Do you love to sew, craft, or otherwise create? Do you love DIY? If you are heading to New York City, here’s the top 10 creative hot spots for fabric, trim, bead, and yarn shopping you won’t want to miss. Make sure to bring an extra suitcase so you can bring home all your fabulous finds!
Shops to visit in the Garment District.
Between 34th street and 42nd street and 7th avenue and 9th avenue is the Garment District aka The Fashion District. Take an afternoon to wander and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful little jobbers with great deals on beautiful and unique fabric and trim. I’ve listed my absolute favorite shops in the Garment District below which are all within walking distance of each other and a 20 minute walk from BlogHer 2012 or quick bus (M7 or M20 down 7th & M5 or M20 up 6th to get home) or subway ride (N/R from 57th to 34th street):
225 W 37th St, 3rd floor (between 7th and 8th ave)
By far my favorite fabric store in NYC (even before Project Runway fame). Wonderful selection of designer fabric and trim with helpful staff and the prices are reasonable.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00pm, Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00pm, Sunday: Closed
525 7th Avenue (corner of 38th street) 2nd floor
Not cheap but it is professional, organized and carries gorgeous, high-end fabrics from all over the world including the popular Liberty of London line.
M-F 8am-5:45pm Sat 9am-4:45pm
M & J Trimming
1008 Sixth Avenue (between 37th & 38th)
This place is true eye candy for the sewer/crafter. You won’t find the best prices in the garment district here, but you will find a huge, well organized and inspiring selection of trims (I heard they have neon nailheads right now!).
Mon – Fri: 9AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12 PM-6PM
Daytona Braids and Trimming
251 West 39th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave)
Where M&J is trim display eye candy, Dakota is the down and dirty place to get great trims and notions at a great price. This was my go-to trim shop. I always found what I needed (and then some). Their collection of ric-rac and hard-to-find old jacquard trim is AMAZING. . Call for hours.
990 6th Ave (between 36th and 37th)
I’m not sure a more comprehensive selection of beads, chains, and other jewelry making accessories exists. To see the rainbow display of dog tag chain in every color is worth the trip alone.
Weekdays 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Tinsel Trading Company – NOW CLOSED
1 West 37th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave)
Gorgeous selection of vintage and new trims, millinery flowers & all displayed so beautifully, you may never want to leave. Martha Stewart has called this her “favorite store in all of the world” (can’t decide if this makes me love it more or less). If you have the time, the history of the shop (which began in 1933 with a man who loved shiny and bright, gold and silver thread) is worth the read.
Monday-Friday 9:45am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
Shops worth the trip out of the Garment District
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 West 15th St (between 5th and 6th Ave)
An inspiring shop and education center full of gorgeous Lion Brand Yarn (including stuff you don’t see in the stores). The window displays alone are inspiration to fuel your passion for fiber arts for the next year.
Mon-Wed 11:30 am – 7 pm, Thurs 11:30 am – 8 pm, Fri 11:30 am – 5 pm, Sat CLOSED, Sun 11:30 am – 5 pm
459 Broome Street (between Greene and Mercer)
Just like it’s popular online counterpart, the Purl Soho shop carries gorgeous, unique supplies related to your every crafty desire whether it be yarn, fabric, knitting, sewing or needlework. Monday through Friday 12-7; Saturday and Sunday 12-6
Jem Fabric Warehouse
355 Broadway (between franklin & leonard St)
This place has changed ownership since I visited last, but talking with the new owner (son of the original owner) it’s still going to be well worth the trip. What you’ll find there is an “artist run fabric shop full of love and creative energy” and hopefully still a good deal. It is jammed packed with all sorts of fabrics and trims and a huge bin of loose buttons you can’t help but run your fingers through.
mon-fri: 9-7 Sat: 10-7 Sun: 11-6
The City Quilter
133 West 25th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Not only does this shop carry more than 4000 bolts of 100% cotton fabric, they have wool, felt, and literally hundreds of books & notions. The City Quilter also specialized in New York-inspired products making it a perfect place to pick up a crafty, NYC souvenir. You’ll also find the only art quilt gallery in NYC. Even a non-quilter will find this shop and gallery seriously inspiring.
Tuesday to Friday, 11 – 7 pm, Saturday, 10 – 6 pm, Sunday, 11 – 5 pm, Closed Mondays. Quilt gallery hours: Tues-Saturday, 11-6pm.
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