Where are the best places to get quilting supplies in Manchester?

Quilting Specialists

There are a number of specialist quilting shops on the outskirts of Manchester.

There is a specialist quilt supplier called Patchfinders located in Poynton (formerly in Cheadle Hulme). Patchfinders has a large range of wadding, which is often hard to get hold of in mainstream shops, as well as just about any quilting tool you could ever need or want: needles, chalk, quilting rulers, rotary cutters, and a mini iron(!). You can buy fabric from the bolt, and there are loads of precut fat quarters. What’s more, Patchfinders run regular workshops. I really want to try one of the “Activity half days” where a quilt expert will help you with any project! Patchfinders is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

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I haven’t managed to visit the following two quilt supplies shops yet, but it’s always great to support quilt shops which do a fantastic job of encouraging quilting in their local community.

Patchwork Parade is located in Chadderton, Oldham. It’s about a 20 mins drive from Manchester city centre. You can visit Tuesday to Saturday from 10 til 4, and they promise that a warm welcome awaits you, which is jolly nice! More information can be found on the Patchwork Parade website.

A little further out is Patchwork Gallery in Knutsford, about 35 mins drive from Manchester City Centre. Visits are by appointment only.

Quilting supplies are also available from Bamber Sewing Machine Center, on Liverpool Road, Eccles. They are very knowledgeable about things patchwork and quilty and they run a number of courses and workshops, as well as do sewing machine repairs.


In Manchester

I am still discovering the best places to get quilting supplies in Manchester. By far, my recommendation for the best place to buy fabric is Leon’s Fabric Store in Chorlton – an Aladdin’s cave chock full of every type of fabric you could wish for. They don’t have as many plain fabrics as I’d like but plenty of patterns, and the service is always very friendly. You can buy most fabrics by the half metre and they have one type of wadding on sale too; and they have a wide range of Gutermann threads.

The Sew In in Cheadle (formerly Didsbury) has some general sewing supplies. I often buy bias binding from here, they have a good selection and you can ask for whatever length. Also, I don’t know if this is a recent thing, or whether I’ve only just noticed but The Sew In sells fat quarter bundles! Last time I popped in they had around 20 bundles including some lovely looking gingham style.

Art & Craft House are a small art and craft supplier who sells fat quarters, batting and some quilters’ accessories. They also run a hand quilting course. You can visit them in Salford.

Black Sheep Wools is an award-winning family-run business in Warrington. They sell knitting, needlecraft and sewing materials, and have just started stocking patchwork and quilting supplies!

Fred Aldous in the Northern Quarter, has a great range of fabric scissors, sewing machine needles, rotary cutters and even quilting rulers. It also has a good selection of felts and sometimes has a packet of wadding or stuffing, as well as beads and ribbons. And these cute pins!

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Abakhan in the city centre, has lots of fabric and a few useful crafty bits as well. Check out their lovely collection of fat quarter bundles.

Other places in Manchester to buy supplies include:

  • The Bead Shop in Afflecks Palace is the best place to buy buttons and beads. They have all sorts of colours, styles, shapes, materials and you’re bound to find a perfect match for your latest project.
  • We often go to Ikea for fabric. They have a wide range of brightly patterned fabric, and are great for cushion inserts.
  • Dunelm Mill, in Trafford Park, is also a great source for fabric.
  • John Lewis in the Trafford Centre has a wide range of fabrics for all purposes.
  • Cath Kidston in the City Centre has lovely floral and patterned fabrics.

Send me a message if you know of any other great places to get supplies in Manchester.


I have recently bought a fabric stash called the Hurricane from Backstitch of 41 wide fat quarters of fabric for £56 pounds. The postage cost was £2.75, which I was very happy to pay for the amount of fabric I ordered, and its lasting ages (I’ve still got loads left!)

I’ve also used eBay quite a bit to buy fabric. It has tons of fat quarters, as well as many sizes of precut patches.

Where are these wonderful places?

