{Ask Abby Maddy- Where to buy supplies?}

 

AAM

Today’s question comes from so many emails and messages that I can’t just attribute it to one person, but it usually goes something like this:

“I just started a sewing business and I cant make any money if I keep buying my supplies from the fabric store, but I don’t know where to buy supplies. Where do you get your fabric and supplies?”

or

“ I love the {buttons, fabric, jewels, etc…} you used on your latest bag design. Where can I find those supplies?”

or

“Do you have any recommendation on where to buy fabric wholesale?”

 

They’re all great questions. And they’re the same questions I had when I first began sewing. After all, we’re all looking for the best place to buy unique fabrics and notions at the absolute best price.

So after three years I am finally going to tell you where I buy my fabric.

Are you ready?

Get a pencil.

I’ll wait.

Ok, ready?

 

I buy fabric everywhere.

 

Hehee..OK, so that was kind of cruel, I know.

So, I’m not gonna tell you the actual places where I buy most of my fabric {trade secret} but I can tell you that I’m not a fabric snob and nothing thrills me more than finding a piece of vintage linen or lace – or even a pillow case, in a unexpected place. As long as it meets my quality standards and I like it, I buy it. And while you may not even realize it, Abby Maddy items are often made up of a mix of high priced designer fabrics and equal quality store brand fabrics, and the occasional vintage piece. That’s part of what makes our brand unique.

What I will share with you today are some suggestions on places to look for good quality supplies and fabric. Spend a little time doing some research and I promise you’ll find your suppliers in no time.

For fabric, I recommend sites such as fabric.com or Etsy.  You can easily find a large selection of colors and textures, but you can purchase in small quantities if you’re unsure of what you’re getting. Etsy is also great for finding vintage or hard to find pieces to work with. If you’re looking for a mass market retailer, I recommend the Brother Sister line from Hobby Lobby. It’s designed just for their stores, and its a better quality {and prettier} fabric than you’ll find in most fabric stores.

For notions, the sites above are both great resources {especially ETSY}, but I also like to scour thrift shops and junk stores for vintage buttons, bobbins and broaches to add life and character to my pieces. And believe it or not Ebay can sometimes be a good source of bulk notions, just be sure to check the seller rating, return policies, and then inspect the items well once you’ve received them.

As for wholesale I can only say this. Notions are much easier and cheaper to purchase wholesale than fabric. That’s because most stores require you to buy twenty-five plus yards before the discount even begins. If you’re working with small pieces and you want to change patterns and designs frequently that can make it almost impossible to purchase wholesale.

Are you starting to understand why handmade is a little more costly?

Spend a little time checking out online sites and stores, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of fabrics and notions that are available. You will eventually find your own favorite supplier, possibly even an undiscovered gem that will become your own trade secret 🙂

Happy Shopping!

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