Shopping for fabric in Paris

For those of you that follow me on Instagram you will realise that I am galavanting around Paris at present. Today I went on a tour of various fabric, knitting and sewing related shops around Paris and I thought I would share a few of my favourites.

Most of you would already know about Montmartre from other blogs so I will skip those. I went yesterday separate from the tour (as I had been before) there are loads of shops almost all next to one another so it is easy to browse. Personally I did not have any shopping luck there, but I have been told by locals it can be very ‘hit and miss’. The miserable weather possibly didn’t help my shopping mojo!

Lil Weasel
This little independent shop I first visited two years ago. Since then they have expanded, they have one shop dedicated to fabrics, patterns and notions and across the way, one dedicated to knitting, yarn, patterns, supplies. I love the feel of this place, the staff are lovely and speak English very well.

They stock the Deer & Doe patterns as well as the Atelier Brunette and a couple of other French made fabrics.

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This shop appears tiny from the outside but has a great treasure trove downstairs of Coupon de Tissus, fabrics sold in 3m pre-cut lots at priced very reasonably. I bought a grey knit printed with silver stars for 10โ‚ฌ. Upstairs is silk and lace and a fabulous selection. They were also selling Hermes silks although I can’t say the prints were to my taste.

Tissu Market

My favourite fabric shop in Paris. The range is phenomenal, silks, wools, wool crepe, gaberdine etc. All the fabric is beautiful quality and is perfect for making wardrobe basics. Most of the fabric is solids and is for coat, pant, suit, skirt and blouse making. This is cake making stuff, although there was some lovely fabric for frosting coats!

What made this my favourite? The organisation of the fabric, the super high quality and the prices were reasonable. No bargains here but if you are looking for quality at a reasonable price this is the place. I bought some fabulous marine blue polished cotton fabric for a trench.

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Les Tricoteurs Volants

A gorgeous little knitting shop, owned and run by a lovely man (who speaks English also). This shop sells many independent yarns as well as supplies and is just so cute! Easy to find with the yarn bombing outside ๐Ÿ™‚

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Maison Sajou

I am just going to let the picture above speak for itself. Suffice to say, you must visit this shop!!

Of course there are many more fabric and knitting shops in Paris, but these are some of my favourites. I did a tour with Barbara of Stitching Up Paris. Barbara creates tailor made tours based on your sewing, knitting, quilting or needlecraft interests. Originally from New Zealand but having lived in Paris for over 20 years, she speaks fluent French and helps with the purchasing process (some of the stores are peculiar).

Barbara took me to several other shops not listed above (I can’t give away all her secrets). This is the second time I have toured with her, and last time we visited completely different stores. I know this might sound like and advertisement for Barbara, but I can assure you it is not, I just really enjoyed my day out and seeing a few places off the beaten track.

21 thoughts on “Shopping for fabric in Paris

  1. I am beyond jealous!!! But I am going to store this post away for future reference. Hubby is teasing me with the possibility of a trip to France next year. We’ll see if that pans out though…

  2. Maison Sajou! I just got there book and want to make everything in it. Love love love love this place..

    Was in Paris a couple of years ago but wasn’t really into sewing then… Oh to have that time again….

    Hope you are having a great trip…

    1. Yay! Let me know if you need any tips/advice. I have been a few times now. I have a secret entrance to the Louvre with no lines too ๐Ÿ™‚
      Email me if you want some deets

  3. Thanks for the info! I’ll be in Paris in the fall so will check some of them out. My favorite is Janssens et Janssens, but their couture-level fabrics cost a fortune. The staff is very nice, though, even if you’re only there for a look.

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