I think something a lot of us Canadian makers struggle with is online fabric shopping. There always seems to be such a great selection of fabric available online on American or European-based websites, but it never seems worth it to pay high shipping fees or risk hefty duties. Also, isn’t it nice to support Canadian businesses?
Over the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of research on fabric shopping in Canada. There’s actually more out there than you’d think. There are many, many shops that sell quilting fabric, and some of them sell garment fabrics such as rayon, knits, linen, and flannel.
There does exist a similar list on The Finished Garment, (do check it out, as it is more extensive than what I have here – I just found it difficult to remember which shop sells what, and I wanted a list more specific to the types of fabric I find myself looking for), as well as a Pinterest board, but I wanted to provide more of a guide than a list, with a bit more information about individual shops, to help you find what you’re looking for. Also, this list includes primarily apparel fabric stores, as well as a few quilting shops that stock some great apparel-friendly fabrics (which isn’t to say you can’t make great garments out of quilting fabric!).
Do you know some great apparel-fabric websites? Please let me know, and I’d love to add them to the list!
DISCLAIMER: I’d like to note that this list is not sponsored in any way. I simply wish to share these great shops with you, so you don’t have to do the research yourself! I’d also like to point out that I haven’t shopped from all these stores, so I can’t speak for the service/shopping experience for all of them.
My Favourite All-Around Amazing Fabric Shops:
- Blackbird Fabrics – knits, twills, printed viscose and cotton, etc. This shop is amazingly well curated. When I order from Blackbird, I know that whatever I’m getting will be of amazing quality. They also sells patterns and notions.
- Mulberry & Macnab – stockists of Atelier Brunette, Nani Iro and Merchant and Mills garment fabrics. A small but lovely selection. There’s always something new and beautiful that I’m tempted to grab.
- Fine Fabrics Canada – rayons, garment cottons, bamboo, sewing patterns. This shop carries a nice selection of garment fabrics (including Atelier Brunette and Lady McElroy), as well as printed sewing patterns that can be hard to find elsewhere, such as Sew Over It and Nina Lee patterns.
- Sitka Fabrics – I originally had Sitka Fabrics in the knits/jerseys category, but I’ve recently learned that they now also sell some really gorgeous wovens! I’ve found beautiful linens and Atelier Brunette fabrics on their new site, and I have to say, I’m impressed with the new selection (especially as someone who doesn’t sew with jersey a whole lot)!
- Mimi Fabrics – European knits, pointelle knits, french terrys, and some wovens. Mimi Fabrics specializes mostly in knits but they also carry some really lovely woven fabrics (including stretch woven viscose) and tulles. A different selection than I’ve seen anywhere else, but really worth a look!
- Riverside Textiles – knits, double gauze, tencel twills. Riverside Textiles is a very new shop, but they carry a nice selection of printed jersey knits, tencel twills in a range of weights, and even some silk! Also. ZIPPERS. And thread! I look forward to seeing what else comes to this nice little local shop.
- Les Tissées – a bit of everything! Bengaline, cotton poplin, denims, viscose and tencel, stretch lace, wools, rib knits, sweatshirt knits, jerseys, polyester crepes and satins. A nice selection of “RTW”-type fabrics I’m not usually able to find online.
- Core Fabrics – deadstock garment fabrics, denim, thread, hardware, zippers. Core Fabrics is the sister company of Closet Core Patterns (formerly Closet Case Patterns) and they supply a curated collection of beautiful deadstock fabrics, and they provide recommendations for ideal fabrics for their patterns.
- Baudekin Studio – silks, linens, high-quality cottons, and incredible buttons. I first heard about Baudekin Studio on Love to Sew Podcast on their episode about silk. Not a ton of online shops here have silks so it’s exciting when you find a place that does!
- Pure Linen Envy – linen, linen, linen! Pure Linen Envy was suggested by a reader, and they seem to have really beautiful quality linens. It looks really great if you’re looking for a specific colour and weight and need a lot to choose from!
- Two O Nine Fabric – linens, cottons, jerseys. This BC-based shop has very light and airy fabrics and delicate prints, including some Korean-import fabrics.