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12 responses to “Where are the best places to get quilting supplies in Manchester?”

  1. Anne King says:

    Hello Liz

    Just letting you know that my sister Phil Langford, who owns the Patchwork Parade in Chadderton, now has a new much expanded website, which can be found at:


    Currently logging on to the old website links you to the new one, but shortly this facility will no longer exist. Would it be possible for you therefore to have a look at the new website and link it in to the Patchwork Parade name on your Supplies page?

    Many thanks and keep up the good work with your vibrant website!

    Anne King

  2. Christine Johnston says:

    Bambers in Eccles is a fabulous shop, the main business is selling and repairing sewing machines. Upstairs is a great area to browse for dressmaking and quilting fabrics, fat quarters, wadding, threads, patterns, scissors, rotary cutters and cutting boards. They hold regular quilting and dressmaking workshops too.

  3. Oli says:

    I Want Fabric are great. I bought from their ebay shop to begin with but went directly to get some more batting and was astounded by the range they have there- not what I expected at all! An assistant showed me around personally and was very helpful, I would recommend them to anyone.

  4. Anthea says:

    Hi, I’ve just stumbled on this website for the first time. I have a patchwork and quilting shop called Quilting Antics at Watershed Mill in Settle. BD24 9LR. It is about an hour north of central Manchester. We run beginners courses weekday and weekends and also one day classes and weekend retreats.
    We have students of ALL ages. The kettle’s always on

  5. Hi I am a new little online fabric shop I am hoping to have a little shop in the near future I would appreciate any support in helping me get there! I can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EssentialFabrics?ref=bookmarks

  6. Judith says:

    I have just moved to Manchester so found your site very helpful. There is a shop in the Outlet shop opposite Sale Town Hall, a number of interesting traders in a larger building., it is called Blue Buttons. They have fabrics and fat quarters, not a huge selection but good. Also ribbons, thread, notions and wadding. Furnishing fab.mainly to order, cushions and interesting bit and bobs. BTW it is upstairs.

  7. Sally Hobson says:

    I have upholstery pattern books available a £5 each, various sizes. All contract quality. Lots of velvets. Collection from Sale.

  8. Hi I have just opened a small craft and fabric shop in Urmston. I am not a quilter but stock lots of bright cheerful quilting fabric (I’m addicted to bright colours) My address is
    Unit 1
    Victoria Parade
    M41 9BP

  9. I live in Middleton, Manchester.
    At the Bottom of my road I found a fabric warehouse. It’s was just tucked away with no signage. I was walking past one day and saw rolls and rolls of fabrics as the shutters were open. I braved it and went and asked. They are known as http://www.woodsidefabrics.com/ They have a large range of regular textiles and fabrics as well as Clerance lines. I’ve bought some amazing fabrics from John Lewis Silk Curtain fabric, Quilting Cottons, Costuming fabrics and my fave find a rare roll of Liberty. The prices are amazingly cheap. I’ve seen a couple of local suppliers who use them. I’m just lucky that it’s 5 mins walk 🙂
    Then we also have M24 Arts. They have a small range of fabrics which change as to types and amounts. http://m24arts.weebly.com/ They have a huge range of Art Supplies which could be of benefit to Art Quilters.

    I am new to proper quilting myself but hope to improve over the years. I’m working on EPP at the moment as daughter wants a hexi quilt.

  10. Lisa Wilde says:

    Hi, I have Sunnyside Fabrics UK I stock Tilda and Gutermann along with cotton poplin, quilt panels and quilting accessories. I put special offers on each week such as 25% off Tilda, join our mailing list or join on Facebook for lots more offers, pattern ideas etc.
    I am also now looking to add to our collections with Michael Miller and Riley Blake, shop Sunny

  11. Olga Hampson says:

    Hobbycraft in Stockport are often good for patchwork / sewing materials.
    Also, Patchfinders in Poynton have a large shop and also do
    daytime courses.

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