Buy your fabrics at more affordable prices when shopping these outlets in Dallas
Update: This post was originally written in 2016, and this area of Dallas sustained severe damage in a tornado on October 20, 2019. Subsequently, Golden D’Or closed and Super Textiles (aka the button shop) is now online only. Other fabric shops specifically mentioned here have closed and/or changed owners, but as of December 2022 when I last visited, there are still multiple fabric stores open in this area.
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.
Getting to the Fabric Warehouses in Dallas
The warehouses area in Dallas, TX 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.
Other Shops and What You’ll Find
Next down the street is another store that carries a lot of formal fabrics. I haven’t purchased anything there lately, but the selection last time I was in was beautiful. Lots of beaded and embroidered fabrics for less per yard than I’ve seen online.
At the back of the lot is a shop which mostly carries knit and spandex fabric. It has recently merged with the shop next door which has a lot of special occasion apparel fabrics. I got the sequin fabric for my daughter’s prom dress at one of these shops. I also bought boning and lining for it and still left spending less that $100.
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. I assumed it was all 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. If there are any pillows or curtains you want to make, you could easily find the fabric here. They also do custom upholstery.
Gone and Missed
Continuing around the parking lot from Warehouse Fabrics, there’s this shop. Update note: Super Textiles (aka the button shop) is now online only. 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.
Update note: Golden D’Or has closed. 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. However 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. Everything from this room needs to be cut, wrapped and priced. Then you can go back out into the rest of the store to shop.
Wherehouse Fabrics also has a sewing machine sales and repair store inside. So I will often grab machine accessories on my way out too if I need any.
So, there you have it. The Dallas area is a 3 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.