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.



BALLARD

Tea Cozy Yarn Shop
If you are a knitter this is where you find all types of yarn, needles, notions and patterns.
5816 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 783-3322

Lucca
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


INTERBAY

Michaels
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


GREENWOOD

Seattle ReCreative
Minimize your footprint by shopping lightly used and donated art materials sold at a fraction of retail price.
8408 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 297-1528

The Fiber Gallery
During a trip to Sweden I met the owner of this lovely shop!
8212 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 706-4197


WALLINGFORD

Paper Delights
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


UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

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

University Bookstore
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

Paper Source
They have a location in University Village and Queen Anne. A great source to find paper, ribbon, cards, stamping supplies, and gifts. 🛍️
2606 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 523-3683

Ravenna Gardens
This is not your typical garden shop. This local shop carries a ton of cool containers, gifts and decor.
2600 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 729-7388

Acorn Street Shop
Tucked away just north of University Village is this great neighborhood knitting shop.
2818 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 525-1726

Hardwicks
The craziest hardware shop I’ve ever been in. You could get lost in the aisles here while searching for your next inspiration. 🛍️
4214 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 632-1203


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Home Cake
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

Beadworld
This great bead shop is next to the Home Cake shop so you can hit up both. They have a very large selection of beads and fasteners.
9524 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 523-0530

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

Art Tile Co.
The folks at Art Tile are super helpful, informative and they have a great selection.
8511 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 523-3032


DOWNTOWN

Paper Hammer
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

Kinokuniya Bookstore
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


CAPITOL HILL

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

Stitches
Little quaint fabric store with lots of in-store classes to choose from. 🛍️
711 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 709-0707


PIONEER SQUARE

Drygoods Design
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

MacPherson Leather
Tucked away in between Pioneer Square and the International District is this great leather shop. 🛍️
519 12th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144 · (206) 328-0855 

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


SODO

Daniel Smith
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

Pacific Fabrics
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


ONLINE SOURCES

Fusion Beads
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.

Shipwreck Beads
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! :)

Mon chapeau

I love a good discovery. On a recent trip to Paris my friend and I came across this little custom hat shop in the 6th arrondissement…La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau. Just pick out your shape, size, color, and band, and voilà! Your very own custom hat. It was only about 98 degrees in Paris while I was visiting last week, so I was in desperate need for some shade.

They have 5 different shapes to pick from, in felt and in straw. And with the tons of colors to choose from it was hard to pick just one. I walked away with a classic “le trendy” shape in a khaki color for Summer. And a dark gray felt one for Winter. Classic and timeless!

Here are my two custom hats hanging up ready for use. :) Summer on the left…Winter on the right.

A trip to Oslo

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to the city of Oslo for work. We were very productive at work that week, and at the end I stayed an extra day to see a few of the sites. It was a chilly trip, but got to see some of the city in it’s snow-covered wonder.

(Above photo courtesy of Charlie Zhuang – Instagram)

Although very thankful that I had this opportunity to go to Norway, I also found that my love for Scandinavian Design just got even greater after this trip! I wish my suitcase was the size of a car…for I would have come home with all kinds of amazing stuff. Alas my suitcase isn’t that big (nor is my wallet) but I did come home with a few goodies. Thanks to a little online research, I found a few stores that I needed to check out on my day off.

One of my favorite stops was Illums Bolighus. Here I picked up a few necessities such as this awesome Quilt Sleeve by HAY. It’s just the right size for my iPad Air, and has just enough padding to help protect it during my next few travels. Also by HAY, I picked up a little Clip for Two Pens. Just how it’s named…that is what it is, a clip for two pens! I thought it was kind of clever, and could come in handy with my work notebook. Lastly I spied a Wooden Elephant by Gunnar Flørning Collection. I do love me some elephants, and it looks just perfect on my Round Dorm Shelf that I bought awhile back from Design Life Kids.

Next stop was Norway Designs, and the discovery of this super cute little paper shop downstairs. I could have stayed in there for hours concocting all kinds of projects, but I made my stop pretty quick (as to not annoy my coworker.) Here I found a few things like 4″ x 8 2/5″ Penco gold finish clipboard. Works just right with this Kartotek To-Do Notepad. And just when I thought I was done…I spied this PULP Pen Case to keep store little goodies.

