Many were disappointed to find their local area Walmart fabric department no longer carries any types of fabric anymore, and even a search on the website at Walmart, fabric by the yard is nowhere to be found. Even though I’m admittedly a sewing beginner for all intense purposes, finding the best prices on all fabric types for sewing and craft projects is a priority, regardless of the current status of our economy.
Just like anyone else who enjoys sewing and making homemade crafts, finding the best discounts and deals on fabric, notions and accessories, is just a matter of knowing where to shop. There are many fabric stores to choose from, both online and offline, and the convenience of shopping at online fabric stores is especially nice and easy, even if there are brick-and-mortar fabric stores nearby.
Why buy fabric online? One of the great benefits of shopping fabric stores online is the opportunity to take advantage of the many web-only, deeply discounted sales, coupons and promotion codes for fashion apparel and novelty fabrics, sewing machines, patterns, crafts, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, decorating, upholstering, notions, needed sewing supplies, etc.
Many fabric stores even offer sewing lessons for beginners who want to learn how to sew a dress and make crafts, but there are also websites that teach beginners how to sew with online sewing lessons, how-to videos and podcasts, and plain and simple text instructions. I wouldn’t have known how to make door draft blockers myself if it weren’t for the easy to follow directions provided by online tutorials, free patterns and helpful videos.
Even before my beginners sewing machine was ever purchased, I made a list of the most popular online fabric stores to buy fabric from, watch for sales and discounts, subscribe to fabric promotional newsletters by email, and it’s been one of the best things I could have done. Buying fabric online is, by far, the most convenient way of getting the supplies I need to complete crafts and sewing projects at clearance prices, versus the time it takes to shop at a fabric store offline.
10 Best Online Fabric By The Yard and Crafts Stores
- Fabric – Discount fabrics at Fabric.com
- Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts store at joann.com
- Hancock Fabrics – see the Hancock Fabrics Homepage at hancockfabrics.com
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics (wholesale) at robertkaufman.com
- Fabric Depot at fabricdepot.com
- Amazon Fabric and Crafts at amazon.com
- Etsy Fabric shops at etsy.com
- Vogue Fabrics at voguefabricsstore.com
- Hobby Lobby at hobbylobby.com
- Michael’s at michaels.com
Another very popular online wholesale fabric store is Alexander Henry Fabrics at ahfabrics.com, but since I’m not a wholesaler or fabric store owner, I stick with finding fabric for sale at online retail stores.
Quick and Easy Sewing Projects
It’s not hard to find quick and easy sewing projects for beginners like me, to make homemade crafts we can be proud of having made ourselves. Sew and no-sew crafts, crafts kits, free patterns and tutorials etc to make your own clothes, dress, shirts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, hand tie fleece throw blankets, baby clothes, baby blankets, pants, skirts, holiday costumes, etc.
One easy sewing project I’ve been researching for awhile is how to make your own uniforms, like medical/dental/nursing scrubs (tops and pants), and I’m anxious to begin making my own scrubs now that I have an easy to follow simplicity scrubs pattern I found on Amazon while shopping online for fabrics.
There are many (Many!) sewing blogs and craft blogs online for beginners and kids, and even more advanced crafting and sewing enthusiasts can learn how to make just about anything you could possibly want to make yourself. Just do a search online for “sew mama sew blog”, “sewing blogs”, “craft blogs”, “easy kids crafts”, “fun kids crafts” etc, and you’ll find more cheap grownup crafts and free kids craft ideas than you’ll know what to do with. Spring, Summer, Fall and Wintertime boredom will be nonexistent once you get started.