Fabric Stores in Vancouver: The Ultimate Guide

Happy Monday, everyone! In honour of the BC Day holiday today and our wonderful city, we’ve put together a guide to fabric shopping in Vancouver. Sandra’s created a list of fabric stores in Vancouver, including a free printable PDF guide and an interactive map to plan your shopping adventures! Enjoy! ~Tasia

Guide to Fabric Stores in Vancouver

Finding your way around a new city is often challenging. And finding stores that sell a particular product is sometimes even tricky for long-time locals! In the last few months, many of you have asked us where to buy fabric in Vancouver and so we decided to compile a Guide to Fabric Stores in Vancouver.

The guide features fabric stores in and around Vancouver and answers common sewing-related questions such as “Do they also sell notions and craft supplies?” or “I wonder if I can get swatches for free.” Knowing whether a store is wheelchair-accessible or if you can pay with a credit card also comes in handy, so you’ll find the answers below! All stores can be reached with public transit – just check Google Maps for directions!

Have a look at the fabric stores in Metro Vancouver (click the image to visit the interactive Google Map!)

locatins of Fabric Stores in Vancouver

Here’s a concise PDF printable version of our guide! It includes the information below in a short one-page list. Download, print and put it in your purse when strolling through Vancouver! You can find more detailed descriptions of each store below.

Click on the links to go directly to our list of Fabric Stores in
Downtown Vancouver , Vancouver, or the Lower Mainland.

(If you’re not from Vancouver, the Lower Mainland refers to all the cities and areas outside the city of Vancouver. Also known as Metro Vancouver.)

Fabric Stores in Downtown Vancouver

Atex Fabrics

“We are in the new fabric district of Vancouver. Across the street from Dressew and around the corner from Button Button.“

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Atex Fabrics

Atex Fabrics

330 West Hastings, Vancouver BC V6B 1K6
(between Homer St. and Cambie St.)

Opening hours:
10 – 6 pm on weekdays
12 – 5 on weekends

Atex sells a great selection of quality fabrics such as silks, linens, wools, bamboo, cottons, and synthetics. They say their prices will make you want to come back time and time again!

 

Sewing
They also carry Sewaholic patterns but do not sell notions, yarn or other craft supply.
The minimum cut is 20 cm and you can get colour swatches of 2″ x 1″.

Payment
Atex accepts all credit cards except American Express. You can also pay with direct debit or cash including US dollars.

Inside the store
Their lower floor is wheelchair-accessible and they have a public bathroom. Please do not bring food or drinks inside, though!

Parking
There’s paid parking on the street at meters.

More info: www.atexfabrics.com | twitterinstagram | facebook | pinterest

Phone: 604 669 3455

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Button Button

…not exactly a fabric store but too awesome not to mention!

“Button Button is the only all-button store in Canada and we have steady customers from Japan to California to England. This tiny shop is a moveable feast of very tiny, extra large, rhinestone, steampunk, celtic, skulls, sailor, reproduction Victorian, men’s blazer and suit buttons, novelty, ceramic, glass, wood, bone, horn, leather buttons, and more.”

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Button Button

Button Button

318 Homer Street, #202, Vancouver BC V6B 2V2

Opening hours:
Tue – Sat. 10:30 am to 6 pm, closed Sunday, Monday

Button Button has sewing buttons from all over the world and some from the past, made of an amazing variety of materials. In the 20 years they’ve been there, they’ve seen the favorites wax and wane. Right now, knitters are loving the wood buttons as well as the extra large ones. First Nations buy up the shell buttons.

 

They sell mainly buttons but also some things for making buttons into rings, earrings, cufflinks, bracelets or magnets.

Payment
Button Button accepts MasterCard and Visa, debit, and cash as well as US dollars.

Inside the store
Their store is wheelchair accessible and they have a public bathroom. Please do not bring food or drinks inside, though!

Parking
There’s metered parking on the street as well as a parking garage right across the street.

Phone:  604 687 0067

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Dressew

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Dressew

Dressew

337 West Hastings, Vancouver BC V6B 1H6

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat 9 – 5.15, closed on Sundays and stat holidays
Dressew sells all kinds of fabrics from basics to fashion to novelty.

