Claire’s 92nd Birthday Sale

Happy Birthday Claire!

Come in and celebrate our beloved Claire and her 92 years! Come in Friday, July 12th or Saturday, July 13th for cake & lemonade.

We will be showcasing fabric on upholstered furniture available for purchase. 

Celebrating 74 Years of Inspiring Home Decor. Get up to 70% off on all fabrics.

Claire, the founder of Fabrics That Go, has contributed so much to the Tucson community as one of its most active local business owners. Come see us as we celebrate Claire’s birthday with a massive sale from July 12-16, 2019. 
*Sale In Store Only

Fabrics That Go

Our History

The story of Fabrics That Go is really a history lesson of the American textile industry. Robert Grunstein, Claire’s son who has since taken over the day to day operations likes to tell the family history in the fabric industry. “My grandfather started the business in 1945 in Paterson, NJ, which was silk capital of the US, after doing the fabric business for 74 years on the East Coast, my parents thought to retire to Tucson.”

Claire remembers the first night she arrived by plane in Tucson with her late husband Herman. “I’ve never been farther than Pennsylvania so it was big,” Claire recounts. “We landed at night, the city was sparkling. I’ve never seen anything like it. We woke up in the morning and I looked at my husband and said I think I’m in paradise, what am I doing in New Jersey I have to move here!”

Although their intention was to retire, after a month of playing tennis they opened a small hobby store together in Tucson by the late 70s. Claire remembered it “like a closet, this was even smaller than our store in New Jersey.” Before long they moved to a larger store and landed at the store they’ve occupied for the last couple decades on 3105 N Campbell.

Today, Fabrics That Go carries the largest selection of Southwest fabrics in the world and attract customers from throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and as far away as Italy for their unique home fabrics. Despite being in the same industry for her whole life, Claire and her son Robert still has a strong passion for the business, and it starts with their customers. “I love the customer’s,” Claire said, “I want them to be happy, because when you’re fixing up your house and you are making it pretty, it should make you happy.”

Claire, and the rest of the staff will be on hand this Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm with cake, lemonade and a smile to help customers find their perfect fabrics. If you are lucky, you can catch one of her many fabric stories from the last 22 years on Campbell Avenue. Even if you can’t make it in on Friday or Saturday, stop by soon, there is a good chance you can see Claire when you visit, she still works around 30 hours a week even as she turns 92 this year.

Fabrics That Go, a Family Owned, Local Business

Keeping family values in mind, we back to the community whenever we can. Fabrics That Go supports local culture by showcasing the largest collection of Southwestern fabric, and by providing quality craftsmanship with upholstery and drapery services.

To learn more about Fabrics That Go’s place in American textile history read about Our Humble Beginnings.

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Fabrics That Go - Tucson, AZ

We are happy to be Tucson's #1 Local Fabric Supplier, and would love to help you with any of your custom drapery, bedding, upholstery projects. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, we'd love to hear from you!

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

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Claire’s Rare Button Collection

Seeing some objects from the past often brings nostalgic feelings. We are often brought back in time by the sight of these objects. Some objects inspire our artistic side and get our creativity flowing. The vintage buttons in Claire's Rare Button Collection, which she collected over the decades, are capable of invoking both within us. Today these rare buttons can be considered vintage and would be very hard to find anywhere else.

 

Claire


Claire Grunstein is the 91-year-old owner of Fabrics that go. She came to Tucson with her husband Herman in the late ’70s with the intention of retiring. She retired from her family’s textile business in New Jersey. Retirement did not sit well with the hardworking couple though, and they decided to open a tiny hobby shop a few months after retiring. The tiny hobby shop grew into what is now Fabrics That Go

Now 74 years and at 91 years old, Claire is one of the oldest hands-on proprietors in the country. Although the day-to-day operations of the business are handled by her son Robert, she still works up to 30 hours a week and you can usually see her if you drop by the store.

The Button Collection


One of Claire’s passions is collecting buttons, and she currently has an incredibly large rare button collection. These pieces were accumulated over time. There are thousands of buttons in the collection and all of them are for sale depending on the rarity and availability. They can range from a lot in stock to only a few buttons left. Most of these rare buttons are of antique quality and made with superb craftsmanship.

The Materials


The materials used to make these buttons are equally rare and exotic. There are those made from Czechoslovakia glass, Indian metals, silver, and bakelite. There are also those made of organic materials like Mother of Pearl, bone, horn and tree nut.