- Rives Compagnie – cotton, linen, knits, as well as yarn for knitting/crocheting. This lovely Quebec-based shop has a curated selection of lovely and high-quality fabrics such as Atelier Brunette and Liberty of London. They also sell kits and lovely haberdashery items (such as buttons)! Knitters and crocheters can check out their yarn selection too.
- The Maker Studio – prints, knits, deadstock. The Maker Studio carries a really nice selection of deadstock fabrics and they always carry some gorgeous printed cottons and rayons. They also carry patterns and extra tools and notions.
- Earth Indigo – organic cottons, hemp, knits made in natural fibres. Earth Indigo is based out of Markham, ON. I think I may have stumbled onto their website once or twice before, but I never realized how amazing their selection is of natural-fibre fabrics. They have beautiful Japanese import prints (which I’m always a sucker for) that I haven’t seen anywhere else. They also carry a really nice selection of bamboo, linen, and hemp jerseys.
- Le Comptoir de Pauline – viscose, jerseys, linen, and swimsuit fabric. This shop has a nice curated collection of mostly European fabric brands such as Cousette, Mind the Maker, Lise Tailor, and See You at Six.
- Cafe Couture Montreal – linen, viscose, prints, jerseys. This shop carries some of my favourite French fabric brands such as Atelier Brunette, Cousette, Eglantine et Zoe, and Lise Tailor. They also carry buttons, zippers, and thread, and printed patterns from French pattern brands such as Maison Fauve.
Brick-and-Mortar Shops with Online Ordering:
- The Workroom – quilting cottons, lawn, rayon, knits, notions, books. The Workroom is one of my favourite shops to visit in Toronto. The store itself is gorgeous, and they stock a lot of “designer” fabrics (Robert Kaufman, Nani Iro, Cotton + Steel, Liberty of London, etc.). They also sell Bernina machines and accessories, lots of books and magazines (such as Japanese sewing books and Making magazine), tons of indie and vintage patterns, and amazing notions and tools.
- Needlework Hamilton – quilting cottons, knits, rayon, lawn, etc. Needlework is a great little shop based in – you guessed it – Hamilton, Ontario. They sell a lot of great apparel fabrics such as Robert Kaufman and Nani Iro. I always like to keep an eye on them and see what they get in stock (for example, they just got in tons of colours of raw silk noil!).
- Fabrications – quilting cottons, rayon, knits, lawn/chambray, etc. Fabrications, based in Ottawa, has a pretty solid stock of apparel fabrics. They stock lots of knits (solid and print), Nani Iro, double gauze, chambray, and more.
- Threadcount Fabrics – quilting cottons, rayon, canvas, knits, lawn, double gauze, etc. Threadcount was originally online-only, and only just recently opened up a bricks-and-mortar store based in Souris, Manitoba! I am always tempted by the prints sold by Threadcount – lots of Cotton + Steel, Dear Stella, and Art Gallery Fabrics!
- European Textiles – various apparel fabrics (cotton, knits, lace), quilting cotton, upholstery fabrics. European Textiles is based in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s one of the few online shops I’ve found that sells stuff like satin, silk, lace, etc. If you need something a lil’ fancy, this might be the place to check out!
- Patch Halifax – quilting cottons, rayons, knits, etc. Patch Halifax has lots of great “designer” fabrics from companies that produce garment fabrics as well as quilting fabrics, such as Cotton + Steel, as well as Nani Iro and various knits.
- Fabric Spark – quilting cottons, lawn, rayon, knits, yarn-dyed, etc. Fabric Spark is based in east Toronto. They primarily stock quilting cotton, but have a handy little section of garment fabrics that includes Robert Kaufman Essex Linen, Nani Iro, knits, and boiled wool.
- Five Arrows Fabrics – knits, cottons, linens. Five Arrows is a PEI-based fabric shop, and Natasha is always bringing in new and lovely things.
- Maiwa – handprinted/dyed cottons and linens. You may already know Maiwa, which is based in Vancouver, BC, for their natural dyestuffs. But they have some incredible vibrant handwoven and block-printed fabrics, as well as white/undyed natural fabrics for dyeing.
