February 19, 2017 Sale!

Hi everyone, Our Social Fabric’s next Sale is this coming Sunday, February 19th from 10:00img_2910 am to 1:00 pm—we have lots of exciting things to share with you:

Here’s what we have in the shop this month:

• Sherpa—If you’ve been following us on Instagram you will know that we received a big donation from Kendor Textiles—we are so grateful for all the beautiful knits and technical fabrics that they have donated to OSF over the past year. Included in the donation were bolts of cozy Sherpa with faux-suede backing. No need to line your garments or finish the edges on this fabric (see photo of a long vest with curvy collar) Sherpa is great for making coats, vests, slippers, hats and doggie beds! $3/meter packaged in 2 and 3 meter bags— ready to go! (Sherpa bolts available also)

img_2909• Thread—we received a donation of many, many large cones of good quality thread for
regular sewing and sergers—lots of colours to choose from, all $2/ spool. Many of the spools are from our very own Cansew. Thank you to Whitehouse Design Company for their generous donation.
• Dress Weights—have you been wanting to make a soft, flowy dress or long floral skirt for spring? We have many rolls of lovely dress weights just begging to be made into a blouse or dress, all $2/meter.IMG_2913.JPG
• Zippers—lots of regular and invisible zippers, 10 zippers for $1
• Quilting Bundles—lots to choose from, each coordinated bundle is $5 -Hope to see you on Sunday, February 19th!

Questions / to learn more:
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com img_2906
• 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.

Blow-out sale October 03

We need to empty our storefront, so we’re slashing prices at our next sale!
10am-1pm at 871 East Hastings 
October 3rd, 2015


  • All bundles of pre-cut fabric — Reduced to $2, regardless of size (usually $2/meter). (Excluding quilting cotton bundles from the quilting section).
  • All bolts — Reduced to $5 each
  • Patterns — FREE!
  • Zippers — FREE!


  • Vacuum Bags of 3m lengths of fabric — FREE!
  • All notions — $2 or less!

Sneak Peak: Re-Purposeful’s Silent Auction

Re-Purposeful, our fashion history lecture and show, is only two weeks away!

You already know that Re-Purposeful is going to feature fashion historian Ivan Sayer’s personal collection of vintage “upcycled” garments. You probably don’t know about all the other stuff we’ve planned:

  • educational demonstrations by craft maven Thrifty By Design and OSF’s own Audrey
  • looks from local eco-fashion designers
  • an amazing silent auction

For the last few months, we’ve been holding back some of the most interesting and valuable donations to OSF. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at Re-Purposeful’s silent auction. Remember–you can’t bid unless you attend the event.

January 25, 2015, 2pm @ Highlands United Church
3255 Edgemont Blvd. North Vancouver. (Transit accessible by the 246 bus!)

Eventbrite - Re-Purposeful: A fashion show benefitting Our Social Fabric

Sale Preview: Florals, Fluro and Fun Fur!

OSF is jam-packed with fabric and cool sewing notions right now. If you’re thinking of making presents for the holidays, now’s the time to get your reclaimed fabric.  With a little creativity, you can make beautiful gifts for under $5.00 using OSF supplies.

Look at this gorgeous piece of heavyweight cobalt blue wool. If you finished the edges with a simple blanket stitch, you could make a beautiful gift for under $5.00!


We’re only having a couple more sales in 2014 … if you want OSF goodies, come out to our late November sales.

Thursday, November 20, 7-9pm
Sunday, November 23 10-1pm
@ 871 East Hastings

(We’ll probably have one sale in December, but we haven’t picked a day yet. If you need fabric, go to a November sale to be on the safe side!)

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the stuff you’ll find at our upcoming November sales.

June 14 Sale Preview

You’ll find all these fantastic fabrics–and more–at our next sale.

Saturday, June 14, 10am-2pm at 871 East Hastings.

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 http://otherboxes.blogspot.ca


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


Sale preview part 2: bamboo knits, silk chiffon and more.

Here’s another sneak peek at the goodies you’ll find at our sale tomorrow: