Heathcoat Fabrics is a wonderful sewing shop in Tiverton, Devon. It stocks a wide variety of dressmaking, general purpose, and soft furnishing fabrics and haberdashery products. It is one of my all-time favourite fabric shops and is well worth visiting if you are in central Devon!

The fabric shop is located next to the Heathcote Fabrics Factory. Top tip: If you visit before 11:30am you can also use the staff canteen to get a drink!

Heathcote Fabrics, Tiverton

Entrance to Heathcote Fabrics

The fabric shop is housed in an amazing building from 1841. Check out the beautiful windows:

Heathcoats Fabric Shop entrance

The Heathcoat Fabric Shop – next to the factory

Inside the fabric shop:

Inside the shop you will find four rooms dedicated to fabric and haberdashery supplies.

The first room is full of soft furnishing fabrics. These include things like curtain, upholstery and oilcloth fabrics. When I visited they were having a summer sale, which is why there are so many reductions advertised in my photos – I wish they had a sale all the time!

Heathcotes soft furnishing fabrics

Soft furnishing fabrics


Gutermann sewing thread stand

A rainbow of Gütermann threads!

The second room in the shop is jam-packed with a whole host of crafty goodies:

Rows of lace trims on cards

Lace trims, woven ribbons and decorative edgings


Rows of zips, fabric dyes and buttons

Racks of zips, Dylon dyes and thousands of buttons


Tubes of buttons on a stand

A glorious selection of buttons – they also have ‘serious’ buttons, not just novelty ones!


Craft kits

Craft kits and children’s fabrics


Fat quarters on a stand

A stand of really sweet fat quarters


Patterned webbing on rolls

Super wide Aztec (?) webbing – would make a great belt or bag strap


A wall covered in sewing tools

Lots of sewing tools: sewing machine feet and needles, as well as pins, chalks and lots of scissors (not shown)


There are a good selection of big-name sewing patterns available in the shop, however some have to be ordered. I don’t believe Heathcoat’s stock any Indie sewing patterns – maybe they will do in the future?
Simplicity sewing pattern catalogue

Sewing pattern books – including all the big names: Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue, Burda etc


Rolls of fleece fabric

Rolls of soft fleece and quilted fabrics


After you have navigated the room of haberdashery goodies, there are two further rooms, stuffed with dressmaking fabrics: one is dedicated to cotton prints, and fancy fabrics, while the other has more fashion-lead fabrics like denim, jersey and Liberty prints.
Sewing shop room

This room is lined on all sides with many racks of dressmaking fabrics!


There are two tables that are always well-stocked with remnants too! On this visit there was a lot of brushed cottons, scubas, cotton sateens, and some cotton prints that had been heavily reduced.

I always like to have a long, lust-filled look at the cotton prints they stock:

Rolls of cotton fabric

Some of the beautiful 100% cotton prints available

Their second dressmaking fabric room is by far, my favourite room in the shop though as it has all their latest fashion fabrics, and they are beautiful! They are (mostly) arranged into colour groups, however gingham, corduroy, and jersey are grouped by their type.

Rows of fabric bolts on shelves

Lovely fabrics for making lovely clothes with!


Liberty Tana Lawn fabric on bolts

Who doesn’t love a good Liberty print?!

Prices:

Prices vary, however they are on the more expensive side for me. Here are some sample costs I noted down from today’s visit (30th August 2017):

Striped cotton drill (lovely quality) £4.99 per meter
Fashion print jersey £18.00 per meter
Light weight denim £9.99 per meter
Cotton fashion prints ranged between about £8 per meter up to about £20 per meter

The smallest increment they cut is 25cm – at least you can control the spending a little more closely than some other shops!

Summary:

Heathcotes is an excellent fabric and haberdashery shop. If you visit you should allow at least half an hour to have a quick look, but you should really spend longer to fully appreciate everything they have to offer. Make sure to check out their remnant tables as I have found great bargains there in the past. The staff are friendly and helpful and there are three cutting tables in the dressmaking section so they are able to handle quite a lot of customers at once.

I thoroughly recommend a visit to the shop if you are in Devon!

Address:

Heathcote Fabric Shop, West Exe, Tiverton EX16 5LL
Website: www.heathcote.co.uk Sadly this is not site you can buy from