- Spool of Thread – cotton chambray & lawn, rayon & bamboo, knits. Based in Vancouver, Spool of Thread is a sewing studio with a small but lovely stock of fabrics and patterns online. They stock Lady McElroy fabrics, as well as Atelier Brunette, which can be tricky to find in Canada.
- Darrell Thomas Textiles – cottons, wools, linens. This shop stocks fabric very conventionally used for garments – high quality cotton/silk blends and designer-style prints. Reminds me of an online shopping version of visiting the stores in the fashion district downtown.
- Rick Rack Textiles – knits, cottons, rayons, linens. Rick Rack recently opened up an online shop for their brick-and-mortar store in Calgary. They have a really nice and expansive selection, including Liberty of London Tana Lawns and cotton sateens.
- The Maker Studio – viscose/tencel twills, jersey, french terry. The Maker Studio looks like a relatively new shop that already has some really lovely garment fabrics. I’m definitely gonna keep my eye on them, as they already have some gorgeous stuff I haven’t seen anywhere else!
- Winnipeg Sews – tencel, linen, denim, jersey. This Winnipeg shop has a small but beautifully-curated stock of garment fabrics, as well as kits and patterns. They also offer a pattern printing service. EDIT: It looks like Winnipeg Sews now focuses on selling pre-owned fabric and promoting “a more circular fabric economy”. They still sell and print patterns though, and their fabric selection is still worth checking out!
- Former + Latter Fabrics – cotton bottomweights and denims, viscose, cotton lawn, ponte, scuba, and sweat knits. This new shop based in Edmonton currently allows in-person shopping by appointment only, but it working towards a brick & mortar shop. They have high-quality options and carry brands such as Atelier Brunette, Mind the Maker, and Lady McElroy.
- Fabricana – all sorts of stuff! Denim, suiting, shirting, athletic knits, flannel, and more. I’d heard about Fabricana for a long time but I think only recently they went online. I find their website a little finicky to use but they have a large variety of fabrics, as well as interfacing, patterns, and notions.
- G & S Dyes – undyed silks, silk and cotton blends, Chinese silk brocades. When I was in school I went to G & S for supplies almost weekly. They stock really high-quality fabrics for dyeing, as well as a fantastic selection of dyes if that’s something you want to try.
- Dressew – a huge variety of garment fabrics plus cottons and flannelettes. This is one of the few online shops where I’ve been able to find fabrics for fancier occasions such as sequin and lace fabrics. They carry a wide selection of other garments as well!
- GK Fashion Fabrics – double gauze, linen blends, corduroy, rayons and cottons. This shop based out of North York has a really nice selection and really great prices. I recently visited the brick-and-mortar store, which kind of feels like a warehouse, but was surprisingly well organized! Prices and fabric content were clearly labeled, and fabric was sorted by type. There were all sorts of notions and trims too!
- Heirloom Bohemia – linens, cottons, prints. Heirloom Bohemia is a BC-based shop that carries a carefully curated selection of fabrics from brands such as Merchant & Mills and Ruby Star Society, as well as other goodies you’d love to have for your sewing room. If you’re in the Kelowna area, they also host workshops!
- Nelson Stitch Lab – rayon/lyocell, knits, cottons, double gauze, canvas, linen. Nelson Stitch Lab is based in Nelson, BC. They carry some really nice solid-coloured fabrics such as corduroy, cotton, linen, canvas, and lyocell twills. I’m particularly excited about their selection of fabrics from Japanese fabric brand Kokka – this is definitely a shop worth checking out!
- Piece Fabric Co. – knits, linen, flannel, cottons. Piece Fabric Co. based out of Alberta has a lovely selection of natural-fibre fabrics for your everyday garment needs. They also carry thread, scissors, and a nice variety of patterns.
- Atelier Espace Fabrik – knits, cottons, lining, tencel, linen. This Montreal-based shop carries a nicely curated selection of garment fabrics as well as a collection of French-language sewing books and magazines. They also carry notions such as snaps, zips, and elastic.
