My Favorite Places To Buy Fabric in the Twin Cities (and Beyond!)

Recently, I've received a few questions from readers on the topic of sewing, everything from what machine to buy to where to find a tutorial for baby bow ties. (Here!) Sewing seems to be a bit of a hot topic these days. One of the common questions I get asked is where I like to buy fabric. 

First off, let it be known that I am absolutely not the expert, and for a long time I couldn't tell you the difference from cotton to linen to leather, but miracles do happen and somehow along the way I've learned a few things. 

For shopping in the Twin Cities, here's where I like to go:

Jo-Ann Fabric
I tend to find myself at Jo-Ann Fabric the most, mainly because there is one by my house and I like their prices. (I've said it before and I shall say it again, coupons, coupons, coupons! Combine the ones from the mail, email and the phone app, heck you can even use Michael's coupons there - please never pay full price again!) I use them mainly for thread, zippers, buttons and things like that. But, I do like to search the remnant bins for deals. This is also where I get the fleece for Eli's sleep sacks and typically find the fabric for the backdrop of Eli's monthly photos.

Crafty Planet
Crafty Planet in Minneapolis has more of the "cute" fabrics - think Amy Butler, Birch and Free Spirit. You're probably not going to find the best deal here, but if you're looking for something higher on the beauty-scale, this is the place. Often I'll go here to view a fabric in person, then search online for the same item at a cheaper price. 

SR Harris Fabric Outlet
Before you go here, go to Starbucks. Be prepared to stay a bit and hunt around because this place is a BEAST. It's huge, can be very confusing and therefore pretty discouraging if you're not finding what you're looking for. Always go there with an open mind and after a full nights sleep  - you have to want it. You'll see a lot of costume designers here going through yards and yards of sequined-shiny-red-polyester fabric and purple-shag-faux fur here. Whatever you do, fight the urge to sprint out of the warehouse immediately and instead go find yourself some Belgian linen to rest your eyes on for some relief. I promise the deals are worth the trip. I think it's a great place to look for large bolts of fabric, for things like curtains or table cloths. It has tons of home decor-weight fabrics at great prices. 

Calico Corners
I love everything Calico Corners carries, but it's on the expensive side of things, so I try to stay away as much as possible. Their fabric is almost exclusively upholstery weight and you can definitely tell it's high quality. Everything there goes on sale on a pretty predictable rotation, so always wait to get the fabric at least 20 percent off. 

Online
I know a lot of people like shopping for fabric online, but I still much prefer to buy fabric in person, or at least after I've seen it in person. It's just different being able to see the colors and pattern repeat with my own eyes and to feel the texture and weight between my fingers. As I mentioned above, sometimes I'll try to go in store to see a fabric, then search online for a cheaper price, but there are still a lot of fabrics being sold online that I can't find in store. At the very least, if I'm REALLY in love with a fabric, I'll google image search the fabric, in hopes that I can find it being used in a home, which gives you a better feel for how the fabric looks in person. That's what I did when I purchased my curtains in the dining room and the roman shades I made for our master bedroom. (which I'll show you Monday!) 
  • Fabric.com - This will have all your basic fabrics at good prices, but in my opinion, is a pain to navigate. 
  • Etsy.com - Great place to find unique fabrics or fabrics in small quantities. You can often pick up remnants of designer fabrics for good prices - perfect for a pillow cover.
  • Spoonflower.com - This site is fun because if you find a pattern you like, you can order it in any type of fabric you want - from cotton to silk to a heavy duty canvas, you can find exactly what you need in an awesome print, but it can get expensive - you've been warned. The other awesome thing is you can design your own fabric through the site, just upload an image and BAM you've got custom fabric. 
  • Hawthorne Threads - If you're in the market for nursery fabrics, this is the place. Adorable prints, perfect if you're looking to make crib bedding.
  • Tonic Living - A lot of retro-inspired fabrics, I love their colors and their customer service is amazing.
  • LynnChalk.com - This place has designer fabrics at half price. I have no idea how she does it. I've never ordered from her, but if you're dying to get your hands on some La Florentia fabric (I DIE.), here's where you should get it.
For those of you not living in the Twin Cities, Calico Corners, Crafty Planet and Jo-Ann all have online sites you can order fabric from. 

Okay, any places you would add? Here in the cities or online?

1 comments:

  1. I received a sewing machine for my birthday over a year ago and have used it exactly one time! I so need to find some time to sit down and figure it out. I'd love to make some sleep sacks for Alice as she continues to grow.

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