If work brings me back to Oslo (which I hope it does) I will have to find new places to explore. And maybe next time it will be in the spring, and I can spend a little less time INSIDE, and more time OUTSIDE exploring the mountains. :)

Seattle

Crafter’s Guide to Seattle

This is my first edition of a Crafter’s Guide to Seattle. Whether it is fabric, yarn, beads, glue, or plain old inspiration…this guide lists all my favorite places to shop for craft materials in the area. The guide lists the shops out by neighborhood 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. :)

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BALLARD

1  Tea Cozy Yarn Shop

If you are a knitter this is where you find all types of yarn, needles, notions and patterns.
5816 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 783-3322

2  Dry Goods Design

Enter through the Anchored Ship Coffee Bar, up the stairs in the back, you’ll find the sweetest gem of a fabric store. Not only do they carry beautiful and unique fabric, they offer really amazing classes as well.
5308 Ballard Ave NW, Studio 1, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 535-6950

3  Lucca

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.
5332 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 782-7337

4  Midnight Blossom

If you are making a terrarium this is the place to visit. They have an extremely good (and healthy) selection of succulents and tropicals. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly too!
1101 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107 · (206) 876-0226

 

FREMONT

5  District Fabric

I drove past this store for months before I was able to stop in for a visit. A boutique fabric store that carries fabric from all over the world. Beautiful wools and silks that you can’t find at your run of the mill fabric store.
513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 258-2446

 

WALLINGFORD

6  Fusion Beads

I love this bead store. They not only have a huge selection of beads, but their classes are fantastic. You can purchase entire projects from their website, including downloadable instructions and techniques. I always refer to their site when I’m creating jewelry.
3830 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 782-4595

7  Paper Delights

This store looks as beautiful as the items they carry. Cards, gifts, paper and invitations. If you are a paper whore you must stop here.
2205 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 · (206) 547-1002

 

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

8  Artist and Craftsman Supply

I only discovered this art shop about a year ago. It’s easy to miss because it’s tucked underneath PetCo in the basement. There is easy parking across from the entrance. It’s a little dark and strange as you walk in, but make sure you walk all the way to the back where they keep all the framing and paper supplies.
4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 545-0091

9  University Bookstore

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 money here in college, but I find that they always have a good selection of paper here. 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

10  Paper Source

The University Village location is smaller than their Bellevue store, but it’s still an amazing place to find paper, ribbon, cards, stamping supplies, and paper crafts.
2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 523-3683

11  Ravenna Gardens

This is not your typical garden shop. This local shop carries a ton of cool containers, gifts and decor.
2600 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 729-7388

12  Acorn Street Shop

Tucked away just north of University Village is this great neighborhood knitting shop.
2818 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 525-1726

 

MAPLELEAF

13  Home Cake

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. Don’t be scared by the environment…the owner is super helpful and is extremely knowledgeable.
9514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-4300

14  Beadworld

This great bead shop is next to the Home Cake shop so you can hit up both. They have a very large selection of beads and fasteners.
9524 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 523-0530

 

NORTHGATE

15  Pacific Fabrics

This is my go-to fabric store. They not only carry a good selection of upholstery fabrics, they have a good selection of craft supplies in the back of the store.
838 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98125 · (206) 362-0111

 

DOWNTOWN

16  Design Within Reach

Classic modern furniture store. You might not stop in for craft supplies, but go visit to surround yourself with the classics and be inspired by the greats.
Temporary Location: 1220 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 · (206) 443-9900

17  Paper Hammer

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

18  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.
2326 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 · (206) 441-4114

19  Uwajimaya

Not only is this a grocery store, they also carry a great selection of Asian gifts and home goods. Next door is the Kinokuniya Bookstore where you can find all the washi tape and paper goods that you would want.
600 5th Ave S Ste 100, Seattle, WA, 98104 · (206) 624-6248

 

CAPITOL HILL

20  Blick Art Materials

Like Daniel Smith, this is a good resource for traditional art supplies. However, they 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

