Depending on where you live, it seems that buying the best modern fabrics, correct interfacings, and the nicest bag hardware can be easy or difficult. It can be frustrating when you have a pattern you want to sew this week and don’t have the supplies. That’s why we all keep a healthy stash of fabrics and bag making supplies on hand – for when the urge takes us. If your husband disagrees, you send him to us and we’ll back you up!
Here are some of our favorite online suppliers. At the moment this is mainly a US list, but we’ll look to add more international resources soon. Some of these do ship internationally so if you are looking for something particular it might be worthwhile.
Fabric – the face of the bag
Fabric.com – owned by Amazon and it shows. They have an ENORMOUS range of the most beautiful fabrics and all at great prices. The site is easy to use, well laid out and one fabric links to others that match within the same range making shopping for coordinating pieces easy.
JoAnn Fabrics – love ’em or hate ’em you can’t deny JoAnn’s has modern and stylish fabrics at good prices. Order online if you don’t have one nearby and remember to use your coupons! Find the latest coupon codes and discounts HERE.
Craftsy – we all know and love Craftsy for their fabulous classes and the patterns available there, but have you ever looked at their fabrics and supplies? They stock a huge range of designer fabrics, both yardage and a lot of pre-cut bundles. Because of their huge buying power, their prices can’t be beaten, and they’ll blow your socks off when they have a supplies sale. We love their Fat Quarter Mystery Boxes! Not just for quilt kits, check out their fabrics and sewing notions too.
Low Cost Fabric – don’t be fooled into thinking low price = low quality with this site. They stock the same designer cottons as the other stores, plus so much more. Looking for leather, home decor fabrics, or something a little different for your next bag? Find it here!
Loralie Designs – one you might not have heard of, but certainly shouldn’t miss. If you love novelty fabrics you are in the right place with this amazing range designed by Loralie. Has specialty fabrics that are hard to find elsewhere such as nurses, women who play golf, gipsies, chefs, cats and dogs, and several sewing-related fabrics. Check out the fabric panels too. Ideal for making tote bags. Ships worldwide.
Annie’s Catalogue – we love the ease of use on this site. Nice fabrics in easy to find and sort sections so you can find just what you need. That’s not all with Annie’s, they also have some popular classes, kits, tools and notions, personalised woven labels, a huge range of patterns, and they publish several popular craft magazines and books too.
Connecting Threads – an online quilt shop with their own range of fabrics and threads. The company sells its own exclusive, cotton fabrics starting at just $4.96/yd for solids and ranging up to $11.96/yd for laminates and wide backings. Connecting Threads are able to offer their products at affordable prices because they’ve cut out the middle man. Nice site, good service.
Modes 4U – looking for hard-to-find cute Kawaii fabrics, or those trendy Japanese fabrics that the teens love for their bags? Then Modes4U might be just what you need. Ships the most unusual fabrics worldwide from Hong Kong. Not the cheapest prices for small orders, but there is free worldwide shipping for orders over $78.
Thread Art – worth a mention for their fabrics, but more especially for their range of thread. The best prices for the highest quality threads. All sorts and colors of threads for regular sewing, serging and of course embroidery. Their package deals are awesome value and glorious eye-candy! They also sell heat transfer vinyl and rhinestone transfers for unique embellishments to your bags too.
Keepsake Quilting – America’s favorite quilt shop so you know there will be plenty of amazing cotton prints to choose from! In business for more than 25 years, huge range of all the best quilting fabrics and more, huge pattern range, exclusive kits and products not found anywhere else. Deal of the Day and Weekly Specials, along with free shipping offers. Free quilt patterns with every purchase!
Online Fabric Store – one of our favorites when we’re looking for something just that little bit special or usual. Yes, they have a range of designer quilting cottons, but also leather, vinyl, mesh, burlap, canvas, felt, upholstery and drapery fabrics, oilcloth, neoprene, sequins, faux fur, and lots more. If you want to create a ‘designer style’ bag then you’ll get the fabrics you need for it here.
Hancocks Fabrics – great sales and offers, the place to look for licenced and character fabrics as well as cottons you won’t easily find in other places. They also sell interfacing, notions and hardware so you could find you’ll get all you need under the one roof at this store. They also have a fun blog called The Stitch which is filled with tips and projects too.
Ribbon Resource – pretty online store with SO many ribbons you can choose from. Easy to find what you need; sort by collection, color, materials or even width. This company has some of the most unusual and extraordinary ribbons we’ve ever seen so if you want to give your bag a designer look that no one else will have – consider adding one of these amazing ribbons.
ETSY– last but not least on our list is Etsy. Now Etsy is a marketplace of individual sellers rather than a single store, so it’s hard to link to all of our favorites because there are so many! If you want to support small business, often stay at home moms making some extra with their part time sales on the side, then consider buying your fabric from an Etsy seller. Etsy is also awesome for bag making hardware and some of our favorites are listed in that section below.
Interfacing and stabilisers – the heart of the bag
Without the right foundations by way of interfacing and stabilisers, your high end purse you spent all week sewing, well, let’s say it could literally be a flop. So what’s inside and invisible makes all the difference to your end result. Here are some of the common interfacings you might want to use, as well as the direct links to some of the online suppliers so you can quickly click through and check prices and see who has the best offers this week.
Hardware – the bling on the bag
Hardware for bag making can be tricky to find and we’ve found the best prices and availability is definitely from these online suppliers. Still, if you only want two rectangle rings and a buckle, prices can be high. Buy purse hardware in bulk however and the prices drop enormously – a pack of 20 can be cheaper than buying 4! So check out our favorite hardware and notions suppliers here.
ETSY – we love Etsy for our hardware supplies and you can get such great prices if you buy in bulk. Don’t be afraid to order from oversea suppliers too for even better pricing although it may take longer for your supplies to arrive.
Here are some of our favorites. They’ll each do different items, and specialise in different areas of supplies and hardware so take your time to browse around and compare prices.
- 3DAN Supplies (China)
- Ning Bags (Hawaii)
- Purse Supplies R Us (US)
- Bagmaker Supply (US)
- Mei Mei Supplies (US)
- Bag Purse Frames (Hong Kong)
- Frame Your Bag (Portugal)
- C Craft Supplies (China) Also has the most amazing fabrics!
- By Hands (USA)
- Studs and Rivets (USA)
Zipper Island on Etsy – our favorite supplier for zippers. If you don’t see the exact combo or package of zippers that you want – just ask! Irina has everything, in every color and is always a delight to deal with. Zippers with metal teeth, extra wide, the usual range of nylon zippers in a complete rainbow of colors. Add on her buttons, zipper dangles and other bag making accessories and this is a one-stop shop.
Amazon – another great supplier for purse hardware and supplies. We don’t have a particular supplier here we recommend, any will be approved to work within Amazon. Do take care where the products are being supplied from. We always prefer to look for those products that are fulfilled by Amazon. Here’s a link to the Purse Hardware search results page on Amazon USA.