UK Fabric Shops


It can be frustrating looking for great fabric in the UK but these online shops with their range of fabrics, trims, notions and patterns all help to increase my stash and make my life just that little bit better.  These shops are either quilting, dressmaking or both.

I recommend shops that appeal to my tastes and shops that I have used- take a look :)

Abakhan
You only get a small flavour online on the vast selection that you will find in their bricks and mortar shops but don't let their website pass you buy.  A good selection of patterns (Simplicity and Kwiksew), other crafts like knitting, crochet and felting alongside a selection of fabrics for crafting/dressmaking.  The staff in the shops are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.  Workshops available to book at many of their shops and a new cafe and gift shop at Mostyn.

Avery Home Store
The fabric shop is part of a larger home wears store, online and bricks and mortar based in Edinburgh.  Good selection of well known designers and manufacturer in a variety of cuts- fat quarters, fat eights, strips etc.  Patterns and kits also available.

Backstitch
Great choice of dressmaking and craft fabrics as well as an expanding range of patterns (printed and PDF) along with a super selection of kits including toys and embroidery.  Alice has just opened a bricks and mortar shop at Burwash Manor.

Beyond Fabrics
Patchwork and quilting fabrics and supplies.  Friendly service.  As well as a good range of fabrics with lots of retro style prints, there are wooden thread racks and lots of haberdashery supplies available.

Calico Laine
Huge choice including a lot of dressmaking fabrics in a wide range of fibres and weight.  Sold online by the metre but you can ring up to get different quantities.  The haberdashery range is extensive and caters for all budgets including bulk buying of different zips for bag/clothing and cushion makers.   Delivery is low cost at £2.50 for orders under £50.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics
Great stock of fabrics including Kokka, Lecien and much more- Gwen has a great eye for something different.
Wonderful for kits- everything printed on the fabric, no need for pattern pieces.  Plus a great range of fabrics, trims, books and house goodies.

Clothspot
A hidden gem for dressmakers. You can select choosing what you intend to make- the 'wardrobe' option, or by fibre- cotton, viscose etc, or by colour.  Worth checking in regularly as stock changes and the remnant bargains go quickly.

Great for buying USA and Aus magazines and more.  I buy Stitch from here and their customer service is excellent.

Comprehensive stockists of quilting supplies and a good range of fabric- Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe, Joel Dewberry etc.  Worth having a good search through the website.  Lots of precuts to chose from.  Haberdashery, magazine subscriptions and many specialist international items.

Croft Mill
Extensive range of dress making fabrics, lots of variety and a quick turn over so buy it when you see it.  I find fabric here that I cannot find elsewhere including beautiful Paul Smith shirting and lots of varieties of cotton from crepe to lawn. Excellent sample service.  Highish postage so I tend to buy a lot not very often!

Brighton based bricks and mortar and online shop, specialising in variety of good quality dress fabrics, jersey/knit, cottons including Michael Miller prints and a lot more.  Great customer service!

Dig out the pennies, raid the piggy bank- you are going to need everything you can find after seeing this selection of vintage beauties.  Beautiful vintage fabrics from 19th century onwards.   Limited supplies so check in regularly to see what is available.  The real deal.

Doughty's
A great big selection and often many bargains to be had.  Lovely range of shirtings (P. Smith again, see also Croft Mill) and lots of wadding choice for quilters.

Dotty Dolly
I know the owners of 'Dotty Dolly', Debby and Joan, and they are both wonderfully helpful.  They have shop in Wellington and run a range of course and workshops as well as stocking lots and lots of fabric.

Dragonfly Fabrics
Specialising in designer dressmaking fabrics, there are some real beauties here including a range of boiled wool fabrics, lots of high quality voile, linen, jersey and more.  There are sample packs available in some ranges.  You will also find Indie dressmaking patterns and Ottobre magazines.

Eclectic Maker
Excellent quilting making and dressmaking selection and a bricks and mortar as well as an online shop. Haberdashery is extensive, especially for quilters.

Elephant in My Handbag
Large range of craft fabric- especially Riley Blake and other pretty and cute fabrics.  Includes plush, coated cotton and corduroy as well as the usual quilting cottons.  Worth digging around the website and unearthing the treasure- e.g. Lecien and Sevenberry prints amongst the Tilda, Michael Miller and Riley Blake.  A lot of kits including cute crochet animal makes.

Anna has an excellent range of prints and offers from FQ upwards.  There are bundles and themed monthly clubs to join.  Eternal Maker has started stocking Yuwa prints including Suzuko Koseki and Kumiko Fujita as well as huge number of Aurifil threads and Lecien Cosmo Embroidery threads.

Traditional Japans fabrics, notions including flex frames.

A great range and fast delivery.  Bundles of different sizes and themes and extensive selection.

