Fabric Place (Boston Area) Closing

The Boston-area Fabric Place is closing down after 60 years in business. This video, part of the Boston Globe’s story, made me tear up, even though I’ve never been there.

Sigh. Seems like quite a loss. How many local independent brick-and-mortar shops and small chains are even left anymore?

(via Jenn Ski)


  1. deirdre says:

    I was so sad to hear about The Fabric Place closing, they were really my favorite fabric store. I haven’t been in a few years, since I left New England, but I still compare all fabric stores to them, most just can’t compare.

  2. Michele C says:

    I got married in the Boston area and purchased my wedding dress fabric there. Here is a blog post about my 20th wedding anniversary this year and a picture of my dress: http://calicodaisy.blogspot.com/2008/03/twenty-years-march-26-1988.html.

    Thanks for all the updates!


  3. Michele C says:

    Wow! I just watched the video. I believe that is the Framingham location where I bought my goods. Boy, I’m from the south where there is a fabric store on every block it seems. When I lived in Foxboro in 1988-1991, you had to search high and low for fabrics, so I was always running over there. I remember that I was a wreck, alone and new in Boston, getting married in just a few months, and those ladies were so helpful. I’m so glad I was a part of that history!

  4. Baba says:

    So sad to see the loss of such a fabulous fabric outlet. Where are all the fabric stores going?

  5. Jennifer says:

    I live about 40 minutes from there. And the last time I went (about two years ago) I was a little disappointed in the cotton fabric selection. Truth be told I was looking for something very specific and that’s how I started buying fabric online. I feel so bad now! But I’ll tell ya….they did have everything! Their knitting department was phenomenal! The employees were always so helpful.
    There are absolutely no good fabric stores left around here! JoAnns and that’s about it. No offense, not a big fan of JoAnns.

  6. Jan says:

    So sorry to read this. I grew up in Massachusetts and always bought the fabric for my high school home ec projects here…as well as many cottons, when I first started quilting, about 30 years ago. It was the best place for miles *back in the day*.

  7. jane says:

    My mom and I bought the fabric for my first formal dress there. They are having a good sale if anyone wants to stop in… very sad.

  8. maryse says:

    the closing of the fabric place is a sad thing. i don’t sew, but a friend of mine does and we would meet there every month or so for a little shopping before going out to dinner. no place better for notions and their yarn department was great.

    joanns just doesn’t cut it. there is an adorable shop in franklin mass though. franklin mills.

  9. Barbara says:

    I can’t beleive Fabric Place is closing. You all remember it as the Sportswear Store.
    For those of you that would like to go to a store that has miles of fabric, there is a gem just over the border in NH. Just south of Manchester in Bedford, NH there is a store called Martin’s House of Cloth. They have literally thousands of yards of fabrics. Drapery, upholstery, quilting and all the supplies to go along with each. Their prices are low, always great in store sales and the two best things…no tax and great scenery.
    About an hour north of Boston.