Calling all Portland crafters!
From yarn bombing the woodland creatures at Pioneer Courthouse Square to hundreds of buildings adorned with larger-than-life murals, there is no doubt that Portland is a city bustling with creators.
For all of us who can appreciate our city’s artistic creativity, but prefer to craft from home, I’ve gathered a list of five Portland fabric and craft stores you need to visit.
5 Portland Fabric and Craft Stores You Need to Visit
1736 SW Alder Street
For its mission and prices, this place tops the chart as a crafting gem in Portland. As you might have guessed by the name, SCRAP is all about reusing unwanted crafting supplies all while providing educational programs and inexpensive supplies to the community. This is the only place in town where you can get craft supplies for the change in your pocket.
From yarn to scrapbooking supplies to paint brushes, SCRAP has it all. Half the fun is searching through the rubber bins looking for the perfect gift wrap, stamp or embroidery floss.
My last point of praise is their weekly crafting classes, offered at the store and other fun locations around town. Consider attending an upcoming Crafternoon.
Make SCRAP the first stop on your list when you’re looking to replenish your craft supplies. While you’re at it, bring some items to donate.
Fabrics For Less
12115 SE Powell Blvd
I would describe this place as a delightfully peculiar collection of fabrics, trims, threads and much more. The real beauty of this place is going in with a loose idea of what you want and letting the supply guide you.
Fabrics For Less is like Portland’s version of LA’s fabric district all in one store. Lycra, velvet, sheer, lace, elastic and trim are a costume maker’s delight. What I really love is this store’s bright colors and unique patterns.
One wall has a variety of out-of-the-bag costumes and fun costume jewelry. It also adjoins a rug store, which makes you feel as though you’ve been swept away to a Turkish bazaar.
This store is a real treat and a must visit if you’re looking for a fresh take of your fabric purchases.
3701 SE Division St.
1639 NE Alberta St.
1634 SE Bybee Blvd.
If you are a person who loves tidiness and organization, walking into a Collage art and supply store is truly a breath of fresh air. From their bountiful stamp section to a rainbow of felt pens that will set any crafter’s heart aflutter, this place has just the right amount of magic for dreary Portland days.
Collage has locations on Alberta, in Sellwood and on Division. At the Division location, you will score deals and discounts. The store has a clearance corner with items marked at 50% to 95% off.
Before you venture into Collage’s other locations, swing by Division Street.
Mill End Store
9701 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie
4955 S.W. Western Avenue., Beaverton
If you happen to be a crafter and a lover of local history, you have to go to the Mill End Store. This place has been family owned since 1918! Their 50,000 square foot facilities provide a one-stop shop for your next project.
Mill End sources excess fabric inventory from around the country, which helps them keep their prices low. To ensure they are your first fabric stop, Mill End will accept local fabric store competitor coupons up to 20% on one cut of fabric. Seniors (65 years +) also receive a special discount of 15% off any regular priced item on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Teachers and students get 10% off your entire purchase and businesses can purchase a yellow discount card for $15 per year or 10% off entire purchase.
The size of the facility and the amount of fabric can be quite daunting, so prepare to make an afternoon out of it. For all of you who love a good search, you’ll feel right at home.
Pendleton Woolen Mill Store
8550 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Prepare to put your blinders on and make a bee line for the back of the store. This old warehouse didn’t used to look nearly as posh and plaid as it does today. The entire front is dedicated to charming displays of gift shop items with Pendleton merch perfectly peppered throughout. Upon closer inspection the price tags should make anyone want to run out the door screaming. Or maybe that is just me.
This one is at the end of the list, because the discount materials can be sparse. Yet I promise there are real deals to be found at this store. In the back, you’ll find bins of scraps. The materials in the bins are priced per pound. I found a beautiful blue and black plaid scrap for $6.
Since the bins are not always overflowing with good finds, it may take a few visits to find what you’re looking for. It is worth it if you like high quality wool without the exorbitant price tag.
Just one more word of warning. If anything looks neatly organized or artfully displayed, don’t go near it. You are here for the bins and only the bins.
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