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Cheap Fabric Stores on Sydney Road, Brunswick

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Published December 3rd 2013
Fabulous frills that won't break your bank
Having more ambition than good sense, I recently decided to make a summer dress. I'm no seamstress beyond taking things up or in, replacing a button or re-hemming a pair of shorts I didn't learn much from my years of mandatory sewing lessons at school. But I do own a sewing machine, and on a recent rainy day I dug it out of the cupboard and decided to put it to good use. The only problem was I needed some supplies.

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Brunswick Fabrics - love that sale sign!


Sydney Road is a haven for the bargain-hunter, with two-dollar stores and vintage clothing shops lining its long central district. Fortunately for me, it's also home to a few genuinely well-priced fabric stores that can fulfil the dreams of every seamstress, from the amateur to the expert.

Three of the best are conveniently clustered together around the corner of Albert Street and Sydney Road (where the ANZ and Commonwealth banks are) Brunswick Fabric, Unique Fabrics, and Anne's Discount Fabrics. Between them, these three longstanding shops offer fabric beginning at $2.99 per metre, and lining in a range of colours from just one dollar per metre. There is not a wide selection of prints, but basic cotton and poly blends are available in a range of colours, and you can find dance and special occasion fabrics at a tenth of the price of large retail stores. While you may have to go elsewhere for buttons, bobbins and other sewing paraphernalia, there are plenty of discount stores around that will usually stock the basics.

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Exterior of Unique Fabrics on Sydney Road


Next time you're hit with a fit of seamstress inspiration perhaps you'd like to make something for the upcoming Christmas season? don't go to the bigger stores until you've discovered the budget-friendly gems that are just around the corner.

Anne's Discount Fabrics is at 363 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. You can call them on 03 9387 8380.

Brunswick Fabric is located at 383 Sydney Road, and is contactable on 03 9387 7306.

Unique Fabrics is at 396 Sydney Rd. Their phone number is 03 9381 1912.

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Some sale items out the front of Unique Fabrics in Brunswick
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Why? Budget buys for the crafty and creative
Where: Sydney Road, Brunswick
Your Comment
Thanks for the article, I had no idea these shops existed.
Can you post a pick of your frock? :)
by alesl (score: 2|147) 2016 days ago
My mum loves rummaging through the odd bits of material you can buy in shops. She's made pillow cases, curtains, and other things with them, so a good bargain shop like this is great.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12386) 2023 days ago
Now I just wish I could sew!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|365) 2023 days ago
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