OSF Sale Thursday, April 11, 2-8pm

Woo-hoo! hi everyone, are you ready for another exciting sale at Our Social Fabric – everyone’s favourite non-profit textile recycling initiative in beautiful Vancouver! img_1349We’ve been making new friends and helping designers and businesses divert their unwanted textiles from the landfill.This week we picked up a donation of interesting leather, bonded leather and man-made leather from a furniture maker. Priced to move, these durable leather and bonded leather pieces are perfect for making a sachel, tote or even a doggie coat for your puppy!

Denim, Cotton Twill and Corduroy
img_1347We found a few more baskets of denim, various colours and weights. We know how much you love denim, so you’ll find it at the front table in the Shop. And a new donation arrived with boxes of cotton twill and corduroy – see picture of some of the fun colours (and a few florals too!) IMG_1323All of these are so versatile for jackets, trousers, bags, throw cushions and more.

Quilting Cottons & Flannelette
Our baskets of quilting cottons are full and lots of Tiny Treasures are available for making scrap quilts. Why not upcycle your well loved blue jeans with bits of colourful quilting cottons, cover a hole or stitch a flower to your hem or back pocket. IMG_1351Add a few pieces of trim and buttons and you have a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Smaller pieces of Flannelette have been lovingly assembled in coordinating packages, taking the guesswork out of matching patterns and colours, packs are $5 each. 

Be sure to watch our Instagram and Facebook posts for news on featured fabrics and notions. New donations arriving every day – looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday!

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map PLEASE NOTE THIS DOOR WILL LOCK AT 6PM, SO RING THE OSF BUZZER IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER 6PM.

 WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. On Sundays, there is ample Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

OSF Sewing Workshop – Pattern Drafting & Sewing – Leggings

Pattern Drafting and Sewing – Leggings

Learn how to draft your own leggings pattern and make a pair of leggings custom fit for you! Perfect for layering with tunics and dresses or wearing casually to workout! Learn techniques for sewing with knits. Lycra and stretch knit fabrics suitable for leggings are available for purchase in the OSF Shop.

Date: Thursday, April 18 and 25
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (two four-hour classes)
Class size: 4-8 students
Location: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables, Vancouver
Cost: $110
To register, visit our on-line registration form

 

OSF Sewing Workshop – Begin to Sew

Begin to Sew

Join us for two Saturday mornings and we will help you to get comfortable using a sewing machine! In these two classes, you will learn how to thread the machine, create basic sewing stitches, marking and cutting fabric, cut out pattern pieces and gain the skills needed to create your very own project. Sewing machines and supplies like rulers, pins, weights and fabric will be available to all students registered in our Begin to Sewing class.

Date: Saturday, RESCHEDULED TO MAY 18 & 25 (from April 6 and 13)
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (two four-hour classes)
Class size: 4-10 students
Location: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables, Vancouver
Cost: $110
To register, visit our on-line registration form

OSF Sale Event, Sunday March 31, 10am-1pm

Hi everyone – Spring has Sprung!
Everyone seems just a bit happier these days – so good to see the sun and little flowers blooming everywhere. There’s lots blooming at Our Social Fabric too! We look forward to throwing the doors open to welcome you this Sunday, March 31st between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

DenimIMG_1323
We received a nice assortment of various weights of denim – you’ll find the bundles on the main table at the front of the shop. Check out the little jumper dress made from manufacturing off cuts – the strips were sewn together to create the front and back and an extra strip was sewn to the top edge to allow for length needed at the shoulders. We embraced this recycled beauty by showing off the selvage edges.

IMG_1327Pattern Paper and Card
For all you pattern drafters out there, we have a supply of pattern card stock in bundles of 3 meters for $3 or, if you need more, you can ask at the cutting table.

Bag MakersIMG_1328
A nice supply of canvas arrived this week, dark green, black, camouflage and a bit of purple. See photo of a Kids Activity Bag made using the green and black canvas. Create a tote bag for your favouite little person with crayons, a colouring book, stickers and  finger puppets. Their little bag of treasures will keep them occupied during long car rides!  To go with your bag making, we also have tons of hardware like “D” rings, “O” rings, piping, grommets, push gate snap hooks, adjustable buckles, strapping, fancy zipper pulls, gold and silver buckles and more.

IMG_1326Linen
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a supply of linen for you – three baskets full, one bundle per customer please.

Hope to see you this coming Sunday, March 31 for another fabulous Sale Event – 10:00am and 1:00pm, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive)

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map

 WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. On Sundays, there is ample Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

OSF Sale Thursday, March 14, 2-8pm

Hi folks,
Spring is almost sprung and we’re excited to offer you more amazing deals on fabrics and notions. Our Social Fabric is Vancouver’s non-profit textile recycling initiative – we are volunteer run and our mission is to keep textiles out of the landfill and into the hands of creatives, just like YOU!