Specializing in Knits/Jerseys:
- Watertower Textiles – activewear knits, scuba, bamboo, etc. I recently stumbled upon Watertower Textiles when looking for fabric online. They stock tons of knits, including prints and knits great for leggings!
- Prairie Love Knits – jersey, sweater knits, quilted knits, European knits. Another stumble-upon, Prairie Love Knits has a nice variety of knits, including stretch lace and notions.
- Simplifi Fabric – organic fabrics; jersey, terry, fleece, athletic knits, thermal knits, wovens. Simplifi is a bit pricey because they stock organic fabrics, but they have a lovely selection and stock knits you might have trouble finding elsewhere.
- L’Oiseau – sweatshirt knits, bamboo, jersey, wovens. L’Oiseau stocks some great prints that I haven’t seen elsewhere, as well swimsuit knits, bamboo, and merino. They also stock some great wovens, including poplin and eyelet.
- West Coast Fabric Boutique – jersey, double brushed poly, swim knits. West Coast Fabric Boutique has a lovely selection of knits and jerseys, with lovely prints and sweatshirt knits to choose from!
- Fringe Fabrics – jersey, sweater knits, quilted knits, ribbing. Fringe Fabrics has an amazing selection of knits – there are some great jacquard knits, legging knits, and cuffing, as well as a huge range of solid basics. I particularly love the Hamburger Liebe brand for something a little different!
- Non Non Oui – jersey, french terry, ribbing, as well as a selection of woven fabrics. Non Non Oui is based out of Quebec and specializes in OEKO-TEX certified fabrics. They carry a large variety of European-import knits and jerseys.
- Bibs & Boots Fabrics – tons of European knits and jerseys, organic knits, as well as some woven double gauze. This online-only shop based out of Saskatchewan has a huge selection of knit and jersey fabrics.
- Brightside Fabric Co. – deadstock, jersey, rib, french terry. Brightside Fabric Co. has some really beautiful solid and printed knit fabrics. They even carry fabric bundles and a few woven fabrics.
- Shear Perfection Fabrics – french terry, athletic fabrics, sherpa. In addition to carrying a nice variety of knit fabrics, this shop also offers small batch custom fabric printing services. It’s also one of the first places where I’ve seen board short fabric!
- Club Tissus – various garment fabrics (silks, lace, cottons), upholstery fabric, quilting cotton, notions. Club Tissus is only in Quebec, but they ship all over Canada. It’s another one of the few websites that stocks “fancy” fabrics, and they have quite a nice selection and a beautiful website. They also have all the notions and tools that you’ll likely need for your sewing project (like I said, I like a one-stop-shop). My main issue is that they don’t have free shipping deals like most online shops do, and prices are presented with the member discount (the “regular” price is in small), which you have to pay for. Also, only members get to take part in sales.
- Fabricville (Fabricland) – pretty much everything sewing-related. Just about anyone who lives in a Canadian city knows Fabricville (or Fabricland outside of Quebec). They stock all sorts of fabric, but I’m not a fan of their selection. I often buy notions or tools here, since few other shops sell zippers, thread, etc. Like with Club Tissus, they offer no free shipping deal – in fact, the more you spend, the more your shipping costs.
- DailyLike – oxford cottons, sheeting, canvas, knits. DailyLike is a Korean lifestyle brand, and DailyLike.ca is based out of Richmond BC. This is the website to check out if you love cute floral or animal-print cottons. They also have notions, stationery, and washi tape! How can you resist?
Shirting/Suiting Fabric & Menswear:
- Sultan’s Fine Fabrics – wool, suiting, shirting cottons, linings. Sultan’s is a brick-and-mortar store in North York/Toronto, and he stocks stacks on stacks of high quality fabric. I have yet to find true dressmaking fabrics here, but doesn’t mean it’s not there. I recommend checking out the store in person, as the online selection isn’t anywhere near as impressive.
- Thread Theory – jerseys, linings, some wovens. You may know Thread Theory for their patterns, but they also sell a small number of fabrics and notions in their online store.
Liberty of London Stockists:
- Dinky Doo – quilting cottons, linen, lawn. Don’t let the cutesy name fool you – Dinky Doo sells a great variety of the classy Liberty Tana Lawns. They also stock tons of Robert Kaufman Essex Linen and Cotton + Steel rayons.
