Do-it-yourself projects have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. People want to create something unique that reflects their point of view and is truly one-of-a-kind. If you are an aspiring designer or simply enjoy crafting and sewing in your precious free time, this list of local fabric stores will serve you well. The following is a list of five must-see fabric stores that will offer you guidance, inspiration, and the materials necessary to create your vision into reality. Wherever you are in your design process, one of these shops will surely assist you in reaching the next level.

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Guss Woolen
229 Park Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-1993

Guss Woolen is the place to visit if you are seeking a fabric that is truly unique. While the major chain hobby shops offer basics and mass marketed prints and materials, Guss Woolen specializes in value priced fabrics that will add a personalized aspect to your project. The selection offered is mainly fabric for menswear; a variety of different wools, crepes, and other masculine materials. However, located throughout Guss’s two floors of merchandise you will also find great materials for any other project you can imagine, including an expansive selection of deeply discounted fabric scraps to help you get inspired. This shop is an absolute must destination when searching for fabric.

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DeBois Textiles Mill Outlet
1835 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 837-8081

This thrift store/fabric shop has been open in Baltimore for more than 40 years and has become known by reputation over that time. Visiting DeBois is like going on a treasure hunt: you may have to dig through many items before you find the gem you have been looking for. This is another great destination to find one-of-a-kind fabrics that will make your project special and unique. Be aware when you visit that DeBois does not take credit cards; cash and debit are the only methods of payment accepted. The shop is certainly worth the visit, as long as you have the patience and the excitement to search for the perfect item.

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A Fabric Place
6324 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 828-6777

A Fabric Place is your one-stop shopping spot for everything you will need to complete your summer sewing or design project. This store has everything an aspiring designer or a casual hobbyist would want, from French laces to faux fur and everything in between. There is even a vast selection of unique buttons to add just a little extra flair to any piece of clothing. The owner of the shop is dedicated to helping each patron find exactly what he or she needs and customizes the shopping experience accordingly. If you are just starting out or you’re a seasoned designer with a very specific piece in mind, A Fabric Place is certainly the place to go.

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Bear’s Paw Fabrics
8812 Orchard Tree Lane
Towson, Md.  21286
(410) 321-6730

Are you looking to broaden your horizons as an aspiring designer, or are you simply interested in creating a piece of clothing using your own imagination and customization? Bear’s Paw Fabrics is a fantastic place to check out in person or online if you are looking to learn. They offer a schedule of classes from basic sewing to software tutorials to clothing, bag, and quilt design. There is something for everyone at this small shop in Towson. Bear’s Paw also offers sewing machine repair if your machine is not functioning properly.

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Highland Town Upholstery 
410 South Highland Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 732-8445 

The final shop on this list is a great place to visit if your summer design project involves upholstery. If you can’t stand to look at the outdated pattern on your favorite chair or you think an eye catching fabric would add a homey look to a wood-working project, you definitely should visit Highland Town Upholstery. The owner of the shop is ready and willing to work with any person on any project with any budget. The customer service is excellent and the work they do is worth every penny. Whether you are just seeking an estimate or you are fully committed to your project, Highland Town Upholstery will surely meet your needs.

Jenna Clark has been a freelance writer for two years and a blogger for four years. Her current blog gives advice to women about how to look fashionable on a budget. Jenna currently lives in Bel Air with her husband, Brandon, and their two dogs. Her work can be found at