Best Online Sources for Fabric 2013

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For a hardcore crafter, there may be nothing better than browsing the aisles of a fabric store, running your hands along the different materials and dreaming of your next project. For those times when a brick and mortar store isn't convenient, there are some really nice online options out there, too. These are ten of our favorites. You may find it's just as fun to virtually plan (and execute!) your project.

OnlineFabricStore Their name couldn't be any more obvious – so of course they're one of the first stores to pop up in a Google search. In addition to home and fashion fabrics, OnlineFabricStore has several specialty shops that cover everything from foam and automotive (great for outdoor cushions), as well as theater (think extra wide seamless curtains).

Purl Soho This online shop is a veritable craft paradise. In addition to an extensive fabric selection, including pre-cut bundles (hello, quilters!) and more cotton than you can shake a needle at, they also stock yarn, craft kits and books.

Quilt Home If you have a specific fabric designer in mind, this may be the shop for you. Quilt Home gives you the option of shopping by designer, including Amy Butler, Jay McCarroll, Rachel Ashwell and many more.

Fabric Guru If you're in the market for upholstery fabric, this is a great resource. From chenille to toile and vinyl to awning, this shop has you covered inside and out. Plus, Fabric Guru has a discount section that's great for bargain hunters.

Fabric.com This shop stocks apparel, upholstery and quilting fabric, along with notions and sewing machines. They also have a nice $4.95 or less discount section.

FinnStyle If you're in the Twin Cities, you can shop FinnStyle's brick and mortar shop for classic Marimekko fabics. For the rest of us, we can buy their cotton, upholstery and coated cotton fabrics online.

NearSea Naturals Based in New Mexico, this shop stocks organic fabrics by the yard. They also focus on US-made fabrics, with an effort to revive the US textile industry.

Lewis & Sharon Textiles Based in Atlanta since 1944, this shop offers an extensive collection of fabrics, including Ikat, StaceAge and eco-friendly options, all available online.

Spoonflower When you can't find the pattern that you really desire, draw it up and have it printed at Spoonflower. If you're not feeling that creative, you can also shop from their pre-printed selections.

Hancock Fabrics A familiar old name in fabrics also offers online ordering. Hancock offers everything from quilting fabrics to decorator and home decor options.

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(Image: Purl Soho's Pre-Cut Bundle)

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