14-2010, 11:43 PM
walmart, joanns, hancocks, hobby lobby, and on diaperswappers

benjibums
01-14-2010, 11:51 PM
Mainly JA's at this point but every once in awhile online but I can never remember where I buy stuff from.

auntbee
01-15-2010, 01:25 AM
I love hobby lobby, and our hancocks has a pretty good selection too. If I needed a ton of fabric, some of the online places would be worth it, but right now it's just not.

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-15-2010, 10:31 AM
I use fabric coops, fabric.com, joanns, hancocks, etc. Psst. Fabric coops are actually a big no no. The designers don't want you to purchase their fabrics like that...so shhhhhhhhhh.

SarahG.
01-15-2010, 10:44 AM
Some fabrics I buy at Walmart, but for my nice quilts, I go to our local quilt stores. Rachel's Quilt Patch (http://www.rachelsquiltpatch.com/) and Patchwork Plus (http://www.patchworkplus-quilting.com/). :thumbsup:

bear7328
01-15-2010, 11:20 AM
I love my yahoo coop groups. Also, babycenter.com has a sewing supplies swap that I occasionally find good stuff at.

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-15-2010, 02:28 PM
babycenter.com is still kicking? Wow. Memories!

phernies
01-15-2010, 11:09 PM
I thought wal-mart was out of the fabric business? I mostly go to JoAnn's since it is about 5 minutes from my house and its pretty much my only local option. There is an outlet about 30 minutes from me, which, I will go to every once in a while. But, I'm more of a touchy, feely, can't make up my mind type of shopper. So, I haven't had much luck with online purchases - I end up sitting online for hours and never purchase anything. :)

TJsmommy
01-16-2010, 08:29 AM
I get all mine at Hobby lobby. They have a 40% off coupon almost every week so it makes it really cheap. Even when the fabric is on sale for like 20-30% off, you can have them price adjust it so that you can use your 40% off coupon instead. Sometimes I get mine at Jo-ann fabrics as well.

I dislike buying fabric on the internet because I like to see and feel what i'm getting.

TJsmommy
01-16-2010, 08:31 AM
I use fabric coops, fabric.com, joanns, hancocks, etc. Psst. Fabric coops are actually a big no no. The designers don't want you to purchase their fabrics like that...so shhhhhhhhhh.

LOL :icon_wink:

starr5678
01-16-2010, 08:55 AM
I buy my wool and bamboo fabrics from Nature's Fabrics. I buy knits from The Fabric Fairy and often on FSOT (for sale or trade) forums on DiaperSwappers or TheBabyWearer.

SarahG.
01-16-2010, 09:21 AM
I thought wal-mart was out of the fabric business?

In my area, one of the Walmart stores have closed the fabric section, but the other one hasn't. I think because there are a lot of Mennonite buyers around here, so maybe they decided they did enough business to keep it. :001_unsure: Whatever the reason, I'm glad, because it means there's someplace to buy cheaper fabric! We don't have a Joanns, Hobby Lobby, or anything else like that.

merandus
01-16-2010, 11:16 AM
i book marked some of the links you guys posted! i used to buy fabrics at walmart too, but our walmart got rid of their crafting dept ( yarn too). so i have to order online when i want it. heres links of the ones i like:
http://www.crybabysboutique.com/specials.php/page/11
http://www.littlemamasfabric.com/kids-retro-fabric-title-up-c-273-p-5.html
http://www.reprodepotfabrics.com/fabrics.html
http://www.fabricparadise.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?func=search&all=ON&searchterm=tree&Category=&Page=2&v=1&startwith=16
then theres alot of yahoo groups i like, you have to join the group to see the pics though:
this first one is my favorite, and the woman who runs it is awesome:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CutFromTheSame-Cloth/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BuyTheYard-N-More/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Diaperfabricscoop/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tykiesources/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/This-End-Up/

