Austin, Texas Fabric Store Guide

All addresses are in Austin, Texas unless otherwise indicated.

Independent Fabric Stores

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The Common Thread

The Common Thread

The Common Thread

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The Common Thread
(512) 445-7270
701-E S. Lamar Blvd. (One block south of Barton Springs Road)

The Common Thread is one of Austin’s newest independent fabric stores. Owner Jeannie chose a beautiful, airy, centrally located space to house her inventory of fabrics, notions, books, and patterns for apparel and crafts. While the focus is on apparel fabrics, there really is a little bit of everything. Fabric brands include Liberty of London, Echino, Art Gallery Fabrics, and Cloud9 Organics. Look for oilcloths and laminated cotton, a small selection of vintage fabrics, organics, and some seriously lovely knits.

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Stitch Lab - Grand Opening Party

Just Some of the Fabric at the Stitch Lab

Velvet Ribbon oooooooooooooooooh!

Shopping at the Stitch Lab

Awesome Vintage Doll Sewing Pattern Collages

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The Stitch Lab
(512) 440-0712
1000 S. First Street

Leslie Bonnell had been offering her wildly popular sewing and crafting classes out of her backyard studio for about a decade before finally moving up to this amazing space on South First. A roster of local crafty celebs offer a variety of classes in sewing, surface design, embroidery, millinery, knitting, and more. It’s just a wonderful, inspiring, energizing place. The Stitch Lab also houses a fabric shop with a great variety of modern cotton prints from domestic and Japanese manufacturers, and also wool felt and PFD fabrics. See current selection here.

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Spruce Upholstery
(512) 454-8181
6607 N. Lamar

Spruce is another relatively new addition to the Austin textile scene. They offer custom upholstered furnishings, upholstery services, classes, and a mind-blowing selection of fabric — from high-end brands like Knoll and Designers Guild to indie designers/True Up favorites Skinny Laminx, Ink & Spindle, Mod Green Pod, and Timorous Beasties.

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Austin Sewing and Vacuum
(512) 899-3233
8213 Brodie Lane #100

(512) 310-7349
1401 S. IH 35 Ste 170
Round Rock, TX 78664

Austin Sew & Vac is the local dealer of Pfaff and Janome sewing machines. They also have a surprising quantity of designer quilting fabric. They also offer sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery classes.

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The Fabric Shop
(512) 442-5065
316 E. Oltorf

This is a tiny, charming store in an old strip center on Oltorf and Congress. The proprietress is extremely nice and helpful. They stock mostly garment fabrics (rayons, etc.).

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Fanny’s Fabrics for the Home [CLOSED]
(512) 442-8255
1150 S. Lamar

Fanny’s sells interior fabrics and trims. They are almost always having some sort of seasonal sale, but their prices are quite reasonable all the time. Their selection is funkier and more interesting than the chains — full of retro designs. They provide great customer service and can refer you local upholsters, seamstresses, designers, or other sewists.

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Ginger’s Needlearts & Framing  [CLOSED]
(512) 454-5344
5322 Cameron Road

I love Ginger’s, especially Ginger herself. She always makes me feel very welcome. This is primarily a needlepoint/embroidery/cross-stitch and framing shop, but they devote just as much space to quilting. Ginger is GREAT at helping you pick a suitable quilt pattern for your skill level and helping pick out fabrics, including how much you need of each. So if you’re a beginning quilter in need of some hand-holding, make this your first stop. Ginger’s has as much if not more fabric that I covet than the Quilt Store does — 1930-40s reproductions, Amy Butler, and novelty prints from Alexander Henry and the like. They have a substantial sales rack in the back room. By the way, this is also the place to go if you’re into embroidery and want to see the world beyond DMC floss. Sign up in-store for their email newsletter and you’ll be hooked up with their event schedule, sales, and they’ll let you know when the scissors sharpening guy is coming!

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Honey Bee Quilt Store
(512) 257-1269
9308 Anderson Mill Rd, Suite 300

A friendly neighborhood quilt store, mostly traditional, with lots of fabrics you won’t find elsewhere in town. They carry 100% wool felt in a range of colors. Far far away (from me), but worth the drive.

