Where to Buy Outdoor Fabric

A List of Stores and Online Retailers That Sell Outdoor Fabric

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Bolts of upholstery fabric in an aisle. 1joe/Getty Images

Where's the best place to buy outdoor fabric? Anyone who is into outdoor fabric or upholstery projects is going to give you a different answer. We've hunted and researched far and wide to come up with a good list of bricks-and-mortar and online retailers who might carry your favorite brand or have the outdoor fabric of your dreams. Then again, you might discover something you never knew you wanted until you saw it!

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    Buy Fabrics

    BuyFabrics.com is a discount home decorating fabric online retailer that organizes what you are looking for according to color, designer, upholstery, drapery, new, and discount fabrics.

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    Calico, or Calico Corners, has actual stores along with a website. Outdoor fabric and products include Nate Berkus, Charlotte Moss, Thomas Paul, DwellStudio, IMAN Home, Thom Filicia, Crypton, Ralph Lauren and Sunbrella.

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    Decorative Fabrics Direct

    This online retailer lists more than 1,500 selections of indoor/outdoor fabric from names like P. Kaufman, Sunbrella, Tommy Bahama, Outdura, Bella-Dura, Waverly, and more. DFD also carries marine-grade fabric for more heavy-duty, durable projects. 

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    Denver Fabrics

    Denver Fabrics ships swatches for $2.50 each, which could save you lots of time and hassle. The site has many online pages featuring sew-worthy products like outdoor fabric, along with discount fabric.

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    F. Schumacher

    F. Schumacher sells luxurious outdoor fabrics. Among their offerings: Amalfi, and the ultra chic and vintage-inspired designs by California's Trina Turk, appropriately called Trina Turk Indoor Outdoor.

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    Fabric Carolina

    Established in 2001, Fabric Carolina, Inc. offers the designer outdoor fabrics that come directly from fabric and furniture manufacturers in North Carolina, as well as "To the Trade Only" designer fabric suppliers.

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    Fabric Guru

    FabricGuru.com is an online retailer that features more than 15,000 items for sale, and adds to its inventory daily. Upholstery fabric and designer remnants are also available.

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    This online retailer's motto is, The Place To Go When You Sew, although you don't have to possess advanced sewing skills—or any, for that matter—to make a simple outdoor chair pad or pillow slipcover. The site features a blog with project ideas, along with information on care and content of outdoor upholstery fabrics.

    Oh—and Fabric.com has a wonderful selection of outdoor fabric, organized for your search by clever titles such as "Retro Fabric & Cool Fabric", "Table Top Fabric", and "Indoor/Outdoor Abstract & Geometric Fabric."

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    HouseFabric.com features "galleries" and "collections" of outdoor fabric by favorite and familiar names like P/Kaufmann, Susan Sargent, Robert Allen, Tommy Bahama, Outdura, Waverly and Better Homes & Gardens.

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    JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

    JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores are real, drive-up, park and walk-in-the-door stores in which you can spend hours—just look at all the fabric junkies and Project Runway hopefuls wandering the aisles.

    The stores are well-packed with a variety of crafts and fabric, including a good assortment of outdoor fabrics from manufacturers like Tommy Bahama, Better Homes & Gardens, Waverly and Sunbrella. The online store may have different merchandise or prices, but also has plenty in store.

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    In addition to all kinds of fabric, Kravet makes furniture, carpets and trimmings.

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    Mood Fabrics

    You've seen this famous New York-based store on Project Runway. A trip to the big city isn't required to order fabrics from this famous retailer, including indoor/outdoor brand Sunbrella and some more unusual prints. Swatches are available for $1.50 each.

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    Online Fabric Store

    Among other items, like foam and pillows and landscape and garden products, OnlineFabricStore.com carries Sunbrella outdoor fabric, supplies and decorative trim. The site also has a section for sale, clearance and closeout fabrics.

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    Outdoor Fabric Central

    OutdoorFabricCentral.com carries lots of Sunbrella products, like awnings and marine fabric, mesh, sheer and sling fabric, clear vinyl and outdoor Sunbrella rugs.

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    Outdoor Fabrics

    OutdoorFabrics.com carries Sunbrella, Bella-Dura, along with outdoor sheers for making gazebo drapes or curtains. They also sell Firesist™ fire-resistant fabric and replacement cushions for Smith & Hawken outdoor furniture collections.

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    Outdoor Textiles

    OutdoorTextiles.com carries Nautolex, Holiday, E-Z Lace, Cotton DuckOutdura, Phifertex, Recwater, Robert Allen, Sattler, Softside, sunbrella, Tarpshade, Tempotest, Testilene, Top Gun, VCP and many other outdoor fabrics and textiles.

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    Patio Lane

    This Clearwater, Florida-based fabric retailer sells Sunbrella by the yard through its online tour and even provides swatches. Other brands they carry include Phifertex, Outdura, and Textilene. Check out Patio Lane's handy guide to "building" cushions, pillows, and curtains.

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    This retailer sells fabric for all sorts of outdoor applications, including cushions, curtains, pillows, awnings, shades, boats, and even sails. Sailrite also carries sewing machines, hardware, zippers, tools, and outdoor thread so that you can do it yourself.