WindSwept
01-16-2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the links everyone! Got a few new one's to check out:thumbsup:

monkeybunns
01-16-2010, 01:14 PM
Joann's, Hancock, online co-ops. I bought some plain colored knits online for Ragalan tees. Here's the store I bought it from: http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com The lady was really quick and I was very happy with the purchase :)

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-16-2010, 01:28 PM
www.cottoncandiefabric.com is another good one :)

merandus
01-16-2010, 02:11 PM
www.cottoncandiefabric.com (http://www.cottoncandiefabric.com) is another good one :)


ooh thats one i havent seen before! thankyou

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-16-2010, 10:14 PM
Its a friend of mine :) My fabric pimp i call her.

weareborgswife
01-17-2010, 05:02 PM
I have purchased most of mine from Joann's, thrift stores (I just got at LEAST 4 yrds of super soft knit for $3), and diaperswappers. I am saving up to place an order at Fabric.com, but I have to use up some of my stash first :).

Kymy
01-17-2010, 05:11 PM
Joann's, Hancock, online co-ops. I bought some plain colored knits online for Ragalan tees. Here's the store I bought it from: http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com The lady was really quick and I was very happy with the purchase :)

Sewzannes ROCKS!!!! She is always super fast & normally sends along a little something extra. My orders are almost always tied up with FOE.

TJsmommy
01-17-2010, 05:30 PM
hmmm...someone explain to me how the fabric co-ops work. how much do you pay per yard? is it really cheaper, even with shipping costs??

Jrits
01-17-2010, 05:49 PM
I have a great store by me with tons of fabric & great prices in Central NJ called Stich N Sew. But otherwise, I have bought at Walmart & JoAnn Fabrics.

Alpaca Wacka
01-17-2010, 10:48 PM
I am lucky enough to have the bricks and mortar side of this store near my home. Its full of delicious fabrics and I have the hardest time walking out without a big old bag full of stuff! http://stores.ebay.com/The-Bakery-Studio-Fabrics__W0QQ_sidZ1530264QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em1 4?_pgn=1

Kymy
01-18-2010, 01:08 AM
hmmm...someone explain to me how the fabric co-ops work. how much do you pay per yard? is it really cheaper, even with shipping costs??

The price depends order to order! But in general one of the larger ones I belong to they get the new lines of Micheal Miller fabrics for $6-$6.50 a yard. These are the same ones that are $9-$10 in brick n mortar quilt shops & you can't get places like JoAnns. You can find them on Etsy, but they are around $7-$7.50 a yard plus $3-$5 shipping per yard. As for shipping on the co-op I can get 10+ yards of fabric & a bunch of patterns shipped to me for about $15? So yes it is cheaper. You have to wait a little longer, but it's cheaper.

They also do orders for some other fabrics... I think the cheapest has been $4.75-$5 a yard. & they get lots of great deals on knits that are simply hard to find in stores! SO if you don't care about quality & rather get the $5-$6 stuff at JoAnns with a 40% off coupon then no... but for the higher end fabrics & patterns YES!

Some of the patterns I get are $12-$15 each online & I got them for $7-$8 through the co-op. Again I had to wait, but I thought it was worth it.

Also not all co-ops are created equal... some are pricier then others & some have longer wait times.

I have no clue if that was any help, but I hope so!

luvkadcl
01-18-2010, 02:46 AM
Thanks for the link ! I just spent way too much time on there:yes:I am just drooling over the prints on there. I so wish we could get those kind of prints locally where we could see and touch them. But now pay $20+ for a yard.

Thanks again!
Cindy


QUOTE=butterflybabyplace;5925]I love www.hawthornethreads.com (http://www.hawthornethreads.com)!! They have a great selection of designer fabric and they have the fastest shipping![/QUOTE]

luvkadcl
01-18-2010, 02:55 AM
Hi! I am originally from Central NJ (grew up in Old Bridge then moved to East Brunswick). I am a hour+ now in SW NJ. Where is Stitch and Sew? My dentist is in Princeton so maybe I can drop by the store on my next trip! There use to be an amazing fabric shop on Rt 1 way down near Union I think. It was super ugly from the outside and the area wasn't too great, but the prices were sooo cheap. You could get some really interesting stuff there. I wonder if they are still there. Can't remember the name. I will have to dh. He has a great memory :thumbsup:

Peace,
CindI have a great store by me with tons of fabric & great prices in Central NJ called Stich N Sew. But otherwise, I have bought at Walmart & JoAnn Fabrics.

