Textiles are an important part of interior decorating and absolutely necessary for fashion design. Fabrics of different shades, textures and designs provide additional affordable elements to any room. For those custom fashions and special formal wear designs, fabric stores offer a variety of fabrics to inspire your designs. Here are the best five fabric stores in the city of Houston to help get you started on your project.

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High Fashion Fabrics
3101 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006

High Fashion Fabrics has been serving the Houston area for more than two decades. Interior and fashion designers as well as private consumers have stopped in to choose from the large selection of fabrics available in both of the shop’s two locations. The retailer is one of the best places to find the most unique choices in fabrics and trims in the city. High Fashion is also a great option for linen and furniture rental for those special occasions. You can also visit their sister store High Fashion Home.

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
12121 Westheimer Road, Suite 104
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 597-8686

One of the more popular stores in Houston with 11 locations, Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Stores also offer sewing classes. From Waverly fabrics to trims and home décor, Jo-Ann’s has a variety of offerings at affordable prices. Those serious about trying their hand at weaving their own designs can pick up fabric cutting machines in-store. The retailer provides a large assortment of yarns and cross-stiching supplies as well.

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Universal Fabric Center
2530 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-4544

This establishment has been around for more than a decade in the Rice Village area. Universal Fabric Center offers fabrics wholesale and retail, and offers a great selection of designer ribbons, silk fabrics, cashmere, wool and buttons. The shop prides itself on being able to offer those hard to find fabrics for the best prices in town. Upscale fabrics from Chanel and Versace can be found at the boutique shop, as well as cottons from Ralph Lauren and Dior.

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Interior Fabrics
3104 Fondren Road
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 782-3311

If you are in the market for the latest in fashionable fabrics, this is the place for you. By offering those trendy and popular options in bulk, Interior Fabrics is able to pass the savings on to its customers. The best example of this is the shop’s Dupioni silk, offered for $9 to $11 less than most competitors. At Interior Fabrics, you won’t find some of the designers available at other retailers, but you will see a favorable side in the price difference. Drapery, hardware and custom upholstery service is also available.

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Fabric Décor
7250 Harwin Drive, Suite G
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 252-6688

Located in the Harwin Shopping District in Southwest Houston, Fabric Décor offers drapery and upholstery fabrics along with those necessary trimmings and tassels. There is a wide variety of fun, faux fur, leather and suede fabrics and exciting upholstery patterns to plan an entire room around. Woven jacquards, velvets, linings, pillow inserts and outdoor fabrics can also be found here.

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