If you are starting your own business sewing or designing your own fashion label, you will need to source amazing and unique fabrics, or even design your own fabrics.
We here at Stay at Home Mum want to support you in your journey – we have put together a list of the best of the best fabric suppliers (including the inexpensive ones because starting a new business can be expensive) – right through to designer fabrics and then a list of fabric printers where you can upload your design and have your very own unique fabrics available.
1. I Have NO Money to Spend on Fabric – What Now?
Okay, so we totally understand that sometimes there just isn’t any budget for buying fabric. We got you covered too. Here is where to think outside the square to find great fabric for your project!
Check out Local Thrift Shops
Visit the Salvo’s or your local Op-Shop to see the vintage style clothing that you might be able to pick up for a few dollars and can repurpose the fabric from clothing for something else!
Look at Coloured Sheets and Doona Covers
Most Op-Shops have second-hand bed sheets or Doona Covers – they are probably tucked right up the back. The thing is these are a great source of fabric – have a rummage through to see if you can find some right for you. Also, look at things like pillow-cases!
Scarlett O’Hara was really onto something in Gone with the Wind. Curtains come in so many bright colours and styles – upcycling them into clothing is a sinch!
Table Cloths also come in a huge variety of fabrics and colours. And if you need lace – you will be in heaven because most of the vintage style table cloths at op-shops are made from white or cream lace!
Visit your local Lincraft or Spotlight store and check out the upholstery section – so much cheaper!
All fabric stores have a little pile of off-cuts called ‘Remnant Piles’ – great if you only need a small amount of fabric!
2. List of Inexpensive Fabric Suppliers:
|Nerida Hansen Fabrics |
(The Outlet Store)
|Okay so you might have a look and this place doesn’t seem cheap – and it’s not – BUT – they do have an Outlet that is certainly worth checking out for designer fabrics at an inexpensive price. Not only that but they carry:|
Fabric Packs including bulk remnant packs
Nerida Hansen Fabrics offer free Australia wide shipping on orders over $150 and they ship worldwide.
|Darn Cheap Fabrics||Darn Cheap Fabrics is both a retailer and manufacturer of a huge amount of fabrics. They are located in Melbourne and stock a huge range of knits, wovens, cotton, silks, linens and patchwork fabrics. They also have a sale section to get an extra discount on fabrics.||Website|
|The Remnant Warehouse|| The Remnant Warehouse in Sydney has everything you could possibly need – too big to list! Go have a look at their range online! |
The Remnant Warehouse also have a clearance section!
|East Coast Fabrics||Touted as Brisbane’s cheapest fabric supplier, East Coast Fabrics stocks thousands of craft and patchwork fabrics, the latest in fashion fabrics, stretch knits, spandex and fleece. They have two locations, Lawnton and Springwood.||Website|
|Online Fabric Shop||Unlike most of the other suppliers listed here, the Online Fabric Shop specialise in upholstery and furnishing fabrics.||Website|
|Fabric Trove||Fabric Trove has digital print fabrics, poplin solids, dress fabric and scrap packs.||Website|
|Super Cheap Fabrics||Super Cheap Fabrics offer nearly every type of fabric you can imagine – but the best part is they have a 50% off clearance section that is well worth checking out.||Website|
|The Feisyu Hometextile Store |
|Located in China, this home textiles store has a great range of fabrics and great feedback on transactions too. They have a big range – and if you are willing to wait for postage – you can get a great deal!||Website|
|ZN Textile Store |
|This China-based fabric store has a range of cotton, polyester, silk and satin fabrics wholesale.||Website|
|Sudalik Store stocks more upholstery fabrics such as jacquards, silks and flocked fabrics.||Website|
3. List of General Fabric Suppliers:
|Nerida Hansen Fabrics||Stunning fabrics and a huge range.||Website|
|Emerald Fabric Boutique||Australiana fabrics, patchwork supplies, leather, quilting||Website|
|L’uCello Haberdashery||Fancy ribbons, rare buttons, sewing tools, vintage threads||Website|
|The Fabric Store||Huge range of everything you could ever wish for fabric wise.||Website|
|Missy Rose.com.au||Huge range of bamboo, French Terry, Stretch Woven, Knits, Rayon and Minky||Website|
|Astratex.com.au||Fine selection of European fabrics||Website|
|Maai Design||Prints, Linen, General Haberdashery. Supplier of well-known fabrics like See You at Six, Lady McElroy, Atelier Brunette, Mind the Maker and more.||Website|
|Thistle and Fox||Custom printed fabrics and wallpaper.||Website|
|House of Cloth||Prints, Wool, Machines. Has the largest range of natural fibre textures. Bernina Dealer.||Website|
|JP Impressions||One of a Kind Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics||Website|
|Neon Pony Vintage||Vintage and contemporary fabrics that are bright and fun.||Website|
4. List of Sustainable Fabric Options:
5. List of Designer Fabric Suppliers:
|Nerida Hansen Fabrics||The most beautiful fabrics from famous designers all over the world.||Website|
|Fabric Muse||Stockist of high-quality European designer fabrics.||Website|
|Tussuti Fabrics||Tussuti is the home of the world’s most beautiful designer fabrics since 1992. Tessuti specialises in fabrics from Europe including the very best silks, cottons, linens and laces. They also buy from leading Australian and International designers.||Website|
|Designer Fabrics Australia||Unique and rare top-quality fabrics.||Website|
|Wattle Hill Fabrics||Wattle Hill Fabrics is an online retailer of designer fabrics. They offer a ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ option perfect for fashion start-ups.||Website|
6. List of Fabric Printers
If you are an artist or just have an awesome idea for a fabric print – the next step would be is to find a fabric printer that can make it happen for you. This is where to get that job done:
- Location: Sydney
- Minimum Order: 1 metre
- Printed and made in Australia
Digital Fabrics allows you to upload your fabric design, preview the results and submit!
- Location: Melbourne
- Minimum Order: Not stated
Frankie and Swiss have 14 different fabrics to choose from when printing your own design – they also print 20 x 20cm samples for just $10 plus GST.
- Location: United Kingdom
- Minimum Order: Not Stated
Bags of Love are a fabric printer that has 107 different fabric options to choose from. They have eco-friendly inks and a fast turnaround.
- Location: Sydney and Melbourne
- Minimum Order: 50m – 100m minimum
Max Frost & Co has been around since 1923 and is a textile wholesaler for up and coming fashion labels in Sydney.
- Location: Sydney
- Minimum Order: Not Stated