Sewing
At Dressew, you can also buy notions and other craft supply, such as thread, elastic, or beads. Dressew only carries Burda patterns but has lots of them! Their minimum cut is 20 cm and they provide a few small colour swatches for free. The minimum in the sale section is 1 m.

Payment
Dressew accepts cash and Interac as well as US dollars.

Inside the store
They have a public bathroom, just ask staff for the key! There main floor is wheelchair accessible and they do their best to accommodate people who need help with lower floor items. Please do not bring food or drinks inside.

Parking
You’ll find metered parking on the street.

More info: twitter | instagram

Phone: 604 682 6196

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The Cloth Shop

“We take a lot of time to cherry pick our fabrics, so have a great eclectic, modern and colourful selection of prints. We also put a lot of time and attention in our displays, so we’ve created our store to be an inviting, inspiring and creative place to visit!”

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - The Cloth Shop

The Cloth Shop

1551 Johnston St #104, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(on Granville Island)

Opening hours:
June to end September 10-6 everyday
October to end May 10-5 everyday

The Cloth Shop stocks 100% cottons and a few linen/cotton blends. You can find fabrics and quilt kits there.

Sewing
They carry their own Bella Moon pattern line, which means all their kits and quilting patterns have been designed by them. They carry mostly quilt related products, e.g. books, barring, rulers, and have a small selection of notions. Their minimum cut is 20 cm.

Payment
The Cloth Shop accepts Visa, Mastercard, debit, and cash as well as US dollars. You can order online using Visa, Mastercard, Discovery or PayPal.

Inside the store
Their store is wheelchair accessible and you will find public bathrooms in the building next door. You may even bring food if you are careful.

Parking
There’s free 1-3 hour parking and paid parking.

More info: www.theclothshop.com | facebook | instagram

Phone: 604 224 1325

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Fabric Stores in Vancouver

Fabrics etc.

“We have a sewing space available for rent for individual sewing or quilting and individualized tutoring and mentoring for sewing projects offered.”

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Fabrics Etc

Fabrics Etc

2162 Kingsway, Vancouver BC V5N2T5

Opening hours:
Tue – Sat 10 am – 6 pm

Fabrics etc. has a great variety of fabrics: You will find clearance priced quilting cottons, taffetas and silks for dressing up, wool suitings, natural fibres in knit and plain weaves for clothing and home decor (cotton, linen, silk and wool), chalk cloth, and cotton laminate.

You may even bring your pet (given it’s well-behaved) and bike inside!

 

Sewing
They carry Indie patterns like those from Sewaholic, Colette, PetitePlus, or Folkwear. They also sell a good basic supply of sewing and quilting notions and some cross stitch supplies.
The minimum cut is 10 cm and you can get a finger sized swatch for free.

Payment
Fabrics Etc. accepts cash, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discovery. US cash is accepted at current bank rates, too. Teachers and students even receive a discount!

Inside the store
Their store is wheelchair accessible and they have two public bathrooms. Please do not bring food or drinks inside.

Parking
There’s limited free parking on the street and more free parking off the lane at the rear of the store.

More info: www.fabricsetc.ca | twitter.com |instagram | facebook |

Phone: 604 559 0899

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Outdoor Innovations

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Outdoor Innovations

Outdoor Innovations

1005 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C7

Opening hours:

Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm

Closed on Sun and holidays

Outdoor Innovations is a small family run business that started back in 1992. They are a retail outlet that sells outdoor fabrics and notions as well as an outdoor gear repair center.

Sewing
They carry a large selection of Cordura, No See-Um Netting, Ripstop nylon, mesh, Sunbrella, and other outdoor fabrics and they also sell a great selection of notions. Their minimum cut  is 50 cm.

Payment
Outdoor Innovations accepts Visa and Mastercard, debit, and cash. You can also pay with US dollars.

Inside the store
Outdoor Innovations is accessible by wheelchair.

Parking
You will find free parking in the back of the store.