You’ll even find pieces that are works of art in themselves, like the beaded buttons and the fabric covered ones.

What They Are Used For


These rare buttons are normally used on clothing but they can also be used to decorate pillows and upholstery. Quilters enjoy using these buttons on their pieces because of their great variety. Due to the artistic qualities of these rare buttons, they are even used for jewelry like children’s charms and as decorations and clasps on purses. They have even been embedded on coffee tables. The possibilities are endless!

All designers, artists, and DIYers are welcome to check out Claire’s rare button collection. You might be inspired to use them in your future creative projects. Your imagination is the limit with what you can do with these buttons. Come by as soon as you can, since some of these buttons have very limited stock left. Just drop by Fabrics That Go and ask to see Claire’s rare buttons, you will be guided back to explore the amazing pieces, and to choose which buttons you’d like to purchase.

Fabrics That Go is home to rare fabric, buttons, and more! Our staff is also skilled in custom drapery, and upholstery, and will work according to your needs. Drop by the shop to see our vast collection.

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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Spring 2019 Store-Wide Sale

SPRING STORE-WIDE SALE

This spring, get 25% (or More) OFF 5 yards of remnant pieces. 

This 3-month sale will feature remnant fabrics that can be used for dining room chairs, pillows, ottomans, shower curtains, and table runners. There are hundreds of fabrics on the end caps of every aisle in their colors and their styles.

Mention this ad or the code words 'support local' to gain discounts.

Fabrics That Go

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Velvets are back. 

We have a gorgeous collection of upholstery grade, highest quality and latest fashion colors.

3105 N Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719

Call us at (520) 881-4444,

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Welcome Your Family For Thanksgiving With These Decorating Tips

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure that your home is decorated in a way that makes your home cozy and ready to welcome the family. Here are a few tips to get your home holiday ready.

TABLE RUNNER OR TABLE CLOTH


The best way to begin decorating is by starting with the base of your table - table cloths and/or table runners. This is an easy way to spruce up an older table, especially if your table is showing signs of wear. If you can’t find the right pattern or color to match your home, this is a simple DIY project that doesn’t require a lot of sewing! Once you’ve laid down your runner or tablecloth, add some pumpkins or greenery to get in the festive spirit.

Add some Arizona Flavor by choosing Southwestern fabrics! Shop at Fabrics That Go and get 10-50% off thousands of fabrics! Southwestern & Outdoor Included!

DINNER NAPKINS


You don’t have to be skilled at folding napkins to make your table look elegant. A simple fold with decorative touches make it look just as nice! Think about tucking the silverware into the napkin to keep everything in one spot, or tie the napkin with twine and greenery to match the rest of the decor on the table. You can also add a name tag on top of the napkins to give it a personalized touch.

COZY THROWS & PILLOWS


Make sure to have plenty of comfy pillows & throw blankets around for when the weather cools down and the family begins to get chilly.

Choose neutral fabric for simplistic style, or get adventurous and pick a unique pattern to make a statement. Come in to Fabrics That Go for any style!

All of these decor ideas can be purchased at many home decor stores, but you can accomplish a more unique and customized home just as easily with a little time and a little bit of sewing. If you’re having trouble finding the right fabric for these projects, the store Fabrics That Go in Tucson, Arizona specializes in everything to do with DIY projects.

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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How Adding Custom Pillows Can Add a Personal Touch To Your Home

Does your home look like it lacks personality or creativity? It may be because you aren’t using the right decor to really make a statement in your home. There are many ways you can bring your home back to life - whether it be new paint, flooring, or updated furniture. One of the easiest ways though is to tackle the decor - more specifically the throw pillows in your living space!

INTERIOR


There are many places you can decorate pillows with. The most common is your couch. Here pillows can be neutral and in the same color family as your couch, or they can be an accent color to bring more color into the neutrality of it. When choosing a pillow, don’t forget that you can pick geometric or fun patterns in addition to solid colors! Don’t forget to put throw pillows on your beds, too!

EXTERIOR


When you have patio furniture, the last thing you want to do is sit on something uncomfortable. This is another place you can add pillows to. When choosing pillows for this purpose, you want to make sure that it’s the correct fabric to withstand the outdoors.

When you’re ready to start your pillow project, look no further than Fabrics That Go for all of your pillow project needs.

