OSF Sale Event, Thursday, September 12, 2pm-8pm

Hi everyone,
We are so excited, we just received a sizable donation from one of our regular donors and can’t wait to share it with you. Check out all the goodies below. Our Social Fabric is Vancouver’s non-profit textile recycling initiative – going strong after 10 years and still diverting tons of fabric from the landfill!

Let’s Get Technical!
We have a huge selection of Technical Fabrics including “pack” fabrics, durable, water resistant and waterproof, sturdy technical canvas fabrics, light weight stretch wovens and coat weight technicals. Lots of different colours and weights to choose from. The days will be getting shorter and harder for drivers to see runners and kids at night – why not make a bright green jacket or backpack and make your loved ones more visible in the evenings.

Coat-Weight Polyester Fibrefill
Lots and lots of coat-weight fibrefill specially designed for jackets, coats and outerwear – comes in a variety of weights (40 to 200 gsm) PrimaLoft, Microdenier Mid Loft and PrimaLoft Gold. This fiberfill is great for coat linings and could be used for stuffing soft toys and squishy cushions.

Coating / Coat Weights
Lots of beautiful patterned wool and synthetic blends and heavier coat weights for Fall and Winter Coats – find them on the table in the Wovens” section

Lycra Solids and Prints
A new stock of lycra in winter colours has arrived – so versatile, our lycra can be made into tops, leggings, jackets, skirts, athletic wear including sports bras and shorts. We’ve re-designed our knit section and topped up our stock with lots of patterned knits and colourful lycras.

Other Stock Goodies and Essentials
– Check out our stock of cotton and natural knits, beautiful and versatile lycra, natural woven fabrics, drapery and home decor fabrics, quilting fabrics, lining material, athletic knits, technical fabrics and vinyl
– 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
– Ribbon, sequins and costuming supplies
– Yarn, LOTS of books (dozens of quilt books on sale 50% off), lots of various widths of 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.

Thank you for supporting Our Social Fabric – Vancouver’s non-profit textile recycling initiative.

 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.

Sewing Workshops September and October 2019

Upcoming Sewing Workshops in September and October, 2019
All workshops take place at Our Social Fabric, 1275 Venables in Vancouver.
See below for workshop descriptions and to register.

1. Pattern Drafting & Sewing from Ready to Wear

Have you ever wanted to re-create a favourite top, leggings or skirt? Bring your garment and our instructor will guide you through the steps to DRAFT a pattern and SEW a simple garment.

Date: Saturday, September 14 and 21, 9:30am – 1:00pm

  • Instructor: Denise Jones Chu, Hello Beautiful
  • Skills: General sewing knowledge and experience using domestic sewing machines
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit (fabric and paper scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, ruler, pencil, eraser, fabric chalk, straight pins, masking tape or invisible tape)
  • Domestic sewing machines are available for use in the OSF Shop.
    Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to the class, if they prefer.
  • Students will create a pattern from a ready-to-wear garment of their choosing and then use the pattern to cut out and sew a garment. Students may wish to bring a few garments to review with the instructor. Pattern paper provided by OSF.
  • Cost: $110—2 sessions, 3.5 hrs each. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Click HERE to go to the on-line registration form.

2. Sew What…

Are you stuck between a placket and an invisible zipper? Are your pattern instructions confusing? Do you have a project that’s half finished and you need a little guidance? Not sure if you need to interface or having trouble insetting a zipper? This four hour sewing session will help you gain confidence and give you the tools to complete your project.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 9:30-1:00 pm

  • Instructor: Denise Jones Chu, Hello Beautiful
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience.
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit (fabric scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, ruler, pencil, eraser, fabric chalk, straight pins, masking tape or invisible tape)
  • Bring the project that you need help with including the pattern, fabric and any notions as noted on your pattern package
  • If you wish, bring a second, smaller project which can be also worked on, if time permits.
  • Cost: $55—one session, 3.5 hours. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Click HERE to go to the on-line registration form.

 

Our Social Fabric—A Textile Recycling Initiative
#270–1275 Venables St., Vancouver, BC V6A 2C9
oursocialfabric@gmail.com   www.oursocialfabric.ca

 

OSF Sale – Sunday, Aug 25, 10am-1pm

Hello everyone!  This sale event, our donations are all about “Shades of Coral and Pink“!