More info: outdoorinnovations.blogspot.ca

Phone: 604 873 6992

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Quilter’s Dream Fabrics

2726 38th Ave West, Vancouver, BC V6N 2W9

Opening hours:
Mon 10 am – 5 pm during summer or by appointment

Quilter’s Dream Fabrics sells Batik and Asian quilting cottons and silk. Their bestseller is their vintage kimono silk.

Sewing
You will find the owner’s patterns in the store as well as a few quilting notions including thread, needles, and rulers. There is no minimum cut and swatches are free.

Payment
They accept debit, cash, and VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. You may also pay with US dollars and can place orders on the phone or via email.

Inside the store
While they have a public bathroom, their store is unfortunately not accessible by wheelchair. Also, please do not bring food or drinks inside.

Parking
It’s a residential neighbourhood so there’s free street parking.

More info: www.quiltersdreamfabrics.com

Phone: 604 250 8698

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Spool of Thread

“In addition to being a modern fabric shop, we also host a number of sewing classes, rent sewing machines by the hour in our lounge and are an Elna sewing machine dealer.”

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Spool of Thread

Spool of Thread

101-649 E. 15th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Opening hours

Mon – Thur: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri – Sun: 11 am – 6 pm

Spool of Thread’s curated fabric collection is primarily mid-weight with a modern or vintage-inspired feel. They also carry knits, double gauze, canvas, flannel and lighter garment weight cotton voiles and lawn, as well as a variety of interfacing.

Sewing
They sell patterns from numerous independent companies such as Colette, Sewaholic, April Rhodes, Grainline Studio, Wiksten, Deer and Doe, and Amy Butler. While they do not carry yarn or craft supply, you can get Kiriki Press embroidery kits and may choose from a huge selection of notions. Their minimum cut is 9 inches. They do not cut swatches, though.

Payment

Spool of Thread accepts credit (Visa and Mastercard), debit, and Canadian cash (no US dollars). They also accept PayPal through their website for the purchase of gift certificates.

Inside the store

Since their store features a Sewing Lounge, you can bring food and drinks inside! There is a public bathroom and the entire store is wheelchair-accessible. Dogs are welcome too, and they might even have a treat stashed behind the till!

Parking
Free 2 hour parking is available in front of the store. There is also a residential area with free parking within easy walking distance behind the store to the north.

More info: www.spoolofthread.com | facebook | instagram | twitter

Phone: 604 879 3031

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Fabricland Marine Drive

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Fabricland Marine Drive

Fabricland Marine Drive

1678 SE Marine Dr. Vancouver, BC V5P 2R6

Opening hours
Mon – Wed & Sat 10 – 6 pm
Thurs & Fri 10 – 9 pm
Sun 11 – 5 pm
Holidays 12 – 5

Sewing
Fabricland carries the basics, including couturier silks, woolens, designer fabrics, cottons and blends, as well as notions, patterns and accessories and the largest selection of fabrics possible, including drapery and upholstery fabrics. Their minimum cut is 20 cm.

Payment
You can pay with credit card, debit or cash.

Inside the store
Their store is wheelchair accessible and they have a public bathroom.

Parking
There’s free parking in front of the store.

More info:
www.fabriclandwest.com

Phone: 604 321 1848

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Fabric Stores in the Lower Mainland

 
Fabricana Richmond

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Fabricana Richmond

Fabricana Richmond

4591 Garden City Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2K4

Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Sat: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed, Thur, Fri: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Sun and holidays: 11 am – 5 pm

Fabricana has two locations in Metro Vancouver: in Richmond and in Coquitlam. Among others, they sell fabrics for clothing, bridal, dancewear, quilting, home decor, outdoor projects. Their bestsellers include quilting fabrics and bridal and dancewear.

 

Sewing
You can find several pattern lines such as Butterick, McCalls, Vogue, Jalie, and Sewaholic as well as various quilting patterns. They also sell craft supplies and notions. Fabricana provides you with a small amount of free swatches and their minimum cut is 10 cm.

Payment
Fabricana accepts credit (Visa and MasterCard), debit, and cash including US dollars. You can place orders through email (askus@fabricana.com) or by phone (604-273-5316).

Inside the store
Their store is accessible by wheelchair and they have a public bathroom. Please do not bring food or drinks!

