At the moment this page is a list of fabric shops. I am working on a more comprehensive list of workshop and community spaces and other resources, which I will update as I go.
These shops are in alphabetical order and the list is absolutely not exhaustive, it’s growing and changing all the time as I learn more about this wonderful city! If you have information on shops you think I should include in this list, send me an email on samadhya @ gmail.com
This is actually a bead and jewelry-making shop just off Place Jeu du Balle but they do stock a few fabrics in the back of the shop. The style of fabric limited to one or two brands, Petit Pan and similar style fabrics, and I know they definitely stock some of the Kitch Kitchen vinyl range. However, they’re quite expensive. In fact, there’s little difference with buying the fabrics on line. And the finished products they supply, such as oversized cushions and some baby gear is also quite expensive. I’m always hoping to catch a sale there but apparently they’re not so fond of sales for their fabric selection, just for the beads. They also stock a small selection of handmade clothing that is usually gorgeous and reasonably priced. They’re open Sundays so that’s a nice addition to a stroll around the flea at Place de Jeux de Balle.
Rue des Renards 20, 1000 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 (0)2 514 38 11 http://www.atchoum.be/
From Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Berger Ets SPRL
Ok, if Mondial du Textiles was in its day a no frills shop then Berger is “never heard of frills”! There’s a warehouse feel to the building just off Ave Anspach and it’s a little cold with no heating and is also a little barren with no radio/sound of any kind. I have to say the staff are hit and miss – I was given a very rude welcome one day by a woman who was about to take her lunchbreak. “Everybody has to eat you know!” I do know and have no dispute with that, eek! But was given good advice and a friendly word by the man in the office another day. So… The thing about this place is they are usually the cheapest, IF they have what you need. They have a good range although you might have to compromise if you had something specific in mind – I can never quite find exactly what I was looking for there.
Rue de la Caserne 84, 1000 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 (0)2 512 31 13
I’m not sure of their opening hours (except that they are DEFINITELY closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm!) http://www.pagesdor.be/berger-ets-sprl-bruxelles-1000/ (I can’t seem to find any online presence)
I been up to Go-Tex a few times and it’s a great shop, well worth hopping on the Tram 81 to Anderlecht. It’s not expensive, on two enormous levels and has a wide range. I wouldn’t go there looking for anything particularly “pretty”, although I got lucky with some newish designs for 3 or 4 euro/m but they have a good range of stuffing/wadding and foams. Apparently you can also get foam cut to measure there too, which is very handy to know when making mattresses for baby cots! It’s mostly focused on upholstery fabrics but you’ll never know what you might find at great prices.
From Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 6pm, Satruday 10am – 6.30pm
IKEA textiles department
This is probably the same the world over although I’ve never been in another IKEA so I’m not sure to be honest! There is a small textile section in IKEA which matches the IKEA style, although the shop is the whole way out in Anderlecht so either you have a car or you set aside a half a day for the visit.
Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm, Fridays 10am – 9pm, Saturdays 9am – 8pm
Kaleidoscope is a knitting and fabric shop in Saint-Gilles and I haven’t been to see it yet, but it’s not through lack of interest because I’ve only heard good things about the shop. From what I understand they have a good selection of special fabrics, including liberty prints. I’ve heard it’s not especially cheap, but liberty and those style fabrics rarely are! I’m looking forward to checking it out asap.
Monday & Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm
K°rakol quilt shop
There is a new shop open since November 2013 on the north side of the city. I recently made a trip to visit the owner Sophie and get to know what they do in the workshops and I’m so happy I went! Sophie runs a real patchwork paradise, with the equipment and materials necessary to learn everything there is to know about patchwork. Her fabrics are beautiful. They’re specifically for patchwork so not cheap fabrics, but the best thing is you can purchase them in 20cm measures, so no need to buy a whole 50cm if all you need is a little. The shop front has workshop tables and Sophie is always on hand to offer advice and her super knowledge. I highly recommend taking one of her workshops!
Avenue du Duc Jean 18, 1083 Ganshoren Tel: 0032 (0)2 420 25 07 http://www.krakol.be/fr Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday , Wednesday & Friday 10am – 5.30pm, Thursday 10am – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm
Le Cameleon Coquet
This is a really nice shop which has recently moved and expanded their activities. They stock a small selection of Japanese fabrics and paper and small quantities of fabric. They also stock clothes made with some of the fabrics they stock and some clothes from new Parisian designers. The fabrics are very expensive but exquisite and if you’re looking for a feature fabric, or to make something small and special then this is the place. They also organise workshops for creative types.
From Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Les Tissus du Chien Vert
Les Tissus du Chien Vert & Les Puces du Chien in Brussels are two huge fabric stores in Brussels that stock a wide range of fabrics and other materials such as wadding, lining, cushion stuffing, etc. They don’t have a great range of accessories such as sewing needles, thread or pins so don’t go there for your bits & pieces. They’re a little pricey but often have brilliant sales where you can get off cuts and bundles of scraps for a lot less. The range of textiles is phenomenal and if you like quirky spaces, you’ll love the main building on the canal with its nautical theme.
Rue du Chien Vert 2, 1080 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 (0)2 411 5439 http://www.chienvert.com/
From Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Maison des Tissus, Chaussee d’Ixelles
I’ve only been into this shop once on Chaussee D’Ixelles and it mostly caters for people looking for synthetic flashy fabric to make special occasions outfits. They have quite a big range in that specific area so it’s brilliant for costumes, but don’t go there if you’re thinking of making a quilt for the new baby of your BoBo friends! As far as prices go they’re on the lower end of the scale which is handy to know! (The website address doesn’t seem to be working at the time of writing)
Chaussee d’Ixelles 117, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: 0032 (0)2 24112222 http://www.maisondestissus.com/
Monday to Saturday 10am – 6.30pm, Friday 2.30pm – 6.30pm
This is more like the kinds of fabric shops we have in Ireland. It’s based just at the Porte de Namur metro on Chaussee d’Ixelles and is aimed at people who are doing up home renovation projects and need curtain fabric or need a couch upholstered. They also have a huge range of pattern books for clothes. They offer a curtain-making service which is very handy I guess if you like to pick out your own style of fabric but don’t have the first clue how to make a curtain. It’s a huge shop too, with a vast range of fabrics and I’ve been lucky a few times with off-cuts on sale.
Chaussee d’Ixelles 14, 1050 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 (0)2 514 3821 http://www.maisondoree.be/
Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 6.30pm
Max Bloch is very tricky to get to. A bit like Ikea, it’s only for people with cars or willing to make a half day trip out on public transport. However, if you make it out, it’s a factory outlet treasure trove. Lots of the cotton fabrics that I’ve used for curtains and other textiles in my house come from the one day trip I made out here. It’s not expensive, somehow mid range, and has types of fabrics that it’s hard to find elsewhere. I remember being looked at with distain when looking for football patterned fabric in the nicer shops in Brussels, but the super helpful assistant in Max Bloch brought me to the correction section and rummaged through the fabrics with me. They didn’t have what I needed in the end, but not for want of trying! If you can get out there when they’re open (pay attention to the bizarre opening hours!), it’s worth what you’ll find and save.
Wednesdays 10am – 8pm, Fridays 10am – 6pm, First two Saturdays of each month 10am – 6pm
I have absolutely no information on this shop, and it’s a little difficult to find any online. If I manage to make a trip out there any time soon I’ll update this section.
Rue Van Lint 32, 1070 Anderlecht Tel: 0032 (0)2 523 68 80 Email: email@example.com
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Oh gosh, Schleiper Bernina… Discovering this was the beginning of my creative love affair with Brussels. This is THE place to go for all crafty accessories from decoupage to scrapbooking to knitting to sewing to jewelry making, but be prepared the empty your wallet. It’s pretty pricey and I can’t resist coming out with more than what I went in for, every time! They don’t have a vast range of fabric but what they do have is fantastic, think Liberty and Petit Pan. They specialise in patchwork and home accessory fabrics so don’t go there looking for curtain fabric or jersey to make that new skirt you spotted on Pinterest. Go there to be inspired for new projects and to find that one yard of expensive fabric that will complete your whole bedroom! They also do regular workshops on a huge range of subjects.
Rue de l’Etang 63, 1040 Bruxelles Tel: 0032 (0)2 541 05 12 http://becreativebyschleiper.com/
From Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6.30pm
Matongé, Porte de Namur
If you’re into African textiles then the only place for you is the Matongé area next to Porte de Namur. There are a number of different shops in the area and be sure to drop into the arcades for more hidden shops. I’ve been lucky enough to receive presents of African fabrics so I haven’t actually bought any from these shops yet, so I’m not sure of the price range but if it’s something you want, go in and talk to them!
Various opening hours, when you exit Porte de Namur metro station on Chaussee d’Ixelles, walk about 20 metres up the Chaussee and take the first left. There are arcades on the left and lots of shops in the small streets around there.
Marche du Tissu
Twice a year there is a huge fabric fair in Belgium. I’ve been once and we came home with a car load of material, accessories, and everything in between. In fact, I got my favourite scissors here for about 8 euro. The information is available in French on the website below. And contact is through their website.