MUSLIN and CREAM LACEIMG_1262
Yes, we have muslin squares and off cuts for all your creative projects. Teachers – your art class will love these 30cm to 50cm squares, great for painting, art collage, draw-string bags, and so many more projects.
We also received a large donation of new lace yardage and pieces (see sample) creamy white compliments the muslin for a “natural” look.

BUTTONS and BUCKLES IMG_1267
OMG, bags and bags of buttons, designer/manufacturer sample cards, one of a kind buckles in metal, plastic, wood and more. The one-of-a-kind buttons are great for craft projects, card making, decorating an up-cycled jacket, jeans or tote bag. Our button racks have been restocked with a rainbow of beautiful button sets to go with any outfit.

DINTEX WOOL BLEND SOFT SHELL FLEECEIMG_1270
This soft knit fleece was designed for the equestrian community, it’s soft, movable, wind resistant and warm – great for jackets and coats and perfect for Vancouver’s unpredictable temperatures. A companion to this fabric is a bit thicker with a knit layer- comes in hot pink and brown, with black lining.

BLACK KNIT LINING
A few bolts of black knit linking arrived on our doorstep – this fabric is lightweight, slightly see through and works well as an under-layer for a jumper, chiffon shift or made into casual house pants. Could also work really well for photographer studio back-drop, theatre drapes, Hallowe’en decor and more – ask us about buying by the bolt.

IMG_1266Join us this coming Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 2 to 8pm – as always, we will have some surprises in the Shop for you to discover!IMG_1273

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map PLEASE NOTE THIS DOOR WILL LOCK AT 6PM, SO RING THE OSF BUZZER TO BE LET IN.

 WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. On Sundays, there is ample Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

 

 

 

OSF Sale Sunday, Feb 24, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hi folks, Sunday’s coming and it’s a good day to shop for some beautiful fabric! We look forward to seeing you – the weather prediction is for sunshine!

Cashmere Blend Wool 
OMG! we received a few bolts of the softest cashmere blend wool coating and we can’t wait to share it with you. Available in black and navy blue. The designer who donated this fabric specialized in men’s wear so, we also have some Italian Tropical weight Wool Suiting (155 cm wide) in navy with pale stripe, gray (flannel style) and black. These high-end imported fabrics are smooth and subtle to the touch yet firm enough for a suit jacket. Watch Instagram posts for pictures over the next few days.

Natural Knits
So many beautiful, natural knits: Modal Cashmere Jersey, Rayon Cashmere Jersey, Organic Cotton knit and regular cotton knits. Something for everyone!

Natural Wovens
Come and see what we have down the centre aisle in the Shop –  4 tables filled with natural woven fabrics, cottons, wool, linen, silk and rayon blends. A wide variety of textures, patterns and styles to choose from.

Teddy Bear Fur
Lovely donation from a lady who made teddy bears – a rack full of natural fiber bear fur and some synthetic pieces in a rainbow of colours.

FREE “Repair your Wear” Workshop this Sunday, February 24th at 10:30 am.  In this hands-on, clothing fix-it workshop, you will learn easy methods to repair your garments, helping you to save money, extend the life of your favourite garments and you’ll be keeping textiles out of the landfill! Depending on the time available, you will learn to sew on buttons, repair frayed cuffs, hemming methods, adding patches, re-stitching and re-enforcing open seams, darning (hand and machine), replacing broken zippers, repairing pocket holes and decorative applique or embroidery to conceal holes and tears. Five spots left – Click here for full description and to register.

Hope to see you this coming Sunday, February 24 for another fabulous Sale Event – 10:00am and 1:00pm, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive)

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map

 WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. On Sundays, there is ample Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

“Repair Your Wear” Workshop

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Our new FREE  “Repair your Wear” workshop will give you the skills to repair your gently loved garments, saving you time and money.

In this hands-on, clothing fix-it workshop, you will learn easy methods to repair your garments. Repairing your clothes will help you save money, extend the life of your favourite garments and you’ll be keeping textiles out of the landfill! Depending on the time available, expect to learn: how to sew on buttons, repair frayed cuffs, hemming methods, adding patches, re-stitching and re-enforcing open seams, darning (hand and machine), replacing broken zippers, repairing pocket holes and decorative applique or embroidery to conceal holes and tears.


Date: Sunday, February 24, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
(one session 2.5 hrs)

  • Instructor: Susan Walter
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience and familiarity with domestic sewing machines.
  • Bring two garments in need of repair (broken zipper, fallen hem, missing buttons etc)
  • Equipment/Supplies: Regular sewing thread and hand-sewing needles, small sewing scissors, buttons, zipper, bias tape or whatever you might need to repair your garments. Also bring a measuring tape and straight pins. (Optional: embroidery floss in colours of your choosing)
  • Cost: FREE. Class size is limited to 8 students.
  • Click HERE to register
  • Questions? Contact us at oursocialfabric@gmail.com