The best craft stores for all your DIY needs in Singapore

Whether you’re looking for paper, yarn or fabric, get started on your DIY project with materials from these craft stores. Additional reporting by Victoria Chwa
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Skip Spotlight, Art Friend and Daiso and head to these lesser-known craft stores, some of which have been around for decades. They might be hard to find, but most of these family-run businesses know their stuff, and might even offer a tip or two on your weekend arts and craft project. 

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Golden Dragon

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Seasoned crafters will know Golden Dragon. A one-stop shop for yarn (from $1.60/ball), beads (from $0.70/pack) and fabric ($1.80/m), as well as ribbons and appliques – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the store has been meeting hobby needs since 1949. If you’re looking to buy yarn in bulk, Spotlight’s got better discounts. However, for beginners who haven’t committed to the craft, Golden Dragon sells smaller balls of yarn for cheaper, which is great if you just want a few strands of yarn for your amigurumi.

Don’t be intimidated by the team of aunties who man the store – they’re helpful and, if you need any sewing tips, just bring your project over for them to have a look. You can also join the community of people who regularly gather at the tables beside the entrance to work on their projects. Be warned: seats are limited.

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Overjoyed

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Tucked away in a yellow building just behind LASALLE, Overjoyed is well worth searching for. It started in 2007 as an online shop, and has ballooned into a two-storey art and stationery store that offers a range of crafting materials such as calligraphy pens ($18), screen ink ($12) and brushes (from $6) – think of it as an alternative to Art Friend. The space is huge, even accommodating a mini gallery and a dedicated space to hold lettering and sketch journalling workshops. And if you’re a student, join Overjoyed’s member programme to enjoy discounts.
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Fancy Papers

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As its name suggests, Fancy Papers sells only paper – from basic white sheets for printing to fancy textured materials for art projects and wedding invitations. The most expensive sheets available are those with mermaid patterns ($9). Fancy Papers also sells custom envelopes for $0.20 to $1 a piece, depending on your choice of paper. 
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Yon Hearn

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Step into this small store in Holland Village and you’ll be greeted with floor-to-ceiling shelves that hold yarn, ribbons and other knitting supplies. This family business has been around for over three decades, and the couple who manages the store is quite knowledgeable in the products it stocks. Most of the yarn (from $5/ball) is imported from Japan and Australia – and prices are kept affordable as no GST is charged. 
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Sin Hin Chuan Kee

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Sin Hin Chuan Kee is a family-run business that has been around for over 50 years. While it’s not the most organised, the huge shop space means that you can expect to find a tonne of ribbons, zippers (even YKK ones) and buttons in every shape, colour and size – after all, it specialises in haberdashery. Prices start from $0.10 for beads and $7 for a roll of ribbon. You can also customise ribbons according to your needs, with waiting time ranging from 6 hours for small pieces to ten days for elaborate designs and bulk orders.

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Kin Soon

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It’s ribbons galore at Kin Soon, otherwise known as Minton House of Ribbons, where shelves overflow with colourful strips of material. This family business has been in the industry since 1975, and it’s also a wholesaler for ribbons and packaging materials, where you can pick up a full roll for only a dollar. For wholesale purchases, you might get up to 20 percent off your purchase, depending on the quantity. Customisation services are available, too, with an average of one to two weeks waiting time.

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Malin Textile

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Above People’s Park Food Centre is a treasure trove of craft stores, probably frequented by your grandmother. Dig around a bit, and you’ll find Malin Textile, home to rows and rows of cloth (from $6/m) – mostly Japanese cotton – printed with cute designs to attract younger hobbyists. This store, owned by Ng Mei Ling, is part of a family business that operates a few fabric shops on the same floor. Ng’s sister heads another store, also called Malin Textile (#02-1134), which sells fabric printed with Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty. And Ng’s mum runs Maggie Textiles (#02-1076/78, #02-1124), offering chiffon, georgette and jacquard as well as fabric for men’s shirts and suits.

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"K”rafers’ Paradise

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Spanning three shop units in City Square Mall, “K”rafers’ Paradise is every crafter’s haven – the neat and organised interior is reminiscent of a supermarket. Having started out as a small scrapbooking shop six years ago, “K”rafers’ Paradise has since expanded to selling fine art materials. Besides the usual die-cuts, brushes and paints, the store also sells detailed plaster figurines (from $30) that can be used for carving and painting.

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Junior De Artist

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Despite its name, Junior De Artist isn’t exclusively for children. This craft and hobby store carries a wide range of materials for those keen on scrapbooking and card-making. Clear acrylic stamps start from $39, wooden stamps start from $11 and prices for die-cuts average around $20. Junior De Artist regularly conducts workshops, and anyone keen on picking up new skills is welcome to sign up.

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Sing Mui Heng

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Looking for fabric to make your own bags, dresses and quilts? Sing Mui Heng stocks material from Japan, the US and South Korea, including brands like Michael Miller, Cloud 9 and Quiltgate. Fabrics do go on sale from time to time for as low as $5 per metre. The seasoned or beginner bag-maker can purchase metal frames, clasps or wires for their crafts, and there are also a range of ribbons, buttons and beads to accessorise handmade purses or clutches. If you need an embroidery or sewing machine, Sing Mui Heng is the official distributor of Brother products.

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