Get your guide to finding the most amazing farmhouse fabric, everything from vintage to modern, french style to printed fabrics, and more, for all of your DIY farmhouse fabric projects.
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how much we love farmhouse fabric. From vintage style blue ticking fabric, classic, red ticking fabric, buffalo check, and a fun, farmhouse, bunny print, farmhouse fabric can really turn your home and all of your DIY projects into country style masterpieces.
Sometimes it can be confusing as to where you should be sourcing your farmhouse fabric from. After all, there are SO many different resources out there for fabric in general, and the list of options can get a little overwhelming.
Don’t fret though, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up seven of the best places to buy your farmhouse fabric from. Whether you’re searching for something that’s online or has a storefront, you’ll be sure to find that country style fabric you’re wanting.
Before we send you searching though, we just want to give you some tips for making the most of your search.
What to look for when buying fabric
Though you can purchase your fabric from any of the options that we are going to go over, its important that you have a good understanding of what to look for in general when buying fabric.
Have a good idea of what you’ll be using the fabric for
Are you making some pillow covers? DIY’ing a ruffle bench cover? Or maybe some buffalo check curtains to mix up your living room. Whatever it is you need to have a good understanding beforehand of the types of projects you’ll be using your fabric for.
Different projects will need different types of fabric. For example, if you’re making a DIY Farmhouse Fall pillow cover, you may want to go with a plaid pattern, in a flannel material. Whereas, flannel may not be ideal if you’re trying to make curtains.
In addition, you should know exactly how much of the fabric you’ll need. As they say, measure twice, cut once! If you purchase too much fabric, and you cut off however much you will need, you’ll most likely not be able to return any leftovers. You also don’t want to run out of fabric, especially if its fabric that you ordered online.
Pay attention to style and colors
Make sure that the style and colors of the fabric you purchase matches the style of your home or of whatever you’ll be using it for. Its really easy to make a split second decision and decide on a fabric that’s really unique and you would LOVE (in other lifetime) rather than something that is sure to fit your home and your style already.
Understand how fabric is sold
The world (yes world) of fabric is a big one and there are a lot of different terms and references that will take you off guard if you’re not familiar with it. I have run into this problem a number of different times when I’m trying out a new sewing project. The tutorial will mention something like ‘bolt’ or ‘serge’ and there I am googling it in a hurry because I don’t know what those mean.
Do yourself a favor and read up on the different terms you may run into before heading out to search for your favorite fabric.
If you are purchasing fabric at a physical store, the fabric will usually be separated into colors, patterns, material (wool, cotton, silk, lace, felt), and sometimes special collections. The fabric will be sold in ‘bolts’ which are 42 inches long. When you go to purchase the fabric you’ll tell them how many yards you want, and they’ll measure out the yardage. So if you asked for one yard, you’d get 36”x42” of fabric. Most online resources will sell fabric by the yard as well.
Be sure to also take note of the return policy. If you go home and the fabric isn’t what you were really needing you’ll need to return it. Luckily, many stores offer a decent return policy, like money back guarantee or store credit if its returned how you purchased it (not cut at all) and you have the receipt. Some have restrictions though, so be sure to read up on that particular store’s policy before making your purchase.
Buying Fabric Online
When you buy fabric online, just like with any online purchase, you risk the chance of getting something in the mail that just isn’t quite what you were looking for. When you can’t look at it in person before making your decision, there’s more risk that something could go wrong.
This shouldn’t keep you from taking advantage of all of the amazing online resources that are out there for fabric. Just be a bit more diligent in your search and use some of these tips.
Try to look for fabric resources that show several different photos of the fabric, including close-ups, far away shots, and real life photos of the fabric in a space.
Colors and patterns can look different in different lighting, so if you see it from a lot of different angles and in different lighting in the photos you’ll better be able to choose.
In addition, take a look at the fine print to make sure its exactly what you are looking for. For example, you may be looking for %100 cotton fabric. In the description it can say the fabric is cotton, but you may come to find if you look at the extra details or the fine print, its actually only partly cotton.
