Friday, March 30, 2012

Fabric Depot

You know how Home Depot has EVERYTHING for the handy man…well Fabric Depot, in Portland, OR, is just like that, only for the Quilter/Sewer! 

Where does one START?? P1170823

ONE and a HALF Acres of building, housing EVERYTHING you need to build a quilt…and then some!  It’s enough to make you glaze over and come unglued!


They had every fabric you could want…Moda, Kaufman, Henry Glass, Buggy Barn, Batiks, Kona…and sew on…but I will be honest with you…the prices for fabrics wasn’t cheap…in fact they were the most expensive that I have seen while down in the States!!  Fabric ran for $11.99-$13.99!!  OUCH!  Even with their 20% off sale, the prices were more than at Pioneer Quilts..which made me wonder what’s going on??

My guess is Fabric Depot jacks their prices way up so that when they do have a really good sale, quilter will think they are getting a great deal.  Why not just have everyday fair prices…?

Throughout the store there were areas specializing in certain items…like lighting…


And Accuquilt GO! cutters..


Tons of patterns….


Excellent selection of buttons…


I mean a REALLY EXCELLENT selection of every button known to mankind!!P1170837

Three rows like this one of ribbons and trim….


And lots of brands of threads…


Yup…this store has EVERYTHING!  BUT no deals…DARN!!  In fact I found things to be expensive!  For instance…DMC embroidery floss at JoAnn’s was 39cents and at Fabric Depot it was 69cents…that’s one  heck of a mark up!


I think if I lived near a Fabric Depot I would try to take advantage of using their coupons and shopping when there was a 35% off sale…or just shop for those hard to find things and bite the bullet.


Yup. I was pretty discouraged…until I saw this sign!!  YARD SALES is my middle name!


Fabric in this room was only $5-6 a yard!  Now you are talking my language! haha


All in all, I really liked Fabric Depot (how could you not!)…and had there been a sale happening..I mean a REALLY GOOD sale then I would have LOVED Fabric Depot! 

So what did I buy??  WOOL!  It was $26 a yard with 20% off!  Not a bad price but certainly not great…BUT I have been looking for black textured wool…which is hard to find!  SEW… I bit the bullet…




And I found some nice CW shirting fabric for $5.50 a yd.


Plus a couple of patterns.


Yes, I think it was a good thing that Fabric Depot wasn’t having a Sale!!  Our little trailer was getting fatter and fatter the closer we got to the border! 

AND yes…they let us across…barely!!

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. Sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming. The price of fabric is going through the roof. That is why I shop my stash more and more. Thank you for all of the pictures so we could visit the shop virtually.

  2. Thanks for your expert opinion on the prices. I thought they looked a little on the high side, myself, but what do I know? ... I'm just a guy! You've been in enough stores to really know what you're seeing. Glad you made it there, and at least found something you could use. It's certainly a visual experience, I can say that for it for sure! Glad they let you back into Canada o.k. Those fabric sniffing dogs can be a real pain!

  3. Morning! I always wondered what Fabric Depot looked like inside. Great pictures- thanks for sharing! I agree- those sound like really high prices! I have shopped online with them before but when it's a 35% off sale- some good buys. Looks like you made some great purchases! Hope your family has a good time together today!:) Have a great weekend!

  4. Those prices did seem a little scary. I haven't purchased much in the last year and am mostly shopping from my stash unless I need a specific choice. I overbought in the past and now I don't feel so guilty about it!
    Love the wool you found and the Honey Bee pattern. Have fun with it, you shopped well :-)

  5. How can you possibly use so much fabric in one lifetime! When is enough enough!

  6. Not a good store to go to, way too many things to tempt me, lol.


  7. I think I'd have to spend days there, lol....too bad about the prices though. At least your found a few things!!

  8. I always start in the sale area - but it looks like they've changed it around since I was there last year. Hmmm, car trip?? LOL!

    doni @ rainy, stormy Oregon coast

  9. Welcome home! Hope the Bar Ceremony was special!

  10. I would be on fabric overload in that place. Good thing the border guards didn't make you drag out everything you bought this winter. At the prices that shop was charging it wouldn't take long for it to add up and overwhelm Rick's "mostly junk".:)

  11. I lived near Portland for only a year but you bet I made a trip to Fabric Depot! Congratulations on your daughter's achievement.

  12. The best time to shop at Fabric deopt is May-Sept. when they have their outdoor sale going on. They have a LARGE selection of quilt fabrics for anywhere from $3-$5 a yard. It is a great sale all summer long. They will have 750 or so bolts to choose from, so it is a GREAT deal. Lots at $3. just a little FYI