In generations past, the search for the perfect dress or curtains would have included scouring fabric stores looking for the perfect fabrics and patterns to create a masterpiece. Times have certainly changed and the global market gives us access to a wider range of high quality relatively low priced ready made clothes, curtains, pillows and practically everything else that could be made by hand. These days fashioning something yourself is more about self–expression than necessity. See your creative ideas come to life with the right fabric, trim and notions from these five fabric stores located in Atlanta.

Photo Credit:

Forsyth Fabrics 
1190 Foster St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 351-6050

This area favorite and has been a go-to for fabric seekers in the Atlanta area since 1949. Forsyth Fabrics offers up thousands of choices when it comes to decorative fabrics, in addition to a wide selection of tassels and trim for the Atlanta DIYer. Whether you are looking for a vintage polka dot print or an eco-friendly natural fabric, Forsyth has something for everyone. Does your patio furniture need a lift? Forsyth offers an amazing selection of outdoor fabrics specially designed to withstand repeated outdoor exposure.

Photo Credit:

Gail K. Fabrics, Inc.
2216 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 982-0366

If you are designing your own wedding dress or getting one custom made, a trip to Gail K. Fabrics (or maybe three) is necessary. Whether your bridal style is best described by the sweetheart line strapless ball gown or a form fitting lace dress reminiscent of Old Hollywood, Gail has pieces that will help you create your dream wedding ensemble. Gail K. Fabrics also specializes in custom order needs like bridesmaid dresses, costumes for dance companies and church choir robes. Fun fact: Gail also offers a swatch service that is especially helpful if you are looking to match a fabric that you have seen in a magazine or hoping to duplicate fabric from a vintage gown.

Related: Best Tailors in Atlanta

Photo Credit:

Decorative Fabrics Direct
765 Trabert Ave. NW Suite B
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
(888) 633-2658

Do you watch home decorating shows or subscribe to interior design magazines? If so, then you will enjoy a visit to Decorative Fabric Direct. Before you visit the showroom, have a look at the shop’s website. It features a detailed color wheel to help find the exact shade you are looking for to prepare you for your shopping experience in-store. Decorative Fabrics also offers a very helpful link to a yardage chart that describes how common sizes (queen, king, etc.) correspond to yardage amounts. Under the chart are pictures that will help you buy the correct amount of fabric when you arrive to the store to complete your project.

Photo Credit: Lewis & Sheron Textiles via Facebook

Lewis & Sheron Textiles
912 Huff Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 351-4833

For those who like updating their living areas but are pressed for time, Lewis & Sheron has great time savers. The store offers table rounds and pillow forms that are pre-cut to most standard shapes. Lewis & Sheron offers a three level designer program for professional interior designers and decorators; levels are set by annual spending. Extra tidbit: Lewis & Sheron Textiles offers a beautiful selection of rugs in the showroom which can’t be found online.

Photo Credit: WhipStitch Fabrics via Facebook

WhipStitch Fabrics
1000 Marietta St. Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 897-1114

Opened in 2012, WhipStitch is the newest fabric store on the list, but they are also one of the most unique in their services. WhipStitch features a good selection of fabrics for fashion and interior projects and offers squares and batting for those who enjoy quilt making. WhipStitch has novelty fabrics for children’s clothing as well as custom made patterns available for purchase for on-line. Sewing classes of various levels are offered all year and very specialized.  Whether you are need a refresher course in basic sewing or want to add some fancy embroidery to your pieces, WhipStitch has a class and or a tutorial for you.

Related: Atlanta Spring Style Preview 

A Parsons School of Design trained Fashion Designer turned Fashion Journalist, Alicia Edwards is the founder of AliciaStyle, under which she reports fashionable happenings, conducts celebrity interviews, does wardrobe consulting and will help you find your personal style. Alicia’s work has appeared on, Type F, Kouture Magazine and other outlets. She was recently named an ACE contributor for a pilot program between and CBS Local. Alicia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work can be found at