21  Elliott 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

22  Cone & Steiner

My cohort in crafting, Cathie of tinsel + trim, introduced me to this shop on Capitol Hill. I immediately fell in love. It’s a small niche market that carries unique food and gift items. You can even sit at the end of the bar and enjoy a drink!
532 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 · (206) 585-1928

 

SODO

23  Daniel Smith

If you are looking more traditional artist supplies this is one of the go-to places in Seattle. They also do alot of demos, so check their website for the latest.
4150 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 223-9599

24  Packaging Specialties

This is a great location for large quantities of ribbon, bags, gift packaging, accessories, and invitation components. I always walk out of this store with something…especially if I’m throwing a party!
515 S Michigan St, Seattle, WA 98108 · (206) 762-0540

 

Like I mentioned earlier, this is my first edition to this guide. If you have favorite shops you always visit, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave a comment with the name of the shop, and I’ll add them to the map for the next version! Thanks, and happy shopping!

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San Francisco

San Francisco Craft Trip

Oh San Francisco…you always treat me well.

A few weekends ago my friend Cathie and I headed down to the City by the Bay for the ReMake Conference by Brit & Co. We knew we were going to be in for an amazing time at the conference, but we arrived a day early because we knew we needed to do some shopping beforehand! We took some ques from Creativebug’s Craft Lover’s Guide to San Francisco, and plotted out our route and started off early on a Thursday morning.

First off the Ferry Building. I had never been here, but heard great things about the shops and restaurants. It did not disappoint! There were so many amazing food vendors with smells that wafted through the rafters. I probably could have ate from every one. We decided upon the Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick. Delish!

Ferry BuildingMarket

In addition to eating some breakfast we explored all the other shops in the market. This shot is from Heath Ceramics. If I actually had room for more serving ware in my kitchen I would have bought something. I’ll just have to keep it in my back pocket until my kitchen gets bigger.

Far West Pottery

Far West Fungi. Who knew there were so many mushrooms? I didn’t. I thought this display was beautiful.

Far West Fungi

After the Ferry Building we headed southwest on Market St towards Union Square. On that route we ran into Daiso Japan which was also recommended on Creativebug’s list. I had never been to one of these stores, even though later I heard that Seattle had one. They had their own “craft” aisle. Awesome. I picked up a bunch of colored wool to make wool felt balls. They also had an amazing section of origami paper and containers. I love containers. I always find a use for a good container.

Daiso Japan

Daiso Japan

After a $15 purchase at Daiso, we headed West to check out Britex Fabrics. My purchase amount here wasn’t as lucky. Oh, the fabrics. This was not your typical Seattle fabric store. This was for REAL designers. I felt a little out of place, but we thoroughly enjoyed roaming and touching all the wares.

Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics

We continued to head Southwest in search of beads. It took us awhile (and a stop at Starbucks to cool off) but we finally found the bead store on the list called General Bead.

Bead Store

The location definitely fits Creativebug’s description, “hidden in an alley downtown.” We weren’t really sure there was really a store there until be came right upon it. This store was trippy. The employees look like they have a lot of fun decorating the walls, pillars and stairs. Plus we met the store cat, George.

You think we would have stopped for lunch by now, but no…we kept moving with our mission in mind. Next up, Flax. This was the mother-load.

Flax

This was similar to our Dick Blick or Daniel Smith in Seattle…but BETTER! They had such a selection, and a whole room dedicated to paper. If we weren’t flying home, and worried it would get wrinkled, we probably would have bought some.

By this time it was hitting around 4:30 PM and we needed to take a break. We called an Uber car and made our way out to Pig and Pie in the Mission District. We refueled with some fried chicken and pork meatballs. Yum.

Pig and Pie

After that we had a little time left so we walked down Valencia Street and found tons of shops! Just a few that were our favorites were Photobooth and Paxton Gate. After that we were spent. We headed back to the hotel hauling our purchases for a little downtime before our late late dinner at Bar Tartine.

What an incredible day. I explored San Francisco like never before, and came away with a lot of goodies to work into my crafting.