They supply vintage fabrics and even have the largest selection of southwestern fabrics. Of course, you’ll be able to find many other choices as well since they have over 10,000 bolts of fabric to choose from! They are Tucson based and love to collaborate with their community with free sewing classes and also offers full service labor & consultations to make your pillows of your dreams!

Come in TODAY and find the right fabric, along with our vast collection of tassels, buttons, fringe, and more to make the perfect pillows for your Tucson Home!

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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Popular Fabric Styles For Your Living Room

Trying to figure out what your aesthetic is in your home is probably one of the hardest things when decorating – especially in your living room. This is what your guests will first see upon entering your home.

Whether you’re considering buying whole new furniture entirely, or you are ready to reupholster your old furniture, you’ll need to select the right fabric. Here are some popular fabric styles for your living room –

Spill-Proof Fabrics


Have you ever sat down with a glass of red wine and somehow gravity turned off and your wine ended up all over your couch? Stains on furniture can instantly date a piece and make it look older than it actually is.

Here are two types to consider, according to Southern Living.

Solids: Synthetic suede and faux velvet are typically polyester or a blend of polyester and nylon. What makes them great is that they look and feel real, but they repel moisture and can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Patterns: Solution dyed acrylic can provide interesting and fun patterns. They also resist fading and staining, can be cleaned with bleach, and many can even be thrown in the wash.

Leather


Leather is another fabric that is easy to clean - possibly one of the easiest. If you have pets, it’s an even better option for your furniture. There is a downside though. The nature of leather is that it can and does wear out with time. If you have pets and they accidentally scratch the couch - that scratch will typically stay imbedded in the leather and become a part of it.

Vintage


If you’re into the vintage look, but you don’t necessarily want to have a chair that looks like you pulled it out of your grandparents’ garage, try keeping the pattern more on the neutral side. Stay away from traditional looking silhouettes when it comes to the furniture pieces to avoid dating the furniture even more.

Are you having trouble finding any of these specific fabrics? A local Tucson company called Fabrics That Go have over 10,000 bolts of fabric to choose from. You’ll be able to find everything from buttons to decorative nails.

Fabrics That Go - Tucson, AZ

We are happy to be Tucson's #1 Local Fabric Supplier, and would love to help you with any of your custom drapery, bedding, upholstery projects. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, we'd love to hear from you!

Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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Your next Home Project: Add an Accent Chair

Accent chairs have many purposes in a room. Not only is it a means of providing extra seating for your house guests, but it can also be a way to add a splash of color, or bring attention to the style of the home’s decor.

Show Off Your Personal Style

Whether you opt for a classic wingback chair to match your home’s traditional decor, or a slipper chair for a more modern feel, accent chairs can give a room that extra pop of personality.

BUYING NEW


The Usual Route

Shopping for a new accent chair can leave you unimpressed, feeling generic or just not finding the style and fabric combination in the choices that are mass produced.

REVIVE AN OLD PIECE OF FURNITURE


Think Outside the Ordinary

Dig through your Parent’s/Grandparents garageyard sales, or search through OfferUp or Craigslist for that piece of furniture that has the perfect bones.

Often times, older furniture is made with better craftsmanship and more durable materials, so you will be left with an amazing one-of-a-kind piece at the end of the day.

When you have found your accent chair’s skeleton, you’ll need to find the perfect fabric to match your home's style.

Here are some of our favorite home decor style & fabric combinations:

Modern/ Contemporary:

To match the clean edges and sleek style of modern homes, geometric patterns are ideal to bring sophistication and elegance.

Boho-Chic:

Southwestern fabrics are trending right now, especially in boho-chic or rustic homes. An accent chair, or even a stool, upholstered with southwestern fabric will grab your guests’ attention and bring your personality to center stage.

Traditional:

The most popular fabrics used in classic or traditional homes is damask, a pattern that has been popular since its appearance in the 14th Century.

Mid-Century Modern:

The unique style that is popular in The Arizona Community due the popularity of famous architect Frank LLoyd Wright. If you come across a piece, a bright color fabric is a great way to bring a burst of color to honor the style.

Come & Visit

Bring in your Accent Chair ideas, and the experts at Fabrics That Go will get you everything you’ll need to bring your vision into reality! From unique fabric to decorative nails and accessories, we’re Tucson’s one-stop-shop for upholstery needs.

We’d love to see your projects! Please submit your project details and photos and we’d love to provide you with a FREE QUOTE. Thank you for choosing Fabrics That Go for all of your home fabric needs.

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