Parking
There’s free parking available.

More info: www.fabricana.com | facebook |twitter

Phone: 604-273-5316

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Fabricana Coquitlam

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Fabricana Coquitlam

Fabricana Coquitlam

1348 United Blvd., Coquitlam, BC V3K 6Y2

Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Sat: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed, Thur, Fri: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Sun and holidays: 11 am – 5 pm

Fabricana has two locations in Metro Vancouver: in Richmond and in Coquitlam. Among others, they sell fabrics for clothing, bridal, dancewear, quilting, home decor, outdoor projects. Their bestsellers include quiltings fabrics and bridal and dancewear.

Sewing
You can find several pattern lines such as Butterick, McCalls, Vogue, Jalie, and Sewaholic as well as various quilting patterns. They also sell craft supplies and notions. Fabricana provides you with a small amount of free swatches and their minimum cut is 10 cm.

Payment
Fabricana accepts credit (Visa and MasterCard), debit, and cash including US dollars. You can place orders through email (askus@fabricana.com) or by phone (604-524-5454).

Inside the store

Their store is accessible by wheelchair and they have a public bathroom. Please do not bring food or drinks!

Parking
Free parking is available.

More info: www.fabricana.com | facebook |twitter

Phone: 604-524-5454

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Laura’s Fashion Fabrics

“We have a lot of good things tucked in our small store and have been in business for 37 years. We offer friendly, knowledgeable help.”

Fabric Stores in Vancouver - Lauras Fashion Fabrics

Laura’s Fashion Fabrics

1552 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V4B 3Z7

Opening hours
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm
Closed on Sun + holidays

Laura’s Fashion Fabrics sells fashion fabrics for clothing and the required accessories as well as quilting fabrics, basics, and flannelettes. Right now, their rayon batiks sell great for tops and pants.

Sewing
They sell patterns from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, and Kwik Sew and craft supplies and notions such as glues, felts, zippers, or twill tapes! The minimum cut is 25 cm and from there on, they cut every 5 cm.

Payment
They accept credit (Visa and MasterCard), debit and cash (including US dollars),

Inside the store
Their store is accessible by wheelchair and staff will help customers getting what they need. You will also find a basket of toys for children to play with.

More info: www.laurasfashionfabrics.com

Phone: 604.531.3293

 

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Updated on August 4, 2015: information regarding Dressew

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73 Responses to Fabric Stores in Vancouver: The Ultimate Guide

  1. Niki August 3, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Great post! You missed Gala fabrics on South Granville and west 15th (?), though.

    • Niki August 3, 2015 at 7:10 am #

      Whoops, just looked it up and saw that it’s closed now. Sorry about that!

    • Tasia August 3, 2015 at 7:10 am #

      They closed at the end of last year! Their Victoria store is open but not the Vancouver location.

  2. Renee August 3, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    I gotta make my Vancouver / Alaska trip happen soon.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      That would be a great trip! I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska. If there’s anything I can help with on the Vancouver front, let me know! :)

  3. Megan August 3, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    I went to Fabricland Richmond in June. It was heavenly. They had EVERYTHING! Their shirting section was particularly gorgeous and they had a great clearance section.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      I’ve shopped there since I was little and have always loved that store. The clearance section is gold, if you have time to sift through. I’ve found amazing things there!

  4. Rena August 3, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you – I’m always googling fabric stores when I visit Vancouver but I’ve only managed to find a couple of these. Dressed and Atex are definitely worth a visit.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Glad it was useful! We get a lot of questions and I end up typing the same things over and over so here is all of the information in one place.

  5. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas August 3, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for this list. I’m excited to see some stores that I’ve never been to. How did that happen, LOL?

    {For the quilters, or people that just love colourful cottons like me, there is also Wineberry Fabrics and A Great Notion Sewing Supply.}

    Does anyone sell Simplicity patterns in the lower mainland?

    A Colourful Canvas

    • Carley August 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      Unfortunately Simplicity is not sold anywhere in Canada anymore! VERY disappointing!

      • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:51 am #

        I knew you would know the answer to this one! :)

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      That’s awesome that we found new stores for you! Simplicity patterns have slowly disappeared from all the local stores. I guess Canada isn’t a large enough market? Can we buy online? I haven’t tried myself so I’m not certain.

      • France Dorais October 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

        You can still buy Simplicity patterns on line through their website and through Sewingpatterns.com. American dollars only , not cheap!

  6. Dale Odberg August 3, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Exciting! Let’s go button and fabric shopping right now!

  7. Catherine August 3, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Here are a few more: Fabricland also has a branch at Park Royal in West Van, Arlene’s Interiors (several branches in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Langley) has great home decor fabric, Rokko Sarees and Fabrics on Fraser St (silks), also Chintz & Co has a lot of fabrics in their basement, mostly home decor but with many clothing options too.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks for the additions! We’ll add them to the map.

      • Heather December 30, 2015 at 8:22 am #

        Rokkos should definitely be added :D I buy all of my dance fabric there. Tons of sequins, velour, lycra and lace….and all the silk satin bridal etc.

    • Ann Davenport April 8, 2016 at 7:58 am #

      Is the Fabricland store in Park Royal still open….have heard conflicting reports.

  8. Carley August 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    And a few more! I guess many of these may not count as being in Vancouver, but we all know that as a sewer, we will travel far to find a good fabric store!

    Fabricland New Westminster and another in Surrey

    Overseas Fabrics in Abbotsford

    Quilting stores:

    The Needle and I on the Burnaby/New West border

    Stitch and Bobbin in Deep Cove

    Quilted Treasures in Coquitlam

    The Quilted Bear in Ladner

    • Holly August 4, 2015 at 11:41 am #

      Great additions, Carley! I’ve been to all those quilting stores and noticed they weren’t on the list. I love when everyone pools their knowledge!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Yes, we figured that most people would be looking for Vancouver or close to city centre, but these are great additions!

  9. Cherie August 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    How neat, we’re doing the Vancouver-Seward cruise the first week in Sept! Any shops on Vancouver Island?

    • Mitch August 4, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Plenty of fabric stores on the Island – I’m sure that I don’t know them all. There are Fabricland stores in Victoria and Nanaimo but the ones in Duncan, Courtenay and Campbell River are franchise stores so they carry different stock & also have a Red Barn quilting shop as well – and last I checked they still carried Simplicity patterns. Victoria has the Cloth Castle, the Satin Moon (quilting), Stretch & Sew, Gala Fabrics and Capitol Iron Sidney – I’m sure that I’ve missed some. Courtenay also has Huckleberry Fabrics for quilting. Nanaimo has Serge & Sew and Snip & Stitch – both of which are quilting shops – but I bought some lovely batiks there last summer for skirts. Parksville has Sweet Pea for quilting as well. Campbell River has Discovery Trekking Outfitters for outdoors fabric. And Affordable Sew & Vac (Courtenay & Campbell River) carry some fabric as well also notions including heavy weight UV resistant thread.

      • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

        Thanks so much for the suggestions, this is great! Super helpful.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      Gala Fabrics in Victoria is a great fabric store! http://galafabrics.com/ I’m not sure about the rest of Vancouver Island. I did pass a Fabricland in Courtenay/Comox last year. Would love to hear from other Vancouver Islanders on this one!

  10. Jeanne August 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    This seriously could not have been posted at a better time! My husband and I are driving up next weekend for a little mini vacation. Thank you so much for this, it is lovely help.
    xoxo

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      I am so glad to hear that! We have lovely warm weather for you right now, and you’re all prepped for fabric shopping!

  11. Jan Anderson August 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    There is a good sized Fabricland store on Columbia in New Westminster according to their website.

    Fabricland is to Canada as JoAnn to the USA.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Oh yes, I’ve been there! We’ll add it to the map. It’s tucked away a little in a strip mall but it’s a nice big store.

  12. Annette August 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    So many fabric shops! I want to move to Vancouver ( I now reside in Upstate NY)!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Yes, we’re lucky here! Lots of options. Are there not a lot in New York?

  13. Kris August 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Outdoor Innovations is seriously amazing, although their stock comes and goes – if they have something you want (ie: something for trousers or a blouse or a jacket), you should get it right away.