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Interior Fabrics
(512) 302-2555
7719 Burnet Rd #A

A discount store carrying a wide selection of drapery, upholstery, and home dec fabrics. Nothing much out of the mainstream (most everything is a neutral or jewel tone) but they have all the basics you could ever want, and consistently great deals on just about everything. If you’re in the market for silk dupioni, this is your store. They also have very affordable down pillow forms in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

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Picket Fences
(512) 458-2565
1003 W. 34th St.

This is a high-end store selling baby clothes, baby accessories, and interior fabrics suited for kids’ rooms and clothing.

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Quilt Store Inc
(512) 453-1145
2700 W. Anderson Ln. # 301

Oooh I love me some Quilt Store. They have the biggest selection of cottons in Austin; just about every quilt notion, book, and pattern that exists; and a fat, friendly store cat. If you want to pick up a pack of coordinated fat quarters for a gift or quick stash enhancement, they have a really nice selection of those. Their prices are average, and even though you could find the stuff cheaper elsewhere on the internet, this is the kind of local business that deserves support. I think they have storewide sales once in a while but unfortunately I’ve never caught one. They have a nice big classroom area which makes me want to take one of their classes someday.

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Silk Road  [CLOSED]
(512) 302-0844
3910 N Lamar Blvd.

Mid-to-high end shop that specializes in natural textiles: silk, cotton, and linen. They have the best selection of Amy Butler’s lines, and they might be the only place in Austin to get reproduction barkcloth. It’s definitely the only place in Austin to get unusual, fine silks from all over the world. If I wanted to make some special occasion clothing, this is probably where I’d end up. They also carry tons of AMAZING buttons (new, not vintage, but vintage-looking).

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The Chains

Calico Corners
(512) 467-9462
3010 W Anderson Ln.

Home dec chain.

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Tandy Leather
(512) 302-4440+
5318 Cameron Rd.

Right next to Ginger’s Needlearts & Quilting — your one-stop shop for leather scraps, pieces, full hides, and everything you need to tool and stitch it.

 

Hancock Fabrics
(512) 442-3446
4001 S Lamar Blvd

13450 Research Blvd #107
(512) 258-2598

Hancock Fabrics is still hanging on in a couple Austin locations after the company’s bankruptcy and rounds of store closings in 2006-7. They have a decent selection of some of the quality quilting fabric lines, including Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids and Pimatex basics. Keep an eye on their sales fliers online, sign up for their email coupons, and you’re set.

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Hobby Lobby

several locations around Austin & suburbs — see store locator on their website.

Hobby Lobby’s fabric selection is 97% boring, but occasionally you find something weird and great. They stock some better quality cottons and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids in a nice variety of colors, and are an good source for your basics: muslin, fleece, tulle, etc. Keep an eye on the weekly sales flyers and go there when the discounts happen to coincide with your needs.

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Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
(512) 280-4889
2110 Slaughter Ln (in HEB shopping center)

(512) 795-8086
10515 N Mopac Expressway NB, Bld 1 (Arbor Walk, strip mall south of The Domain)

If you do any crafting at all, you are familiar with Jo-Ann. Sign up for their email list and you’ll get 40% (or more) off coupons in your email periodically. Or keep an eye on their sales fliers and go stock up on 99-cent patterns and 50%-off notions. They’ve recently gone whole-hog with the scrapbooking and knitting. They recently opened a superstore on MoPac, with two really impressive walls of solids and fleece and more fabrics overall, plus a Husqvarna store-within-the-store. As always, this is the place to go for basics. Sorting through the bargain bins usually holds a pleasant surprise or two.

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Sewing Studios/Schools/Classes

The Stitching Studio
(512) 219-0321
9725-B Anderson Mill Rd.

The Stitching Studio offers a wide variety of classes, and you can also rent studio time there. It’s also the location of Thread-Bare DIY Thrift Store, selling vintage and new fabrics, notions, patterns, and misc. craft supplies.

 

The Stitch Lab
(512) 440-0712
1000 S. First Street

(see listing above under Independent Fabric Stores)

 

Austin School of Fashion Design
(512) 448-9636
3216 South Congress Ave.