Just know what you want and make sure you’re getting exactly that.
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7 Amazing Resources for Farmhouse Fabrics
If you have at all dipped your toes into the world of crafting and sewing, then you are most likely familiar with JoAnn stores. JoAnn has a huge variety of fabric, and its a great option if you want to see and feel your fabric in person before making a decision. Although I have never seen the fabric separated into farmhouse styles, if you do a quick walk through you’ll be sure to find different styles that will fit your farmhouse, DIY needs.
Here are some examples of fabric available in store (and some online) at Joann’s (click the photo to shop).
Etsy is a great option for buying vintage fabrics. Its also great if you love supporting small shops, as Etsy is a collection of small businesses that sell their goods through the site. Almost always you’ll be dealing directly with the seller and you can ask questions, ask if they offer discounts (great to try of you are buying some fabric in bulk), and just get a more one-on-one experience.
I love this vintage-style floral print by Cherry Creek Craft Co. (click the image to shop).
Spoonflower is pretty unique in that individual designers are behind all of the designs, rather than large companies or brand names. Its actually very similar to Etsy in that there are individual shops and sellers, but with the only product being offered is fabric. Spoonflower can be a bit pricier than the options listed here, but you can decide if the endless number of, unique options is worth it to you.
Here are some beautiful, country style fabric options available at Spoonflower.com (click the photo to shop).
Ahhh Amazon, we can’t go talking about purchasing something without giving an ode to Amazon, as Amazon sells pretty much anything you can think of. The thing that I love about Amazon is of course the benefits of being an Amazon Prime member (two day shipping anyone?!) as well as how easy it is to check out. Your billing and shipping information is already saved, and if you’re an Amazon shopper you’ve likely built up a trust with Amazon.
There aren’t going to be as many options for fabric on Amazon as there are at strictly fabric stores, but with farmhouse fabrics being as popular as they are right now, you’ll be sure to find something that will work with your home or project.
Just like THIS 100% cotton, made in the USA, ticking stripe fabric, sold by Carousel Designs. How beautiful would this be as a pillow cover or even an apron?! Or the blue lace design below by Ambersonne Home Decor? Both available on Amazon! (click the photos to shop)
Fabric.com conveniently categorizes their fabrics by designer, which is especially great if you have a farmhouse fabric designer you love.
Jeanne Horton has some really beautiful farmhouse, style designs on Fabric.com. I love the neutral and warm colors and the different ticking stripe options. It all has a very old-world feel. How great would THIS design be for a fall related, fabric project?!
Another plus of Fabric.com is that they offer some great discounts, like 10% off when you create a business account, or 30% off if you shop in the Buy More Save More section.
(click the photos to shop)
Just as good of an option as anything else, is to look up what local stores are in your area. You’ll get a more one-one-one feel than larger, brand name stores, and you’ll also be able to see and feel the fabric in person. Do a quick google search of fabric stores in your city or in nearby areas.
Its worth it to check a few out, you may find that you love one that’s nearby.
Of course, there are always going to be mom-and-pop shops where individuals or small businesses are selling fabric online or at a storefront. Sometimes you can find these through sites like Etsy. Once you purchase from an individual buyer on a site like Etsy and you love the experience with them, you can see if they have their own website that they sell their fabric through.
This is a great option because you can find really unique designs, you get to do deal with the sellers one-on-one most of the time, and you can build relationships with them.
Some small shops that I really love as a resource for farmhouse style fabric include:
Lisa sells products like pillow covers, personalized baby blankets, and more, but she also sells farmhouse style fabric by the yard.
Beautiful, French, farmhouse style fabric that comes in a lot of vintage prints. Check out their country style line HERE, the bunny prints and the bee prints kill me, sooo gorgeous!
There you have it. We are hopeful this will be helpful to you for your next sewing project. There are so many different resources out there for farmhouse and country style fabrics, these are just a few of our favorites.
Where do you get your fabric from? Let us know in the comments below!