Where to Find Knit Fabric in Canada

Canadian Fabric

There are 3 different ways to find knit fabric in Canada.

  1. Go to your local store
  2. Buy some retail stock online
  3. Pre-order online

Personally I have only done the first two but I have drooled over what is available in the third option.

I have to say that I am rather jealous of the beautiful fabrics that are available in the States, but the cost of shipping and customs has discouraged me from buying American fabric. After some searching though I have found some great Canadian Fabric Suppliers that I love, and I love supporting Canadian businesses!

So let’s start with number one, your local fabric store. This one I found particularly frustrating when I started sewing. I grew up going to the local quilt shop and Fabricland with my mom. When I started college my mom even started working at the local quilt shop (The Hobby Horse in Glen Williams, ON), after my parents moved to Cobourg she started working at the local quilt shop out there (the Stitch Witch) until she recently retired. Most local fabric store are geared towards quilting and don’t carry knit fabric (but if you like to quilt too you should totally check them out). Tons of cute quilters cotton, some flannel but very rarely knits and often not a good selection if they do have any. There are some local stores out there that carry knits, but not nearly as many as there are stores that carry quilter’s cotton.

The biggest local store chain I have been able to find that had any selection of knit fabrics has been Fabricland. I wasn’t too happy with their selection and quality when I first started sewing, but I have noticed over the last few months that they have been getting better quality stock in, in cute prints. It is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are brand new to sewing knits, you can go and see and feel the fabric. Even if you end up not liking the colour selection or prints it will give you an idea of what the fabric feels like, how heavy it is, and what the drape and stretch of the fabrics are like.

Lens Mills is another chain that carries Knit Fabrics. Lens Mills is a warehouse that carries a bunch of other random stuff but they have a large fabric selection. I just recently received their newsletter announcing a new “fabric only store concept” in their North York store that I’m excited to check out! They bought the inventory from a store called “Designer Fabric” and apparently even kept on some of their staff.

The next option is buying retail fabric online. Personally I have ordered from Water Tower Textiles and The Fabric Snob. I also recently ordered some stretch lace and bra making supplies from Bra-Makers Supply. I have been really happy with all 3 stores. Great selection, and quality and they have shipped everything very quickly! All three of these stores have a local store as well if you happen to be in the neighbourhood. Water Tower Textiles is in Leamington, ON, The Fabric Snob is in Riverton, MB, and Bra-Makers Supply is in Hamilton, ON.

By “retail fabric” I mean you go online and pick from fabrics that are in stock, then they ship them to you in a timely fashion. I do find that you get a better variety of prints and colours online on higher quality fabric with more options when it comes to types of fabrics (for example Cotton Lycra, Bamboo, Scuba, Ponte etc) than I have found at Fabricland and Lens Mills. The downside is you can’t see and feel the fabric before you buy it. Some stores will sell you a swatch card if you would like so you can see the colours in person and feel the fabric, but they don’t carry swatches for every single print. This is still my favourite way to buy fabric though due to the higher quality of fabrics and better selection of prints.

The last way to buy Fabric in Canada is by “pre-ordering” it. This is when a company will have a small batch of prints custom printed, sometimes on a few different bases (Cotton Lycra, French Terry, Double Brushed Polyester and Swim are common options). This way of buying fabric takes the longest to get your fabric. The company will open a “round” of fabrics up for ordering for a couple weeks. You place your order, then the company orders the fabric from printer, the fabric gets printed, sent to the company, which then has to turn around and cut it, and then ship it out to the customer. From the time the round closes it can take 8-12 weeks to get your fabric shipped to you. There are so many cute patterns that go up for pre-orders! I have been so tempted on a number of occasions to order something, but I haven’t tried one yet. Some of these companies will even print your own custom designs.

The best way to see what designs are coming up for preorder or are coming up for retail is to join you favourite fabric shop’s newsletter mailing list and their Facebook group. There are also Facebook Groups that feature fabrics from a variety of Canadian Fabric Stores.

Before a company starts a pre-order round they will get “strike offs” printed. These are test to make sure the colour, quality and size of the print are correct. They then send these strike off fabrics to “strike off seamstresses” who then turn around and make something with it to show off the fabric. The seamstresses will then show off their wonderful creations in a few different Facebook groups or on their blog and have everyone drooling over their creations and begging to know where they got their fabric. I am in currently in two Canadian Fabric Groups on Facebook: “Canadian Knit Fabric- Sew, Chat, Sell” and “Canadian Knit Fabric Hangout”.

