DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle
Welcome to my second edition of the DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle. A few things have changed since I created this list. Some businesses are no longer with us, some have moved, and then COVID-19 happened. With the new world of living during a pandemic, our supply options may or may not have be limited. Recently I’ve done some online shopping instead of in-person, but as restrictions start to ease up keep an eye on the stores hours of operations.
Whether it is fabric, yarn, tile, beads, glue, or plain old inspiration, this guide lists 29 of my favorite places to shop for materials in the area. The guide lists the shops out by neighborhood, as well as 🛍️ indicates which stores have an online shop to help you find what you’re looking for. If you are familiar with Seattle you might have visited these places before, and if you are NOT familiar with Seattle hopefully this will aid you on your next visit.
Every time I walk into this store I feel transported to Paris. I don’t know what it is, but I love this store! They carry all kinds of gifts, decor, and paper goods. I always find a little treasure here to incorporate into one of my crafts. 🛍️
5332 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle ,WA 98107 · (206) 782-7337
The Palm Room
The staff is very knowledgable and helpful here, and can set you up with all the components to make yourself a great indoor terrarium.
5336 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 782-7256
The Interbay location is fairly new to the Ballard neighborhood. Tucked away in between Queen Anne hill and Magnolia, this was a needed location for city dwellers who love their selection. 🛍️
1700 W Armory Way, Seattle, WA 98119 · (206) 279-1550
This store looks as beautiful as the items they carry. Cards, gifts, paper and invitations. If you are a paper lover, you must stop here. 🛍️
2205 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 279-1550
Artist and Craftsman Supply
The shop is easy to miss because it’s tucked in the basement of the building. Park in the lot across the street and enter in the the back. Don’t miss all the paper supplies in the back of the store. 🛍️
4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 545-0091
This might seem like an odd place to go for craft supplies, but if you go to the basement level of the store, you will find their Art department. I spent a lot of time and money here in college, but I find that they always have a good selection of paper. They carry a little bit of everything…to help satisfy that crazy art student. :) Plus you can always visit their art book section to gather some inspiration or instructional books. 🛍️
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 634-3400
I have a hard time describing this store. Only that you can go into this store with the craziest cake idea and come out with all of the supplies. The owner is super helpful and is extremely knowledgeable.
9514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-4300
Maple Leaf Hardware
Crafters know that browsing the aisles of the hardware store means coming back with loads of inspiration. I also get lots of smiles when I tell the customer service rep “I’m doing this craft…” :) I love this particular hardware store because the staff is super helpful.
9000 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-3324
With their studios based out of Tieton, WA., this brick and mortar store is filled with some amazing letterpress and book-binding goods. Letterpress gives me goose bumps! 🛍️
1400 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 · (206) 682-3820
Not only is this bookstore connected to the Uwajimaya grocery store, they carry a great selection of Asian gifts and home goods in the bookstore. There you can find all the washi tape and pens that you can dream of. 🛍️
600 5th Ave S Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 624-6248
Blick Art Materials
Like Daniel Smith, this is a good resource for traditional art supplies. They do carry some unique materials for crafting. Parking is a little difficult on the street, but they validate in the parking garage below the store. 🛍️
1600 Broadway Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 324-0750
The Elliot Bay Book Company
This longtime local bookstore moved from Pioneer Square to Capital Hill in 2010. Stop here to browse your favorite subject whether its crafting, art, gardening or cooking. They host many author book signings during the year, so check their website for the latest. A bonus is they have a cute little café in the back of the store! 🛍️
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 624-6600
Moved from Ballard to Pioneer Square a few years ago. This beautiful corner shop overlooking Occidental Park, has beautiful unique fabrics and gifts as well as offers amazing classes. 🛍️
301 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 535-6950
Peter Miller Books
Boutique book store featuring architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape design books. Whether you come here for browsing or purchasing, you will always leave with inspiration. Employees are very knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask what you are looking for. 🛍️
304 Alaskan Way S, Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 441-4114
If you are looking more traditional artist supplies this is one of the go-to places in Seattle. They also do a lot of demos, so check their website for the latest.
4150 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 223-9599
They used to have another location in the Northgate neighborhood, but now the SODO location is the only one. They not only carry a good selection of upholstery fabrics, they have a good selection of craft supplies as well. 🛍️
2230 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 628-6237
I loved this bead store. They were right in my neighborhood…until they decided to just do online sales. Nonetheless, they have a huge selection of beads to choose from. You can purchase entire projects from their website, including downloadable instructions and techniques. I always refer to their site when I’m creating jewelry.
This is the “Costco” of bead stores. It’s huge…and amazing. If you’re ever taking a road trip south to PDX, take a detour and stop by in Lacey, WA.
Tell me about some of YOUR favorite stores in the area by leaving them in the comments! :)