Update: This area of Dallas sustained severe damage in a tornado on October 20, 2019. While Golden D’Or is open, most of the other shops in this post are not.
A few years ago, I joined some friends in Los Angeles and discovered the joys of fabric warehouse shopping. Up until that trip, I had never shopped for fabric outside indie fabric shops and big box stores. But warehouse shopping is a whole other thing. Since then, I’ve discovered fabric warehouses in Dallas, and mentioned them on social media. A lot of times I get asked where these shops are, and how this all works, so today I’m going to give you the insider’s guide.
The warehouses area in Dallas is a LOT smaller than the fabric district in LA, but the individual shops are also a lot bigger than most of the ones in LA. The shops are clustered near the intersection of Harry Hines Blvd. and Perth Street. I typically start in this parking lot on Perth, and park somewhere in the middle, then walk from shop to shop.
Some general tips for shopping in this area – go to the restroom before you start, because there really aren’t any bathrooms to stop in. Also bring water, especially if you are shopping when it’s hot – most of these places have little, if any, air conditioning. And bring cash – many of the shops don’t like to take credit cards for purchases less than $25.
Wherehouse Fabrics is typically the first one I hit. There are two entrances to this shop, one from the Harry Hines side which gets you to home decor fabrics, and one from the Perth side which gets you to apparel fabrics. I like to start at the remnant table – you have to dig, but all the fabrics are only $2-3 per yard. You can find knits, wovens, sheers, and all manner of apparel fabric.
The only other catch is that the won’t cut remnants, and sometimes they’re 4-5 yard long pieces that might be more than what you’re looking for. But at those prices, I can deal with a little extra fabric and having to dig. Also make sure to check the fabric for flaws when they measure it for you.
In addition to the remnant tables, this shop has more home decor fabric and rolls of apparel fabric that you can get cut to size. The last couple times I’ve been there they’ve had really nice quality denim, so I helped myself to a bunch for a project coming up next month.
Continuing around the parking lot, there’s this shop. I’m not even sure of the name, but my friends and I call it the Button Place. Because packed into that little office space looking area are more buttons than you’ve probably ever seen together in one place.
The owner of the shop is also quite friendly, and on the warehouse side from the buttons they also carry a lot of fabric, trims and zippers. Most of the fabric isn’t priced here, so you can ask for pricing and if you like to negotiate, you can do that too. There are both apparel and quilting cottons here, as well as home decor.
Next down the street is C&C Fabrics, which carries quilting cotton, a lot of spandex and minky, and also has remnant bins. I haven’t purchased anything there lately, but they used to sell a lot of imperfect fabric by the bolt for $10-30 for the entire bolt, so I have gotten knit fabric to use as muslin for knit patterns there.
At the back of the lot is Spandex World, which is all knit and spandex fabrics, and it has recently merged with the shop next door which has a lot of special occasion apparel fabrics. These two shops tend to be a little pricier ($5-9 per yard and up), so I usually hit them last after seeing what I can get at the other stores.
And then finally, around the corner, is the Dallas Home Fabric Center. This place is HUGE! The first several times I went shopping in this area, I didn’t go in here because I didn’t need home decor. But when I took my mom, she wanted some upholstery fabric, so we went in. They have so.much.fabric here. From tables of leather hides…
To apparel fabric I found literally in the farthest corner of the warehouse…
To aisle and aisles that look like this:
Seriously, there must be 20 or more long aisles of home dec fabric like this.
On our way out, we always stop at Golden D’Or fabrics, which is on Harry Hines. This is a more typical fabric store with prices more like you’d see in a big box store, though there is also much, much more selection. But the hidden gem of inexpensive fabric in this store is the clearance room in the back corner. Everything in here is 50% off, and I’ve found everything from knits to athletic mesh to designer quilting cotton. Just remember that you have to get everything from this room cut, wrapped and priced before you can go back out into the rest of the store to shop.
Golden D’Or also has notions and a Baby Lock store at the front, so I will often grab machine accessories on my way out too if I need any.
So, there you have it. Dallas is a 3 1/2 hour drive from me, but I do make the trip a couple of times a year because you just can’t beat that kind of shopping.