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Fabric Shopping: Tutuban Mall

If you hate the busy and narrow street of Ylaya, then these stores outside Tutuban Mall will probably leave you feeling satisfied. These three stores are just almost next to each other so enjoy!


The good news is that they are currently having a clearance sale until the end of December! We went here for Silk Lavender Skin Essentials‘ curtain fabric which we scored for P80/yard.rubeni rubenifabric1I love these colorful linen fabrics for P80/yard. They are perfect as light weight curtains.rubenifabric2The purple one (second from the bottom) was the fabric we used for Skin Essentials’ curtain trims. Pretty color, right?”)rubenifabric3They also have printed cotton for P30/yard. I wish I had cash that day so I could hoard more fabrics!


If you are looking for brightly colored printed fabrics, Centro is the best store to go to.centroThese pretty fabrics can be used for curtains and upholstery. They range from P280-380/yard. centrofabric2 centrofabric1Michelle’s Ribbon and Lace CentermichellesMichelle’s Ribbon and Lace Center is your one-stop store for accessories and other sewing notions. michelles5I have been looking for elastic ribbons/laces so could DIY my daughter’s headbands. Those that can be purchased in malls are ridiculously expansive and I know I could do one in under 5 minutes. Like I have said, I didn’t have enough cash with me so I wasn’t able to buy anything. But I now I know where to look, I will definitely be back for some serious hoarding! Haha!michelles4They also have ready-made bias tape in satin (P20/pc and P200/box) and cotton piping in wide variety of colors (P16/pc and P155/box).michelles3Feast your eyes on these sparkly trims and floral patches. My head was spinning from continuous surges of DIY ideas! Haha! Taking photos inside the store is actually not allowed but I was able to take a few shots before the security guard informed me that it is prohibited. SHHH! 🙂michelles2Some people were asking me where to buy tulle in Divisoria. Well, I now have the answer. Here in Michelle’s! Apparently, they have two kinds: the ordinary (P30/yard) and soft tulle (P60/yard).

Next time, I will explore the fabric stores inside the Tutuban Mall.

Shopping Guide: Fabric in Manila

I love fabric even though I don’t know how to sew (but I will soon, that’s in my list, right?) so I’m doing this post as a reference for myself and for fabric lovers like me.

Ilaya St., Divisoria (The fabric haven of the Philippines)

If you’re looking for curtains and upholstery fabrics and are buying in bulk, this is the place to go. The 60″ width linen fabric ranges from P45-80 from the street vendors. You can also score fabrics for just P20/yard. Behind the street vendors, there is a cluster of stalls which sells a wide range of 120″ width fabric for P100-150. I usually go to VJ Textile on the left side of the street (this is next to a store that sells shoes) for my upholstery needs and for my blackout curtains. The street vendors also have blackout curtains but the price is usually the same and VJ Textile has more color variety. I bought 12yards for my condo project for P100/yd (originally P120/yard but I bought 20 more yards of another fabric. Always try to haggle especially if you’re buying in bulk).

You can also find a stall on the left near VJ Textile that sells zippers, thread, yarns, buttons and other sewing notions. And if you already bought fabrics for your curtains but don’t know how to sew, there are stalls on the right side that accepts customized curtains for P100/panel (grommet curtain heading). For more information about Ilaya St., you can visit this post.

Fabric Warehouse

If you’re just buying a yard or two of fabrics and you are not up to tackle Divisoria, then Fabric Warehouse is probably the most ideal place to go. Their branches are conveniently placed in malls like SM North and Megamall, Glorietta 5 and. Greenhills. Their Libis branch is probably the biggest.

Carolina’s Lace Shoppe

As the name says, they have all kinds of laces, from ribbons to fabrics, beads, button, sequins, etc. A perfect place to go if you’re sewing your own dress or gown. They also have different colors of felt and organza fabric for P60/yard. They also have quilt batting and fiber fills. You can visit their site for branches and other information.

I’ve been to their branch in Glorietta 5 and scored a very cool striped canvas fabric. I can’t remember the price though (probably P150-200/yard). You can check out their website for more information.

Megamall Basement

The basement of SM Megamall Bldg B. is lined with fabric shops including Fabric Warehouse although I don’t often go here. Most of the fabrics here are good for dresses but if you’re looking for linen type or upholstery fabric, they have quite limited choices.

