With Halloween approaching, you may be looking for crafting supplies to make your Barbie costume. Or perhaps you’re in search of a new craft to cozy up with during the cold months.
You don’t have to brave the Quarry parking lot to buy glitter at Michaels or leave the city to find a JOANN Fabrics and Crafts. Here’s our comprehensive list of craft stores in Southwest Minneapolis:
Digs is a Kingfield gem that’s part gift shop, part fabric and craft shop. The store has a selection of fabric-by-the-yard as well as pieces of vintage fabric that you can’t find elsewhere. There’s a wall of materials for sewing, quilting and other fiber crafts with items like thimbles and bias tape. Across from the fabric selection is a corner full of yarns of various sizes and brands. The owner is knowledgeable about crafting and a great resource for questions.
One special part of the store is the wall of little trinkets that can be used for anything. There was a bag of little keys, letter blocks, tiny toys from my childhood and so much more. That part of the store feels like inspiration for a thousand different projects, and it’s worth looking if only to have it in the back of your mind for the future. 3800 Grand Ave. S.
Good Yard Goods
Good Yard Goods is a Kingfield fabric store with a focus on quilting, but the fabrics can be used for other projects like curtain and garment-making. There is a vast range of prints including botanicals, stripes, funky squiggles, and some solids as well. The shop’s owner, Cindy, said her mom used to make her clothes when she was growing up. 4155 Grand Ave S.
Art Materials manager Eric Brown described the shop as the hardware store of art– you go there when you have a specific project in mind that you need specific materials for. Those specific materials can be anything from drawing utensils to paints to art-grade stationery. The store has products for hobbyists and professionals alike. In addition to their Lyndale Avenue location, Art Materials’ online selection is pretty comprehensive. 2728 Lyndale Ave. S.
Dandelion Fiber Goods
Dandelion Fiber Company is a new yarn store at 40th and Lyndale that sells all sorts of yarn that is unique to the store. Two women, who are avid knitters, own the store. They hope to offer classes to learn how to knit. They have an online store with curbside or local pickup options. For even more information on the store, check out our coverage on the store's opening. 3952 Lyndale Ave. S.
This is a really special shop tucked in the Wedge next to La Bodega Taco Bar. There are beads for every occasion and every level of crafter. The selection ranges in material, color, size, attachment style, and there are beading tools available as well. If there are any other synchronized swimmers out there, Bobby Bead has perfect beads for headpieces and swimsuits. They sell online for individuals and wholesale and they have free online tutorial videos on YouTube. 2831 Hennepin Ave. S.
Beadhive has similar stock to Bobby Bead. The Windom store has beads arranged by the region of the world they’re from, beading kits, and unique beads for creative crafting ideas. In addition to beads, there are also charms with various symbols and animals and such. The store offers newbies-friendly jewelry-making classes, and they sell beads online. 5458 Nicollet Ave.
Hunt & Gather
You might not think of Hunt & Gather as a crafting store, but there are tons of materials in the vintage curio shop that can be used for crafting. If you don’t mind small spaces filled to the brim with goods,, head to Hunt & Gather for unique materials to finish that project or simply browse for inspiration, of which there is plenty to spare in the Fulton neighborhood shop. 4946 Xerxes Ave. S.