SF Bay Area Fabric Stores


39 thoughts on “SF Bay Area Fabric Stores

      • Pauline ao'Connell says:

        Not “moving” per se, but expanding. SFStore remains, while Linda is opening the very first quilt shop in Mexico.

    • Susan Lutter says:

      Hi! There’s an interesting fabric source in Mountain View (mid-peninsula, just off 101) that you might consider listing. FabMo rescues new/unused designer and home goods fabrics from showrooms and makes them available to the public through monthly events: one weekend is mainly designer/upholstery, another is home goods, etc. Anyone can shop, prices are extremely low, inventory is constantly changing. Their website is a bit rough: http://www.fabmo.org but the fabrics are beautiful. I’m a client; my project makes accessory bags, cases, totes, etc. as fundraisers: http://actforgreatapes.org/gorillas-thrive.html
      Thanks for listening!

    • Wendy T says:

      Three Alameda updates:
      Quilt Fans has been closed for a few years now.

      Needle in a Haystack is a fantastic needlework shop. You can find fun threads, charms and beads to embellish your quilts…2433 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 102, 510-522-0404, 877-429-7822.

      The Sewing Room primarily caters to people who sew clothes, holding lessons and parties, but there is a selection of fabric in the shop… 2434 Webb Avenue, 510-332-9807.

  1. Ruth says:

    Natural Expressions in Los Gatos is my favorite for the South Bay. The shop also sells beads – they don’t have a huge area devoted to fabric, but they have a high proportion of modern fabrics from designers like Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, etc.

    Also in the South Bay are The Granary, (slightly more traditional fabrics, but lots of colors if you need to pick up an additional fabric for a quilt) Prairie Queen (haven’t enjoyed the customer service at this store, fabric ok), and Beverly’s (fabric is superior to Joann’s but price is similar. Some fabrics are “quilt-shop quality” and some are not).

  2. Marcella says:

    I don’t know how far south you are wanting to go, but a great shop for modern fabrics is Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz. Definitely worth the drive! They also have quite a few organic fabrics as well as trims and other fun notions.

  3. Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for creating this list! I am brand new to sewing and this website has been so helpful. I honestly did not know there were fabric stores beyond JoAnn. I appreciate the time and effort you took to create this list.

  4. Margaret says:

    I haven’t been to any of these, but a few to add in the North Bay:

    Quilted Angel
    200 G Street

    Stitch Craft
    133 Kentucky Street

    Picket Fence Quilts
    6090 B Redwood Blvd

    There used to be a store on Fourth Street in San Rafael–around 4th & E–but I can’t find it anywhere via Google. Also, found this when looking for Stitch Craft’s info: http://sarahbeata.wordpress.com/shopping/

      • Linda Gavette says:

        Quilted Angel has classes and a really nice selection of quilting fabrics.
        Stitch Craft is run by a woman who spent years in the clothing manufacturing industry. It is mostly a teaching business but she has some nice fabrics and a few notions as well. Very small but I hear her classes are great.
        Picket Fences Closed.

  5. adrienne says:

    Once Around is a new shop in Mill Valley. In addition to quilting supplies/fabrics, they also carry supplies for many ofther crafts.

  6. Alison Marie says:

    So where would be the best (i.e. least expensive) place for yardage of white flannel? It’s for the design wall in my new place, so cheap is fine, but it’s not on sale at Jo-ann’s right now, and I am totally new to the area (been in Oakland for 6 days after 13 years in Los Angeles).

    • Peppermint Pinwheels says:

      Hi Alison – welcome to the area! You could try Discount Fabric on San Pablo in Berkeley. I used a king size flannel sheet that I got at a second hand sale. I don’t think you can get any cheaper than that!

  7. Jamie says:

    Great Map…and so sad how sparse the San Francisco fabric shops are!! Unfortunately, Urban Burp has closed its Columbus Ave doors, but will hopefully be reopening in a yet to be decided location soon. There is also a Discount Fabric at 2315 Irving Street – (415) 564-7333.

  8. Helene says:

    How can one read the reviews of the stores? I double clicked on a review but nothing happened. Beverly’s in Alameda has great quilting fabric (quilt store quality). They also have a monthly flyer with a coupon for 25% off the price of one piece of fabric which helps! They do have some lesser quality fabric but that is normally on a table set apart from the quality fabric. I have gotten LOTS of great fabric there for a very reasonable price! The fabric manager is wonderful as well as the two women who normally work Saturdays! Love this store for fabric!

    • Peppermint Pinwheels says:

      The map doesn’t have reviews left by us as a guild. It’s only a listing that we’ve compiled of known fabric shops in the Bay Area. You can read the reviews through Google by clicking on the name of the store, but it’s not something set up through our map.

  9. Alison Marie Schmidt says:

    One of the members of the Bay Area MQG just opened a brick&mortar version of her online shop, The Intrepid Thread.
    It’s an easy drive down 580/880 or 660 from Oakland/Berkeley area.
    1709 S. Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035, (408) 649-3844
    Hours of operation :
    Mon-Thur 10am – 6pm
    Friday 10am – 7pm
    Saturday 11am – 5pm

  10. floribunda says:

    There’s a little imports store in Alameda that (I recently discovered) also sells yarn and a small selection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics — it’s
    Silk Road
    1412 Park St
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510) 749-9941

  11. Myriah Zaytoun says:

    We’d love to be added to your list! We carry a beautiful, bright assortment of Michael Miller, Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake, and more. We also carry tons of craft supplies, Alchemy yarns, and offer classes in sewing, knitting, and calligraphy.

    The Makery
    170 State Street
    Los Altos, CA 94022

  12. Lisa Bourgeault says:

    Laurel Leaf in San Carlos and Intrepid Thread in Milpitas are now closed. I believe Intrepid Thread may still have an on-line shop.

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