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Cone Mills Denim is available for pre-order!

I’m so excited to announce that Cone Mills denim will be available at Blackbird Fabrics! I got my hands on some amazing 10oz Cone Mills S-Gene stretch denim in three colours, and you can pre-order yours now!

This stretch denim is light-medium weight, with a crisp hand feel that will soften with washing. It’s especially perfect for sewing your own jeans, and also suitable for denim jackets, skirts, and shorts.

Cone Mills is well known for its high quality made in the USA denim. Their patented S-Gene technology blends cotton with a little bit of polyester and spandex to create a long lasting denim that holds its shape without stretching or bagging out.

Pre-order is open until this Friday, April 7th, at 11:59 pm PST or while quantities last. 

We are offering this beautiful denim in three classic colours: dark indigodarker indigo, and black.

Great news: If you order before Friday at midnight, you’ll get your denim at a special price! We’re selling it this week only for $19.50 / meter instead of our regular price of $21.00 / meter (Canadian).

Hope you’re as excited as I am about this! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments.

Pre-order your denim now!

Big News

Hi, there!  Guess what? This week I signed a lease on a new space for Blackbird Fabrics. That’s right – we’re moving! But first, let me back up a bit…

You may not know this, but for the past 2.5 years, I have been running this small business out of a bedroom in our Vancouver apartment. It’s worked well, but lately, I feel like I’ve outgrown the space, like big time.

So I started looking for the perfect spot a couple of weeks ago, and I really didn’t expect to find something so quickly. But when I walked into this place, it felt meant to be. It’s big and airy with beautiful natural light and high ceilings. I can’t wait to show you guys.

Since the new space is empty now, I was able to sign the lease and get the keys immediately. So now I am holding the keys to a sunny and open studio space in a great area of East Vancouver. I honestly could not be more excited. It’s perfect.

The past few days have been filled with celebration and reflection. I find myself feeling so humbled by the support I’ve received over the years. I’m also incredibly excited for the future, and what this means for my small business. This feels like a success for me personally, but also for the community we’ve built. You guys are passionate about fabric, as am I! I’m proud to be a part of the exciting and ever evolving world of home sewing.

Okay, here’s the fun part! I’m having a sale to clear out some inventory. The less I have to physically move, the better. 🙂 Also because I love you guys and I want to celebrate with you.

Everything in the shop is 20% off now through Friday, March 31st at 11:59 pm PST.
No code is required, the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Visit the shop and celebrate with me! I couldn’t have done this without you.



Anniversary Sale


The end of September marks the beginning of fall, and for me, it also marks a really special anniversary. On September 24th, 2014, I officially launched Blackbird Fabrics. I can hardly believe I’ve been running this business for two years. Oh, how time flies! I’m proud of what I’ve built and really looking forward to all of the exciting things I have planned for the coming year. I hope that I can say that every year on the anniversary of my business.

Enough about that for now, the important bit is that it’s time for an anniversary sale! I had a launch sale, and a sale on my first anniversary last year, so I figure I might as well make it a tradition. Here’s what I’m doing this year:

From now through Sunday…

Spend over $50 to get 15% off

Spend over $100 to get 20% off

Spend over $150 to get 25% off

PLUS! If you spend over $200 after your discount has been applied, you’ll get free standard shipping worldwide

Everything is on sale and there is no discount code required, so go forth and shop now!

I can’t sign off without thanking you, my wonderful customers, for your unending support, encouragement, and just plain awesomeness. The fact that I get to engage with such a wonderful group of people every day makes me very, very happy.  I’m proud to be a part of the sewing community, you are a cool bunch!



The fine print: Sale ends Sunday, October 2nd at 11:59pm PST. Discount tiers listed above are in Canadian dollars. Free shipping offer applies to USA & International orders with a subtotal of $200 (Canadian Dollars) or more after discounts have been applied. Standard shipping to the USA is USPS Priority Mail. Standard shipping to International destinations is Canada Post Surface. 

Shipping Update: Possible Canada Post Strike (Updated!)

Shipping Update - Blackbird Fabrics

Update 8/30: Great News! Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached an agreement, and there is no longer the possibility of a work disruption or strike. (Hooray!) We are now shipping with confidence that there will be no delays. 

Hi friends! I have some shipping news to share with you. For the past couple of months, Canada Post has been in contract negotiations. Sadly, the possibility of a work disruption is becoming very real. With a strike or lock-out looming, I want to clarify how this will affect the shop (if it happens).

As of right now, Canada Post is functioning normally and there are no shipping or transit delays. But that can change in the coming days…

So — We now offer UPS as an additional shipping option. We understand that the cost to ship with UPS is high, and we are working to find a more affordable alternative.

For the time being, we will continue to accept orders as usual. You will have the option at checkout to select UPS or Canada Post.

Keep in mind:

  • If you select Canada Post as a shipping method during a work disruption, we will ship out your order as soon as it is possible to do so.
  • If your package is within the Canada Post system during a work disruption, it will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.

I will post here on the blog as soon as there is something new to report. You can also find updates regarding this issue on our website.

Most importantly, I want to thank you guys for your patience, support, and understanding! We are commited to getting your order to you as soon as possible, and apologize for any delays this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Finally, a bit of good news! I can’t keep a secret. Lower U.S. wide shipping rates are coming very soon. *Cue happy dance!* We’re working with a courier to ship via USPS – this means cheaper shipping, quicker leadtimes, tracking, and no duties! We’ll let you know straight away when we roll this out – as soon as next week(!!!)

Blackbird Shop Gift Certificates!

Great news! We now have real life three dimensional gift certificates available in the shop. They are bee-yoo-ti-ful.

Gift Certificate 3

There is no better gift for a seamstress than the gift of fabric! Our gift certificates do not expire and are valid for all products in our shop.

Gift Certificate 2

They’re printed on 100% recycled uncoated card stock, so they have a lovely matte finish. We designed the card in our signature pistachio colour and the front reads “a gift for you”.

You’ll be able to choose between multiple denominations from $25 – $200 (Canadian dollars). We will fill out and send the gift certificate directly to your recipient free of charge, via Canada post lettermail. Or, if you’d prefer, have it shipped to yourself and we can leave it blank for you to fill out. Just leave us a note in the order comments!

Gift Certificate 1

Get your gift certificate here!

A quick note: If you’d like to gift this for the holidays, be sure to have a look at our holiday lettermail deadlines so that your recipient receives it on time! If you’d prefer a digital gift certificate, we have those too, right here.

New Arrivals: Fall + Winter Fabrics

Want to see our new fabric collection? I’m going to start sharing our newest shop additions on the blog as they arrive. Since this is the first time I share new fabrics here, I figure it’s a good time to catch you up on all of our fall & winter goodies. A select few of these are already sold out, but I still want to show you because I am restocking and they will be available again within a week or so!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves – all photos are linked to the fabric listing in the shop. Brace yourself for some fabric porn.

Viscose Poplin


Polyester Crepe






Tencel Twill


Coatings, Boucles, Jacquard


The vibe this season is heavy on the boho, with lots of orange, wine, navy, and blue. I’m excited that I am able to add new solids like our tencel twill (perfect for a dress or trousers!), and our ponte knit. There are restocks coming soon, including tencel denims. Plus more amazing new prints that I can’t wait to show you in a few weeks.

Thoughts on what is to come: I am hoping to be able to source some great performance fabrics (I’m inspired by Sewaholic’s Vancouver Collection!). More striped bamboo knits are also in the works, and possibly some knit solids that would work great for t-shirts and leggings.

Any questions? Requests? I’d love to know what you’re looking for. Happy Friday, fabric lovers!