Local Fabric Shops are becoming scarce since items are usually cheaper to buy than they are to make. Homemade items are always appreciated. The love and time that goes into each gift brings joy to each and every recipient. There are still many fabric stores in business today. They are often owned by individuals who appreciate the arts of sewing and quilting. Fabric stores can be freestanding or in a strip mall. Fabric stores carry many different types of fabric. Flannel fabric can be used for baby blankets, pajamas and flannel shirts. Upholstery fabric is used in many decorating applications. You can use upholstery fabric to recover cushions, chairs or sofas. Use decorator's fabric to make accessories like pillows, bedding and drapes. These fabrics can be silk, canvas, sheer or faux leather among others. Apparel fabric is used to make clothing items. Silk, denim, corduroy and polyester are just a few of the different types of apparel fabrics in a fabric store. Plush fabrics are used to make fluffy blankets, pillows and warm jackets. Quilting is a very popular hobby. Quilts are timeless treasures and keepsakes that can be passed down through the generations. Quilting fabrics include cotton, flannel and homespun cotton. Homespun and flannel fabric are best for making rag quilts and tote bags. Quilting also requires backing material and batting. You can find these at your local fabric store as well. Designer fabrics have become very popular. The quality and unique designs set them apart from their cheaper counterparts. Some designer fabric brands include Alexander Henry fabric, Michael Miller fabric and Amy Butler fabric. Amy Butler fabrics have a clean floral inspired design. Michael Miller fabrics are extremely fun and unique. Many have a vintage appeal. Alexander Henry fabrics are more cutting edge and controversial. Local fabric shops also carry a variety of sewing accessories. A good fabric store will have a variety of thread types. Quilting thread, sewing cotton thread, embroidery thread and upholstery thread can all be found in a fabric shop. Hand sewing needles as well as machine needles are for sale. Cutting tools are plentiful. Scissors, pinking shears, rotary cutters and cutting mats are just a few of the cutting tools that your fabric store should have available for purchase.