I don’t know anything about this place, check out the calendar for everything from beginning sewing to fashion illustration to sloper development. The brainchild of professional fashion designer Mary Margaret Quadlander, it looks like a comprehensive alternative to university fashion design programs.

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Additions? Corrections? Opinions? Please let us know in the comments!

16 Comments

  1. Meghan says:

    Thanks for putting this together! I didn’t know about some of these places. I’ll definitely have to go soon :)

  2. Kari says:

    Fun idea! You should do Denver, CO sometime.

  3. ariane says:

    Silk Road recently moved and is reopening sometime this week. I think their new location is on MLK. The website has their new address.

    Thanks for putting this list together!

  4. Kristy says:

    Great minds think alike. I have been visiting lots of stores around Australia in the last few months and will be blogging about each of them over the coming months. My post detailing my resons behind starting such an undertaking is on my blog now and I hope to post the first of many reviews in the next day or so!

  5. melimba says:

    YESSSSSSSS!
    you are the best, Kim! I’m thrilled to finally know what these fabric stores have to offer! And to include a comprehensive list? Just plain AWESOME!
    I will definitely be printing this puppy out and start planning my next outing to Austin.
    Gracias!
    best,
    melis

  6. caroline says:

    You should add Ready to Sew. It’s way up in Cedar Park, but they carry a lot of Amy Butler and other similar lines of cottons. It’s definitely worth the drive if you’re looking for something that no other store in town carries.

  7. nanann says:

    Definitely should add Ready to Sew Bernina at 1431 and Parmer. I really like them. They carry Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Bari J, etc etc. They have also always been super friendly and have sales often. (yes, I shop there a lot!)

    And, in the completely opposite direction, you should add B&B Quilting (I think that’s the name) in Buda. Their shop is filled to the rafters. They carry Moda and Michael Miller, amongst others.

    There are some others, but they are further out of town. The quilt shop in Salado was surprisingly very nice with a big selection (although they needed more lights when I went there).

  8. Mitzi says:

    Love this post! I linked to it on the Austin Modern Quilt Guild page. Thanks for putting this together.

    I also agree about adding Ready to Sew Bernina. They have an amazing selection of modern fabrics in particular. They also offer classes and are always friendly.

  9. Jennifer says:

    There is also The Sewing Station, which has a long-arm quilting machine that you can rent for only $15/hr.

    There is a new Joann’s up in Round Rock as well that is very nice.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I forgot to also say the Austin Sew & Vac in Round Rock has a 20% off fabric sale every third Saturday, which makes for some great prices on their designer fabrics.

  11. Et tu, True Up???

    I work at the Hancock on South Lamar in Austin, and we’re doing great– not “hanging on”– since we closed some under-performing stores half a decade ago.

    I work on Saturdays, and if you seek me out, I’ll make sure you get awesome service and show you the good deals. Right now, we’ve got all of spring and summer apparel marked down 50%, and we have a ton of quilting cottons on clearance.

  12. Melinda says:

    Thanks for compiling this list! The Quilt Store is near me and I wondered if I should pop in and now I know it will be worth my time! Although I am a little nervous about the combo of cat hair and fabric (although he is adorable). We need more places in Northwest Austin! Maybe Stitch Lab will put their second location in this area. One can wish…

  13. Kim says:

    Oh please oh please do Charlotte NC. If I were near Austin, this would be absolutely priceless. There is no happier place than a fabric store.

  14. ingrid says:

    Thanks for this great list – just wish I had had it 2 weeks ago when I was in Austin for the first time. Love this city – need to go back now I have this fab fabric info.

  15. Annihka says:

    Kari is right! There are some really splendid fabric stores in Denver, Colorado (Fancy Tiger for example). Also, Fort Collins, Colorado has a brand new fabric store called “mama said sew” that sells a combination of vintage and modern fabrics. I think a northern colorado post could showcase some really cool stores.

  16. Brianna says:

    Thanks for the info on Austin. I hope you continue to do posts like these in the future. It is great to hear about the smaller mom and pop shops.