Calling all Liberty Lovers: Where to buy Liberty fabric in Australia

Liberty fabric Australia

With intricate patterns and rich colours, Liberty fabric designs make their way into everything from children’s clothing, women’s and men’s fashion, hair accessories and homewares, and especially lovingly handcrafted quilts. Even Metta Melbourne, usually known for their low-key linen layers, has a beautiful collection made from Liberty fabric.

If you’re looking for Liberty fabric in Australia, read on for nine suppliers who stock the most comprehensive range.

Great all round Australian Liberty Fabric suppliers

Tessuti Fabric store Melbourne city

1. Tessuti

tessuti.com.au/liberty
Ground Floor – 141 Flinders Lane, MELBOURNE
110 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, SYDNEY

If you’re looking for Liberty fabric for dressmaking, Tessuti have a nicely curated range.

They stock both the classic and contemporary collections with an eye for fashion forward designs, particular those in larger scale prints. Tana Lawn makes up most of their range, but you’ll also find some of the silk and linen too.

You can find out more about Tessuti in our guide to the best fabric stores in Melbourne and Where to buy dressmaking fabric online in Australia.

The Fabric Store

2. The Fabric Store

thefabricstoreonline.com/liberty
184 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, MELBOURNE
21 Cooper Street, Surry Hills, SYDNEY
38 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE

The Fabric Store are a great all round supplier of Liberty fabrics. As well as the Tana Lawn, they stock a particularly good range of Liberty silk along with swimwear (tricky to find), jersey and poplin. They also manage to pick up some Liberty deadstock from time to time.

What I particularly like about The Fabric Store is they are often brave enough to stock some of the more quirky Liberty prints that other retailers shy away from.

Find out more about The Fabric Store in our guide on where to buy linen fabric in Australia.

Liberty of London department store

When it comes to timeless design, few brands carry the legacy and style of Liberty of London. With a rich history dating back to 1875, Liberty fabrics have been synonymous with quality, artistry, and sophistication.

They continue to release several high quality fabric collections every year, and with over 1 million Instagram followers, they are just as hip now as they’ve ever been.

Best Australian suppliers of Liberty Tana Lawn

Liberty is probably best known for their massive range of Tana Lawn.

What’s so special about Tana Lawn?

Incredibly soft and delicate to the touch, Tana Lawn feels more like silk than cotton due to it’s fine cotton weave and high thread count. It was originally made for the apparel industry but quickly became popular with quilters.

Read on for our list of the suppliers offering the most comprehensive range of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric in Australia.

Printing Liberty Tana Lawn: Behind the scenes
The Strawberry Thief store

3. The Strawberry Thief

thestrawberrythief.com.au

The Strawberry Thief is both the Australian wholesaler of Liberty Tana Lawn and also a large online retailer of the fabric. The Strawberry Thief borrows its name from the Strawberry Thief print which remains one of Liberty’s most iconic and popular prints.

If you’re specifically looking for Liberty Tana Lawn, the Strawberry Thief is probably the best place to start. They offer a massive collection of the classic and seasonal collections along with the coordinating solids. They also showcase the upcoming collections on their blog: a must-read for Liberty Lovers in Australia!

Ava and Neve Liberty fabric store

4. Ava and Neve

avaandneve.com.au

Ava and Neve differ from other fabric suppliers with the ultimate stash builder: their Liberty Society monthly subscription. Each month they choose a theme and carefully curate 10 fabrics – a mixture of classics, seasonal and sometimes very special vintage pieces from their own private collection.

You can, of course also buy the Liberty fabrics by the metre, half metre or fat quarter. They have a great range of mostly Tana Lawn, including coordinating solids, all organised by collection.

Amitie Textiles Torquay

5. Amitie

amitie.com.au
87 Beach Road, TORQUAY, VIC

Amitie is owned by respected quilting teacher, Jen Kingwell, author of several quilting books and patterns and designer of some interesting quilting tools. No matter what type of quilting you’re into, you’ll find fabric to suit at Amitie, including a great range of Liberty.

