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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!

RUBENI TEXTILES

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!

CENTRO

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: Affordable and Decorative Items To Organize Your Home

Like I have said before, I hate clutter. Since you can’t hide everything away inside the cabinet, something decorative yet highly functional is always needed in the home.

I’m a fan of baskets especially wicker ones. I bought mine from different stores like Rustan’s/Crossing’s, Landmark, SM Department Store, Kultura Filipino and Dapitan Arcade. The one’s from Dapitan Arcade were cheap (P100 for a 15″x8″10″ one) but don’t expect them to be perfect. Most of the baskets there are factory over runs. Wicker baskets from malls, however, range from P300-P1000 depending on the size. If you have time, you can also check out Quiapo Ilalim (stores under the Quiapo bridge) for better quality baskets and other native handicrafts.

Since I’m due to give birth anytime, I can’t go out window shopping anymore (which I really miss)… So, I shopped the web for some affordable and decorative items ways to organize your home. If only we have IKEA here (as cheap as US Ikea), our lives would be so much easier…

1. Hampton mini cabinet with wicker baskets from Party Fairies. These shelves and baskets are perfect for kids bedroom and home office. Just add DIY labels in front for more personalized look.

Specifications:

  • Laminated particle board
  • Assembled dimensions 300mm W x 235mm D x 795mm H
  • Assembly required
  • Comes with 3 pieces matching color wicker baskets (black, white, beech)
  • Price: P1,200 for 2-tier, P1,500 for 3-tier and P1,800 for 4-tier

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Check out their store at 2nd Flr. San Pio Exhibit, CIRCLE C MALL, Congressional Ave., Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City. You can send them SMS (09175323089) to confirm availability of the product.

2. Toscana serving tray. Trays are often used by designers when styling homes. It holds small knick knacks together so they are perfect in the living room as well as you bedroom. Like this DIY gold tray below.

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Specifications:

  • Made from sabutan (natural fiber)
  • Dimension:48.9 x 36.84 x 5 cm
  • Price: P665.00

You can buy this on sale in TasteCentral.com

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3. Towel Hooks can be boring. Why not add a little fun to it, as well as to your bathroom with these cute carved wooden letter hooks from Cashcashpinoy.com?

Specifications:

  • Wall mount painted wood
  • Dimension: 58 cm x 18 cm x 2 cm
  • Price: P399 (6 hooks), P499 (8 hooks)

You can also check out the other quirky hooks here.

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For more organization ideas using baskets, please visit my Pinterest page.

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.

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