My choice has always been to shop local stores and feel the fabric I’m buying for window treatments, pillows, and such. I want to touch it!
With on-line sources, you can still touch fabrics before buying. Ordering a sample is easy – and sometimes with no postage added to the small price.
All stores have detailed descriptions of their fabrics and small samples for fairly cheap. I recommend ordering sample swatches before ordering large amounts of fabrics (especially if you like to feel the fabric first.) Also, no colors are true on-line since our computers display colors differently.
What to look for when purchasing decorator fabrics on-line:
- Fabric content
- Yarn dyed over piece died (yarn dyed has better durability and resistance to fading)
- Price per yard and yardage available
- Check width to be sure it’s at least 54″ wide (width less than 54″ indicates it’s not a decorator fabric and probably has less body)
- Thread count per inch might be helpful information since a tighter weave is usually better
- Vertical and horizontal repeats, which helps you know how much yardage to purchase.
Speaking of yardage repeats, get my free Yardage Calculation Worksheet and watch the companion video for completing the worksheet.
I must tell you that I will receive no commissions for sharing these on-line companies with you.
The first one (which I’ve used in the past) is Brick House Fabrics. The fabric I ordered came quickly and in line with their fabric description. HH enjoys this pillow in his chair still after almost three years. The fabric has not worn at all and has held up splendidly!
Decorative Fabrics Direct seems to have the best stock of popular fabric choices. (Lots of fabric styles!) One option is my recent pursuit of red and white buffalo check, which is normally very hard to find.
One drawback here is that the price is a little higher than I wish to pay, so let’s keep looking.
Fabric Guru has the absolute best prices but with limited choices. Many fabrics have only enough yardage for a very small project. I did find this buffalo check with enough yardage in a light blue and white for under ten dollars a yard. Cashmere Blue. Tempting!
The best price for the red and white check is at Best Fabric Store. (Could be the winner!)
You’ll like what you see there…a coupons page – and free shipping for over $35/order. I’m in! 🙂
Back to Brick House Fabrics on-line, the red and white buffalo check is pricey at $34 per yard. Yikes! But, the shipping is free for orders over $75.
Online Fabric Store has a 1″ check in several colors – and at a good price, but I want the larger check – 2″ at least. Also, it’s listed as a gingham, so I suspect it’s a lighter weight fabric than I’d want for covering chair cushions. (Oops! I blew that surprise!)
So, are you ready to find fabric for your next project? This information will certainly get you started in the right direction.