How To Shop A Fabric Store (Video)

I did a series of videos with Fabricana, my go-to sewing store in high school when I lived in Vancouver. Seriously, it’s the BEST! If you haven’t been to Fabricana, drop everything you’re doing and go. Right now. Or add it to your sewing destination wish list. 🙂 It’s a warehouse-sized building filled with gorgeous textiles! I want to live there!

Anyway, this is one of the first collab videos I did with them. It’s a little run-through of how to navigate a fabric store.

Watch here…



I’m Denise Wild and I’m here at my favorite West Coast fabric store, Fabricana. This is the Richmond location in beautiful British Columbia, and I’m going to show you how to navigate a huge fabric store like this. Let’s head inside.

When you first enter a huge fabric store like this, it’s hard to know where to start. I recommend either looking for something that inspires you or heading to the department appropriate for your project.

Fabrics stores are divided into different sections; I’m here in the middle of the fashion fabrics, but there are even more departments to choose from.

In the bridal department, you’ll find fabrics suitable for prom, black tie events, and, of course, weddings.

In the dance department, everything’s stretchy and shiny; perfect for skating, dance, and all your costuming needs.

The quilting department can set you up for your first nine-patch quilt, an advanced applique project, or for every gift or occasion in between.

In the home décor department, you’ll find fabrics for drapery, bedding, upholstery, and outdoor projects.

In the pattern department, you’ll find the latest catalogs; Butterick, Simplicity, McCalls, and Vogue. All of the patterns are kept in a cabinet and sorted according to company name and style number.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Staff can help you by suggesting appropriate and coordinated fabrics; they can provide you with fabric samples, and they can help you with measurements and style suggestions.

Fabricana has a great notions department where you’ll find thread, zippers, buttons, and trims. You’ll also find basics such as lining and interfacing, tool and netting, and everything else you need to complete a project.

A fabric store and all its staff are here to help you find success no matter what your skill level. Even if you don’t know how to sew, a store like Fabricana will offer custom sewing services or you can take a class.

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