    There is also Our Social Fabrics, where you can donate fabric or buy. It’s very reasonable, and they generally send out emails if they get in something special – one sale they had a bunch of outdoor fabrics (I got a roll of softshell, and enough waterproof fabric for a jacket). Last time they had a donation from a theatre shop.

  14. Helena August 4, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Oh, I’m hoping to return to Vancouver one day, love that city and have friends there, and when I do, I’ll make sure to bring this guide. My family will just have to cope!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      Yes, do! Many of these stores have a bench or chairs for guests to wait. For the downtown stores there’s coffee shops and stores nearby, too!

  15. Sewing Princess August 4, 2015 at 6:40 am #

    Very useful. And the pdf version is just so cute and well done!
    One day I’ll be back and hope to see more.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      Thanks! I’m glad you like the PDF guide, it’s neat eh? Marissa did all the little icons and laid it all out.

  16. Jennifer August 4, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Save On Fabrics on King George Hwy at 64th in Surrey is super cheap. It’s a tiny warehouse and doesn’t look like much but there are wonderful little finds all through the store if you don’t mind digging. It is kind of like end of the roll stock in there but at dirt cheap prices. The store owner is friendly and if you tell her what specifically you want she can take you right to the proper section.

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      I’ve been there, too! I’ll add it to the map. Thanks for the recommendation!

  17. Donna August 4, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Thanks for posting this list and map! You missed my new favourite sewing studio and fabric shop in North Vancouver: Made By Me. They carry some beautiful fabrics!
    http://www.madebyme.ca

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      Oh nice! I hadn’t heard of them, thanks for the recommendation!

  18. Holly August 4, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    La Movida Design Studios in Kitsilano has sewing and fashion illustration classes as well as a small selection of fabrics and notions. They’re super friendly!

    • Tasia August 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation. I hadn’t heard of them either! This is great. We really do have a great city for sewing and fashion!

      • Holly August 5, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

        They’re pretty new, they just opened up two years ago. Glad you know of them now!

  19. Kiera August 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    this is the highlight of my day! I have been piecing together my own list, but this is SO much more efficient and helpful!

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      That’s awesome to hear! It’s good to have all the info in one place, plus the map and printable guide!

  20. Helena k August 4, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    I didn’t even know about Outdoor Innovations and Fabrics etc! Thanks!
    Do you know if there are many wholesalers in Vancouver as well? I’m just starting out in business so I don’t have a clue yet.

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      You’re welcome! Fabrics Etc is fairly new but Outdoor Innovations has been around for decades. Yes, there are many fabric wholesalers in Vancouver. We have a relationship with Telio, a Montreal-based wholesaler that has a showroom in Vancouver – http://sewaholic.net/telio-and-sewaholic-patterns-team-up/ that would be a good place to start! Most of the other Vancouver fabric wholesalers can be found easily by searching ‘fabric wholesalers vancouver.’ What sort of business are you starting?

      • Helena K August 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

        Thanks again! I would like to eventually have a part-time alteration and fitting gig. I love the process of sewing and fitting but I have way too many clothes personally haha!

  21. Susan Morse August 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    A little further east, but AGreat Notion has two stores, one on the Surrey/Langley border and one in Abbotsford. Great selection of quilting cottons, batiks, flannel, minkie, rayon batiks and stretch knits. Also a great place for notions!!

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      Oh yes! Great suggestion. I took the bra making class there and think of them for classes, notions and sewing machines, but they do have fabric and supplies as well!

  22. Katherine August 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    LOVE Atex fabrics! You can’t beat their prices on their natural fabrics. Everytime I get my notions at Dressew I have to go to Atex to see if I ‘need’ to buy any of their raw silks or bamboo knits.

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      It’s so convenient that they are right across the street from each other eh? :)

  23. Denise August 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for such a great list! I’d also add Sundrop Textiles in Port Coquitlam. They have a good selection of outerwear and swimwear fabrics, in addition to other fabrics.http://www.sundroptextiles.com/index.htm

    • Sandra August 7, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion, Denise, we added them to the Google Map!