Glorietta 4

Like the basement of SM Megamall, Glorietta 4 below the food court, has its own cluster of fabric stores. I love graphic fabrics and there is this store that carries a wide range of Moda Japanese Fabric for P300/yard and up (although I can’t remember its name.)

Larry’s Curtains and Upholstery Supplies

If you’re looking for fine leather and leatherette, every color of linen or cotton fabrics for your upholstery and curtain needs, this is the place to go. Most of the fabrics here are imported so the price is quite above average. A yard of plain leatherette starts at P600/yard and a solid color linen is around P400/yard.

Market! Market!

Another favorite of mine for fabric shopping. There’s this store called Cloth Craft that sells Moda Fabric from Japan for P200/yard which is way cheaper than the stall in Glorietta 4 that also sells Moda Japanese fabrics for P350/yard and up. Their selection is limited though compared to the Glorietta 4 store.

There’s a lot more so I’ll be updating this post soon. Feel free to add your favorite fabric stores. I’d really appreciate the extra information.

Fabric Shopping: Divisoria

The hubby and I made another trip to divisoria yesterday to buy the remaining fabric and sewing notions needed for my sis-in-law’s condo. Originally, we planned to be there at around 7am but since we stayed late again the night before watching 1967 French film, Belle de Jour, we arrived in Divi at 10:30am.

Contrary to what we expected the streets were not crammed with people doing early Christmas shopping and the weather was quite shopping-friendly as well, not too hot and not raining at all. I found out through one of the vendors that most of the people were already in their respective provinces or busy tending to their departed beloved ones. So if you’re planning your next divisoria shopping, this is the perfect season if you hate the busy crowd and haggling can be quite easy. (The week of All Souls Day although most of the stores will be closed on November 1).

Yesterday was just my third time in Ylaya St. and was lucky to spot these fabrics. I’ve been looking for something similar to this and this for ages and was so happy to finally find one and even better, for a really, really cheap price of P50/yard. I would have bought more if only the hubby wasn’t paying. Can’t wait to start working on my living area. All I need now is someone to sew these for me.

Take note that these fabrics were from the street vendors not stores behind the street vendors (which are pricier). These are good for upholstery since they are heavy, canvas-like fabric. Why so cheap? I think they are left-overs from stores which they can no longer sell in huge bulk. So when you spot a good fabric, go grab it quick because it’s probably the last one, like the blue fabric I bought which had only 4 yards left. The 19″ embroidery rings, by the way, were from a store in Tabora Street. I don’t usually find this huge rings in malls so I bought two for my next DIY project.

Here are my best finds along the street of Ylaya. These are all printed canvas-type for P50/yard. I love them all. I wish I could buy a yard of everything.

I am so in-love with this black and purple fabric which would be perfect for curtains, throw pillow and even for upholstery. Looks expensive but it’s such a steal for P70/yard! I would have bought it if purple and black were part of my palette.

I wanted to buy burlap too for another DIY project and I found a stall somewhere along Tabora St. which sells burlap pouches in different sizes ranging from P25-60. You can also buy burlap cloth for P90/yd but with a minimum of 5 yards; jute strings for 3 for P100; and thick abaca ropes for P25/m.You can contact Mang Edong for orders at 0915 4404069.

BUT if you’re buying burlap cloth by the yard, I found a store in Ylaya St. selling burlap for just P50/yard. I cannot tell exactly where but it’s on the right side, somewhere in the middle of Ylaya, behind the street vendors. I think they are the only store that  sells native products like banig, sinamay, etc. There’s a store next to it that sells printed cotton fabrics, gina silk (P20/yd) and pajama fabrics.

If you’ve been to Cotton Depot in Mall of Asia or Glorietta 5, I also found a similar store outside CenterMall across the open parking space, Master Textile. The also have striped, polka dots, floral and plain colored cotton fabrics ranging from P45-65 per yard. I swear, this store is the cheaper version of Cotton Depot.

Last but not the least, if you’re looking for striped 300 thread count fabric like me which you would like to turn into a bedsheet or duvet cover, here’s where you can find one in Divisoria:

SMARTEX Enterprise: Stall C1, Sampaguita Bldg., 705 Recto, between Juan Luna & Ilaya, Divisoria, Manila. Tel. no.: 514-0391, Mobile: 09173537299.

Per yard is P350 (120 width), but they can give you lower prices if you’re buying more of course. There’s a store in SM North that sells this fabric for 550/yard. For 10 yards (P3,500), you can have a queen fitted sheet, a flat sheet (or 4-5 pillow cases) and a duvet cover.