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Where to Buy Fabric in Perth

So now that i’ve moved home, you guys know there’s only one thing on my mind right??? That’s right, fabric!

I know I have something of a “habit” when it comes to fabric. I’ve become quite accustomed to shopping online whilst living in the States – and I’m hoping i’ll find lots of great online stores back in Australia too. Until then, I thought I might do a little recap of my favourite fabric stores in Perth.

Fabulous Fabrics – this is the store where my mom bought the fabric for my wedding dress! I LOVE this store – definitely my top recommendation. It is pricey, but they only sell beautiful quality fabrics, and their customer service is fantastic! I remember one of my friends from school used to work there, which made it all the more fun to shop at. Their original store is in Balcatta (right next to my old church!) but my mother in law tells me they just opened a new store in the Perth CBD

Knitwit – this store is actually kind of hard to find. It’s off Stirling Hwy in Claremont, and it’s a great little store specialising just in knit/jersey/stretchy fabrics. They have amazing selection – but once again it is pricey. I also want to put in a good word for the customer service too – when I was learning to sew with stretchy fabrics i had absolutely no idea what i was doing, and was having trouble finding practical resources. The ladies in this store very happily spent time explaining to me exactly what to do, and put up with me coming back later with more questions. Honestly, this kind of service is rare.

Spotlight – I know this is not the store with the best quality or anything, but it is the biggest and the cheapest and sometimes you need that. I’d say it’s like a combination of the American stores JoAnn fabrics and Michaels crafts. You can get pretty much everything here – and the thing i like is that their shoppers club card actually gives you discounts when you shop, not just a stupid catalog in the mail. Many of my favourite designs were made with fabric from spotlight – this top, this top, this skirt (seen here, here,  here actually i’ve worn it too much to keep linking) – this dress – so please don’t dismiss this store.

Calico & Ivy – This little store is really so gorgeous. I shopped there a little bit before we moved to the states, and it really has a beautiful selection of good quality fabrics in unique prints (plus the often hard to find Liberty prints). Pricey, but i guess that’s the way with these things. I haven’t been in a while since it’s far from where i currently live – but it really is worth another trip

Materialise – I haven’t personally been in this little store – but my mother in law has bought me some truly gorgeous fabrics from it. They apparently focus on carrying high quality fabrics (such as Liberty of London) – so te prices will obviously be high, but thats the general story when you buy high quality products. I can’t wait to visit this little gem.

Crossways Fabric – This is another little store – and they don’t have a very large stock, and their focus is really more on yarns, but I haven definitely found some good hidden gems here once in while when i pop into Subiaco. Plus they often have a little table of 50% off fabrics, and well i just can’t say no to sales hehe

Textile Traders – eh. I’m not a huge fan. It’s not a bad store – much like Spotlight in quality, but slightly higher priced. I haven’t really had good experiences with them – i guess because their selection is small – and they refused to give me a fabric swatch once (even when i offered to pay for it) and accused me of going around Perth and conning fabric stores out of swatches so i could make a quilt. Seriously??? that’s just insane. I’d like to see what quilt could be made with a 1″ by 3″ strip of fabric. Oh hey, did i just segway into a rant? oops sorry… Maybe i’m biased, but that experience pretty much turned me against them for life.

Did I miss anything awesome?? If you have a good Perth fabric store recommendation let me know – i know I definitely haven’t been to every store in town and after all, you tend to stick to stores in your local area, and it’s been 5 years since i went fabric shopping back home!

Also, I’m going to try and compile a good list of online stores that serve Australia – I’ve already got a couple in mind, but I’d love any good tips!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Giggles in the Sun
10 years ago

I recently ordered some swatches from the Bamboo Fabric Store http://www.bamboofabricstore.com.au/ and they were wonderful. I really must get around to actually ordering the fabric :-)

Lauren
10 years ago

Welcome back home to Australia! I’m impressed at the actual number of fabric stores in Perth. There are probably lots here in Brisbane too, but I only know of about 2 or 3 (including Spotlight), I’m just not good at seeking out that type of thing. But I have noticed a few online with amazing prints, but again, quite pricey!