  24. Yumi August 5, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this! I just moved to the Seattle area from the east coast (and proximity to NYC!) and have been looking for a great guide to fabric near this part of the world. Vancouver is super high on my list of places to go so now I can visit and bring back my favorite kinds of souvenirs!

    • Sandra August 7, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Awesome, glad to hear we could help you :) Have a great time in Vancouver when you visit the city!

  25. Leah @ L3Designs August 6, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    Thanks for the great resource!

    I love Rokko’s fabrics for 4 way stretch and dance wear! They have lots of other great finds too!

    Sundrop Textiles is great and has a good selection of classes. In the past these have focused on swimwear and stretch sewing, but think they have a much wider variety now.

    Tom’s Sewing ~ a great quilt shop on 120th/Scott Road. They have a great inhouse service department too!

    And if you head as far as Chilliwack, there is both Hammel’s and CountryFolk Fabrics!

    A Fabricland in Langley and Chilliwack….

    • Sandra August 7, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Great suggestions, we added them to our Google Map!

  26. Jane August 6, 2015 at 1:20 am #

    This is a great list, thanks for posting.

    We have a great little pop up shop in Squamish at Billies Flower House at 38082 Cleveland Avenue in Downtown Squamish. The owner also operates a mail order with high quality, modern and fresh fabrics for quilting and sewing projects at http://www.cedarandneedlefabric.com/

    and then there is Stitch and Bobbin is a quilt shop in North Vancouver
    2065 Old Dollarton Road
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
    (604) 982-0088

    • Sandra August 7, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      You’re welcome, Jane, and thanks for the suggestions :)

  27. wendy August 7, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Good list but missing a fantastic shop in N.Van. Stitch and Bobbin carry’s a awesome selection of fabrics including linen, cotton lawn and a dedicated section for solids. It’s a must see shop. She just celebrated her 1st birthday.

    http://www.stitchandbobbin.com/

    • Sandra August 7, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion, Wendy, we added them to our Google Map!

  28. Roseana Auten August 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Oh my gosh, looks like you published this list in honor of my visit to Vancouver, which was last weekend! Can’t believe I missed this by just a day or two. Next time, perhaps!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      Oh no! Well you’ll be well prepared for next time then. Did you get to any fabric shops?

  29. Kat August 17, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Don’t forget about Our Social Fabric! We have sales once a month. All our fabric has been diverted from landfills and sells for about $2/m.

    oursocialfabric.wordpress.com

  30. Bev September 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Just to let you know that Gala Fabrics closed and the went to their new store Fabrics Etc on Kingsway. Which you listed.

    • Tasia September 9, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Yup, the Vancouver location is closed. The Victoria location is still open as far as we are aware!

  31. Diane March 21, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Does anyone have an idea where I can purchase drifit type of fabrics?

  32. Isolde June 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    This is an interesting list, but it seems mainly geared towards quilters, looking for quilting cottons (or at least the number of quilting type shops on the list is quite high). I am surprised that you have left out all of the fabulous Indian fabric stores (except for Rokko’s). There are at least a couple dozen shops selling beautiful and interesting fabrics, usually at excellent prices, but they are not on your list.

    My friends and I are avid sewists, and we are making a trip from the US to Vancouver next weekend specifically to shop at the interesting Indian fabric stores. When doing research online to make sure we were not missing any good stores, I happened upon your list. I think you need to add at least some of the Indian fabric shops, such as:
    1. Punjab Cloth Warehouse
    2. Guru Bazaar
    3. Frontier Cloth House
    4. East-West Fabrics
    5. Dhillon Fashions & Fabric

    Plus many, many more. These are all located in Surrey. I think Rokko’s and Mona Cloth House might be among the only fabric merchants remaining in the Punjabi Market area near 49th & Main in Vancouver. If we find more fabric stores are still open there after our trip, I will post those as well.

  33. Donna June 22, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Don’t forget
    castles sewing .center
    18543 Fraser Hwy
    Surrey bc

    They carry fabric, notions
    Repair machines and sell Brother and Pfaff machines.
    This is family owned for 72 years. The owners are very knowledgeable

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