January 21, 2018 Sale!

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It may be gray outside but there’s a rainbow of colourful fabric waiting for you at Our Social Fabric. Join us this coming Sunday, January 21st from 10am to 1pm for our second sale of the new year! Our shelves are stocked so, come and scoop up some great bargains and help us keep textiles out of the landfill!


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Yes, we actually have bins of quilting cottons for you, lots of colours and patterns and lovely prints. Lots of bags of cotton pieces to make mini or patchwork quilts—the possibilities are endless.  


Organic Linen and Cotton Fabric

We received a bolt of lovely organic linen and cotton fabric from one of our favourite designers. The colour is a soft charcoal with a hint of purple. Content is 55% linen and 45% organic cotton—limit 2 X 3meter bundles per customer please :)  

Premium Active Wear

We have soft, flexible, durable and light weight premium active wear in black and blue/turquoise—find them in with the knits. IMG_0020Great for leggings, jackets and  tops

Cotton and Bamboo/Cotton Knits

One whole shelving unit full of beautiful cotton and cotton/bamboo knits ready and waiting to be made into some sporty outfits for the whole family!



Don’t forget we have lots of zippers, 10 for $1.00, lots of cone thread, hundreds of buttons and MEC technical fleece bolts for $80/bolt.

Sewing Classes

We’re delighted to announce that we are starting to offer sewing classes!  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.:

Start to Sew:

Dates: Feb 14, 21,28 and March 7  

Time: 6:30-9:00 pm

4 sessions, 2.5 hrs per session

Class size: maximum of 6 students

Location: at the OSF Shop, 1275 Venables, Vancouver

Instructor: Denise Jones-Chu

Prerequisites: none (bring your own sewing machine)


Learn to use a domestic sewing machine

Gain confidence with basic sewing exercises

Learn the basics in fabric, cutting and pattern use

Achieve 2 basic projects (pin cushion & tote bag)

Cost: $110 per person for 4 classes, payable in person on the first day of class—we accept cash, debit or credit card

Registration: To register, click on this link and complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.  Trouble with the link or registration form?You can also send an e-mail to oursocialfabric@gmail.com

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




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 loading bay area towards the freight elevator and up the stairs to the third floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map We usually have a volunteer operating the elevator, however, 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.

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. There is also 2 hour parking on Clark in front of the Clark entrance as well on the north side of the building on Adanac. On Sundays, there is ample parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.




NEW! OSF WORKSHOP: Useful Tote bags from Useless T-Shirts


Learn three ways to make tote bags from old t-shirts in this zero waste sewing workshop, facilitated by OSF board member and Master
Recycler, Leah Price. You will come away with three cool grocery totes and the skills to replicate them at home using your sewing machine, serger or by tying.

Suitable for sewers of all levels, including complete beginners.

What to Bring: Three t-shirts you no longer wear (holey or stained is fine), dig into your stash of t-shirt knit (1m is plenty), or purchase materials at the OSF shop.20160923_183336

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time: 2-3:30pm

Location: Our Social Fabric, 340-1275 Venables Street (corner of Venables and Clark—check OSF Website for parking information)

To register: send an e-mail to oursocialfabric@gmail.com (write “Workshop” in the subject line.) Limited to 8 attendees.

Cost: $20 payable to the instructor at the start of the class.

For more information contact Leah Price at: enoughstuffblog@gmail.com



Make Your Own Furniture: Join us at the ReStore Upcycling Series

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We’ll be doing a live demonstration at ReStore’s Upcycling seminar this Sunday. Come learn how to make one-of-a-kind furniture as we transform an old coffee table into an upholstered ottoman!

Admission is $5.00. Register here.

What is ReStore?
ReStores accept donations of new and used building materials from homeowners, contractors, retailers and manufacturers, and sell them to the public at greatly reduced prices. Money raised through sales covers 100% of the cost of Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Vancouver operations.


Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes to families in need, but it also has an environmental mission very similar to Our Social Fabric’s:

Our disposable society has continually been told that it’s best to get rid of the “old” to make way for the “new”. We know “new” is still necessary in many circumstances, but we also know the value in recycling, reusing, repurposing, and redesigning what may be old, outdated or currently unusable items into beautiful works of art.