Here is a list of Canadian (small shop) Retailers by: Melissa Verkley (used with permission) posted in the “Canadian Knit Fabric- Sew, Chat, Sell” group on Facebook

Angry Ballerina Fabrics – Quebec – owned by Annie Lamarche

Page: https://www.facebook.com/AngryBallerinaFabrics/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/623897841287461

Website: https://angryballerinafabrics.ca/

Bare Necessities Fabrics – Cochrane, Alberta – Owned by Michelle McLeay

Page: https://www.facebook.com/barenecessitiesfabrics/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/barenecessitiesfabrics/

Website: https://bare-necessities-fabrics.myshopify.com/

Boreal Fabrics – West Hawk Lake MB – owned by Deanne

Page: https://www.facebook.com/borealfabrics/

No group as of August 2018

Website: Doesn’t seem to be working as of February 2019

Borealys Custom Fabrics (English and French) – Quebec  – Owned by Salma Boukhssimi

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Borealysfabrics/

Group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/869064296527762?view=info&ref=page_internal

Website: https://borealysfabrics.com/

Blended Thread – Dundurn Saskatchewan – owned by Hollie Baier

Page: https://www.facebook.com/blendedthreadfabrics/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blendedthreadfabrics/

Website: https://www.blendedthread.ca/

Black Rabbit Fabrics – Penticton BC – owned by Yvonne King

Page: https://www.facebook.com/blackrabbitfabric/?fref=ts

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackRabbitFabricScoop/

Website: https://blackrabbitfabric.com/

Buttons & Bibs – Kawartha, ON – owned by Kristy Finnigan

Page: https://www.facebook.com/buttonsandbibs/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/990075164501234/

Website: https://buttonsandbibs.ca/

CrissX Custom Fabrics – Vancouver BC – Owned by Kristin Regan

Page: https://www.facebook.com/CrissXCustoms/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CrissXCustom

Website: http://crissxcustoms.com/

Crookshanks Custom Textiles – Spruce Grove AB – owned by Kayla (Shelby) Andre

No Page as of August 2018

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/845423392138565/

Website: http://crookshanks.bigcartel.com/

Fabric For Less – Cold Lake AB – owned by Valerie Saini

Page: https://www.facebook.com/FabricForLessCanada/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FabricForLessCustomKnits/

Website: www.fabricforless.ca

Fabrications – Ottawa, ON – owned by FaustinaKonkal

Page: https://www.facebook.com/fabricationsottawa/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FabricationsSewcial/

Website: https://www.fabricationsottawa.com/

Fabric Crush – Ottawa, ON – owned by Jenna-Rae

Page: https://www.facebook.com/FabricCrushCo/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359483127812638/

Website: https://www.fabriccrush.ca/

Fabric Goat – Langley, BC – owned by Julie Schindel

Page: https://www.facebook.com/fabricgoat/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fabricgoat/about/

Website: https://fabricgoat.ca/

Fabric Obsessions – Carp, ON – owned by Mary Baume

Page: https://www.facebook.com/fabricobsessionsinc/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FabricObsessionsGroup/

Website: https://www.fabric-obsessions.com/

Fridays Off – Toronto, ON – owned by AlannaBanks

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fridaysoff/

No group as of August 2018

Website: https://fridaysoff.ca/

Fringe Fabrics – Kitchener ON – owned by Kristina Bevenborn-Balmer

Page: https://www.facebook.com/fringefabrics

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/717843665025229/

Website: https://www.fringefabrics.com/

Funky Monkey Fabrics – Varna Ontario – owned by Melissa Harris-Vriesinga

Page: https://www.facebook.com/funkymonkeyfabrics/?pnref=lhc

No group as of August 2018

Website: http://funkymonkeyfabrics.com/

Halo Fabric Addicts – Terrace, BC – owned by Brit Kinahan

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HaloFabricAddicts

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258303928254969/

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/halofabricaddicts

Isa Tissus QC – Quebec 

Page: https://www.facebook.com/tissusqc/

No group as of August 2018

Website: https://tissusqc.com/magasin/

Karlen Knits – Vancouver, BC – owned by Kristina Saitoh

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/karlenknits

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1984876138424778/

Website: https://karlenknits.ecwid.com/

Kiss My Stash Fabric Co. – Cayley AB – owned by Erin Aumack

Page: https://m.facebook.com/kissmystashinc/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/957761104352140/

Website: https://www.kissmystashfabricco.com/

Lakeview Fabrics (formerly Bloor Valley) – Mississauga ON – Owned by Samantha McCullen

Page: https://www.facebook.com/lakeviewfabrics/?fref=mentions

No group as of August 2017

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lakeviewfabrics

Lockstitch Fabrics – Thunder Bay ON – owned by Lisa Kuznak

Page: https://www.facebook.com/LockstitchFabrics/

Website: to be revamped soon – August 2018

L’oiseau Fabrics – Calgary AB – owned by Michelle & Colin DeBeaudrap

Page: https://www.facebook.com/loiseaufabrics/?fref=ts

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/loiseaucreative/

Website: http://www.loiseaufabrics.com/

Midnight Mountain Fabrics – Moose Jaw SK – owned by Danielle Larson

Page: https://www.facebook.com/midnightmountainfabrics

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/midnightmountainfabrics/

Website: https://midnightmountain.ca/

Mimifabrics – Quebec – owned by Miriam Romer

Page: https://www.facebook.com/mimifabricscanada/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/791664481033906/

Website: http://www.mimifabrics.ca/

Mint Lily Fabrics – Kamloops, BC – owned by Stephanie Kovaltsenko

Page: https://www.facebook.com/mintlilyfabrics/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118022788788926/

Website: https://mintlilyfabrics.com/

Mojo by Design – Ottawa, ON – Owned by Melissa-Joan Boyer

Page: https://www.facebook.com/mojobydesign/

Group:https://m.facebook.com/groups/1888046108119416?

