Want to make something not out of cardboard? Change some buttons, make a tote bag, and investigate these cool local shops.
The famous warehouse full to bursting of fabric, ribbons, zippers, fasteners, elastic, and literally anything else you can think of related to sewing. Incredible deals, though requires some digging.
337 W Hastings St, Vancouver, (604) 682-6196
Atex Designer Fabrics
Rolls of beautiful silks, wools, and bamboo knits fill this brick-walled loft space. Surprisingly good prices, well-edited stock.
330 West Hastings, Vancouver, (604) 669-3455
Spool of Thread
Beautifully edited selection of patterns and fabrics. Classes, as well as free sew-in time with their posh machines and industrial-sized cutting table.
649 East 15th Ave, 101, Vancouver, (604) 879-3031
Replacing buttons is one of the best beginner sewing projects, and a trip to this place is a must. Every. Button. Ever. 318 Homer St, Vancouver, (604) 687-0067
Natural dyes, batik, block printing, marbling, silk painting – everything in this shop is a bit more advanced, but fascinating.
1666 Johnston St, Vancouver, (604) 669-3939
Image credits: Spool of Thread & Atex Designer Fabrics
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Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.