- The Workroom
- Rick Rack Textiles
- Five Arrows Fabrics
- Patch Halifax
Quilting Shops with Garment-worthy Fabrics:
- Weave & Woven – quilting cottons, knits, oxford cotton, faux fur. Weave & Woven is based in Dundas, Ontario. I often find myself drooling over their selection of adorable oxford cottons and Nani Iro fabrics. They carry very fun printed knits and some rayons as well.
- The Fabric Snob – quilting cottons, knits, fleece, flannel. The Fabric Snob has a lovely selection of knits, fleece, and flannel. I can also tell you from experience that Lindsey will package your order very lovingly!
- Pins and Needles Fabric – quilting cottons, knits, corduroy, double gauze, rayon. Pins and Needles has a nice selection of prints (including Art Gallery Fabrics and Cotton + Steel), as well as notions such as Aurifil thread, ribbon, and print bias binding. They also sell patterns and adorable doll clothing kits!
- The Cloth Castle – Quilting cottons, denim, flannel, knits, sherpa. While this BC-based shop has loads of quilting cottons, they also have a great variety of garment fabrics, especially for activewear.
- Make1 Guelph – quilting cottons, linen, knits. Make1 will appeal to every side of crafter in you, as they carry fabric suitable for quilting and garment sewing, as well as beautiful indie-dyed yarn.
Notions & Tools:
- Sussman’s Supply Co. – zippers, ribbons, gemstones, feathers, etc. Based in Hamilton, Sussman’s is the place to find any trims and notions you’re missing. I happen to love them for their selection of invisible zippers, which can be hard to find online elsewhere.
- Bra-makers Supply – pretty much speaks for itself! Based in Hamilton, this is the place to stock up for your bra- or corset-making endeavors.
- Farthingale’s Corset Making Supplies – again, speaks for itself. They also carry millinery supplies, hoop steel, and tutu making supplies!
- Leather and Sewing Supply – the famous notions and supply shop in downtown Toronto has an online presence! I like to shop them in person because there is just so much to choose from, but if that’s not an option for you, give their online shop a go.
- Ian Drummond Stash – assorted vintage/rare fabrics. Ian Drummond has a vintage clothing shop, but he also collects and sells an amazing selection of vintage fabrics. I love to follow his Etsy shop and see any new finds that have been added. Also, if you’re based in Toronto, you can choose local pick-up and save on shipping!
- The Old White Cupboard – vintage fabrics, linens, and trims. A lovely selection of vintage fabrics, mostly cottons, but you can find some quilts and linens as well.
- Lush Vintage – an Etsy shop with a really nice selection of vintage fabrics, based in BC! Really well priced and some really beautiful finds.
- Antiquaire Supply – another fabulous Etsy shop stocking some really beautiful vintage yardage and sewing patterns.
- Fabrique Fantastique – this Etsy shop is based out of Toronto, and Jan seems to have an endless collection of fabrics. Just when I think she’s cleared everything out, something new pops up. Definitely check her out – you don’t want to miss her large selection of vintage yardage and quilts!
- Our Social Fabric – a non-profit fabric store that works to keep textiles out of the landfills. They sell all sorts of fabrics as well as patterns and notions.
- FABCYCLE – another great shop/service working to divert fabric waste. They have loads of deadstock fabrics – some available as yardage, some available as bundles, as well as patterns and some notions.
Custom Fabric Printing:
- Art Fabrics – cotton, silk, hemp, and polyester. I haven’t tried custom fabric printing with Art Fabrics, but their website looks really nice and I’d love to give them a try next time I want to print a custom design. Unlike Spoonflower there’s no marketplace of other designers’ work to choose from, so this is an option if you already have your own design that needs to be printed.
49 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Garment Fabric Shopping Online in Canada”
Amazing information. Great job sharing it with others.
Thank you so much for this! I’m just starting out with sewing garments and have been having real trouble finding good quality knits in Canada. This is a huge help.
Hi Audra! I am so pleased to hear this helped you out – good luck on your foray into sewing garments!
