Bolt Fabric Boutique | About Us | Bias Tape

The Pacific Northwest’s original modern fabric boutique.

In our cozy Alberta Arts District shop, you’ll find a distinctive mix of fabrics, notions, books, patterns and supplies that will inspire you and bring your imagination to life in cloth and stitches. With materials to suit every skill level and budget, and a knowledgeable, approachable staff on-hand to help guide you, you’re invited to visit Bolt and discover the possibilities for your next—or first—sewing project.

Our Story

Bolt Fabric Boutique was founded in 2005 to serve our community with high quality, unique fabric and complimentary items that inspire creativity, regardless of your skill level. Since then, the shop has grown to serve both Portland locals and become a popular destination for tourists. We strive to ensure that Bolt is a truly unique experience—when you walk in the door, you will discover fabrics and other delights that you haven’t seen anywhere else.

Beyond our front door, you’ll find northeast Portland’s dynamic Alberta Arts District, where local restaurants, shops and cafes beckon as you stroll down Alberta Street. This vibrant neighborhood is a hub for Portland’s artistic and “DIY” communities, and is a destination for anyone looking for the unique and unusual, with a special focus on locally-made, sustainable items.

Come in and explore.

Touch the fabric, play with the notions, ask questions and unleash your creativity.

The Goods

Our cheerful shop offers a full-range of supplies for sewing, quilting and craft projects, and our fabrics are selected purposefully to be versatile so they can be used in applications ranging from quilts to garments to bags and accessories. Whatever your project, we have the goods to take you from start to finish.  At Bolt, we don’t see any limits to the possibilities of your imagination. If you can dream it, we’ll help you figure out how to make it a reality.

While our inventory is ever-changing (to see the latest arrivals, follow our blog), at Bolt, you will always find a quality selection of the following:

  • Thoughtfully-selected quilting, apparel, home decorating and crafting fabric;
  • Contemporary books, magazines and patterns—many from local designers and authors;
  • Organic, sustainable & limited edition fabric, including hand-prints and Japanese imports;
  • Unique ribbons, trims, ric-rac and embellishments; and
  • A distinctive selection of hand-stitching and embroidery items.

We’re often asked about the perfect gift for a sewist or crafter. We have many books, bundles and other gift-appropriate items as well as gift certificates. Our friendly staff is happy to help you select a thoughtful gift for the creative individual in your life.

Local & Sustainable

From the beginning, Bolt has maintained a commitment to sustainable practices. We cut fabric to 1/8th of a yard to help you reduce waste, we’ve eliminated packaging when feasible and offer most of our tapes, elastics, ribbons and embellishments in bulk, so you get exactly what you need without excess packaging or extras you’ll simply not use.

We have always carried a broad selection of natural fibers, and as organic and alternative fabrics such as soy and bamboo have become more available, we have added those to the shop as well.

In addition, we maintain a special focus on items from our local community. You will find patterns from talented locals, books by authors who are also our customers and fabric designed right here in Portland. We love supporting our creative community and hope you will enjoy these special items as well.