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!

April 26 sale preview

We give up! Or should I say, we give away! This sale we are concentrating on moving dead stock. We have many bolts of several types of free fabric to be had (Sorry…no photo), as well as rolls of ribbing in many bright colours, and rolls of waistband facing, all FREE. Take it away! Plus, cheap serger thread, deeply discounted bolts of fabric, bundles of lovely wool knit, and sample books. PLUS there have been two sizable donations since the last sale, so you will be sure to find something useful.

See you on Sunday, April 26 from 10am-1pm at 871 East Hastings St. 

Please note that this sale will be cash only. (We’re replacing our card reader and the new one hasn’t arrived yet). 

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


Eco Fashion Week, Vancouver

Eco Fashion Week invited Our Social Fabric to be part of a panel for on their Smart Talks this last Friday evening. I spoke at the last event of the evening to a diverse crowd interested in the implications of “fast fashion” and wanting to learn about how we can slow it all down in order to create less waste in dressing ourselves. The other two panelists, Mark Skiazeski of SustainU and Melissa Ferreira of Adhesif Clothing Company are leading innovative projects here in Vancouver.

SustainU‘s mission is to engage in textile recycling and clothing production with the twin goals of reducing clothing’s environmental footprint as well as bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Mark shared some facts such as your average brand new t-shirt uses about 2000 Litres of water in its growth (cotton) and production. A SustainU t-shirt uses about 5 recycled PET bottles (the #1 recycling code plastic bottle) to make a brand new t-shirt. Their current target market are corporations, universities and large sporting events. Keep your eyes open for a fully recycled North American manufactured t-shirt in a store near you – and if you don’t see it there, ask them why!

Melissa Ferreira from Adhestif Clothing sources clothing locally – she spends hours combing through warehouses looking for rejected items, often destined for the landfill,  from which to craft her designer clothing line. She reckons that she goes through about 200 pounds of clothing every couple of months, which represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of how much clothing we are throwing away here in Vancouver. Clothes that don’t go to folks like her, or thrift stores, or the landfill, are shipped off to Africa for resale there. Melissa’s store at Main & 6th stocks items for 42 local designers, all of whom are working with recycled or repurposed materials. I’m looking forward to checking it out!

Please send us your photos…

We’d love to know what people are doing with the fabric that they’ve bought at our sales. Are you making clothes, theatre props or house decorations? If you have a creation that you’d like to share with us, we’ll post your photo and any relevant information in order to celebrate your creativity and inspire others!

Stay tuned for upcoming sales events this March.