No website but a great facebook page with photos of stock and they will help you with enquiries, mail fabrics etc.  Great selection, especially Liberty lawns.

Fabric Godmother
Dressmaking fabrics from with designer (e.g Dolce and Gabanna) pedigree, lots of substrates (silk, wax print cottons, denim etc) and there are lots of kits available including leather satchel bags that you sew yourself.  Usual indie range pattern designers.

Fabric Inspirations
Patchwork and quilting fabrics.  A wide selection with lots of Japanese fabrics including Sevenberry basics, Japanese corduroys, and lots of retro and vintage inspired designs.   Sister website is Gaga Fabrics with more retro cotton fabrics.

Fabric Yard
A lively selection of quilting and craft fabrics, with lots of bold illustrative prints.  Low cost postage- £1 flat rate, any current discounts are automatically added without the need for codes.  Minimum 1 metre order and I can't see any fat quarters available.

Huge selction of modern Japanese designer fabrics and a whole lot more.  They stock the most vivid and brightest selection of modern fabrics around.  Good pattern range including Folkwear.

An excellent range of fabrics and notions and a well organised website with easy ways to search under different themes.

Extensive modern quilting selection, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry and many more.  fast and efficient.  Julia has a great range of interfacing and fusible fleece.

Grace and Jacob
A small but well presented collection of well known quilting names: Lakehouse Dr Goods, Art Gallery Fabrics, Moda, Free spirit etc.  Selection of sewing patterns including Anna Maria Horner, Topp P (linked to Rowan), some children's wear, Amy Butler, Heather Bailey.

Greene Stitch Company
Jo stocks a vast selection of carefully curated Liberty Lawn prints in quilting cuts.  The best selection of  Liberty art prints around, including the latest current ranges and Jo can also get hold of larger pieces to order.

Guthrie & Ghani
Large selection of fabric for dressmaking and craft including Liberty Art lawns.  Original selections, you may well find something you haven't seen elsewhere.  Great clothing fabric options. You will also find habdash, patterns, bag making and more.

Small range of fabrics- Moda, Amy Butler, Kaffe and good range of Amy Butler patterns.

Small range online shop- Moda, Michael Miller, Tilda, Riley Blake.  Craft and some dressmaking fabrics too.

M is for Make On of my favourite UK online shops.  I love Kate's selction of hand picked fabrics and she has a great  eye for prints and fabrics from the best designers.  Check out her hand selected bundles for great fabric combinations.  Great range of Indie patterns.

Kaleidoscope Quilts  Excellent for notions e.g. Clover, extensive range of quilting books.

Lady Sew and Sew
Massive shop in Henley-on Thames and mail order/online service too.  Huge range of fabrics, tools, Accuquilt,interfacings and much much more!

Laughing Hedgehog
Great selection of reproduction fabrics including Civil War, Aunt Grace, 1930s and much more

Merchant and Mills
Outstandingly good quality natural fabrics- chambray, denim, yarn dyed, wool,  linen and more.  Sample service which is definitely worth trying before you buy.  Your parcel arrives beautifully packaged too.  Nice range of tasteful discrete haberdashery and sewing ephemera.

Minerva Crafts
Vast selection of dress making, craft and furnishing fabric and more- knitting, needlework etc.  Minerva work with a range of sewing bloggers with their Bloggers Network where bloggers use Minerva materials on projects shown on their blogs and Minerva then sell kit style packs to make the same item.

My Fabric House
Extensive selection of small quilting cuts (mostly fat quarters) and kawaii cute prints in cotton, linen, double gauze and blends.  I see prints here that I don't see anywhere else.  The website takes some time to navigate.  Prices include UK delivery.

My Fabrics
Large and comprehensive selection of fabric for fashion, children and house decor.  Good navigation on the site around the 8 000 available fabrics and there is detailed info on each fabric.  The photographs deserve note, on many fabrics they show the same fabric made up into different garments which is helpful.  Competitive pricing.

Comprehensive quilting fabrics and supplies.

Handwoven shot cotton fabric for quilting, clothing etc.  Beautiful quality and colours.  Oakshott cottons are fine but strong.  Fabrics can be bought individually and in tonal packs in a variety of cuts.  Furnishing fabrics also available too.   Friendly service.  Free patterns for quilts/cushions/bags using Oakshott cottons.

Jo has a superb range of Liberty lawn in yardage, small cuts and scrap packs and specialises in the quirky, cute and more unusual art prints.  Her low volume charm packs make the perfect quilt kit starter.

Bricks and mortar shop as well as online.  Great selection of fabrics for quilting and dress making.  Claire offers a great range of workshops

I buy Insulbrite here as they sell it buy the metre.  Good for Lecien basics.

Plush Addict  Super range of specialist fabrics as well as lots of quilting fabric including lots of Alexander Henry prints. Fabrics/notions for making baby nappies- terry towelling, Kam snaps and presses.  Waterproof fabrics, oil cloth, laminates, home dec, Cuddlesoft, interlock and much more.