SILK
One lovely bolt of coral silk came our way and we knew you’d love it. What a way to end the summer dressed in soft pinks and corals. There’s also a a few meters of soft yellow. (limit of one bundle per customer)

PINK VELOUR 
Two bolts of luscious cotton/lycra velour came through the door this week – vibrant pink and rich red. This velour coordinates well with our in-stock leggings lycra!  Cotton velour is so comfy, flows beautifully – makes lovely skirts, flowing dresses and even hoodies and sweaters. Check out the lovely outfits we made in the shop when you come on Sunday.

LINEN
Missed the last sale event? Not to worry, we received more linen in this week’s donation. Two baskets of cream, white and other colours are available (limit of one bundle per customer)

HOODIE and YOGA TIES
Planning on making a hoodie or yoga pants for your weekend adventures? Check out our high quality selection of cotton ties with bonded ends in black and gray. We also have stretch ties in black for yoga pants – all ties vary in lengths from 112cm to 150 cm. If you need to shorten the ties, we have toggle ends in a variety of colours in the notions section.

OTHER GOODIES AND ESSENTIALS

  • Check out our stock of cotton and natural knits, beautiful and versatile lycra, natural woven fabrics, drapery and home decor fabrics, quilting fabrics, lining material, athletic knits, technical fabrics and vinyl
  • Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
  • Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each, Vintage patterns (cut or uncut) $1 each
  • Large cone thread $2 each
  • Ribbon, trim, twill tape, bias binding, rick-rack, hem tape, elastic and lining fabric
  • Knitting Yarn, tons of knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Sewing books and magazines, see the stack of Quilting books in the Wovens section marked down by 50%
    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
Our Social Fabric Website
• Our Social Fabric Facebook
Our Social Fabric Instagram

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@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 Event, Thursday, August 15, 2pm-8pm

Hi everyone,

This time it’s all about texture! Join us this Thursday, August 15th between 2 and 8pm for a touchy-feely Sale Event. There will be lots of “oohing” and “aahing” and much fondling of fabrics.

Leather and Vinyl
We received quite a few pieces of medium sized, light weight leather hides in warm and cool colours including a few pieces of natural chamois leather. (Limit 2 per customer for the leather). Included in this donation is a fabulous assortment of good quality vinyl; pieces are large enough for bag making or jackets—available in a variety of colours, textures and weights.

Linen, Naturals and Wool
More “touchy-feely” natural fabric—check out the baskets of linen, wool, wool blends, cottons and rayons down the centre aisle.  Don’t forget to visit the knits section for more naturals including cotton knits—stay “cool” baby!

Faux Fur
Now this is some major  “touchy-feely” – check out a table full of faux fur—tons of textures and colours, realistic looking fun furs and the outrageous for those special occasions – Hallowe’en beasty anyone?

Quilting Cottons and Bundles
They’re back—lovely quilt bundles, all colour coordinated and ready for you to whip up into a quilt square or cushion topper. Check out the rolls of quilting cottons to complete your project!

Customer Appreciation
We love seeing what you all are making out there with your OSF fabric. At our last sale, one of our customers showed us the bag she made from home decor samples and a few tiny treasures. Check out the cream and gold bag here and the beautiful appliqued flowers – well done and thanks for sharing!

Other Stock Goodies and Essentials
– Check out our stock of cotton and natural knits, beautiful and versatile lycra, natural woven fabrics, drapery and home decor fabrics, quilting fabrics, lining material, athletic knits, technical fabrics and vinyl
– 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
– Ribbon, sequins and costuming supplies
– Yarn, LOTS of books (dozens of quilt books on sale 50% off), lots of various widths of 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.

Thank you for supporting Our Social Fabric – Vancouver’s non-profit textile recycling initiative.

 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 – Sunday, July 28, 10am-1pm

Hello everyone!  We are excited to have another sale for you this weekend!! Join us Sunday morning July 28th at 10am! Bring our your out-of-town guests for a textile recycling experience :)

WOOL & WOOL BLENDS
It’s hard to think about cooler Fall and Winter temperatures in the middle of this HOT summer, but you do need to start thinking about what you’re going to wear next season. We don’t want to pull the wool over your eyes (LOL), so we’ve decided to pull all of the wool out!  We have baskets full of wool and wool blends at the front of the shop. A variety of weights, colours and prints, you’ll have a hard time deciding how many to get!

SLOW STITCHING COLLAGE
Our mini bundles of home decor samples are perfect for creating wall hangings, journal covers and cushion covers. Check out our latest creation using an oversized embroidery hoop. Mini bundles are located in the Home Decor section. The sample was made using three packages of mini bundles ($1 ea), some remnant trim, vintage doilies, buttons – some machine piecing but mostly hand stitched together.

