How to order fabric wholesale

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How to order fabric wholesale
Wholesale fabric can be relatively easy to find. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Ordering fabric wholesale is often necessary if you're opening a business, work at a theatre company or a large costuming department (e.g. a theme park or movie set) or are planning to make large volumes of clothing or crafts with the fabric. Buying fabric wholesale is a great alternative to buying the fabric at your local store as wholesale prices are often half (or less) off the price of what you might get at your local fabric store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Business license (if necessary)

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    Get a business license if you're opening a small business and do not already have one., the government's small business website, will help you navigate your needs. Some fabric wholesalers will require a license for you to order products, but not all.

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    Look for fabric online. Websites like or will put you in "contact" with fabric manufacturers from around the world. Websites like Fabric Mart or Robert Kaufman have wholesale fabric available direct. Before you make a bulk purchase, make sure you order swatches first and then samples. This is to ensure you're buying the proper fabric, as most wholesale distributers have a minimum purchase amount.

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    Go to your local garment district if you live in a place that has one (as most big cities do). Stores in these types of districts will allow you to take swatches and order inexpensive large quantities of fabric. Even though you can see the fabric in person, you should still take swatches and samples to make sure the fabric suits your needs. Some garment district fabric stores may not allow you to come and take swatches without affiliation with a company, so call beforehand and see what proof you may need to bring.

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    Order your fabric by filling out the forms necessary and showing your business license, if required. Make sure you have the fabric number, usually located on the spools of the sample fabrics, so that you'll order the correct fabrics.

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