If you think buying your fabric online south of the border is cheaper, think again. I found out early that shopping US online doesn't really save me much money.
When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US stores because of the cheaper prices. I quickly learned, however, that I wasn't getting much of a bargain.
Let's do the math . . .
For one thing, shipping costs from the US can sometimes be outrageous. Also, you have to take into account the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate, which is pretty high right now. As of this post, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is around 1.30. That's right, right now our dollar is only worth around 0.70 cents compared to the US $1.00. This means when you shop US stores online, you're paying 0.30 cents more on the dollar for your fabric. For example, a fabric at $10 US will cost you $13 CAD and $100 US can jump to $130 CAD! And that's before shipping costs.
It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping locally or at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases, the fabric prices are higher, but I've found some great bargains with really good shipping rates.
I still prefer to shop my local stores, but below are 10 of my favourite Canadian online fabric stores with their shipping rates. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just the main stores that I go to if I shop online. If you have any Canadian online shops you like that aren't listed here, let me know.
CANADIAN ONLINE FABRIC STORES WITH SHIPPING COSTS
1. NEW Along Came Quilting
"We ship via Canada Post, which base their prices on volume whereby the dimensions of the package and the weight factor into the price, along with a fluctuating fuel surcharge.
We cannot know what the shipping rate will be until we weigh and measure the package to be sent. . ."
2. Canadian National Fabric
This is my favourite online fabric store. The selection of quality fabrics is excellent and prices are as low as $6/metre. You also collect points on your purchases.
$5 flat rate shipping anywhere in Canada.
FREE shipping on orders over $75.
3. Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics
A very nice selection of modern fabrics.
$8.99 flat rate under $99
FREE shipping for orders $99+
4. NEW Fabric Spark
$5 for orders up to $25
$8 to $11 for orders from $25 to $149
$150 and over - FREE
4. Flare Fabrics
A lovely selection of batiks.
All Canadian orders under $20 get a flat shipping rate of $4.50
Ontario orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $9.99
Quebec orders between $20 to $124.99 - $11.99
Rest of Canada orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $13.99
All of Canada orders over $125 - FREE
5. Fridays Off Fabric Shop
Has a nice selection of unusual modern prints.
Under $20 - $2.99
$20.01 to $45 - $5.95 flat rate.
$40.01 to $124.99 - Canada Post calculated shipping.
FREE shipping on orders over $125.
6. NEW Hamels Fabrics
Excellent, large selection of fabrics.
Starts at $5.50 depending on how much you spend.
FREE shipping on orders $200 or more.
7. Log Cabin Yardage
If you want to build your stash, they have a good fabric club which offers six fat quarters for $22.60/month (includes shipping).
$7 for orders up to $30.
$10 for orders between $30.01and $100
$15 for orders over $100.
8. Mad About Patchwork
Great selection of fabrics at reasonable prices.
$0 to $ 15.00 - $6.50
$15.01 to $50.00 - $12.50
$50.01 to $100.00 - $15.00
$100.01 to $200.00 - $19.50
$200.01 and up - FREE Shipping (To a maximum of $40 in shipping costs. They'll notify you first if your shipping will be more than $40)
10. Sew Sisters
Good selection of notions, batting, and interfacing. Excellent selection of clearance fabrics.
$0 - $19.99 - $4.99
$20.00 - $100 - $8.99
Over $100 - FREE
11. NEW Sparrow Quilt Company
Good tutorials. Longarm service. Very nice products line.
FREE shipping over $200
12. NEW Stitch It Central
Very good selection of products for quilters and needlework crafts.
Shipping costs are calculated based on the product weight and the destination of the order. Shipping rates will be displayed during the checkout process.
13. NEW Stitch in the Ditch
Sells a variety of products for quilters and sewists.
Shipping costs are based on actual rates charged by Canada Post.
14. NEW Woven Fabric Gallery
Beautiful modern fabrics. Monthly stash builders program. Good shipping rates.
$0.00 - $44.99 - $5.95
$45.00 - $150.00 - $9.95
$150.00 + FREE