Looking for the best fabric shops in Auckland? If you're a sewer heading to the Auckland area, you can't leave without checking out our great fabric stores. Here's my list of the best fabric haunts in town to get you enthusiastic over your next sewing project.
Central & Inner City Suburbs
394 Khyber Pass Road (open 7 days)
This new little gem of a fabric shop has not long popped up on the corner of Khyber Pass & Suiter Street in Newmarket. This is my type of shop as it stocks high quality fabrics, loads of natural fibre fabrics, a great stash of bundled up oddments, leather hides & they stock a range of Merchant & Mills patterns and products. The welcoming staff are the cherry on top here . They're definitely worth checking out if you're in Newmarket.
The Fabric Store
139 Newton Road, Newton (open 7 days)
A New Zealand institution for anyone looking for the ultimate natural fibre fabrics. In the last few years they've started stocking Liberty fabrics, which has injected some great prints into the store. They've got a to-die-for stock of leathers in all shades & even a few sewing patterns on hand. They support a few indie pattern brands & have the odd notion likes zips & threads.... but you wouldn't head here to stock up on your sewing tools & equipment basics. Sign up as a member & you'll get notified when they have their fantastic members sales. They've just recently started selling online too! I LOVE this store, a lot of my clothes originate from their fabric rolls.
274 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (closed Sundays)
Not a fabric shop as such, but an emporium that is very well known to every central city creative dweller in Auckland. This shop is just simply interesting. They stock fabrics, vinyls, tuille, island prints, sewing tools & equipment, buttons, ribbon, elastic, bias binding.... you get the picture on the sewing front. As well, they stock dress ups, art brushes, pens, papers, cardboard etc. This is the type of place you just have to have a quick check if you are going past, because you never know what hidden gems are lurking in the fabric piles. The prices are exceptional. If you have to whip up a kids dress up for a party or school, this is definitely your first port of call.
The Fabric Warehouse
5 Harold Street, Mt Eden
I've found the odd bit of gold in this shop. They have a good range of different weight, price & composition of fabric within each colour way. I would probably try here first if I wanted some plain coloured fabric for suiting or silk.
4 Roxburgh Street, Newmarket (open 7 days)
Recently moved into new premises on Roxburgh Street. Centrepoint is the place to go if you want to find loads of printed patterns, embellished fabrics & a great range of bridal fabrics. Prices range from entry level rayons up to expensive bridal tulles, laces & beaded lovliness. Make sure you save an hour to pop over the road to Little and Friday for lunch afterwards or even just to stop by and pick up a mouth watering raspberry cream donut....trust me, you won't be dissappointed.
Textile & Things
1 Melrose Street, Newmarket (closed Sundays)
Good selection of fabric for homewares & curtains
Martha's Furnishing Fabrics
12 Melrose Street, Newmarket (open 7 days)
This is a great shop if you are planning on making curtains, cushions, blinds or covering a chair. They stock a good range of homeware fabrics.
2/4 Eden Street, Newmarket (closed Sundays)
A good selection of fabric for the home, loads of heavy printed cottons & canvas.
Remuera Sewing Centre
320 Remuera Road, Remuera
This shop is more of a quilting fabric shop than stocking fabric for garments. It is a treasure trove full of knick knacks and embellishments.
111 Lincoln Road, Henderson (open 7 days)
I've noticed recently there has been mention of organic cottons being stocked. Not a huge range, but it's a start. Maybe times are a changing for the better at Spotlight. They have 5 branches over Auckland, all open 7 days.
Ribbon & Rose
45b Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington (open 7 days)
This shop is a crafters paradise. They stock everything you need for quilting, embroidery, beading, patchwork & knitting.
The Fabric Shop
24 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara (closed Sundays, half day on Saturday)
This shop is a treasure trove of a huge range of fabrics. Definitely worth the trip down south if you have transport to get there.
5 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara (closed Sundays)
This is where fabric rolls go to die.... well not quite and don't let that put you off. Bargains are to be had at this shop and its well worth a trip down south to check it out. The great thing about going to Nicks fabrics, is there is another wee gem just round the corner!
67 Cavendish Drive, Manukau City (open 7 days)
The good old faithful Spotlight. Not top of the line quality fabrics, but quite a good range of everything from fabrics to notions, tools & equipment. I've noticed recently there has been mention of organic cottons being stocked. Not a huge range, but it's a start. Maybe times are a changing for the better at Spotlight. They have 5 branches over Auckland, all open 7 days.
315-375 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington (open 7 days)
North Auckland - over the bridge
19 Link Drive, Wairua Park
The good old faithful Spotlight. Not top of the line quality fabrics, but quite a good range of everything from fabrics to haberdashery, tools & equipment. I've noticed recently there has been mention of organic cottons being stocked. Not a huge range, but it's a start. Maybe times are a changing for the better at Spotlight. They have 5 branches over Auckland, all open 7 days.
6 Mercari Way, Albany (open 7 days)
92 Clyde Road, Browns Bay (open 7 days)
Brother to Geoff's emporium on Dominion Road. This is the go to place if you're trying to whip up a cheap and cheerful costume. If you hit this emporium on the right day, you can find yourself discovering some great fabrics at bargain prices.
14 Clarence Street, Devonport (open 7 days)
A smaller version of the Ike's emporium in Browns Bay, still offering a selection of fabrics, however a much small selection.