About

Material Girl Fabric Shop Downtown Crystal Lake

Material Girl Fabric Shop Downtown Crystal Lake, IL

Material Girl, Inc., a fabric shop & sewing studio located in downtown Crystal Lake, officially opened its doors for business on June 25, 2010. Customers old and new were pleasantly surprised with the fresh look, the same charm, and the same great inventory. The store was now loaded with brand new fabrics and ideas.

If you are a local, or a loyal customer, you are well aware that Material Girl’s predecessor, The Fabric Shop, was a fixture in the heart of beautiful downtown Crystal Lake. The Fabric Shop, which occupied the same space at 21 N. Williams Street for over 50 years, was lovingly referred to as “Millie’s” by the majority of its loyal customers. Millie Gieseke, aka “The Queen of Williams Street”, owned and operated this vintage dry goods shop since its inception in October of 1959.

Always fully stocked with a large inventory of fabrics, ranging from apparel to upholstery, Millie’s was always the place to come for those special, hard-to-find fabrics, notions, and, of course, friendly, knowledgeable advice. If Millie didn’t carry it, chances are you wouldn’t be able to find it any where.

The goal of Material Girl is to remain a full-service fabric shop featuring not only quilting
fabric and notions, but to stock a large and comprehensive selection of:

  • Apparel Fabric including silks, wools, knits, and specialty fabrics
  • Batiks
  • Contemporary and Brights
  • Novelty
  • Children’s
  • Civil War
  • Oriental
  • Patterns
  • Ribbons
  • Trims
  • Buttons
  • Notions
  • Sewing Machine Repair
  • Sewing Classes
  • Birthday and Private Group Parties

Material Girl strives to be everything The Fabric Shop was – and more. The store continues to
offer all of the same great textile lines, trims and notions, along with expert advice and personal
service. We continue to explore new fabric lines and add them to our inventory. We are happy
to offer our opinions in the fabric selection process and assist with all types of sewing advice.
The Material Girl staff has over 200 combined years of sewing experience. Make sure you check
out the classes we are offering.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, whether it’s new or vintage, ask to look in the infamous
basement!   Just Kidding!  Actually, if we don’t have it, we’ll try and get it. Service you won’t
get at your big, box fabric stores.

We look forward to serving your fabric and sewing needs!