BUTTONS
Our button racks are bursting with beautiful buttons, tremendous assortments of colour and size.  If you’re looking for dramatic chunky or wooden button for your new wool coat, you’ll find some baskets on the wool tables as well.

INTERFACING
We don’t always have a lot of interfacing in the shop, but we do have a basket full of various types in the Home Decor Section.  We also have interfacing on the bolt that can be cut by the metre, all you have to do is ask for it.

NOTIONS
You never know what treasures you are going to find in the Notions Pod!  We have been working hard pricing all kinds of new notions for you.  From bias tape to buttons, elastic to embellishments, snaps to suspender clips and twill tape to toggle stops.  Ask us if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

OTHER GOODIES AND ESSENTIALS

  • Check out our stock of cotton and natural knits, beautiful and versatile lycra, natural woven fabrics, drapery and home decor fabrics, quilting fabrics, lining material, athletic knits, technical fabrics and vinyl
  • Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
  • Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each, Vintage patterns (cut or uncut) $1 each
  • Large cone thread $2 each
  • Ribbon, trim, twill tape, bias binding, rick-rack, hem tape, elastic and lining fabric
  • Knitting Yarn, tons of knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Sewing books and magazines, see the stack of Quilting books in the Wovens section marked down by 50%
    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
Our Social Fabric Website
• Our Social Fabric Facebook
Our Social Fabric Instagram

• 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 Event, Thursday, July 18, 2pm-8pm

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time in between sales so, let’s get this show on the road! Thank you to all you wonderful and sustainably-inspired folks who have donated their textile treasures to Our Social Fabric – we’re delighted to share them with the world!

Quilting Cottons
OMG – we are fully stocked with all the colours of the rainbow – so many pretty prints, I want to take them all home! And with those pretty prints, lots of coordinating broadcloth for quilt backings, summer tops and shorts. Get ’em while they last :)

Patterns
Boxes of new patterns have arrived and ready for some summer sewing. All the patterns have been re-organized and now all together on one wall in the Notions Area – thank you volunteers for your hard work and for keeping us organized! Check out the kids patterns, home decor and craft patterns and even a wee section for the men and boys.

Quilt Samples
We still have a few quilt sample pieces left from our last sale – I was so inspired by all the beautiful patterns that I sewed a few remnants together and had enough to upholster the wing-back chair in the corner of my bedroom – it’s such a lovely comfy spot now to curl up with a good sewing book. For the back panel I used a piece of lilac quilting cotton in a tiny floral design.

Lycra and Premium Active Wear Samples
A couple of boxes arrived from a local active wear designer filled with a wide range of samples including heavy hoodie fleece, soft stretch lycra, knit terry, rib knit, brushed fuzzy knit and some stretch technical. Shades of gray, charcoal, steel, pewter, black, moss green and more… also, lots of regular stock lycra in summer colours of white, teal, orange, navy blue, and taupe.  Still time to whip up a few pairs of capris or a zipper jacket for the summer.

Over the weekend we hosted a “Zero Bag Sewing Bee” at our OSF Shop – we invited students from our sewing workshops and some new volunteers anxious to learn more about zero waste sewing. Click here for photos and story.

Other Stock Goodies and Essentials
– Check out our stock of cotton and natural knits, beautiful and versatile lycra, natural woven fabrics, drapery and home decor fabrics, quilting fabrics, lining material, athletic knits, technical fabrics and vinyl
– 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
– Ribbon, sequins and costuming supplies
– Yarn, LOTS of books (dozens of quilt books on sale 50% off), lots of various widths of 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 Zero Tote Sewing Bee, July 13, 2019

At Our Social Fabric, we believe in living and working sustainably. A few years ago a few of us got together to design a tote bag that would be cut and sewn without (or very little) fabric waste. Our “Zero Bag” bodies are cut with a cut-out for the bag bottom and this piece is then used as the pocket for the front. The straps are cut on the full width of the fabric, joined end to end and sewn onto the bag to wrap the full length for extra durability. Volunteers sew up the bags for us and we sell them in our shop for $5 each.

From time to time, we have fabric that doesn’t sell or the pattern design is a bit out of date so, we use this fabric to create our “Zero Bags”. No only does this strengthen our mission to divert textiles from the landfill, we are creating something useful that will last for years.

We invited a few new sewers from our recent sewing workshops together with a few new volunteers to come and help us sew up some Zero Bags. We had such a good time, sewing bags and making new friends. We’ll be sure to hold more Sewing Bees in the future!

Happy zero-waste sewing everyone!

If you would like to attend our next Zero Tote Sewing Bee (date TBD) please complete this form to let us know you’re interested. We’ll be in touch when the next event is scheduled.