Whether you want to make a special gift for a newborn or furnish the castle of your own princess, fabric stores have become hard to find. Fortunately, great online sites let you shop from home, browse patterns and kits, and pick up the notions you need to complete your project. Among the best are:
Find Organic Fabrics and More!
Fabric Worm has a broad assortment of children’s fabrics. Emphasis on organic fabrics and a special category of Japanese fabrics make this a greener site than some. Detailed sidebar directories make it easy to find what you want without wading through lots of other things; sort by designer, manufacturer, collection (designer’s collection, not store recommendations), style and type (fabric content and use). “Coming soon” publishes anticipated dates of arrival for new fabrics and offers email notification when they have arrived. Organics include some of the hot Aussie children’s fabrics not yet easy to obtain everywhere and a large stock of California’s Monalunas. A “hover” feature lets you mouse over fabrics for a closer look.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.fabricworm.com/
Kids Fabrics (UK)
For The Dedicated Sewer
Kids Fabrics (UK) may not become a daily go-to, but this British company appears over and over in the blogs of enthusiastic sewers. Fabrics are intended for curtains and bedding more than clothing. The site includes a made-to-measure section which allows you to order curtains and duvet covers; a built-in calculator will assist with figuring out exactly what you need. Shipping costs are posted for international shipping as well as UK. Fans rave about fabric quality and unique designs, assert that, even with shipping, Kids Fabrics offers solid value for money. Easy to find your way around, and online fabric swatches are larger than average.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.kidsfabrics.co.uk/
Kids Fabrics (U.S.A.)
Colorful and Fun Fabrics for Kids
Kids Fabrics.com (U.S.A.) is frequently confused with its British cousin—that .com makes a world of difference—but the site has its own delightful identity. This large site is licensed-cartoon-print heaven: Batman, Winnie the Pooh, Nemo, Beatrix Potter and Hanna Montana all cluster together to make a young child’s dreams come true. Licensing extends into apparel fabric and flannel—Buzz Lightyear and Betty Boop pjs are just a sewing session away. Like nearly all fabric sites, this one offers lots of materials and ideas for quilters, including a large roster of quilt patterns. You can use detailed drop-downs to get in and out fast or browse. Customer Service includes a variety of measuring and yardage-estimating aids.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.kidsfabrics.com
An Online Sewing Store for Kids Fabrics
Sew Baby is organized like a sewing store. Patterns from independent makers are a big feature. A separate category offers e-patterns. Categories go beyond clothes, to bags, women’s apparel, hats, toys and even play tents. A “show and tell” gallery lets customers post their sewing results; on a recent visit 75 items were up for view. Sew Baby carries the notions you need to make their projects—or your own—especially welcome is a page devoted to snaps. Fabrics are abundant but only part of this community-building site. Blog features include projects, photos and giveaways.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.sewbaby.com/
Many, many Juvenile Fabrics
Sewzanne’s Fabrics claims to be a superstore, with a claim of 900 items, but behaves like a corner shop. “Sew-Alongs” (sewing tutorials), a “Fabric-tionary” (descriptions of different kinds of fabric content), Sewzanne’s blog and a “SewTalented” contest keep the site cozy. An added feature is links to sites related to sewing, work-at-home moms and Christian family. A site with a clear viewpoint, determinedly customer-friendly.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/
The Fabric Fairy
Charming Juvenile Fabrics and Sewing Notions
The Fabric Fairy has a brick-and-mortar location in Wisconsin, and the site reads like a store online more than an online store. Seamstress services, a list of charities seeking donated fabric and an online gallery of customer creations give a homey feel. Explanations are leisurely and conversational. The Handmade Muse blog carries a long list of links to other blogs. The directory for the Outlet Store is highly detailed. Mysteriously, a metric calculator appears at the bottom of the Flawed Fabric section of the Outlet Store and is not accessible through site search. The style is store-ish; it’s easy to look around, but you can expect to chat while you’re looking.
Juvenile fabrics http://www.thefabricfairy.com
Juvenile Fabrics Especially for Your Little Girl
Girl Charlee is the place to go if there’s a young diva in the house. Fabrics range from just plain girly to a subtle feminine feel, and some materials would appeal to tweens and early teens. Sidebar directories include drop-downs for searching by designer or fabric type within the large knit and woven categories. Japanese fabrics get their own section. No extras—just girl-flavored fabric, but well organized and easy to navigate with a definite point of view.
Juvenile fabrics www.girlcharlee.com