Do you have an uncontrollable urge to add to your fabric stash or do you have a special project in mind? Maybe some school holiday sewing. So where do you go to buy fabric?
You probably know about the big names of Spotlight and Lincraft and these are both great fabric and craft shops with a huge array of choices. But there are also some smaller specialty stores around Brisbane that offer unusual fabric and great service.
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1. Sckafs Fabrics, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
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Sckaf's is hidden away on the ground floor of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre near Myers. It is a family owned business that offers great old fashioned service. I have been to Sckaf's many times armed with several dumb questions about my sewing projects and I have never been made to feel silly. The relatively small store packs in everything you could possibly need from great dress materials, kids' fabrics, lace, trimmings, cotton, patterns and sewing accessories. Plus it's right near the Shingle Inn so you can reward yourself with a coffee and cake after your visit. They also have an online store
2. Gardams Fabrics, 288 Edward St, Brisbane.
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Gardams has had a store in the city for as long as I can remember and after a brief foray to Indooroopilly they are back. The store stocks fine fabrics and accessories and is the perfect place to get materials for a special project. In addition, their staff are specialist dress makers and have saved me from a disaster or two. They also have a sewing school which offers a range of classes. Definitely worth checking out the website.
I stumbled across this lovely shop by accident and was thrilled that it is just around the corner from me. It is a small shop that also packs a punch. It specialises in patchwork, quilting, cross stitching supplies and wool and is absolutely packed to the hilt with great supplies. The staff are friendly and the shop has regular specials and sales. They also offer classes in quilting and cross stitch. Find out more here
4. Voodoo Rabbit Fabric, 904 Stanley St East, East Brisbane.
So for a very funky store check out Voodoo Rabbit Fabric with its range of very unusual, groovy fabric. The names of the fabric should give you an idea: Abstract Atomic Ochre by Kei Fabrics, Airmail 1930's - Postmarks Blue by Clothworks, Anime Beach Beige by Transpacific Textiles and A Ghastlie Family Reunion Mold Green by Alexander Henry (pictured).
A Ghastlie Family Reunion Mold Green by Alexander Henry (Courtesy of Voodoo Rabbit Fabric)
Voodoo Rabbit also has cross stitch kits, patterns and haberdashery. Like a number of other stores it offers embroidery and sewing classes. So for something a bit different check out their website
If vintage fabrics are your thing then Funky Fabrix at Windsor is the place for you. The store has an extensive range of retro modern fabrics and organic materials from Australia, Japan and Europe that you can buy instore or online. Again the fabric names tell you a little about the kind of fabrics you will find here: About Town Grey, Organic Havana on the Go in Red, Organic Happy Alligators and Classic Rocket Rascals (pictured)
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Funky Fabrix also offers a special service custom making cushions as well as a range of kits, trims, buttons and ribbons. Check out their website here.
One of Australia's leading Bridal and Fashion forward fabric store located at Sumner Park, Brisbane. Whether a couture, vintage or traditional style, "Brides-to-be" are simply spoilt for choice at Fabric Collection. The fabric range includes French and Italian laces, silk satins and chiffons, beaded trimmings, Swiss cottons, embroidery linens and plain and beaded Dupion Silks.View the range at the website, blogspot and keep up to date with all the happenings & specials by liking the Facebook page.
I would like to add Bargain Box at Redland Bay Rd Capalaba. It is family owned and been around for many years. Check out their Facebook page. Now that Spotlight has come to Capalaba, they have improved their stock, have a loyalty card and the shop looks and feels very welcoming. Nice range of fabrics, laces and trims.
You should venture out to Fabric Collection at 80 Sumners road Sumner Park, this place is a candy store for fabric lovers! They have the best fabrics , massive range of cottons, linens, silks and bridal fabrics.
You should venture out to Fabric Collection at 80 Sumners road Sumner Park, this place is a candy store for fabric lovers! They have the best fabrics , massive range of cottons, linens, silks and bridal fabrics