Naturally, their Liberty Tana Lawn range is selected with quilting in mind. So, you’ll mostly find the smaller scale prints that will blend well with others for your heirloom quilt. The prints in stock cover a broad range of styles, from traditional to Art Deco to contemporary. They even have a Liberty Lovers Club.

You can buy online, or if you’re up for a Sunday jaunt to Torquay, just outside Melbourne, it’s well worth a visit. Oh, and they have a cafe, so what’s not to love!

GJs Discount Fabrics Liberty Fabric

6. GJs Discount Fabrics

gjsdiscountfabrics.com.au
31 Steane St, FAIRFIELD, VIC

GJs have a huge store in Melbourne’s Fairfield with an unusual combination of quilting fabric and dance fabric. Somehow this works beautifully!

Their quilting range offers over 300 different Liberty Tana Lawn designs. These range from vintage to contemporary and stretch into kooky – all in smallish prints clearly selected with the quilter in mind.

You can shop in store and their online store is also stocked to the brim.

Pitt Trading Liberty Fabric

7. Pitt Trading

pitttrading.com.au

Pitt Trading is the Marilyn Monroe of the fabric world: they epitomise old world glamour.

They have an amazing range of swimwear and lingerie fabrics along with the specialised haberdashery you’ll need for this type of sewing. You can buy these separately or in kits. They stock a small but nicely curated range of Liberty Tana lawn and crepe de chine which, of course, makes really special lingerie.

Also on offer is a gorgeous range of vintage and other trims to complement Liberty designs. An excellent range of fold over elastic in a rainbow of colours rounds out the range.

Minervas Bower Liberty Fabric

8. Minerva’s Bower

minervasbower.com.au
Shop 9, Katoomba Arcade, 147-153 Katoomba Street, KATOOMBA, NSW

Minerva’s Bower operates a gorgeous store at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. If you’re in the area and are the slightest bit interested in sewing, the store is well worth a visit!

They sell a gorgeous selection of modern dressmaking and craft fabrics along with patterns and haberdashery to complement the range. Their Liberty range is small but well curated and includes some of the more interesting prints such as the Greek and Roman mythology collection along with the moody, modern Liberty Betsy Shadows designs.

Minerva’s is totally worth stalking on Instagram too, and if you see something you like, you can buy from their online store.

Weft and Warp fabric store

9. Weft and Warp

weftandwarp.com.au
3 Altree Court, PHILLIP, ACT

Weft and Warp is Canberra’s home of modern dressmaking fabrics, with their bricks and mortar store in Phillip and a well stocked online store.

Their Liberty range is mostly Tana Lawn focusing on a mixture of large and smaller scale prints. To accompany the range, they stock the Liberty Fabrics sewing patterns too. This is a lovely addition as the sewing patterns are not widely available in Australia.

For the hardcore Liberty Lovers

Sourcing Liberty fabric outside Australia

If you’ve scoured the Australian Liberty suppliers and still can’t find the design you’re looking for, then there are many options further afield. Here are my top two recommendations:

1. Liberty of London online store

Liberty-of-London-online-store-Fabric

Naturally the Liberty of London online store has a comprehensive range of their designs. They ship internationally and offer free shipping to Australia for orders over AU$200.

2. Liberty fabric on Etsy

Liberty fabric etsy

Secondly, I’d try Etsy. There are loads of suppliers who sell Liberty fabric by the metre and most ship internationally.

Liberty books

Book suggestions for crafty Liberty lovers…

Liberty book of home sewing
The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt and Sew featuring Liberty of London Fabrics

Liberty design inspiration

Liberty employs some of the best surface designers in the world. Somehow they manage to stay true to the Liberty design ethos while taking inspiration from all around.

Here are some snippets of inspiration for the Liberty Kaleidoscope collection, Spring/Summer 2024…

And some design snippets from the Liberty vault…

So, there you have it, the best stores for sourcing Liberty fabric in Australia. Of course, if you know of other good ones, please let me know.

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