Monday, January 2, 2012

Chicago Fabric Shopping!

Last Friday, I got to hang out with the one and only Molly!  She invited me along to check out a new (to us) fabric store, Textile Discount Outlet.  How could I resist???

Molly wrote up a fabulous review and description of the store here.  Adding my two cents, if you take the train, it is crazy close to the Damen stop on the Pink Line (entirely too convenient for someone with a fabric addiction).

Can you find Molly in the picture below?

I took this picture in the basement.  She's surrounded by TONS of upholstery material.  I kept a lookout for anything that might work for a chair I'm recovering for the Tardis Bedroom.

These bolts of fabric actually worked like a deterrent for me - keeping in mind that I would have to carry these bolts up/down stairs in order to get material cut, I passed on a lot of fabric I thought I wanted.

There were random bins here and there - here are some with belt buckles and 7 Eleven patches. 

There was this spot that was nothing but zippers of every shape and size and color. Molly was gleeful over the sheer amount.(Believe it or not, there was a sign next to me that said "Sorting in Progress" but zippers were EVERYWHERE.  There was an entire boxed off space next to us filled with separating and metallic zippers.)

Will I go back?  Most definitely. I usually buy zippers via Etsy, but I loved the variety of colors they had available here.  The fabric was VERY affordable (compared to JoAnn's and Hancock's) and I liked the huge amount of fabric types that were available to us. I loved the fabric Molly picked out for her New Orleans dress - you must check it out here

I bought some purple sequined trim, some lace remnants, a buckle covering kit, a tacky gold belt buckle, and this FABULOUS sunny eyelet. 

It was fabulous meeting Molly and finding a new fabric store in Chicago!  I am definitely looking forward to my next trip back :)

Do you have any fabric stores that you love besides the big name stores?  Let me know!  I'd love to know what you do in your neck of the woods.

Have a great night all!


  1. what an amazing place! I've certainly not seen anything like that where I live, but my fabric shop is very well stocked and has great variety.
    Happy New Year!

  2. I love that store! The pricing can be a little confusing sometimes, but it's definitely worth it for all the options.

  3. Have you ever been to the Vogue Fabric Store? There is a location on the south side of Chicago as well as one in Evanston. They have a huge selection.