I make a lot of donation quilts and I swap a lot of fabrics. The higher prices in quilt shops have climbed, the more quilts I’ve made, and the more fabrics I’ve swapped the more interested I’ve become in finding sites that offer great prices on quilt shop quality fabric. In general my trifecta in terms of judging what is a good site for bargain fabric breaks down to three things:
- Good quality
- Great selection (especially in children’s fabrics and brights which I use a lot in donation quilts)
- Great price – generally $7 or less per yard
When I swap fabric in the swaps at Scrappy Squares Swap, Swap Haven Central, or Swap Haven For Hexies And… where I like to play, I like to swap good quality fabric. I enjoy picking out patterns and colors I think those that I’m swapping with will enjoy. This has led to lots of shopping at various sites. I thought today I’d share my list of favorite bargain fabric haunts.
5 Bucks A Yard
This site has their offerings arranged by fabric line/manufacturer with a smaller section arranged according to the type of fabric – reproductions – children’s – tone on tone, and etc. They don’t have the selection that a lot of sites offer and I generally don’t find what I need there to pull pieces for a whole quilt but it’s a great site for white on whites (look in the tone on tone section) and there are lots of pretty fabrics suitable for stash building and/or swapping.
AAA Quilter’s Supply
This retailer doesn’t have the prettiest of sites but they do have some nice fabric at low prices. The fabric is arranged both by color and sometimes theme and by manufacturer.
While this site doesn’t have a huge offering of sale fabric they do have enough to make it worthwhile to include them here. The offerings here are all on a couple pages…there is no sorting function for sale fabric. Prices range from $3.99 – $7 for sale fabrics. They also have a nice selection of quit kits on sale.
This retailer has an easy to use, crisp, clear site, and free shipping for orders over $50. Unlike many of the sale sites the site allows users to search for fabric according to color, brand, or designer. They also allow half yard cuts. Their prices range from $5.00 to $8.00 per yard.
Connecting Threads is one of my favorite go to sites for fabric purchasing…probably because they have their offerings arranged in a number of helpful ways. You can browse by collection, designer, or manufacturer. But also by color, scale, value, or theme. I find them a great option when I am shopping for fabrics to fill a swap theme…blue for example…or for when I am shopping for fabrics that require certain colors…blue and tan for example. I also like the scale sorting for those times when I want smaller scale prints for 2.5″ strip or charm swaps.
This site has a large selection of sale priced fabric from $4.95 per yard to around $9. The sale offerings are categorized only between prints and batiks so you might have to scroll to find what you want, but it is a great site with some pretty fabrics.
Ethelbird & Eliza
Ethelbird & Eliza specializes in fabric for children. Think all those planes, trains, and automobiles, fire trucks and heavy equipment as well as animals, hot air balloons, fairies and unicorns. While the regular priced fabric is not inexpensive at this site there is a fairly robust section of sale fabric that is reduced quite a bit. The sale fabric is arranged by sale price. For anyone who makes a lot of kid’s quilts, like I do, this shop is a real find.
Fabric.com: Clearance and Closeout Fabrics
Fabric.com has a huge selection of regular priced fabrics but also has an impressive selection of sale fabrics. Offerings can be sorted alphabetically, by price, by newness, or by rating.
A Facebook friend alerted me to the fact that you can earn a 3% discount at Fabric.com by signing up for an ebates account–it’s free and easy! I’ve already done it.
The Fabric Outlet
The Fabric Outlet doesn’t have the selection that many of the sites have. They do have a section of 108″ wide backs that is nice…with prices at around $7.50 per yard it makes them a worthwhile stop when shopping for quilt backing. They do offer a selection of fabrics arranged by theme or by manufacturer.
Fabric Shack is another of those sites that I return to again and again. They have a large brick and mortar store which also has a large online component. Sale fabrics are accessed by clicking the Sale-a-bration button at the home page. From there you can search offerings by price. Sale prices range from $2.98 to $6.98 a yard. Offerings within each price point are arranged by collection.
Farm Fresh Fabrics
Farm Fresh Fabrics has both pre-cut and by the yard fabrics. Though they don’t have as much selection as some of the other retailers when it comes to by the yard fabric they do have some pretty stuff. They offer $5 shipping anywhere in the US which is a big positive.
Fat Quarter Shop
You’re probably familiar with Fat Quarter Shop. They have tons of pre-cuts…but did you know they had a sale area with discounted prices? They have lots of neat fabrics, though they are a bit a jumble and you’ll have to scroll through to find what you’re looking for. They are not arranged by collection or color, though you can sort by percentage of discount.
First Trend Fabrics
First Trend Fabrics is a new discovery for me. It seems to be a big shop with a lot of quilt fabric arranged according to theme and collection. They have a well-stocked clearance section which has a lot of pretty fabric, panels, novelties, florals, blenders and more. Though the rest of the store is organized well the clearance section is not sorted by color, theme, or collection.
Hancock’s Of Paducah
Hancock’s Of Paducah is one of my favorite sites for purchasing bargain fabric. It’s one of the few sites which actually categorizes their sale fabric. By clicking the link included here you’ll go to the sale page. From there you can choose to shop by brand, price, or theme. Hancock’s has a super selection. Their prices for sale fabric range from $2.99 to $6.99.