Lauren
10 years ago

Oh also I have noticed on Etsy some people sell fabric. I was looking for grey or yellow chevron fabric recently and I found some on there by just doing a local search.

Min
Min
10 years ago

Do you have Lincraft store in Perth? They sell fabric too.

Deb Koobakii
Deb Koobakii
10 years ago

Would just like to say a very big welcome back home Megan. You have probably not heard of an awesome fabric shop called “Potters” yet. They are a family run fabric wholesaler who have been in business for many years, and have relocated to a property with a small shop front enabling them to retail their luscious fabric to the public. When you have a free moment !! you simply must visit – 12 McEwan Street, West Leederville Mon – Fri 10.00am – 4.00 pm. Their fabrics are lovely and the prices are amazing.

Angela
Angela
10 years ago

I was just about to tell you all about Potters too, I can highly recommend them! If you “like” them on Facebook they will keep you informed of their sales too. All of their fabrics are wonderful quality, great customer service and prices. Get there ASAP!

Jenn Quick
Jenn Quick
10 years ago

Yep Potters for me too, all the prices are wholesale and the service is individual, they will chat about their fabrics and they have a girl working there who is a designer and full of hints and advice. I think Lincraft can still be found at Whitfords City but I haven’t ventured up there lately.

KathleenS
10 years ago

My fabric shopping partner-in-crime and I always drop by Textile Traders in Balcatta when we go to Fabulous Fabrics (when I’m in Perth once or twice a year). Yes, they have a lot of garbage, but sometimes they have the exact same fabric as FF at a third of the price.

Moey
10 years ago

Megan, there is a place called Home Textiles or Homecraft Textiles in Mirrabooka near the shopping centre there (or, there was 5 years ago anyway) and it has a large range of discount fabrics. Gorgeous knits for things such as designer baby wraps and lots of fancy fabrics and whatnot. At very good prices. It’s not well-organized but it’s inexpensive and fun to look around.

Sarah Marguerite
Sarah Marguerite
10 years ago

It’s funny you should write this post today because I was planning on emailing you a related question. I was working on a practice darling ranges dress last night – getting my sewing skills back in shape. I’m using some old hand-me-down fabric that is 100% cotton and clearly wrinkles way too easily to actually be worn. Would you consider doing a blog post on different types of fabrics and their pros and cons? Thanks!

Jenn Quick
Jenn Quick
10 years ago

Oops, Homecraft Textiles, how could I forget? They are now in Victoria Park on Albany Highway, that shop is a wonderland of stuff!

Carolyn
Carolyn
10 years ago

I live in Sydney and have so far found online fabric stores a bit lacking- but I would love to hear what you find!

Katie@ Grow. Cook. Sew.

You have already mentioned all my favourites.. Materialise is literally about 5 minutes WALK from my house so I am often there.. such a cute little store.. you must try and visit!
Calico and Ivy is defiantly a favourite too. I can’t believe I had never heard of ‘Potters’ .. must check them out! Xx

Deb
Deb
9 years ago

Hi, I know this is 6 months later, but the new Textile Traders shop in Joondalup is fabulous… very light and bright, lots of space, I love it, open 7 days a week too :)

I’m also going to have a look at Potters, sounds great.

I’m more a quilter than a clothes sewer, sadly a lot of the quilt shops have closed, but Quintessential Quilts is in Morley and quite a few of the ladies who used to work at Country Patchwork Cottage (now closed) in Balcatta.

Marissa
Marissa
8 years ago

Just found your blog which motivated me to check out Potters – aka Fabric Outlet Shop. They have moved over to north perth – 3 Auckland st. Also there is a lincraft at Whitfords but I haven’t looked at fabrics in there for years.

Sally
Sally
8 years ago

Haha glad you said that about textile traders. Their owner (the guy who seems happy in the ads and in the pictures) is the grumpiest, most unfriendly man. He was a regular customer at one of my previous jobs. I wouldn’t have known he’s the same guy off the ad if my boss hadn’t told me as the man never smiled and always seemed like he was in a foul mood so looked so different from the chirpy guy in the ads!

smp
smp
3 years ago

How has no-one here heard of Homecraft Textiles?
https://www.homecrafttextiles.com.au/

Susanne Arena
Susanne Arena
9 months ago
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They are great!