Last week we talked about non-custom fabric shops. But every once in awhile I splurge and spend in some custom fabric groups. Sometimes I just can’t beat the thought of a cute and limited edition fabric when the mood strikes. With all of today’s issues, I’m also on the lookout for ethical companies. I look for ones who are fully inclusive and make all of their members feel safe and valued. I’ve done my research, and now I’m bringing you a shortlist. Here are some of these amazing custom fabric groups for you to check out for yourself!
8 Amazing (and Inclusive) Custom Fabric Groups You Have to Check Out!
“Due to the lack of POC printed on fabric, specifically characters with black skin tones, this fabric company was created. I never had any plans of becoming a fabric host, but the lack of inclusion that continues to occur is just heartbreaking. I want my children to be aware that characters that share their skin complexion are beautiful and belong on any and ALL fabrics. Black women and men LOVE to sew as well and we only wish to be represented in the sewing community. Not just on occasion, but daily. We are here and we do exist!” This happens to be a fan favorite among custom fabric groups right now and you can visit them on Facebook here.
“I started Emerald Curtain Fabric in May of this year. Emerald Curtain Fabric was born after I noticed a lack of diversity and inclusiveness in the custom fabric world. I am BlaQue (black and queer) and rarely find fabric in the custom fabric world that represents either of these parts of myself. Emerald Curtain Fabric believes that representation matters…not just in certain months but year-round. We specialize in Afrocentric prints, LGBTQIA+ positive prints, and lots of fun, whimsical prints for everyone. The current pre-order is open until 7/26.” You can find Emerald Curtain on Facebook here.
“TNT is a POC (Inupiaq Eskimo) and Queer owned business. We banded together in 2008 to form TNT and branched off with Mini Me’s by TNT for the younger crowd! The physical part of the business is based in Ohio (that’s Tabitha!) and Melissa handles most of the internet based stuff out in Colorado.” Visit them in their Facebook group here.
“I started this business because I felt there was a need for more POC owned businesses in the fabric world. Inclusivity and diversity have been very scarce. I feel it’s becoming more diverse because a lot more BIPOC and POC persons are stepping forward. They’re basically tired of being spoken over and not being seen.
“My brand is a donation brand, my passion lies with helping out the Latinx culture. This means the families that are being separated, and the children that are left in cages. I would like to help the people that help them, so they can keep helping those people. But I would also like to expand my donations to things like Flint water crisis. To help out with funeral costs for lower-income families. And I plan on doing this through my fabric.
“Every round starting with round Cuatro there will be panels that 100% of their proceeds will go to either a domestic crisis or need or charity that I have researched fervently. I would like to also give to breast cancer survivors, mothers that are struggling, things like that. This is just off the top of my head.
“My dad was big on donating and charity work and I want his legacy to live on through me. So 5% of all proceeds will go to the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen Texas. and I’m also going to start doing panels that payout to help a different charity. I started my business making diapers and moved into the fabric world.” Visit her amazing Facebook group here.
“We are a small LGBTQIA differently-abled owned business that goes above and beyond for both customers and seamsters. Acheron Fabrics is inclusive, and we treat our seamsters as part of the core of our group. We are one of the first groups to implement programs to better our seamsters lives beyond just a few yards of free fabric. The prints themselves bring a perfect balance between the nerd world and beautiful fabric art. We like to use a mix of commissioned artwork/stock art to make amazing fabric designs focusing mainly on anime and nerdy themes.” You can preview this adorable fabric and get up-to-date updates on their preorders in their Facebook group here.