I often get questions about where to buy tiny buttons, small-print fabrics, snaps, itty-bitty buckles, miniature zippers, and even sewing machines and their parts. So I’ve put together a “Buyer’s Guide” to help you with that.
When you buy fabric, ribbons, lace, snaps, or other doll clothes sewing notions, using the links I’ve provided below, this website will earn a small commission, which helps pay for the costs associated with running this free doll clothes pattern website. To learn more about how affiliate marketing works on my website, please click here.
Also, purchasing items from my Etsy store or my Teachers-Pay-Teachers store will help me pay for this website’s upkeep as well. I have a little one-page sewing project planner, that I use myself, and you can learn more about it right here.
- cotton fabrics on Amazon
- cotton broadcloth fabrics on Etsy
- cotton solid fabric at JoAnn’s Fabrics
- cotton small print fabrics on Etsy
- cotton fabric (both solids and prints) on Etsy
- cotton fat quarters (18 inches by 21 inches of fabric)
- craft felt on Amazon
- craft felt on Etsy
- craft felt on eBay
- flannel on Amazon
- flannel on Etsy
- flannel from JoAnn’s Fabrics
- jersey fabrics on Amazon
- jersey fabrics on Etsy
- lace fabric on Etsy
- lace fabric and trims at JoAnn’s Fabrics
- lightweight denim fabric on Amazon (for jeans)
- lightweight stretch denim on Etsy (also useful for doll jeans)
- muslin fabric on Etsy
- polyester fabric on Etsy
- satin remnants on Etsy
- small-print holiday fabric on Etsy
- small-print striped jersey fabrics on Etsy
- solid flannel fabrics from JoAnn’s Fabrics
- tulle on Amazon
- tulle at JoAnn’s Fabrics
- FabScrap is a fabric recycle and reuse service, where you can buy fabrics that would otherwise go into landfills! Watch my FabScrap unboxing video to see what kinds of fabrics they sent me!
(See this blog post for reasons why I recommend Dritz snaps.)
- hook and eye closures on Etsy
- hook and eye closures on Amazon
- miniature belt buckles on Etsy
- miniature belt buckles on Amazon
- miniature overall buckles
- doll-sized zippers on Etsy
- doll-sized zippers on Amazon
- toggle clasps on Amazon
Small Buttons and Button Hole Tools
- teeny-tiny buttons on Etsy (for dolls 12 inches and smaller)
- small-ish buttons on Etsy (for 13-17 inch dolls)
- functional 5/8 inch (16 mm) buttons on Amazon for 18 inch dolls and larger
- small-ish buttons for 18 dolls to be used as embellishments (not as a closure)
- Clover button hole cutter
- Button hole sewing machine attachments for various sewing machines
- Seam ripper tool or un-picker tool
- Seed beads
- 1/8 inch ribbon on Etsy
- 1/8 inch ribbon on Amazon
- 1/4 inch ribbon on Etsy
- 1/4 inch ribbon on Amazon
- 1/2 inch ribbon on Etsy
- 1/2 inch ribbon on Amazon
- 3/8 inch ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics
- Velvet ribbon in a variety of sizes on Etsy
- lace trim on Etsy
- lace trim on Amazon
- rickrack trim
- embroidery floss on Etsy
- embroidery floss on Amazon
- 1/4 inch double fold bias tape on Amazon
- 1/4 inch double fold bias tape from JoAnn Fabrics
- 1/2 inch double fold bias tape from JoAnn Fabrics
- gold braid trim
Elastic and Velcro
- 1/8 inch elastic on Amazon
- 1/8 inch elastic on Etsy
- 1/4 inch elastic on Amazon
- 1/4 inch elastic on Etsy
- 1/2 inch elastic on Amazon
- 1/2 inch elastic on Etsy
- 3/4 inch sew-on Velcro on Amazon
- 1/2 inch (10 mm) sew-on Velcro on Etsy
(With Velcro, it’s almost impossible to find sew-on Velcro smaller than that, so if you need it smaller, just trim pieces to the sizes you need.)
- Chelly’s sewing project planner
- craft feathers
- craft foam
- Dritz needle threader
- elastic cord (like you’d use for jewelry making)
- embroidered labels*
- fiber fill (AKA stuffing) for making plush toys and pincushions
- Fiskars snippers (for clipping seams efficiently)
- Gutermann sewing machine thread
- “Made in USA” fold over labels
- needles for hand stitching
- printed personalized labels
- seed beads
- size 10 quilters’ “Betweens” hand-stitching needles
- tiny ribbon roses
- toggle clasps on Amazon
Discover Something NEW!
Do you love to sew doll clothes? Would you like to discover a notion you didn’t even know existed? Click here to see what Etsy has to offer! There are artisans and product providers creating new items on Etsy every day. Come back to my site, to use that link, and discover something new every month or so!
A Tip for Designer Labels…
*In the past, I’ve bought embroidered personalized labels from Dutch Label Company, but the last time I ordered from them, they got my embroidery colors wrong and I was out a whopping $90 (because I buy a lot of them all at once).
Instead of my logo colors, the labels came out yellow. Ugh! I had never had this problem before, but I’d always purchased their template designs.
So if you’re going to buy from them, don’t use their personalization. Go with their ready-made templates.
This year, when my daughter re-designed my logo, I switched to MayDay Labels on Etsy. Theirs are ink printed on fabric, but Sara Boatright at MayDay was able to make my labels VERY tiny at my special request!
So I’ll definitely be going back to MayDay Labels for my next set of sew-on labels. Here’s an image of my new itty-bitty labels:
Be Good to the Earth!
In my own doll clothes sewing projects, I’ve recently begun to really be conscientious about the products I buy. If I can buy my fabric in the form of second-hand clothing instead of buying brand new textiles, for example, I do so. It’s simply better for the environment.
To learn more about how textile manufacturing can hurt the earth, please read this article.
I also recycle my buttons, elastics, and other notions, whenever possible. If I don’t like how a handmade garment turned out, sometimes I’ll re-use the snaps, the fabric, and any other pieces I think might be re-usable, rather than throwing the whole thing away.
So when you click some of the links I’ve given you above, don’t be surprised if it sends you to “organic fabrics” or other eco-friendly resources. It’s the least I can do to help out our generous Mother Earth!