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.

 

 

 

“Repair Your Wear” Workshop

Sorry, this workshop is now full.

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

 

 

POUF Making Workshop

Learn how to make this charming Pouf / Foot Stool—you will be amazed how easily it goes together.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
(one session 4 hrs)

  • Instructor: Denise Jones Chu, Hello Beautiful
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit (scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, straight pins, we also have supplies in the workshop area)
  • Domestic sewing machines will be provided in the OSF Shop. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to the class, if they prefer.
  • Cost: $55 registration fee includes:
  • All pattern pieces
  • Instruction for assembling the Pouf, creating the bias tape and piping, inserting the zipper closure, creating the inner bag liner and drawstring toggle closure
  • Cording for piping around the top and bottom of the Pouf
  • 22” Zipper for bottom closure
  • Fabric for inner bag liner and for the base of the Pouf
  • Drawstring and toggle stop for the inner bag liner
  • Students may bring their own fabric for the cover or choose from a huge selection of designer sample pieces in coordinating colours and patterns in the OSF Shop.
  • Class size is limited to 8 students.

Click HERE to register.

OSF Sale Jan 10, 2019, 2-8pm

Hi everyone—Happy New Year from all of us at Our Social Fabric. We’ve missed you! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were blessed with the company of family and friends. Donations have been pouring in so, we have lots to share with you at our next Sale Event on Thursday, January 10, 2-8pm.

Home Décor Designer Samples
Oh my! We have racks and racks of scrumptious designer samples priced at $1ea, 2 for $1, and 4 for $1. Pieces can be combined to create textured bags, luxurious cushions or, if you love quilting and piecing, try making a pouf/foot stool like the one in the photo. This pouf is stuffed with fabric scraps, old curtains and worn out t-shirts! Now that’s what I call recycling!

Quilting Cottons and Naturals
We’ve received  bins of quilting cottons (lots of contemporary designs), pieces of batik and some wool. We know how much you all love those natural fibers! You can find these down the centre aisle with all the Naturals.

Knits, Lycra and Power Mesh
Lots of synthetic and natural knits available. Medium and light weight lycra also available in many colours including charcoal, cream, brown, plum and dark purple—this fabric is great for active wear, leggings, jackets, tanks—so versatile and comfy. Stretchy Power Mesh also available in hot pink, dark purple and turquoise. Great additions for your active wear wardrobe and as semi-transparent accents in leggings and tops.

Sewing Class
We are offering a Pattern Drafting and Sewing from Ready to Wear” class next Thursday, January 10, from 4 to 8:00pm. Students will create a pattern from a ready-to-wear knit garment of their choosing and then use the pattern to cut out and sew a garment. We have 5 spots available in this class—click here to go to the on-line registration form. If the class fills, we will add you to our wait list.

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
– Cotton, wool and acrylic yarn and a fully stocked notions area

New donations are arriving 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—see you Thursday, 2-8pm at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.
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.

Questions / to learn more:
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Website
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

russellbuilding.jpg

LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the door, turn right and up the stairs to the second floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map  If you know you need elevator service please email us a few days prior to the sale and we will send you a contact telephone number to use during the sale to call for elevator assistance.

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 parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

 

OSF Sale Sunday Dec 2 10am-1pm

Hi Everyone, This is it! Our LAST SALE EVENT of the year! Come on down and get that last minute shopping done before Christmas. Sunday, December 2, 10am-1pm

“Yarn Barn” Yarn
Knitters will remember the little shop in Edgemont Village called the Yarn Bar—well, it closed a while back and the stock was donated to OSF—so, all you knitters, weavers and crochet folks out there, we have buckets of wool, cotton and acrylic yarn to keep your needles clicking well into 2019!

Quilting Cottons
A lovely donation this week of quilting cottons—just in time for stocking stuffers and hand-made gifts. Why not make some eco-friendly gifts this year like wine bottle bags, food saver wax wraps, utensil holders, zipper bags and totes—someone will love them :)

“Stuffie” Stuffing
More poly stuffing has arrived—just in time for all those stuffie creature projects for the little people in your life. And stuffies make great donations for the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, the Christmas Bureau, the BC Children’s Hospital and the Empty Stocking Fund (you can find lots more giving options on the web).

Muslin
Our wonderful volunteers managed to package up the rest of the muslin and we’ll have it ready for you on Sunday. Some packages have square pieces and other larger bags will have strips and pieces—great for art projects like sculptural draping, weaving and rope making!

Other Goodies and Essentials
Still have some vinyl left, natural knits, that amazing lycra that can transform into anything, and Christmas prints. Planning on doing some re-decorating over the holiday break? Check out our home décor section with sheers, drapery and light weight upholstery fabrics—make some new cushions, doggie beds or freshening up the spare bedroom for holiday visitors.

– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut patterns $1 and vogue patterns $2 each
– Cone thread $2
– Lots of cotton, wool and acrylic YARN

New donations are arriving 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—see you Sunday, 10:00 am—1:00 pm

Hope to see you this coming Sunday at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list. Don’t forget to check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials in the shop.

Questions / to learn more:
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Website
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

russellbuilding.jpg

LOCATION / ENTRANCE

Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the door, turn right and up the stairs to the second floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map  If you know you need elevator service please email us a few days prior to the sale and we will send you a contact telephone number to use during the sale to call for elevator assistance.

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 parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

Rustic Coffee Bean Tote Bag

What do you do with a burlap coffee bean sack, a WW2 vintage canvas and drapery loops? Create a tote bag, of course!

I stopped in at Urban Repurpose (UR) in North Vancouver to check out the amazing stock of vintage furniture, records, art work and a million other treasures. What a great place to spend an afternoon…anyway, I came across a stack of burlap coffee bean bags, a piece of duffel bag canvas from World War 2 and some drapery rings. With treasures in hand, I dashed home to create a rustic tote bag.

I loved the look of the stained canvas, the hand-sewn grommets and the industrial stitching – so many stories hidden in those threads and, the burlap was crying out for another chance to be useful.

The unsewn bag measured approx 18″ X 18″ square, the bag is lined with fabric from Our Social Fabric and the handle loops are the re-purposed drapery rings from UR. A few pieces of scrap leather for trim and voila – a rustic and very useful tote! Two coffee bean sacks will make at least 4 tote bags – so I have enough for some Christmas Presents. Our Social Fabric is delighted to collaborate with Urban Repurpose on this upcycling and repurposing project! If you would like to make one of these bags, you can find the coffee bean sacks at Urban Repurpose – Tom will be happy to help you.

Cheers,
Carol, Our Social Fabric