Even if you didn’t inherit your grandma’s sewing expertise, there’s still hope for you, thanks to these Chicago fabric stores. Some of these shops offer classes from sewing basics to furniture upholstery. Others rival even NYC’s garment district when it comes to prices and selection. Shopping for a DIY project has never been sew simple. No matter what your next sewing project demands, stock up on the best fabrics, patterns and more at one of these 8 fabric stores in Chicago.

Chicago Fabric Yarn & Button 

208 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604

Chicago Fabrics is a second generation family fabric business started in 1929. Specializing in African fabric, Chinese brocades, Italian leathers, upholstery fabric, and zippers . They have low prices, high quality, and a wide selection of leathers, fabrics, buckles, wool, vinyl, velvet, satin & other upholsteries. And they offer wholesale pricing at their online store!

JoAnn Fabric 

555 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607

Looking for the best selection of crafts and fabrics? Get inspired by their trend-forward craft assortment, including the latest in yarn, needle arts, paper crafting, jewelry making and cake decorating. Like to decorate your home? You’ll love their huge selection of floral, candles, ready-made frames and seasonal decor. And discover thousands of high-quality fabrics for apparel, quilting, home decor and more, plus sewing machines, tech and notions to sew like a pro.


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New Rainbow Fabrics

612 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607

New Rainbow Fabrics was established in 2007 with one mission: to bring a real, high quality Fabric Store to the Chicago area. They pride themselves in the superior experience of shopping in their Fabric Store and in the long-term relationships they’ve built with their customers. People come back to New Rainbow Fabrics because they know they’ll find what they’re looking for.


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Fishman’s Fabrics

1101 S Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60607

Since 1903 Fishman’s Fabrics has done one thing. Buying and selling fabrics from the world’s finest textile mills. Four generations later they are still doing the same one thing. The family company boasts a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom for both apparel and interior fabrics. Expect prices to be on the higher side for these fine textiles (but remember, you get what you pay for.) If you can’t make it to the store, Fishman’s will send you up to six samples for free, or place a custom order for you.

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Leonard Adler & Company 

5612 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

The Leonard Adler & Co sells the highest quality garment construction supplies.  They carry the best products in the industry with a wide selection. They are the preferred supplier of garment construction supplies to all of the local design programs, schools and universities; buttons, garment closures, cutting room supplies, pattern papers, dress forms, labels, elastic, narrow fabric, fashion fabric, lining, interlining, notions, packaging, thread, zippers and more. It also has a small fabric selection, consisting of primarily menswear.

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Textile Discount Outlet

2121 W 21st St, Chicago IL 60608

Textile Discount Outlet has been in business for over 30 years with over 13 rooms and 75,000 sq feet of fabric at our Chicago (Pilsen) location. This fabric store houses apparel, drapery and upholstery fabrics, trimmings, tassels, rhinestones, notions, feathers, vinyl fabrics and more. Their services aim to please not only the retail public but also apparel & and interior designers, upholsters, school instructors, hotels, restaurateurs, and theaters.

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222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #626, Chicago, IL 60654

In 2017 Scalamandré and Stark Fabric & Wallcovering partnered to create The House of Scalamandré. Developing custom textiles has been a cornerstone since Franco & Flora Scalamandré started the company in 1929. Today they continue to honor their passion of creating unique fabrics for some of the most extraordinary properties around the world.They’ve got a lot to choose from; from essential plains and more intricate brocade designs.

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Kravet Inc.

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #6-121, Chicago, IL 60654

The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, GP & J Baker, Brunschwig & Fils and Donghia — all high end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professionals.

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