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My TOP FIVE online sewing and craft retailers…

There’s no getting away from the fact that online fabric shopping can sometimes be tricky. It’s always lovely to be able to go into a shop and feel the fabric and know exactly what you’re getting before investing your hard earned cash. Unfortunately, particularly with the Covid lockdown situation and more and more retailers moving to online trading, this isn’t always possible so I’ve put together this little list of my top five online sewing and fabric stores in the hope that it might be helpful if you don’t know where to start!

All of these shops I’ve used and would highly recommend based on my experience of product quality and service too, I’ve also included a couple of examples of my own makes using fabric from these shops – I hope it helps!!


Minerva is usually my ‘go-to’ for fabric shopping. I am one of their brand ambassadors so I do receive gifted fabric from them for reviews and blog posts from time to time but, that aside, I would still recommend them as a great online fabric and craft retailer. Their range of fabrics is amazing and almost overwhelming at times as there are literally so many designs to choose from and a huge variety of fabric types too. Minerva also sell sewing patterns and haberdashery so they are a great shop to get everything you need in one place and I love that they will send out samples of fabrics too if you’re unsure or want to double check your choice before fully investing.

Minerva offer a Craft Club incentive scheme too meaning that, after sign up (a £20 fee) you are eligible for a 10% discount on anything you buy on their site within a 12 month period. This increases to 20% on their Craft Club VIP days. I’ve been a Craft Club member for almost three years now and find the savings well worthwhile. If you’re interested in signing up you can find all of the info here.

Sew Me Sunshine

I’ve used Sew Me Sunshine on a number of occasions now, and just love the range of fabrics they choose to stock. The prints and colours are always so pretty and seasonally on trend and I find they stock the best sweat shirting fabrics I’ve found so far. Super soft and cosy…

I also love that there is a wide range of fabric types available with prices ranging from low to higher level designer ranges. The service has always been amazing whenever I’ve ordered with packages arriving within a couple of days neatly wrapped in tissue paper with a hand written note included – you just can’t beat that personal touch I don’t think 🙂

Self Made (Formerly Stoff and Stil)

I came across Stoff and Stil (as they were) at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London a couple of years ago and fell in love with the vast range of prints they have available in all of their fabric types. To me the designs just feel that little bit different to other retailers.

What I particularly love about Self Made are the beautiful floral print viscoses they offer and the children’s jersey prints are great too. Their fabrics are very reasonably priced for the quality and I’ve always found the ordering to be smooth with the delivery taking slightly longer to arrive (for me) since they are out of the UK.

As well as fabrics Self Made also offer their own range of sewing and knitting patterns, haberdashery and yarn too so they are a great all rounder.

Abakhan Fabrics

Yes, I have worked with Abakhan Fabrics in the past in the form of a gifted fabric for review basis (I feel it’s important to be honest about these things) but I have also shopped with them a lot and I love the quality of their very reasonably priced fabrics. Designs do tend to move more quickly with this seller so if you find something you like I’d grab it before it’s gone. I love their trending viscose prints and the range of sweatshirt fabrics they stock – they are really very cosy! Abakhan offer a lot of soft furnishing fabrics too, perfect for home projects. They are Liberty stockists too so great news if you’re a Liberty print fan.

Abakhan deliver super quickly and I’ve always found their service to be very friendly and helpful too.

Guthrie & Ghani

Similar to Sew Me Sunshine, I just love the range of fabrics that G&G choose to stock. They always feel really on trend and high quality! Guthrie and Ghani also offer a range of sewing patterns, haberdashery and sewing society kits. They also have a great YouTube channel full of helpful hints, tips and inspiration and a great Instagram account too with lots of useful advice.

I love how the fabric arrives beautifully wrapped again with a handwritten note , I think it’s these little details that make you want to come back for more.

Do you have a favourite online sewing shop? I’d love to know, let me know in the comments…

Until next time!

Sally x

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