September 16, 2009

Fabric shopping on Etsy

If you're familiar with Etsy, you know it's a great place to find handmade items. It's also a fabulous place to find fabric for your own handmade creations.

I love to browse fabrics on Etsy and find the selection much more inspiring than what is typically on offer in large retail stores.

On Etsy you can browse by designer, colour, or by keyword. For example, try typing 'fabric bundle', or 'fabric owl'!

Here are some of my favourite fabric shops on Etsy:

First, the original handprints......

The Cotton Press
- Hand-printed using a variety of eco-friendly, organic, natural and water-based materials.

Large-scale White Dandelion Clock (100% cotton sateen)
Image from The Cotton Press
(Click image to see item in shop)

Melbomba - Original fabric designed and hand-printed by Melissa Bombardiere.

Belbird in Bright Blue (55% linen, 45% cotton)
Image from Melbomba

greenolive textiles - Original designs, hand-printed using environmentally-friendly, solvent-free inks.

I love that this design is based on a drawing that the designeer made at the age of 5!

My Bike bits and pieces pack (100% linen)
Image from greenolive textiles

And then there are the shops that offer an impressive assortment of designer fabrics......

Whipstitch lets you make your own mix and match selection of 2, 3, 4, and 6 fat quarter bundles. They have a great selection of cotton prints and also some denim, twill, home dec, bamboo and corduroy.

Damask Rock by Michael Miller (100% cotton)
Image from Whipstitch

Fabricworm has a great selection of designer fabric and a good sale section as well. I love browsing the half yard, yard, and baby quilt sets.

Saffron Craig Owl Range, Owls Nesting (100% cotton)
Image from Fabricworm

BE WARNED: If you love fabric, shopping for it on Etsy is seriously addictive!

If you're not familiar with Etsy, you should definitely check it out. It's an online marketplace full of handmade and vintage treasures, as well as art and craft supplies. Customers provide feedback on shops and purchases and that means that you are very likely to receive exceptional customer service. It's like word of mouth on a global scale.

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  1. I love these, especially the White Dandelion Clock. I've just started doing hand printed fabrics by the yard on Etsy as well, after a request from a customer.

  2. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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