28peppermintgrove
01-18-2010, 11:29 AM
I will second (or fifth or sixth, whatever) the fabric.com mention. Great stuff, cheap prices, lots of coupons (check retailmenot.com for a large list of them) and free shipping when you spend $35.

Reprodepotfabrics.com is my fantasy fabric store. I ogle that place constantly.

FatQuarterShop.com is a pricey place, but you won't find a better selection of designer fabrics anywhere. When they carry something they usually carry the entire line versus just one colorway like you might find at your local shop or on sites like fabric.com

Chey
01-19-2010, 11:57 AM
Right now I buy all of my fabric online. We don't have a single decent fabric store locally, except for a couple quilt shops where fabric is $20+ a yard....no thanks. I also have a wholesale account with the Canadian distributor for Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Moda, Benartex and a few others, so I buy by the bolt from them which works out nice. Our wholesale price in Canada though is close to US retail so sometimes I can find a better price if I shop around online in the US. Even with exchange and customs it sometimes still works out cheaper to buy retail in the US.

sbbeana
01-19-2010, 05:42 PM
Mostly Joanns, Etsy and Ebay. Sometimes local quilt shops but I find getting them online is cheaper with shipping fees than locally with sales tax :blink:

RNmama3
01-19-2010, 05:55 PM
naturesfabric.com
great deals :thumbsup:

SewnForU
01-19-2010, 06:05 PM
Mostly fabric.com. Customer service is excellent and free shipping if you buy $35.00 or more and that is easy enough to do!

mamarose22
01-20-2010, 05:11 PM
I don't buy that much fabric, but when I do it is at Walmart of Joannes', with a coupon of course. We used to have a Fabric Bonanza, but they went out of business years ago. There is only 1 other local fabric/craft store in my area, other than ACMoore, Walmart, Michaels, Joannes.

m4chunet
01-22-2010, 11:29 AM
I like Joann's. We've got a couple here locally. I like Mood from New York also. Different stuff sometimes, and good sales sometimes too.

Amanda
01-22-2010, 07:24 PM
Etsy if you know specifically what you want like Michael Miller and Amy Butler.

merandus
01-22-2010, 07:46 PM
Etsy if you know specifically what you want like Michael Miller and Amy Butler.
any particular vendor on Etsy you like for designer fabric?

Amanda
01-22-2010, 08:39 PM
any particular vendor on Etsy you like for designer fabric?
Not specifically, I tend to go towards the fabrics that are already matched together so I don't have to go through several pages and think will this match that.

cutebluebaby
01-22-2010, 10:46 PM
I can never find what I want in my Walmart... they've only got fleeces, flannels and wovens. I mostly buy from naturesfabrics.com, and sometimes JoAnn's.

I haven't looked looked at Hobby Lobby (other than treking kiddos through the entire store to find their bathroom for DS... so I saw the fabric section in passing)... and I've been looking at fabric.com lately too... but haven't bought from either place.

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Just a reminder I have a ton of suppliers listed on www.supplyaholics.com you are welcome to check out :) I just add ones when our team finds em, we dont get any compensation for putting the links up :)

2countrykidz
01-23-2010, 11:00 PM
Its a friend of mine :) My fabric pimp i call her.

I love that:notworthy:

rowanmayfairs
02-24-2010, 10:19 AM
Ebay,Fabric.com, Joann.com, Etsy,walmart

I love hobby lobby and Joanns physical stores, but I live a good 2hr round trip from ea. and can't just drop in everytime i need fabric.