Fabric shopping in Tenerife

by - 12:53

I know that many of you may come to Tenerife on a holiday and start looking for a good fabric shop. I remember that it took me quite a while to find a good spot so I decided to start writing posts about different shops. But let me start with a short fabric shopping guide...

I was trying to stay away from buying new fabrics and keep focused on using my stash for quite a long time. But last week we went to Santa Cruz and it was simply impossible to avoid the temptation. I chose this cotton with flower print. 

I'm thinking about sewing a dress that I may wear during the Christmas season. I know it sounds strange and I agree that wool is a better option (you can actually see one of my Christmas Eve pencil dresses on the blog)...But why not if it's going to be warm enough? Not sure if it'll be my Christmas Eve gown though.

This little moment of a pure happiness inspired me to finally write about fabric shopping in Tenerife.

 What do you need to know?

1) Location
One of the main things you need to remember about fabric shopping in Tenerife is that all the main places are in the north. You'll be most likely staying in the sunny south, enjoying the beaches, night life, water parks and restaurants. But it's quite logical that most of the fabric shops are located in the north. Tourists are always looking for ready to wear clothes, but locals may be quite willing to sew.

2) Fabrics selection
Canarians love carnivals. And because they take it quite seriously, they need proper costumes. What's the best way of getting them? Yes, to sew them. That's why most of the fabric shops sell a lot of fancy carnival fabrics. So don't be scared to get in the shop and be greeted with an enormous amount of glitter and neon Lycra, there are other fabrics there too, I promise! 

3) Language barrier
You will most likely have zero problems dealing with the receptionist at your hotel, but when it comes to the fabric shops chances that you'll bump into an English-speaking shop assistant are quite small. Especially In the north. So don't forget to translate the essential words into Spanish (for example, fabric composition) before heading to Santa Cruz.

4) Fabric composition
Unfortunately, you won't find much written information about the fabric composition. Very seldom it's written along with a price inside the fabric roll. But you won't find nice big price tags with all information, that's for sure. And that's when you get a chance to practise your Spanish sewing vocabulary!

5) Variety of fabrics
Most of the shops sell similar types of fabrics. In Tenerife you'll find a lot of cotton of all different kinds, some silk and medium weight wool, linen and all types of synthetic materials. Most of the fabrics were produced in Spain, some cottons are American and there are different fabrics from Asia as well.

6) Prices
Silks are around 15-17 euros per meter, cottons - 9-14 euros, etc.

Next time I'm going to write about the best shops that you may visit.

Do you buy fabrics when you're on holiday? Have you ever been to any of the Tenerife shops?

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  1. Your right, that flower fabric would be perfect for Christmas. I love the idea of you speaking 5 different languages but only enough to buy fabric haha

  2. Wow what a great blog, i really enjoyed reading this, good luck in your work. Nearest Fabric Store