Fabric Warehouse Shopping

fabric warehouseIn our bold new years en devour to sew more for the boy I decided to check out some additional options for fabric shopping. I casually dropped my sister a text, did she want to come with me to try to find this fabric warehouse I had heard of after work? Sure she would come! (Later she admitted she had much too loosely interpreted the word warehouse, she didn’t think I meant an actual warehouse.)

I did.

Honestly I was a little worried after a 40 minute rush hour hike in to a burb this place wasn’t going to really exist or be a total disappointment.

fabric warehouse I have never seen so much fabric in one place. I called Donna and confirmed this place was real, ironically she was in a fabric store. I only snapped a few pictures, but it went on forever. Rows and rows of designer bolts of cotton, faux fur, lycra, wools, charmeuse, silks, knits, misc. wovens, home textiles really if you could want it for a project it was there. Since I hadn’t been truly prepared for this place to deliver I was shopping a bit blind, or without projects and patterns picked out. I’m not sure what I was thinking.

Look for boy stuff I said. Have I mentioned I didn’t feed my poor not really a sewer sister before I brought her here?

fabric warehouseI picked up some super deal remnants, but the price was right on almost everything. I didn’t start to delve into zippers or other tempting accessories. I know they are there now when I have better pattern plans I’ll go back. That was my only regret I saw some tempting nicer fabrics, but with out a pattern picked out I was terrified of buying way too much or way too little.

fabric warehouseWe swung by a wall of barrels full of scrap leather, sold by the pound. I grabbed a couple pieces and hope to do some fun shoulder or elbow elements.

My biggest temptation would have to be these-

fabric warehouseI love buttons. Barrels of buttons, too much fun. I could have sifted in there for a long time. At this point my starving sister (who was still being a great sport) wondered out loud if and when we might be eating.

fabric warehouseSo I did my best to distract her with the shiny buttons kept in separate bins. Seriously though we were there for 3 hours? I feel like we barely scratched the surface. We left with a crazy amount of fabric. You’ll be seeing it pop up on the blog over the next few months!

Overall I was really happy with the cotton selection and pricing, and excited to see the vast array of trims, buttons, zippers, ect they had. I was, however, disappointed in the selection of t-shirt/top appropriate boy knits. They did have way more than my local fabric store, but I still only left with a couple options- that weren’t solid.

If you happen to live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and want to check this place out in person you can find them HERE.

Where do you buy your fabric, local fabric store, online, do your warehouse it?

Happy Sewing,


P.S. We did finally eat….. around 9:30.

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  • Sandra :) January 13, 2013, 9:55 am

    I can’t stop looking at the boxes of zippers – HEAVENLY!!

    Your sister is a good sport, lol. And I know that feeling of not being prepared/shopping blind – I’m like that too. If I don’t have some specific ideas or needs in mind, I can barely see the trees for the forest, so I don’t do well with the overload of things to look at! Except zippers – because I work projects around whatever zippers I can get my hands on, hahaha 🙂

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 8:16 am

      Yes that is how it felt! I don’t know that I would attempt it totally patternless again. You would love this place if zippers are your weakness- every time I turned around MORE zippers!

  • Amy mayen January 13, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I’m super jealous. I would have to make a 3 hour journey to get to anything like that!!! I just decided for my birthday I want a weekend in Dallas. I want leather by the pound!!

    P.s. a I’ve seen comments and questions about sewing for boys around the web I’ve been directing people to your sewing for boys project. It’s going to be huge. I saw several people who want easy refashion ideas. Tshirt appliqués, etc.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 8:17 am

      Thanks for the word of mouth Amy! Plus and minus of city living- things like this are a plus for sure!

  • Cindy January 13, 2013, 1:58 pm

    A fabric warehous?? Bliss!! We don’t have anything like that nearby or even within a few hours. Most of my fabric shopping is done online and a little bit in our local chain fabric stores. When we were in Oregon last fall, I dropped in on a few fabric stores there and was overwhelmed by the selections. I only came home with a few things though.;)

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 8:21 am

      I’m still super new to the buying online experience. It was really nice to see fabrics I’ve considered online in person, makes me braver online!

  • Stella Marie January 13, 2013, 3:52 pm

    That looks like so much FUN, and also overwhelming! Can’t wait to see the fabrics you picked out in the upcoming project posts!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 8:22 am

      It was absolutely both!

  • Pam January 14, 2013, 12:07 am

    LUCKY girl living near that warehouse!!! So jealous. I mainly buy online from the U.S.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 8:23 am

      I bet you have to get good at shopping for shipping deals! It’s probably for the best I just discovered it was there 😉

  • Kelli January 14, 2013, 7:33 pm

    OMG!! I love that place!! There are coupons online sometimes too!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 9:58 pm

      I saw that! Nothing I could use this time, but I’ll check before I head out again.

  • abby @ thingsforboys January 14, 2013, 11:07 pm

    Wow! That place looks unbelievable! Sadly, I don’t think a place like that exists in Australia. If it did, I think I would live there! Can’t wait to see you use some leather.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 14, 2013, 11:09 pm

      I’m excited/nervous for that too, I haven’t worked with it before. Figured I would start small with an embellishment level!

  • olga beckerr September 3, 2013, 3:49 pm

    When saw your pic on FB, I knew what store you were talking about. I LOVE it. Did you check their remnants bin, where everyting is $2.00 per yard. I didn’t know you were from MN!

  • LightningMcStitch September 21, 2013, 11:31 pm

    ……. I can’t think what to say.
    Except that there mustn’t be a sewing p0rn filter on my internet connection as all those pictures uploaded just fine.
    I am exceedingly jealous….

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