Collection: Velvet Fabric

Discover our complete collection of velvet dressmaking and velvet soft furnishing fabrics at Fabrics Galore London.

Whether you need a stretch velvet for that special Autumn/Winter dress or a heavier weight home furnishing velvet we have you covered. Gorgeous velvet fabrics at Fabrics Galore London.

How to Store Velvet Fabric

Folding velvet is best avoided as it creases so easily and can damage the luxurious pile permanently. This is why our online collection of velvet fabrics is limited apart from our digital print velvets  in our home furnishing collection and stretch velvets in our dressmaking collection.

If you are storing velvet garments, store them in a breathable protective bag or drape natural fibres like cotton scarves over the shoulders to prevent dust. Vacuum velvet upholstery regularly to keep it looking good. 

If you have purchased velvet fabrics and are not sewing with them immediately then you can hang the fabric in folds from a wooden coat hanger using fat pegs on the edge of the fabric or simply roll it gently. 

How to Cut Velvet Fabric

First determine the direction of the nap by using your hand to gently brush the velvet and place your pattern according to which direction you prefer. Avoid using pins as these will create permanent holes in the velvet. Always use a sharp pair of dressmaking scissors or a rotary cutter although care should be taken to place the velvet on a non-slip surface. 

How to Wash Velvet Fabric

Always dry clean pure velvet although you can definitely machine wash synthetic velvet  on a very cool cycle. Never tumble dry as the velvet will shrink.

Is Velvet Fabric Expensive?

Pure velvet is made from silk and therefore commands a very high price per metre. However, synthetic velvet fabrics such as our home furnishing and dressmaking velvets are inexpensive and good value, while having a similar appearance to silk velvet. 

What Fabric goes with Velvet Fabric?

As velvet is a luxurious fabric, it goes well with other luxury fabrics like satin, silk and lace. As it is commonly a heavier weight fabric, it is good to complement with these lighter weight fabrics. 



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Welcome to the Fabrics Galore London online store, packed full of beautiful fabrics to inspire your next dressmaking, patchwork quilting, craft or home furnishing sewing project. We stock a huge range of different materials alongside designer fabrics from Liberty, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Laura Ashley, William Morris and Alexander Henry. We source the highest quality fabrics, so whether it be a cotton, linen, viscose, chambray, jersey or wool, we have you covered.Check out our dressmaking fabric for something with drape, fabulous Liberty cotton lawn prints, quilting fabrics for patchwork inspiration or the home furnishing section to pimp your pad. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get sewing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell by the metre?

We sell by the half metre on our website (the price is therefore displayed by the half metre) to allow our customers more flexibility. If you wish to buy a metre, you need to buy two units, but don’t worry, it will always be cut in one continuous length. 

Can I pay for next day delivery?

We can send your fabric by courier which should arrive the next day, for the additional cost of £12. The simplest way to do this is by sending us an email or by calling the shop on 0207 738 9589. We would need to know before 1pm, and we are unable to organise a Saturday delivery. 

Can I buy your fabrics if I live outside the UK?

Yes, we ship to Europe. For all the details, see our Shipping Page.  

Do you send out samples?

We do, our samples are 10 cm by the width of the fabric (usually 112cm or 137cm) and cost 10% of the fabric’s metre price plus £1.50 for postage. Simply go to our Request a Swatch page.

Is there an actual shop I can visit?

Yes, we have a shop in South London. All the fabrics, which are available online (and more) are in the shop alongside a small haberdashery and pattern range. 

The address is 52-54 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5RH.

Is it possible to get a wholesale price?

We are a fabric retailer rather than a wholesaler so the short answer is no, but if you are looking for a large quantity of fabric, it is best to email us on to see if we can help you out.

What does OEKO-TEX 100 mean?

OEKO-TEX 100 means the fabric has been tested for 100 harmful substances. The testing and certification process extends far beyond existing legal requirements, testing not only for substances already banned, but also for chemicals known to be unsafe, but not yet controlled by legislation. Fabrics which meet OEKO-TEX 100 are great for children’s clothing or underwear. 

How quickly will I get my order?

All our orders are sent out by Royal Mail First Class so should be with you within a few days of fulfilment and often within 1-2 days. We send fabric out on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During busy periods such as sales, deliveries may take slightly longer, and we are always grateful for your patience.

Where do your fabrics come from?

We stock British fabrics as well as fabrics from suppliers all over the world - including Germany, Italy, Taiwan and India. 

Will you be at any shows this year?

In recent years we have cut back on the number of shows we attend but we do still go to several. For the full list have a look on our Events Page.   

Can I order a specific fabric from a supplier which you stock but isn’t on your website?

We select our fabrics from various ranges to create the interesting collections we offer and it’s rare that we buy the whole range. If you have a specific fabric you are looking for, it’s best to email us to find out if we can help you. Our email address is

When will out of stock fabrics be available again?

When we sell out of a popular fabric such as our cream bouclé, we will try very hard to get it back in quickly. As soon as it arrives, it will go straight back on our website, and we will notify our customers via social media or our weekly newsletter. If you wanted to sign up so you never miss a thing, subscribe on our simple sign up form

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes, we do have a few different types: you can buy a voucher for Free Postage for a Whole Year gift card. Or you can buy vouchers for £10, £25, £50 or £100 which will be emailed over to you immediately, in case it’s a last-minute gift. See our gift voucher page.

What does GSM mean?

GSM stands for grams per square metre; the higher the number, the thicker and heavier the fabric will be. For example, a denim or a sweatshirt fabric will have a much higher GSM than a satin. 

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