ABOUT US

Blackbird Fabrics is an online fabric store based in Vancouver, BC, and our fabrics ship worldwide!

Our offices are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Stó:lō, and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples.

Our MISSION

We provide high-quality garment fabrics and supplies curated for sewists, by sewists.

We draw from the personal experiences of our team of sewists to curate a range of apparel fabrics that feel at home in any modern wardrobe. We stock a wide range of fabrics, including natural fibres, deadstock fabrics, and custom print lines, with an emphasis on fabrics that are environmentally and socially responsible wherever possible. Ultimately, we hope to offer home sewists the resources and materials to create any me-made garment they can dream up.

Hi, I'm Caroline!
I'm so glad you're here.

When I launched Blackbird Fabrics in 2014, I wanted to make it easier for home sewists to get their hands on high-quality garment fabrics that were typically only accessible to designers or manufacturers. It's been a joy to watch my business grow from a one-woman operation in my tiny apartment (where I stocked just 12 fabrics in my spare room), to a team of 20 passionate creatives operating in a 10,000-square-foot East Vancouver warehouse. I am so thankful for the love and support of our customers and the sewing world at large. Thanks to you, we are now able to tackle passion projects, such as producing our own line of Blackbird Exclusive fabrics, while supporting our community through our monthly donation initiative.

I’m proud to share our curated collection of modern, wearable garment textiles with you. Whether you're a seasoned sewist or a beginner, I hope you'll find something you love!
 

Looking for more sewing content?
Check out my podcast, Love to Sew!

SEWING CONNECTS US

Sewing isn’t just a way to turn a stack of fabric into a wardrobe of long-lasting makes; it’s a way to form lasting connections. Whether it’s through a passion for sewing passed down through generations, like Caroline shares with her mum and grandmother, or through our vibrant online network of fellow sewists, sewing connects us to a hugely diverse community of makers. We’re delighted to be part of a community that is so inclusive and eager to share their knowledge and inspiration with one another.

our mission is more than just fabric

Social Responsibility 

 Blackbird Fabrics donates 1% of our monthly revenue to a rotating non-profit. We focus on local organizations doing great work to support marginalized communities in Vancouver and across Canada. Past recipients include Black Lives Matter Vancouver, WISH, True North Aid, and QMUNITY. You can find more information about this month’s non-profit here

We also support our local community through initiatives such as virtual food drives, clothing donations, and fabric donations to create non-medical masks during the pandemic. These organizations are chosen with help from our team members, friends and family, as well as our customers -- so please get in touch if you’d like to make a recommendation!

Inclusion 

We prioritize diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our business, including our recruitment and hiring practices, pattern recommendations, and social media content. Our team meets on an ongoing basis to discuss the Blackbird Fabrics Anti-Racism Action Plan, review progress, and hold ourselves accountable as we continue to commit ourselves to this work. You can find our Action Plan here.

Sustainability

 We are committed to bringing you fabrics that are environmentally and socially sustainable. To do this, we focus on natural fibres, as well as stocking deadstock fabrics that might otherwise go to waste. We use our purchasing power to support suppliers that share this commitment wherever possible. The launch of our Blackbird Exclusive custom fabric range has also allowed us to oversee the production process from beginning to end and ensure that we are working with suppliers that meet our social and environmental standards.

Meet the team

CAROLINE

Founder

@carolinesomos

The founder and our fearless leader, Caroline is the brains and brawn behind everything at Blackbird fabrics. She is a CEO with many hats: business owner, co-creator and podcast host of the Love To Sew Podcast, and an exceptional dog mom. Her vision for the future of the company keeps the team going forward and her passion for the latest reality TV gossip keeps our Monday office meetings scandalous.

NATASHA

Office Administrator

@confidentbeginner

Throughout her time at Blackbird Fabrics, Natasha has had many roles within the company but now spends her days as the general jack-of-all-trades around the office. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, stained glass, surface design, and amateur home renovations all while persistently pestering her exotic shorthair calico cat, Merlin.

LAURA

Buyer

@the.slow.sewist

If you have ever wondered how we keep getting fresh and exciting fabrics and notions, it is all thanks to Laura! When she is not scheduling the latest releases or on the hunt for our new fabrics collections, you can catch her at the swimming pool in a me-made suit or strutting down Main Street in hand-made denim wares (she is still the queen of jeans)!

PAIGE

Customer Service


Have you ever heard of a coffee connoisseur that doesn’t drink coffee? We have and we love her. After spending time in Ireland, Paige has returned home to Vancouver to embrace her more creative side in fabrics and textiles. During the day, Paige is the star of the Customer Service team, answering all your questions and order comments; but at night, she is a wild child – hand embroidering her custom designs until the wee hours of the morning.

MARKETING

ALYS

Media & Marketing Manager

@alysinstitches

When she is not crushing it as part of the Media & Marketing team with her sharp eye for photography and knack for social media, you can find Alys behind the lens snapping pics around the city and enjoying the scenic hikes of the Pacific Northwest. She loves sewing up a technicolour storm in modern silhouettes and totally brightens up our office with her colourful me-made wardrobe.

GENNA

Surface & Graphic Designer

@genna.campton

Genna joins us from ultra-hip Melbourne and brings her sharp eye for design and extensive surface design knowledge to our Media & Marketing team. An avid learner, she spends her free time upskilling online or drinking wine and sewing to the soundtrack of true crime podcasts. When not at work, she loves to explore Vancouver, taking inspiration from her new surroundings and turning them into illustrations and textile prints.