Hawthorne Threads has a big selection of sale fabric arranged by designer/collection. Sale prices for quilt fabric are mostly in the $6.99 to $7.50 range, but there are various discounts available that reduce the price below this price, if you order more than 3 yards total or order more than a 3 yard cut. In addition to the quilting cotton they also stock other types of fabric and have some great sale prices on knit fabric.
You’re probably familiar with Keepsake Quilting. They are a great site for buying regular full price fabric–but did you know they had a clearance section–and that it includes more than fabric? In the clearance section you can find some real bargains on 5″ charm squares but also some good bargains on patterns and templates and other quilting tools. Click the “clearance” tab at the top of the page to sort the clearance items by type. Someone kindly informed me that you can receive a 6% rebate by signing up and shopping through an Ebates account. There are TONS of other stores where you can use your Ebates account too.
Lady Belle Fabric
Lady Belle Fabric doesn’t have the huge selection that some of the other outlets have and it isn’t organized as many ways as it is at some of the other sites but this is still a good site for bargain fabric. What they do have in fabric by the yard is listed at $5.25 a yard. There is some Moda, Riley Blake, and Bonnie Christine among others.
Doesn’t have a very big selection and it is not sorted at all. But within what they do have they have some nice prints in the $5 – $6 range.
Love Quilting Dot Com
Has quite a bit of sale fabric in the $4.99 – $7.99 range. There are multiple ways to sort…by newness…and by price high to low or low to high but there is not a sort mechanism for color or theme.
No list of bargain fabric outlets would be complete without Marshall’s. They have a great selection with lots of blenders, tone on tone, and other fabrics that read more solid than not. They also have a great selection of white on white fabrics–something I am always in search of for a couple of ongoing projects that I have. They’re a great source for quilt backs as they have a big selection at $8.99 a yard. They have some real bargains on quilt batting by the roll as well.
Material Thingz is a new addition to the list. They offer a lovely but small collection of beautiful fabrics cotton fabrics at $4.49 or less per yard. You’ll want to check back often as they add new fabrics weekly. They also offer color coordinated fat quarter bundle buddies which include 8 fat quarters for $15.99.
This site has a good selection of pretty fabrics in the $6 range.
Old Country Store Fabrics
This site has a lot of really pretty fabrics at steep discounts. Go to the homepage and then click the sale tab.
Quilt Cotton Fabric
This site has over 1000 fabrics priced at $5 per yard. The offerings are organized by color/theme. There are nice selections of novelty and animal fabrics.
Pink Castle Fabrics
Pink Castle Fabrics was recommended by a blog reader. The site has a section of fabrics on sale for $6 per yard. There is also a larger sale section with prices that are higher than $6 per yard. It bears noting that outside the $6 per yard area the prices given are for a half yard. The site offers a wide selection of fabrics as well as several monthly fabric clubs.
Quilted Twins offers quite a bit of fabric that at the time of my visit to the site was all priced at $4.99 or less a yard. You have to click around a bit to find what you’re looking for as it is loosely organized in broad categories…like florals…blenders…novelties…solids…etc.
Quilt Fabric Close Outs
One of my favorite sections at Quilt Fabric Close Outs is their Newest Arrivals section. That section spotlights collections that are new in their shop. Shopping that section one can easily find a range of coordinating fabrics. That said, they also arrange their fabrics by brand, style, color, and collection, which makes finding the specific pieces needed for a project easy. They don’t have the selection that some of the bigger outlets have, but they do have a good selection and it is well arranged.
Quilt Lizzy offers several pages of fabric priced at $3.99. Another tab on the sale fabric page offers higher priced sale fabric and there are quite a few offerings there. There are other tabs for batik fabric on sale and for precuts and patterns on sale. Sale fabric isn’t sortable other than by the price divisions and subject tabs on the main sale page, but the fact that they have some nice pieces at the $3.99 price and some nice batiks at the $3.99 price point makes them worth checking out.
Shabby Fabrics was recommended by a blog reader. They have a small but varied clearance section where they offer fabrics which range in price from about 6.58 to about 6.82 per yard. They also offer discounted precuts in various conglomerations as well as some discounted patterns.
Spare Fabric is a nice online store. They don’t have the volume that many of the other retailers offer, but they do offer quite a few novelty and children’s fabrics…which is what I am often looking for. They have plenty of other fabrics too and it is arranged neatly with buttons you can push to search for fabric by color. There is even a flower button for those, like me, who like florals. Their prices are some of the best out there…in the $4.99 – $5.99 range.
Sale fabrics are arranged by price–lowest to highest. Prices start as low as $2.79 but escalate pretty quickly as you scroll through.
We all have our own lists of places we go back to again and again. Thousands of Bolts is definitely on mine. Undoubtedly the reasons for this include the massive selection which is sortable by color and in some instances theme. I also like the color picker on the site which makes it easy to select a color in a focus fabric and find other coordinating fabrics. The design wall is great too as it helps one to visualize how fabrics look together. With prices at about $5 for for regular cottons, $6.95 for batiks it’s hard to go wrong. They have a huge selection of quilt backs but at $13.95 a yard they might not be considered a bargain…especially when there are other sites on this list that offer them for quite a bit less.
Whittle’s has a big selection of fabrics most of it in the $5.00 to $7.50 per yard. They have their fabric arranged by collection and by manufacturer and have a color search tool on the site as well.
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