Technical Fleece at OSF!

Technical Fleece—colour is BLACK

but looks like gray in the photo below

img_2969Attention designers and garment producers – Technical Fleece is available at Our Social
Fabric NOW. Get a head start on your Fall design line by buying in bulk. We have received a very generous donation from a local outerwear manufacturer and it needs to move quickly! Make an appointment today to view this beautiful fabric and stock up!

Fabric Specs:
Description: Fleece on one side, smooth, light weight outerwear on the other side Construction: suitable for vests, jackets, leggings, sports aƫre, running shorts, hoodies, light coats, sweater-type garments, lining for winter coats etc.
Width: 54″ wide
Colour: Black only Cost: $2/meter when purchasing a full, uncut bolt
Bolts: 40 meters (approx) on each bolt

image1We will have 3 meter lengths packaged and available at our next sale on March 19th for
$3/meter but you can beat the rush and get your full bolts NOW for $2/meter. If you would like to purchase a bolt (or more), please e-mail to book an appointment.

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russellbuildingPlease 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.

OSF SALE—SUNDAY, July 17, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm
#340—1275 Venables Street, Vancouver

pic_cotton coordinated bundles

Our next big sale is this coming Sunday, July 17th at 10:00 am!

Word is spreading! Since the move to our new location in the Russell Food building, we’ve had two very successful sales, a few generous donations from the manufacturing sector and those all important personal and estate donations. We are so happy to be part of diverting textiles from the landfill

Here are some of the items that you will find at the upcoming Sale:

· Thanks to a generous donation from Kendor Textiles, we’ve replenished our bins of that fabulous bamboo and cotton knit! At the last sale, our 4 bins sold out within the first 30 minutes—these knits are still only $3/meter.

· A large bin of novelty knits and sleepwear—fun patterns for kids and youngsters.

· A donation from Mountain Equipment Coop of Technical Knits and a bin of Technical

Outerwear—perfect for making back packs, hiking packs and outdoor rain gear.

· And zippers!! We received a donation of hundreds of zippers—$0.25 each.

· Lots of coordinated cotton bundles for quilting projects.

See you on Sunday, July 17th !

10 Ways to Use Leather Scraps

Right now, Our Social Fabric has a steady supply of scrap leather pieces, generously donated by a local bag-maker. We have a variety of colours that sell for $7/large Ziploc bag. Our volunteer Audrey made this rustic case for her Note 3 phone using scissors, a hole punch, and a piece of scrap leather from OSF. case Leather looks so rich and luxurious  … it’s perfect for fall.  There are a million things you can make with a little scrap leather. We’ve added a bunch of cool ideas to our Pinterest board: You could make this! (with OSF Fabric)

Send us photos of what you’ve made with OSF leather–we’d love to see it!

Leah’s Good Notion #2

Every month, OSF’s sorter-in-chief (and board member) Leah Price shares a curated selection of sewing notions and free stuff that needs to go. It’s Leah’s Good Notion!

You can read more about Leah’s adventures at


Were you one of the helpful many who rid us last sale of excess serger thread, knit cuffs, collars and shoulder pads? Thanks! Did you make anything interesting? Send us a picture!

Here’s how some of the shoulder pads got used:

  • The OSF volunteers indulged me by wearing new name tags made of covered shoulder pads, Sharpie and a safety pin.  The trick is in the correct placement on the body.
  • Someone took a bunch to make into potholders for gifts.
  • A puppet-maker from Calgary took as many as she could fit in her luggage for use inside her puppet heads.
Knit Collars and Cuffs
Knit Collars and Cuffs

Now, how about those knit cuffs and collars? One edge is finished, but the other edge will unravel if you pull it.  My first-ever OSF Board Member task was to check out an offer from a Richmond company that makes personalized swag for businesses. They used to make the clothing, too, but now get that stuff made overseas. They had a whack of left-over cuffs, collars, plastic separating zippers, and several bolts of tan synthetic micro-fiber-ish fabric to dispose of. It took many emails, phone calls and several months to organize the donation. We paid a delivery company to move it, and now it’s clogging up our store.

Part of the Donation
Part of the Donation

You have to help me get rid of it!

We’re offering the following:

  • Knit Cuffs, Collars: free
  • Plastic Separating Zippers: $0.25 each
  • Huge Bolts of Synthetic Microfiber-ish Fabric: $10/bolt.

Here is a picture of the sweater I attempted out of the collars.  I suppose you could call it “Mummy Wear”.  Most uncomfortable under the pits.  Surely you could come up with something better!

Disappointing Sweater of Knit Collars
Disappointing Sweater of Knit Collars

The next thing we are flogging is rolls of waist band facing.  Was $5/roll, now $2/roll.  It’s serious-looking stuff, though it’s going to take a serious lot of pant-making to use up a whole roll.  Or perhaps you have a completely different use for it? (insert wiggly eyebrows here)

“I’m so glad it’s going to someone who can use it.”


Almost everyone who donates to us tells us this.  It’s my favourite part of being involved in OSF: moving along useful, but unwanted, notions to “someone who can use it”.  This involves hours of sorting through the donations and putting together goodie bags of useful – and often unexpected – notions.  You’ll find these curated treasure bags in drawers on the wire racks. At the moment we have: pinking shears, lovely vintage glass buttons, hat foundations (fascinator, anyone?), upholstery trimmings, quilting templates, a whole bag of fabric rose petals, some quilling supplies…  Lots of good notions.


Some items you may have lying around that we constantly need.  Feel free to drop off at any sale your donations of:

  • Zippered plastic bags, such as sheet sets come in.  We use them to hold partially-completed projects and other goodie bags
  • Sticky labels, any size
  • Ziploc bags – used are fine, as long as they’re clean and still transparent


Upcoming Donation Time

Do you have some extra fabric or notions that you’d like to donate to Our Social Fabric?

You can drop them off at our storefront on December 3, between 10:30am and 12 noon. You can also bring them by our next sale (or make an appointment with us).

We take fabric that is able to be reused and resold, and re-crafted. We do not accept anything smaller than a 12×12 inch square. Please ensure that the fabric is clean and folded or bundled. We are not currently able to accept sheets, towels or clothing.

Please have a look at our donation guidelines for more details.

sale photo by Rod Raglin


Thank you, Nicole Bridger

We’d like to thank clothing design company Nicole Bridger for their recent donation to Our Social Fabric. The donated fabric comes from Nicole Bridger’s Vancouver factory, where 90% of their pieces are manufactured. (The rest are produced in Fair Trade factories overseas).

Nicole Bridger uses ethically-sourced materials and dyes, including wool made in a GOTS certified factory in India, organic cotton woven in Portugal and linen grown in Belgium.

You can see the Autumn/Winter 2013 here and read about founder Nicole Bridger’s career in this interview from Business in Vancouver.