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Moving Sly Fox

Posted on July 10 2020

If you're anything like me, when you saw Katy's announcement about closing Sly Fox Fabrics, you felt a wide variety of emotions.  Sadness.  Heartbreak.  Maybe even disappointment.  But also happiness for Mary Beth.  And understanding for Katy not wanting to carry on this venture without her. 

Knowing how passionate my boss, Rebecca, is about fabric, small businesses, and generally making a difference in our community, I reached out to see if there was anything we could do.  No harm in planting a seed, right?  


It turns out, not only was there no harm in it, but that seed was nursed by both Rebecca and Katy, and now has blossomed into magic!  Sly Fox Fabrics lives on!  We are working with Katy to make sure the fabulous SFF community continues to have access to gorgeous fabrics, at wonderful prices, with the same service and lovely feeling that Katy and Mary Beth have provided the last few years.  
I know, I know, you know all this already.  What you really want to know is what's next?  We'd really like to keep you in the loop as we go through this process.  So, right now, Mary Beth is packing up the office in Cuyahoga Falls.  It is a bit sad seeing it all packed up.  But, exciting at the same time because it is being packed up to move, rather than packed up for good!  Katy is busy organizing all the amazing information she has in her brain and files to help me make this transition as smooth as possible while maintaining that lovely and unique SLY FOX feel that we have loved for the last four years.  
For my end, I am organizing a cross-country move and looking at properties and learning how to place fabric orders and, well, all the stuff that Katy makes look really easy.  
Since my sister vetoed moving all the supplies into our house (she seems to think we'll need to use our stove and actually wants to be able to leave the house for work and whatnot), we are moving into a storage unit temporarily.
These silly weekends are slowing me down!  I am waiting to look at properties until the business type people are working.  But tours and pro/con lists to start next week.  
The fun bit is happening now though.  Ordering fabric.  Plus, we are hoping for a little fun along the way.  What fabrics are you hoping to see restocked as soon as we relaunch?  Specific fabric types?  Colors?  Patterns?  
Come on back to the blog for updates throughout this process.  I am excited to keep you all in the loop as we get moved and set up here in Atlanta.  
Stephanie xx 


  • Paula : July 15, 2020

    I hope you’ll consider “performance” fabrics & pattern recommendations for comfy, attractive & casual workout wear for variety of body shapes & styles.. i did a recent check of DIY patterns & fabrics via web – not very productive or encouraging for the fashion sewists at home.


  • Kathy Lorentson: July 15, 2020

    Take a lots of deep breaths. It will all work out in the end. Thank you for taking this plunge. Best of luck.

  • KAREN THOMPSON: July 15, 2020

    The best news! Thank you.

  • Melody Margraf: July 15, 2020

    French terry, actually knits of all kinds! Maybe some great sweater knits for Fall/ Winter. I’m partial to blues but push me out of my comfort zone with some bold, rich solids and prints! Can’t wait to see what happens as you continue this journey😊

  • Melody Margraf: July 15, 2020

    French terry, actually knits of all kinds! Maybe some great sweater knits for Fall/ Winter. I’m partial to blues but push me out of my comfort zone with some bold, rich solids and prints! Can’t wait to see what happens as you continue this journey😊

  • Tina: July 15, 2020

    I agree, all the emotions! 💕 Thank you for stepping through the process for us. I know I’m looking forward to more Ponte de Roma. And you keep sharing other great fabrics! Easy answer? All the fabric!

  • Denise : July 15, 2020


  • Elise: July 15, 2020

    I was so happy to receive my first order from you, (recommended by Sue and her I Love to Sew blog), and sooo very sad to get an email days later, that you were closing, right after I found you!. It’s so hard to get what you want online….I can’t tell you how much fabric ended up in the garbage before I gave up. I love the little videos where they say what the fabric is best used for, and what other fabrics will actually go with them. I was beyond thrilled with the quality and colors. I loved the French Terry and the other knit as well. I’ve made shirts, washed them, worn them again and NO HOLES after a few washings, unlike the readytowear clothes I’ve purchased. Thank you for this partnership and not giving up, and look forward to buying more in the future!

  • Mary: July 15, 2020

    This is good news! Yay! I would love lots of performance knits (for athletic wear) and brushed poly for leggings. Also t-shirt knits.
    Since most of this will be for me, solid colors, stripes, and mini florals are good. I’m not into big and bold patterns.
    As I get better at sewing knits, I will make things for the grands and fun kid and youth prints would be fun to work with.

    Glad you are back!

  • Carol: July 15, 2020

    Rayon’s are my fav.

  • Lynne Hurd Bryant: July 15, 2020

    I want to see DBP in TIE DYE. I have a couple of friends I sew for who are after me for tie dye DBP garments. I’ve seen quite a few of them around other places and they sell out the same day they arrive!!!

  • helen: July 15, 2020

    when you get moved into a store, I wanna come touch the fabric! You are in my neighbourhood now!

  • L: July 15, 2020

    Thank you for taking this over and also for keeping us in the loop-looking forward to periodic updates :)

  • jan: July 15, 2020

    that’s super awesome! as i’m up in the north ga mtns about 2 1/2 hrs from atl!! which means fabric will arrive super fast 😊

  • Deb Sendelbach: July 15, 2020

    I would like to see more stretch woven denim and stretch twill. I also have trouble finding male friendly fabric. This is so exciting, good luck.

  • Pam Alexander: July 15, 2020

    I would like to see earthy, muted colors. Solids and ribbing. Not have all fabric choices be bright colors.

  • Lisa Slade: July 15, 2020

    Where in Atlanta will you be? Will it be open to customers?? I am quite excited about this personally, but sending prayers and good vibes y’all’s way as you transition.

  • Audrey: July 15, 2020

    I am so glad you are taking over Sly Fox!!!!

  • Avanti: July 15, 2020

    I was super saddened by the news of the closing (and even sadder that I didn’t get to buy any closeout fabric because I was late) but I am ecstatic about it reopening even though it’s leaving Ohio and I won’t receive my order as fast. I am fed up with the local fabric stores lack of quality textiles and high prices. Sly Fox has been a true gem in my pursuit of unique fabrics. I would love to see more rayon challis solids (and simple prints <polka dots/stripes>), as well as skin tone knits for ladies of all shades. I bought 8yds of DBP from you in the color cognac and I have not touched it because once it’s gone, I have no more options for foundation wear in my complexion that are reasonably priced! Either way, no matter what you end up carrying, I am excited for the grand opening!!!!

  • Barbara E. Parker: July 15, 2020

    I’m Just happy you are able to stay in business can’t wait to order more fabric from you.

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