Hi Rebecca, I was wondering if I would be able to have my store added to your list. Its at https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com
We carry handmade apparel and the fabrics to create the apparel. Thanks so much!
Hi Rochelle – thanks for getting in touch. Not a problem 🙂
I am interested in hockey sports fabric. Are there shops in Montreal? Can I purchase and bring to USA?
Hi Laurie, Thanks for getting in touch. My list is all online-stores, not necessarily based on where in Canada they’re located. Many of them do ship to the US. In terms of shopping in a physical store, I do not live in Montreal and am not super familiar with fabric shops there. Also if you are visiting Montreal there should be no reason why you couldn’t bring it back with you to the US.
Thank you so much for this list! I had just recently unfollowed (on Instagram) many lovely US stores because I was tired of seeing pictures of gorgeous fabrics and not being willing to pay the shipping and duties to buy them! And I was having difficulty finding CDN stores on my own – though I love Blackbird and was thankful for them. But now I have followed a whole bunch of these Canadian stores on Instagram and can’t wait to see a variety of products I could actually purchase! Your makes are so inspiring and, again, I’m so grateful for this list!
I have gone through the same thing – it makes me so happy to hear you’ve found this useful. Thank you so much for your kind comment and happy sewing!
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Hi there, you may have missed this newer online fabric store for home decor fabrics
can you add to the list?
thanks for helping promote canadian business!
Hi Mary Jean!
In the introduction to this post I explain that this list is exclusively garment fabrics. I originally made it because there are so many quilting fabric online shops available, it can be hard for garment sewers to find fabric specifically intended for garments if they want to buy their fabric online and avoid paying higher shipping, duties, or exchange rates (also I love to shop Canadian if I can!). Thanks so much for dropping by!
Amazing as I’m starting to sew for the grandkids but very expensive when buying from sites that design and send to print their material and you have to wait for the round to come out. Then it’s anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks before receiving it. Thank you for the info
There is a great store in my town of Canmore Alberta called The Sugar Pine Company, that also has an online store.
They are a quilting and yarn store but have a great selection of all kinds of fabric. I have personally bought flannels, canvas, spandex, terry cloth, lace and cotton fabrics there. They have 200+ cotton fabrics online and over 8000 bolts in store. If you can’t find what your looking for online you can also call into the store for phone orders.
They also sell sewing, quilting and knitting notions online.
Dean the owner of the store is wonderful and gives great customer service and is extremely helpful.
They are a great store and I beleive worth checking out. They maybe another store you would like to add to your list.
Wishing you all the best,
Hi . Thanks for putting this together. I am a new sewer and this is really frustrating. I don’t think this is a real industry in Canada yet ( online fabric and accesories ) . If I wanted to make a linen apron with a contrasting but matching pocket, thread, cotton tape, D-rings, I would have to go to 4 different sites in canada and incur $50 in shipping alone. I have never seen so many so called “on-line” shops with literally 85 % out of stock.. Gutermann thread is like $3 a spool — and yet — out of stock everywhere. This is the goofiest business I have ever seen.. Give me 4 sites that are actually in this business instead of 3 million sites that are not actually in the business they say they are… Jeesh.. this is stupid. John Lawson, Calgary Alberta.
Yes, I certainly agree, and it’s something I think about a lot. Even I’m currently trying to get a hold of zippers and thread for fabric I recently purchased so I can make some dresses, and most sites don’t carry them or have them in stock. Honestly, though, I think a lot of shops are currently having trouble keeping their stocks in check due to the current crisis, as there’s a lot more demand for these things to be ordered online. But still, as someone who’s just paid shipping for three separate places to get the supplies I need for my project – I feel you.
I’m new to sewing and gathering info. Your list is fantastic. Thanks so much!
I clicked on the Sussman’s link and was directed here: https://fridaysoff.ca/
Sussman’s has an Etsy shop here: sussmansco.etsy.com
I haven’t been there, but I noticed that Leather and Sewing Supply in Toronto (https://sewingsupplydepot.com/) also has great prices on sewing supplies and notions – and delivers.