Website: Doesn’t seem to work as of February 2019

Northern Rose Fabrics- Ardmore, AB – owned by Samantha Gowanlock

Page: https://www.facebook.com/Northern-Rose-Fabrics-271500743262234/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/northernrosefabrics/

Website: https://northernrosefabrics.com/

Pin This Sewing – Meadow Lake, SK – Owned by Christine Schmidt

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pinthissewing/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PinThisfabric

Website: http://www.pinthissewing.ca/

Pixel Weave Fabrics – Edmonton, AB – Owned by Melanie Mosher

Page: https://www.facebook.com/pixelweaveboutique/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1122637587874548/

Website: Doesn’t seem to be working as of February 2019

Prairie Love Knits – Spruce Grove AB – Owned by Sharon Gunawan

Page: https://www.facebook.com/Prairie-Love-Knits-898910003478922/?fref=ts

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145587355826428/

Website: https://www.prairieloveknits.ca/

Salmon Valley Knits – Prince George, BC – Owned by Haley Ludwig & Allison Olson

Page:https://www.facebook.com/pg/SalmonValleyKnits/

Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1305765159557773/

Website: https://salmonvalleyknits.ca/

Sew Kash Fabric – Cornwall, ON – Owned by Bert N Kash (Kasia)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/sewkashfabric/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sewkashfabric/

Website: https://kashewskreations.com/collections

Sew Lovely Fabrics – Calgary, AB – Owned by Amanda Chrabaszcz 

Page: https://www.facebook.com/sewlovelyfabricscanada/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sewlovelyfabricscanada/

Website: https://sewlovelyfabrics.com/

Simplifi Fabrics – Iroquois, ON

Page: https://www.facebook.com/SimplifiFabric/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251155528381173/

Website: http://www.simplififabric.ca/

Sitka Fabrics – Port Alberni, BC – owned by Lisa Mathieson

Page: https://www.facebook.com/sitkafabrics

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sitkafabrics/

Website: https://sitkafabrics.com

Skipped Stitches (Canadian Franchisee) – Dawson Creek, BC – run by Emily Wheat

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SKIPPEDSTITCHESCANADIANCUSTOMS/

No page or website, done solely on group.

Stitchin’ Fabrics – London, ON – owned by Melissa Routley & Christine VanBelle

Page: https://www.facebook.com/stitchinfabrics/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1815599031842621

Websites: https://stitchinfabrics.com/

The Fabric Geeks – Sydney, NS – owned by Kimberley Rooney

No page as of December 2016

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheFabricGeeks/

Website:  http://thefabricgeeks.ca/

The Fabric Snob – Riverton Manitoba – owned by Lindsey Dueck

Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefabricsnob/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheFabricSnobInsiders/

Website: https://www.thefabricsnob.com/

Thread Count Fabrics – Souris, MB – owned by Hannah Prince

Page: https://www.facebook.com/threadcountfabrics/

Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1085375854883364/

Website: https://www.threadcountfabrics.ca/

Urban Custom Fabrics – Waterloo Ontario – owned by Chrissy Kempel

Page: https://www.facebook.com/UrbanCustomFabric/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/urbancustomfabric/

Website: Doesn’t seem to be working as of February 2019

Water Tower Textiles – Leamington, ON- Owned by Patty Hamm

Page: https://www.facebook.com/watertowertextiles/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/787192314756929/

Website: http://watertowertextiles.ca/

Wellington fabrics – Fergus ON – owned by Andrea Dorey & Laura Acs

No page as of August 2018

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2237298409619702/

Website: https://wellingtonfabrics.com/

West Coast Fabric Boutique – Vancouver Island BC – Owned by Sylvia Olsen

Page: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastFabricBoutique/?fref=ts

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WestCoastFabricBoutique/

Website: https://www.westcoastfabricboutique.com/

Whimsy Baby Customs – Vancouver BC – Owned by Amanda Hansen

No Page as of August 2018

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/577824899038279/

Website: https://whimsybabycustoms.ca/

Witzend Fabric Designs -Kitchener ON – Owned by Sara Machen & Jill Strauss-Stitt

Page: https://www.facebook.com/WitzendFabricDesigns/

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Witzendfabricdesigns/

Website: https://www.witzendfabricdesigns.com/

Happy Fabric Shopping!

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