Please join us, and check out ReStores’ upcoming seminars, too!

What will you do in 2014?

Happy New Years, everyone!

I thought it would be interesting to start the year by asking the Our Social Fabric community about their plans for 2014. Do any of you make New Years resolutions? Has anyone resolved to improve their sewing skills or shop less or start “refashioning” clothes that no longer please you?

I’ve been looking for a new challenge. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I’ve been looking for inspiration in a few of my favourite textile-related projects. Some of these projects are big and some are smaller, but they all start with a year-long resolution.

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In 2013, Australian blogger Carolyn resolved to only wear clothes she had made herself, including underwear, swimwear and coats. Shoes and boots were the only exception to this rule. Fortunately, she had plenty to choose from after three years of sewing clothes for herself and her family. Carolyn’s sewing skills and seemingly endless passion for making her own clothes is impressive, and I’ve always like her relaxed but expressive style.

Vancouver’s own Natalie Purschwitz took the idea of making your own clothes even further with the MakeShift project. From September 01, 2009 to September 01, 2010,  she wore only clothes that she had made herself–including shoes and anything else she might need to protect her body from the elements. As a fashion designer and fine artist, Purschwitz explored this idea with a more experimental style of dress. If Carolyn shows how I could dress in my current life, Purschwitz suggests how I might dress in my fantasies.

Both these projects resist “easy clothing” by making everyday dressing something laborious, thoughtful and creative. They also exempted themselves from clothes shopping for the year. In 2012, Toronto-based illustrator Sarah Lazarovic embarked on something similar when she decided not to buy any clothes for the year. When confronted with something she longed for,  she made an illustration of it instead. These images are collected in the beautiful visual essay, “A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy.”

Finally, there’s the Uniform Project, where New York’s Sheena Matheiken decided to raise money for an Indian charity by wearing the same reversible black dress for a year (she had a couple dresses for the sake of laundry). This was a styling challenge, and Matheiken created a new look every day with thrifted, vintage or hand-made accessories, many of them donated by supporters of the project. These accessories were later auctioned off. The project raised over $100, 000 for an Indian charity.

Do you have any favourite projects that came out of someone’s resolution? Are any of you planning any grand schemes in 2014? Or even any little schemes? We’d love to hear about them!

Inspiring artwork

These photos were sent to us by Heather Jones, an artist who has used lots of OSF fabric for her various projects and public installations. Her co-creators are Aja Rose Bond, Alicia Cha & Caroline Balhorn. Thank you for sharing your work with us and showing us what has become of some of our fabric.

What to do with old sheets and towels?

We have lots of people requesting a place to take their old sheets and  towels. One of our goals is to one day be recycling textiles, but we are not there yet. So the question is – what can you do with your old sheets or towels or where can you take them? We all know that the last place we want to see worn out, but still usable items, is in the landfill. If your linens are still usable (ie. no holes or stains, or completely threadbare), you can take them to a charity shop such as the Salvation Army for someone else to use.

If they’re beyond that point, a cursory search on the Internet shows up lots of sites with suggestions as to what to do with these items. One site that is concise and useful is Apartment Therapy’s “Top 10 Ways To Recycle Your Old Towels and Sheets”. It has suggestions such as donating sheets and towels to animal shelters, making toys for your pets and using towels to thicken up your ironing board pad. The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, located in Burnaby will take sheets and towels to use for animals.

Clean Home Ideas “Recyling Old Sheets and Towels” suggests using old sheets as painting drop cloths.

Let us know if you have any other ideas or useful resources.

March 10th Sale a Success

Thanks to all the shoppers that came out to support us and thanks especially to our star volunteer, Stacey, who knows lots about fabric and sewing and was a pleasure with whom to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.

We had a visit from a charming fellow involved in the upcoming Vancouver Maker Faire who was looking for fabric to decorate his fund-raising event.  As per their website:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect, and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

We also had a visit from fairjake, a local accessory designer committed to using locally produced and/or sourced materials. Check out their beautiful flower clips.

Remember that we’d love for  you to send us photos of any projects you makers have created with fabric from Our Social Fabric.