Hi Danielle – thank you so much for alerting me to that mistake! Sussman’s used to have a lovely website but it doesn’t seem to work anymore 😦
Leather and Sewing Supply is one of my favourite places to buy notions in-person – I wasn’t aware that they had put up a website, so thank you for sharing!
Hi. Do you know where I can find 65% cotton/33%polyester/2% spandex (for making pants) ? Thank you
Thank you so much for this info! I keep coming back to it over and over again.
That makes me so happy to hear!
Great List! Thanks. Same story, I hate paying exchange and exorbitant shipping. There is another online fabric store in Saskatchewan called Blended Threads Fabric. They are kind of different in that they run custom designs which you pre-order and its tough to know what’s happening unless you join their Facebook group. However, I ordered and like their French Terry, Athletic knit, bamboo, Cotton woven. They also sell swim, cotton/jersey/lycra and recently introduced canvas. The Fabric Snob does a similar thing but they also have nice fabric in stock and I like their customer interaction.
I know your post is about clothing fabric but you also mentioned zippers. I follow quite a few bagmaker groups and they are a great resource for things like zippers. Blue Calla in Ontario sells zippers by the yard as does Emmaline Bags, here in Alberta. Anyway, thanks again. I really appreciate the list you put together.
Found one site that had a tape measure across the top of print swatches so that you can see the size of the print for the garment you have in mind. Is this common? I was impressed, but now can’t find that site. I live out of the country now but …….someday I can see myself ordering from Canada. Especially Canadian prints for Canada Day celebrations here and reverse print and Japanese materials are some of my favourites. Thank you for the hard, and extensive work, that you have done for us all. Covid Time has meant alot of sewing time for me, even here in Australia where lock-down wasn’t that bad! Cheers Jan B
Hi Janice. Thanks for reading! I have seen that before, actually. I’ve also seen sellers place products, like a penny, on the fabric for an idea of scale. I wish more shops did that, as yes, it is helpful! Many small businesses will also be happy to send you a photo to help you get a sense of scale if you shoot them an email (I am guessing!).
I’m so glad my guide has been of help to you and happy sewing!
I’m wondering if you could assist me to narrow down my fabric search. I’m attempting to make some male swimsuits (shorts that are about 3/4 thigh length). Some sites have a “swim knit” fabric that I have to presume are geared towards female swimsuits, but would appreciate a second opinion. Thanks!
Hi Nelson – thank you for reaching out! It’s pretty tough, actually, to find the fabric used traditionally for men’s swim trunks. If you’re making fitted or Speedo-style swimsuits, that swim knit fabric you’ve been finding is perfect, as it’s built for making garments with negative ease. If you want to make looser swim trunks with a woven fabric, quick drying nylon blends are ideal. I found a few here – https://www.clubtissus.com/en/fabrics/by-categories/sports-outdoor?p=1 and here https://fabricville.com/collections/apparel-fabrics/fabric-contents_nylon-nylon-blends?page=1&grid_list=grid-view . They look geared more towards making shells for outerwear, but if it’s lightweight enough it could work. You may want to purchase a small piece to see if it seems right first. There seems to be a good amount of mesh available through both sites that would be used for lining swim trunks.
I hope that helps!
Does anyone know where I can find wide vale corduroy? Searched to no end. Thanks.
Hi Marie! I’ve bought wide-wale corduroy before from Club Tissus – https://www.clubtissus.com/en/fabrics/by-categories/fashion/corduroy_
This is so helpful, thanks for sharing! I found this Etsy store from Canada has some good fabric options & offers cheap shipping.
I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing – I’m gonna check them out 🙂
I want to send a peice of fabric overseas as a gift but absolutely have no idea where to but this fabric from. I want white cloth that is mix of half cotton and half polyester.
I want to buy the best quality available in Canada regardless of price. Is that something that you can guide me further with?
Your response is much appreciated.
Hi Joe – thanks for dropping by! The first place that comes to mind is Simplifi Fabrics – they have a really big selection of solid white fabrics. I haven’t shopped from them myself though so I can’t vouch for quality, though I know that they focus a lot on sustainable and organic fabrics. Cotton-polyester blends aren’t something I frequently shop for so I wouldn’t really know where to look. Fabricland/Fabricville is another place I’ve seen to carry plain cotton/polyester blend fabrics.
