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 (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:




A thought ­provoking art show, with intelligent, quirky pieces made entirely from the waste created by one family over six months, as they slowly imploded. From the chaos of divorce, textile artist and upcycler Leah Price creates offbeat art from the unwanted, unloved, discarded trash of life: a good­bye to 3642 West Tenth Avenue and hello to unlimited possibilities.

Art show runs in her home days before changing hands to its new owner: Thursday, July 28 to Saturday, July 30 from 4–9pm at 3642 West Tenth Avenue (close to Alma). Admission is by donation, with proceeds to the Foundation for Prader­Willi Research; refreshments will be served.

Leah is a textile artist, certified Master Recycler and board member of Our Social Fabric, a non-­profit group that diverts textiles from landfill into the hands of local creators. Leah teaches zero waste sewing lessons from her home in Vancouver, where she lives with her two wonderful children. She spends her free time gardening, writing, taking photos, melting plastic and occasionally speaking about the intersection of parenting special needs, re­using abandoned materials and sewing.

To learn more about this art collection and/or to arrange an interview, please visit or contact Leah directly at or 778­-230-­5055

The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price – Seamwork Radio

Last week, OSF’s Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Price, was a guest on the latest episode of Seamwork Radio. Tune in to hear Leah talk about making meaning and art from cast-off objects. She also talks about why she loves volunteering with OSF.

Seamwork Radio is a podcast produced by the team at Colette, an independent sewing pattern company based in Portland, OR.

Related links from this episode:


Sorting Sheila’s Stash

On Canada Day, a few of us got together for a sorting party, where we organized and priced some recent donations. Our Volunteer Coordinator Leah got to sort through her favourite type of donations — an estate donation. These are brought to OSF after someone has passed away. They’re full of interesting stuff, and they hold special meaning to us.


On her blog, Leah writes, “There is always the usual: yardage, thread, notions, buttons; and a few surprises: baby teeth, boot hooks, phonograph needles. I often become a little attached to the glimpse I get of the previous keeper, and I’m always grateful. I hope when I am gone, someone will do the same for me.” 

Leah wrote a tribute to Sheila, the woman who originally owned this intensely personal collection. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.