Fabric and Quilt Stores in St. Louis: A Local’s Guide

best fabric and quilt stores st louis

If you’re a DIY fiend, chances are you’ve got your eye on local fabric shops and quilt stores wherever you travel.

Sure, the big box fabric retailers will have what you need, but you’re more likely to find an expert who’s ready to give you their time and energy at a smaller shop. Plus, supporting a locally-owned or historical business just feels good.

Take it from us locals, below are our picks for the best fabric and quilt retailers in the St. Louis area. Ready to go?

Map of the Best Quilt and Fabric Stores in St. Louis

The Quilted Fox

The Quilted Fox is an amazing resource to help you get started making your ideal quilt. Owner Louise Georgia opened The Quilted Fox in 1995, and it’s stayed open so long for good reason.  The shop holds 6,000 bolts of fabric to help make any of your quilting ideas into a reality.

It was even featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine by Better Homes and Gardens!

Want to expand your quilt-making skill set? The Quilted Fox holds a wide array of group quilting classes. You can take a class to complete a specific pattern, try out a new machine technique, or learn how to add appliques with specific needlework. And if you’re looking to get away from the city to focus on your needlework, they hold three quilting retreats per year.

The Quilted Fox also hosts a “Block of the Month” Saturday group. Members receive the pattern and materials to make a specific quilt block. If they come to the following meeting with their block completed, they can receive the next batch of material for free. This is a great option if you want to construct a quilt for cheap and mingle with fellow quilters from the community.

  • Address: 2055 Craigshire Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146
  • Website: The Quilted Fox

Batiks Plus

For your more traditional quilts, turn to Batiks Plus on Ashby Road. Their fabric library is enormous, and reviews rave about their knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Batiks Plus carries a wide array of quilting batiks from the rare Hoffman Fabrics hand-painted 1895 line. They’ve also got the patterns and tools you’ll need to complete your project.

One of our favorite features? You can compare swatches of your chosen fabrics on their digital design wall. From there, you can either add the fabrics to your cart or go pick them up in store.

They’ve also got technicians onsite to service your Bernina sewing machine—if your machine needs a new part, they’ve most likely got it.

  • Address: 1322 Ashby Rd, St. Louis, MO 63132
  • Website: Batiks Plus

The Gentleman Quilter

If you’re looking for a shop to construct a quilt for you, The Gentleman Quilter is a good place to start. Owner K2 Kelley is a fourth-generation quilter, and she uses her family’s old quilting secrets to run her business.

The Gentleman Quilter’s long arm quilting software allows even the most complex patterns to be stitched onto your fabric of choice, so if you’ve got an idea for a unique or unusual quilt, take it here and see what K2 can do.

Pricing is calculated by square or linear inches depending on the type of quilting work you’d like to get done. Plus, you’ll be charged per thread bobbin as well as for color changes. In other words, you might have to whip out your calculator to figure out how much your quilt is going to cost. That being said, good craftsmanship is worth every penny, and a beautiful custom-made quilt from The Gentleman Quilter is priceless.

(This quilt store has a penchant for a good pun: their name pokes fun at the term “gentleman caller”. Perhaps, this could be a reference to Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie, which popularized the term. The play is set in St. Louis, which makes this pun even sweeter.)

Jackman’s Fabrics

Jackman’s has been open for a whopping 118 years and counting. Their products and services have evolved over the years to match the trends of each passing generation. They carry machinery for long arm quilting as well as materials to hand quilt with, and their inventory is huge.

If you’re looking to build a circle of friends to craft with, check out one of Jackman’s numerous free clubs, like the sewing and embroidery club or the English paper piecing club. You can also pay for an individual class to try a new technique or create a specific pattern.

O’Sewpersonal Quilt Shop

For your next foray into sewing, quilting, or embroidery, head to O’Sewpersonal in O’Fallon. They’ve got all the tools to help you create a quilt that’s, well, oh-so personal.

If you’re antsy to start a new project, but unsure what you’d like to make, never fear: O’Sewpersonal offers a monthly “Mystery Box” subscription service that can help you get started.  Boxes include a pattern and all the fabrics needed to complete it, plus a bonus surprise gift. They switch up the projects every month so you’re sure to never get bored.

(Mystery Boxes ship in the mail or can be picked up from the store.)

And if you’re in need of a sewing or quilting machine repair, they’ve got you covered. Just anticipate a couple weeks of turnaround time to make sure your machine is as good as new.

O’Sewpersonal’s hours are pretty unusual, so check their website before you go. Their Collinsville, IL location is more consistently open if you need materials more urgently.