Hope this helps!
Hi! This is an amazing compilation of stores! Thank you for sharing your research with everyone. I would love to add Winnipeg Sews to the list. They are a brick and mortar located in Manitoba, Canada. They ship across Canada and offer unique garment fabrics, some notions, paper patterns and PDF pattern printing. https://www.winnipegsews.com/
Hi Hali! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 I’m really happy to help! Thank you so much for sharing – I had never heard of them and they look like a lovely shop! Added to the list 🙂
Thank you for the list, and for keeping it updated!
I’d like to add https://www.purelinenenvy.ca/ , which has gorgeous linens at very reasonable prices. Their summer breeze weight linen is my favourite shirt material.
https://designyourfabric.ca/ does custom printed fabric, and the one metre I have from them is lovely quality. (They don’t have a public marketplace like Spoonflower though, so it has to be your own design.)
I’m not sure if https://berlinembroidery.com/ is quite right for this list, since it’s just embroidery, but they have a huge selection of kits and threads.
Thanks for reading and for sharing, Vincent!
I have a few I’ve found in the past few weeks that I need to get on here, and Pure Linen Envy is a great one – thank you.
I’ve actually used Emerson to have fabrics printed and I actually personally wasn’t happy with the fabric quality. That was about 5 years ago now so I do wonder if they’ve changed up their bases! https://artfabrics.com/ is one I’d like to try though that’s the same idea 🙂 Haven’t gotten to it yet.
Yes, I think I’d have to agree about Berlin Embroidery, however, as someone whose undergrad thesis was in embroidery, that looks like an incredible website and I am definitely going to file that away for myself and in case I ever add a more relevant category to this list.
Thank you so much for sharing all these great sites! I love discovering new businesses to add to my list.
Ooh, I hadn’t heard of Art Fabrics, thank you! I will order a sample pack from them!
I’ve been making a lot of repeating prints lately and I proof them all to sell Spoonflower with fill-a-yards, but would much rather avoid international shipping and duties if I’m getting something for a project. I got a couple yards of frog toile from MyFabricDesigns and it was lovely, but the extra fees were enormous.
Wondering if we could be added to this list: https://formerlatterfabrics.ca/
We are a new Garment-focused fabric store in Edmonton, Alberta. We have limited hours for local sewists to come shop, and have all of our fabrics online. We also sell in increments of 0.1m, which I know may be of interest to some. Thanks so much!
I so excited to see your post Nicole! I have been really disapointed that a city the size of Edmonton has such limited choice in terms of fabric supplier! Great news.
Hi Nicole! Thanks for reaching out! I’d be happy to add you to the list 🙂 Your shop looks lovely and your website is beautiful.
Just stumbled across another one, https://earthindigo.com/ in Ontario! Found them through their etsy shop, and I haven’t ordered anything, but am a bit tempted by those beautiful stacks of striped hemp.
Amazing, thanks for the recommendation!
Thank you sooooooooo much. I’ve already spent $200 in the last 24 hours since exploring only the first one-third of your recommended websites! This is a wonderful resource, C.
Thanks so much, Carolyn! I love to hear that 😀
I’ve just been told about another on, and oh boy, they have SO MANY gorgeous reproduction chintzes!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Those prints really are gorgeous (I love reproduction fabrics!) but since they are intended for quilting (though there are no rules – I’ve made many a garment out of quilting fabric). Hyggeligt used to carry Liberty of London Tana Lawn but it looks like they no longer do.
I would say this shop falls under the quilting fabrics category so I won’t be adding it here, but having it here in the comments I hope will help anyone looking for that sort of thing 🙂
Heya Rebecca, any of these sites offer fabric paints? Thanks so much for the above list! 🙂
Hi Mat! Thanks for checking it out. I’d definitely check out G&S dyes, as that kind of thing is their specialty. Leather & Sewing Supply and Club Tissus may also have what you’re looking for.
Thanks Rebecca for the quick reply!!! Will check out 🙂