When I think of some of my favorite fabric shops in the Portland area, they are often small, independent, locally-owned stores. I’ve decided that I’ll periodically feature some of these shops here, sharing some real gems for you to explore!
As I approach cool cottons fabric shop at 2417 SE Hawthorne, in Portland, I enjoy that I’m walking up to the front door of a house.
This place has long impressed me with their incredible selection of prints. As you’d guess from the name, it has a lot of cotton. Cotton and cotton and more cotton, in colorful prints, black and whites, and even an organic section.
When you touch the fabric, the quality is striking. It has a distinct texture that is a pleasure to feel.
With such a large selection of prints, it’s great fun to find patterns that completely personalize a project. When I made my umbrella from a kit I purchased at cool cottons, I was able to choose sewing-themed fabric, which delights me!
From cozy flannel to beautiful cotton/linen blends, and an incredible selection of colors and prints, cool cottons has you covered. The shop was started six years ago by Marie, who currently owns the business, running it with the assistance of her employee Linda.
Of her penchant for cotton, Marie says, “I’ve always been a fabric enthusiast and crafty, but I really started to collect fabric when I started quilting in the late 1980’s. I worked in a call center for an airline at the time and we were allowed to do hand-work, so I took up quilting. I love cottons, linens, silks, really any natural fiber. Since we are not a large store we don’t have room for everything so we concentrate on the cottons and cotton/linens.”
To find just the right fabric for a personalized project, I encourage you to visit Marie and Linda at cool cottons and experience it yourself!