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Portland, OR fabric stores?

Ckbklady | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi all!

I have a week off at the end of the month and am going on a long-awaited fabric buying trip to Portland, OR. It’s only a 3-hr drive, so I will make it a day trip.

I plan to visit Fabric Depot and use the coupon from the Puyallup SewExpo. Will I have time to visit other stores since I’ll have 1 1/2 acres of fabric at the Depot to comb through? If so, what bargain stores do you recommend? (I don’t buy high-end fabric – too squeamish about cutting it!).

Is there a restaurant near the Fabric Depot where I can recharge halfway through the day?

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks everyone!

🙂 Mary

(clutching coupon and credit card and counting the days….)


  1. Ckbklady | | #1

    Hi everyone!

    I just "bumped this up" to keep it in the new General discussions. I would love to get fabric shopping advice from the experts on Portland, OR!

    Thanks all & happy sewing!

    :) Mary

  2. Kilroywashere | | #2

    I grew up near Portland: 


    And this will seem like an odd link, but it lists several places you will want to go, including the Pendelton store in Washougal Washington - if you are uncomfortable cutting into expensive fabric - how about buying Pendelton wool for $5 per yard - think you could get the scissors out then???  It is well worth the drive across the River to Washougal! 




    1. Ckbklady | | #3

      That is absolutely wonderful - thank you!

      Yes, I could handle $5 Pendleton, and shall!

      Thanks so much,

      :) Mary

    2. Ckbklady | | #9

      Hi there,

      I had a great time at Fabric Depot yesterday, and appreciated your suggestions. I had too little time in the end to get to the Pendleton store, sigh, but there's always another day.

      Thanks for your suggestions!

      :) Mary

  3. rsew | | #4


    I visit Portland every year -daughter lives there- and I visit Fabric Depot , Mill End

    store in Milwaukie and the Pendleton store on On McGlaughlin Blvd. (Mill end store is just down the rd from Pendleton store).  I buy all types of fabrics and love the shopping in Portland.  lots of restaurents to visit too!

    Have fun


    1. Ckbklady | | #5

      That sounds terrific. All those stores are now on my shopping list!

      Can you tell me more about the restaurants? I have no food allergies or restrictions, but would like to find a nice place to eat that is ideally near Fabric Depot. Do you have any recommendations?

      Thanks so much!

      :) Mary

      1. rsew | | #6

        I believe Fabric Depot is on 122 Stark St.  Not the best area for fine dining.

        more like fast food.  I would recomend looking on the internet for a good place to eat



        1. Ckbklady | | #7

          Darn it. I suspected that when I learned the size of the store. A 1+ acre store is usually in an industrial or "golden mile" of strip malls.  Not fine dining indeed!

          I will troll the Internet - something appealing is sure to come up.

          Thank you, rsew!

          :) Mary

        2. Ckbklady | | #8

          Hi there,

          I went to Fabric Depot in Portland yesterday - what a blast! I came out with an armload of fabric and a big appetite. I was dismayed to see that the closest places were not only strip malls but clubs -eeek! I made sandwiches to have in the car, so I never ended up eating in Portland at all.

          When I stopped later for gas in Centralia, though, I had a nice dinner at the Country Cousin - a kitschy farmhouse restaurant with great yak (no kidding) burgers.

          And tomorrow is my sew-a-thon - yay!

          Thanks for the suggestions!

          :) Mary

          1. rsew | | #10



            Glad you enjoyed a great day at Fabric Depot.  I'm going to Portland the 1st week of

            August and will visit my favorites-Mill End store and Fabric Depot.  Another store to

            visit is Josephine's Dry Goods (very expensive) but can occasionally find great remnant pieces.

          2. Ckbklady | | #11

            Hi there,

            That's neat - thanks! I will add Josephine to my next-time list!

            :) Mary

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