Vintage inspired sewing with a range of vintage and vintage style fabrics and patterns,  Worth checking into regularly as many vintage items are one offs.  There is a fair amount of scrolling to see everything in each section but worth persevering.  Vintage buttons and other haberdashery.  I especially like the vintage pattern selection- lots of original Style, Simplicity Vogue from different decades and a variety of sizes.

I can always find a bargain here.  Interesting price structure, the more you buy the more you save.  Accuquilt stockists

Lots of cute and pretty feminine fabrics.  Easy to search by colour, maker and designer.  Expanding haberdashery selection.

Lovely range of fabrics including pre cuts  and particularly good haberdashery selection.  Longarm quilting services available 

I buy from this shop when they exhibit at my local quilt festival each year.  Invalulable for daylight bulbs, cheaper rotary blades and all sorts of quilting/sewing tools and gadgets.

Big selection of everything patchwork and quilting related.  It can take a while to get through the menu options to find the fabric you are looking for but there are a lot of search options available and there are a lot of familiar quilting ranges listed.

Modern patchwork and quilting fabrics and supplies, online and bricks and mortar shop in Brighton.  Good range of fabric, easy site to navigate.

Now with a London based bricks and mortar shop and workshops.  Beautifully curated selection of fabrics including organic cottons, crosseweaves, double gauze, organic jersey and much more.  Indie pattern selection and beautiful FQ bundles.

A much improved website packed with information- look for the links on fabric cutting/excellent colour matching option/discounts etc.  A great selection of fabrics in a variety of substrates and many are particularly suitable for dressmaking.  Good range of clothing patterns and additional info on patterns is going to be added to the website so you work out what you will need to complete your project.  A monthly craft club subscription is an interesting addition to the shop and can be bought for a single month as well as a regular subscription.

Jessy stocks a great range of 30s repro and pretty prints- Lots of Pam Kitty Morning Fabrics and cuteness here.  She is also a Paper Pieces stockist- precut hexagons etc for English paper piecing.  Stocks a range of Aurifil 50/2 threads in neutral and 30s colours.

Specialising in dressmaking patterns, fabrics and kits.  Enormous range of patterns with lots of Indie designers as well as wik sew and Hot patterns.  Liberty lawn, poplin , corduroy, jersey and Lifestyle fabrics are all available along with John Kaldor and cotton fabrics. Low flat rate postage in UK.

Sew Essential  I primarily use this shop for sewing/dress patterns but they also sell a good range of haberdashery and sewing accessory, especially good for dress making.

Useful for range of Lecien fabrics but the online shop doesn't not show the full range that they have available and is not kept very up-to-date.

This online and bricks and mortar shop is really worth a visit in person so you can witness their jaw dropping range of Liberty fabrics.  From lawn to silk to corduroy, rolls, remnants and small pieces- its all in there and there is so much of it.  Room after room of beautiful Liberty fabrics.  And if that wasn't enough, there is shirting and other fabrics.  Save you pennies and spend a happy afternoon in there.

Comprehensive  selection of Kona solids, I think you can order any Kona colour from Justine and Lisa and they are adding other fabrics lines all the time- love it!  Good stockist for blenders like Sketch and Essex linens.  Subscribe to their newsletter for regular generous offers.
Includes a bricks and mortar shop.  Great range of solids and very pretty small floral prints.  Website navigation is limited, no search facility.

Bricks and mortar and online, based in Totnes and worth visiting in person to get the full experience.  Dressmaking fabrics with the most wonderful selection including designer rolls and end of lines.  Big designer names: Missoni, Boden, Benetton,  Swatch service available.

Bricks and mortar and online, Tikki London is situated in Kew Gardens, West London and is a treasure trove of beautiful fabrics including repro 1930s, Liberty tana lawn and Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Perhaps best known for her Trixie Lixie knicker making kits, Trixie Lixie is also a fabric and haberdashery online store with an extensive range of patterns and more kits for making garments, toys and accessories.

The best bag and purse making supplies selection and Lisa has a very helpful blog full of tutorials and good advice.

Vast selection of fabrics online from cheap and cheerful to the more specialist including sports, technical, waterproof, tartan, fleece etc.  There are a lot of dressmaking fabrics listed and each fabrics is described in detail with description/fibre content and care advice.

Beautiful range of repro prints.  New designs come up relating to the latest collections on display.

No relation to Verykerryberry!  Ali's Very Berry Fabrics specialises in Liberty lawn small cuts and including bundles and themed packs.

Great selection of fabric, dress making, quilting, knitting, crochet, tapestry and more on an easy to navigate website and great customer service.  Now a bricks and mortar shop as well as online.  Annie is offering a wide range of workshops including some especially for children.