AMY M

Media & Marketing Assistant

@banh.memeee

We are so excited to have a fashionista in the house! Amy joins the Marketing team from Melbourne, where she completed schooling for Fashion Design. She is a self-proclaimed fast fashion survivor and shares her feelings about clothes on her fashion podcast, Smart Casual. When not sewing, she loves taking photos of all the flowers and greenery that Vancouver has to offer!

WENDY

Community Engagement

@acornandthimbleco

Wendy comes to us from an exciting career in event planning that has taken her across the globe to work at museums like the Tate in London. She is an avid knitter turned sewer and has fallen in love with sewing dresses - stitching up over 30 and counting! At work, Wendy takes action with our wonderful online community, but at home, she is totally crushing her me-made wardrobe goals between ice cream breaks with her absolutely adorable dog Mac.

FULFILLMENT

MACKENZIE

Fulfillment Manager

@k_e__n_z__

Mackenzie joined our Order Fulfilment team just in the nick of time as we headed into our busiest months! She hit the ground running and instantly mastered the art of cutting, packing and shipping your treasured fabric orders. Recently graduating from her degree in Human Geography, Kenzie not only has the smarts but is also an imaginative illustrator, painter and budding beginner sewist who is quickly becoming an obsessive fabric lover like the rest of us!

MARIJKA

Order Fulfillment Team


Marijka comes to us from an extensive background in theatre, as both a practicing Stage Manager all around BC and instructor at the UBC. When she is not dutifully cutting and packing orders on our Fulfillment Team, Marijka can be found hustling up the Grouse Grind (that is, if you can catch her at her 57 minute climb time) and hiking all around the world, even summiting Mount Kilimanjaro!

EDWARD

Order Fulfillment Team

@empathetic_vibrations

Although he spends his work hours cutting fabrics and picking orders as part of the Order Fulfillment team, the real highlight of Edward’s day is his nightly walk with Arthur Hastings, his fabulously fancy cat. Edward comes to us after a long hiatus from sewing, but he’s excited to pivot from his past projects, sewing highly stylized cosplay designs, into more functional everyday clothes for himself

DEE

Order Fulfillment Team

@reckless.sewer

Dee has brought a keen eye for fabric and fashion to our Order Fulfilment Team. Throughout her time at Blackbird, Dee completed the Costuming for Stage & Screen program at Capilano University. We are so proud of our Dee and her couture costuming creations! (Seriously, so good!) When Dee is not in the office, she is utilizing every second of her spare time to marathon sew some fantastic new pieces for her wardrobe.

KIRSTEN

Warehouse Supervisor


Kirsten is a welcome part of our Warehouse Management team. As an avid quilter and voracious scrap buster, Kirsten came to us with the dream to sew a perfect-fitting pair of jeans (we will make this happen!). But she has always been a crafter-at-heart, with experience in metal fabrication and fabric dyeing. When not at work, Kirsten can be found hanging at the beach, petting puppos on the street, and enjoying the latest trashy TV.

PHOEBE

Order Fulfillment Team


Combining her two passions of fashion and theatre, Phoebe joined our Order Fulfilment team while working towards a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria. She has always had a passion for sewing, having started when she was only 8 years old. Nowadays, she can be found sewing up the flowiest wide-leg pants and fancy dresses, studying for her classes, or partying with Freddie and Posy, her perfectly primped mini poodles.

AMY N

Order Fulfillment Team

@abrokenneedle

We are so excited to have Amy on our Order Fulfilment team! Amy brings an extensive background in graphic design and marketing to the birdies crew. She is a true adventurer, having travelled to and lived in South Africa, Columbia, the UK and the US, just to name a few. She now calls Vancouver home and spends her weekends baking delicious treats and palling around with her real-life teddy bear, her apricot Cockapoo Figgy Smalls.

LAURA F

Warehouse Supervisor

@hello_fukumoto

Laura is a self-prescribed art-house frat-lady choir-angel cloth-wizard pizza-mogul, and we truly can't write a better bio opener than that. Laura is a wonderful member of our Warehouse Management team, coming from the world of theatre and stage where she has worked as a costume designer for almost a decade. She is a forager at heart, searching for everything from the most unique thrifted clothes to the most delicious wild mushrooms.

MEAGHAN

Order Fulfillment Team

@meaghanlikessewing

Meaghan has taken our order fulfillment team to new heights! When they are not carefully cutting, preparing and packing your fabulous orders, they can be found sewing their own colourful garments, going out for walks with their best friends and, of course, petting absolutely all of the dogs. As a self proclaimed trekker, their background in bio psychology helps them analyze all of the villains in their favourite series, Deep Space Nine.

ORPHANE

Order Fulfillment Team

@_orphy

We are excited to have another fashionista at Blackbird Fabrics! Hailing from Eastern Canada, Orphane moved West to study graphic design in Vancouver. When not at work, she can be found making pants, her favourite garment to sew, and using skills learned from her time in Fashion Design school to sketch up gorgeous fashion illustrations. Orphane also loves to paint, draw, and work on illustration projects in her free time. 

CHADY

Order Fulfillment Team

@lilsmudgin

Chady is a two-spirited Indigenous woman, raised equally on the Plains and in Northern Canada, however she is now loving life on the unceded west coast. On weekdays, she is a fantastic addition to our growing Fulfillment Team, but on the weekend she enjoys spending quality time with her best buds. Chady's current sewing projects are focused on her faux-fur animal hoods, but she has goals to begin experimenting with new materials that are more sustainable. Stay tuned!

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