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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sourcing: Quick Turnarounds, Custom Prints, and Sustainability

Unlike fashion school, you can’t use remnant materials forever (although we know how much you love them!). While small cuts are great for one-offs, remnant materials set you, and your business, up for failure. In order to scale for larger buys, you need to source from larger suppliers, mills, and distributors whose business it is to provide replenishable materials sourcing. To help you get organized, click below for a list of suppliers we have worked with in the past organized by what you are a looking for as a designer.

Looking for quick turnaround from US distributors?

GorgeousFabrics.com - Massachusetts based online fabric supplier (also seamstress!) with sourcing service.

Min/Max: No minimums. You can request up to 4 swatches at no charge. Not all fabrics are swatch-able.

Stores: Billerica, MA

Returns: Within 30 days

Shipping: via USPS 2-8 business days

JoAnn Fabrics - JoAnn’s offers basic clothing fashion fabric, apparel trims, special occasion fabric, sewing materials as well as various classes. JoAnn Fabrics has 790 retail locations along with a full online catalog.

Min/Max: No min or maxStores: 900 stores in every state except Alaska

Returns:

Online purchase; return unmodified within 90 days.

Store purchase; return unmodified as long as store still carries the product.

Shipping: 4-7 business days

Hancock Fabrics - Fashion fabric, special occasion fabric, value fabric, and embellishments. Hancock Fabrics operates 266 stores along with a full online catalog.

Min/Max:1 yrd min; do not sell swatches

Stores: In 37 states; not including West Virginia, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Alaska

Returns: Within 60 days for a refund on the price of the product

Shipping: 3-10 business days; does not ship overseas

Fabric.com - Fabric.com offers a wide array of apparel and fashion fabric with many different filtersr.Min/Max: Only limitation is on the amount of fabric availableStores: No brick and mortar

Returns: Unaltered fabric 30-day money back guarantee period

Shipping: 1-6 business days

Previewtextile.com - Preview Textile Groups offers a full line of silk and silk blends along with cottons, cotton blends, custom wools, and virtually all natural and synthetic blends imaginable. Note, they only serve the wholesale market so you must have an EIN to purchase.

Min/Max: No min for stock fabrics;50 yrd min for custom colors; 100 yrd min for custom printsStores: No brick and mortar

Returns: No returns

Shipping: Shipped immediately and shipping depends on location

Buyandcreate.com - At buyandcreate.com, you can choose to shop for fabric by color, use, or by type.

Min/Max: 1 yrd minStores: Warehouse in Lodi, New Jersey

Returns: No returns

Shipping: 2-3 business days

Purlsoho.com - Purl Soho offers sewing materials such as fabric,embroidery necessities and accessories.

Min/Max: ¼ yrd min; 1 yard min for sale fabric

Stores: Brick and mortar in California and New York

Returns: No returns

Shipping:

USA: 3-7 business days

Canada: 1-2 weeks

International: 1-3 weeks

Moodfabrics.com - Famous for it’s Project Runway segments, Mood Fabrics offers options in fashion fabrics, trims, buttons, and notions. They often carry fabric in store that is not online but the preference would be to use fabric with inventory noted online. Avoid designer novelty fabrics as these cannot be used for consumer products.

Min/Max: ½ yrd minStores: Brick and mortar in California and New York

Returns: Fabrics and trims not returnable; Buttons, notions, or anything sold as a whole item can be exchanged or returned for store credit

Shipping: 3-7 business days

Onlinefabricstore.net - Online Fabric Store offers apparel fabric in a variety of materials including everything from silk, satin, and chiffon to cotton, muslin and denim, as well as, a wide array of supplies suitable for many different projects.

Min/Max: 1 yard min: free shipping over $50

Stores: No brick and mortar; sister store (Osgood textiles) is brick and mortar

Returns: Refund of store credit (no available on all items)

Shipping: 5-7 days for domestic orders

Hawthornethreads.com - Hawthorne Threads has a number of fabrics including flannel, home décor, organic quilting, quilting, rayon, velveteen, and voile.

Min/Max: ½ yrd min; yardage sold in ⅛ yrd increment; no swatchesStores: No brick and mortar store

Returns: Minimum of 1 yard and regularly priced fabric can be returned less a %20 re-stocking fee

Shipping:

First class: 2-5 business days

Priority: 2-3 business days

Express: 1-2 business days

Fabricworm.com - Fabric Worm is great for colorful, patterned apparel fabric including children’s and organic fabric and also carries sewing notions.

Min/Max: ½ yrd min

Stores: Brick and mortar store in California (Birch Fabrics)

Returns: Depends on the order

Shipping: 6-10 days

Fabricdepot.com - Fabric Depot carries apparel fabrics special occasion fabrics and notions.

Min/Max: ¼ yrd min; 1 yrd min on clearanceStores: Portland, OR

Returns: no clearance, book or pattern, fabric less than 1 yard, or any altered product returns

Online purchase: 30 days from when order is shipped

Store purchase: 60 day return policy

Shipping: 2-8 business days

Looking for custom printing?

No problem. We’ve got you covered. Upload your designs to Spoonflower.com or Fabrics on Demand for easy sourcing. We have had great turnaround with Spoonflower and they offer free swatch books with 18 fabrics so you can touch and feel before you buy and even submit your own fabric if they don’t offer it. Fabrics on Demand offers slightly less choice with 12 fabrics.

Not US-based, but with quick turn and US distribution and shipping, is Contrado. Based in the UK, they have over 99 fabrics with on-demand printing and a shipping time of 3-4 days to the continental US.

Looking for sustainability?

Luckily we have a resource right next store – literally! We have partnered with the Queen of Raw, a marketplace for sustainable and innovative fabrics.

If you don't see what you like, just send us an email! We can help do fabric and material sourcing as a service.

Did we miss any great ones? Let us know!