Next Wellington Fabric-a-brac – 2 May

Hi everyone!

We’re excited to announce the date for the next Wellington Fabric-a-brac: 10am – 2pm on Saturday 2 May!

Just like previous Fabric-a-bracs, it’ll be filled with all sorts of treasures – fabric, notions, trims, and tasty treats from the Fabric-a-brac cake stand. And with all the money raised from the hospice table, cafe and stallholder fees going to the Mary Potter Hospice, it’s a pretty great reason to come along and treat yourself to a little something!

Interested in having a stall?
Great! There’s a form over here to fill out to register your interest. Please note that tables are allocated on a ballot system – applications to have a stall close on 30th March, and we’ll let you know on 6 April if you have been allocated a table or not. Stalls cost $40 for a full table and $20 for a half table – let us know in your application if you are interested in a full or half table.

There’s info over here about selling at Fabric-a-brac.

Want to volunteer?
We’re always keen to hear from people who want to help out! We need lovely volunteers for helping set up the hall, on the Hospice table and in the cafe during the event, or helping to pack down at the end of the day. If you’re interested in volunteering, just reply to this email and let us know.

When and where is it?
St Anne’s Hall
22 Emmett St
101m – 2pm Saturday 2 May

Yay! Fabric!

Fabric-a-brac creations

Guess what folks? It’s time for another round-up of things you’ve made using Fabric-a-brac finds! Yay!

Are you ready? There’s some pretty awesome creations to be seen! Here goes….

A-line skirt by Crafty Mermaid

A-line skirt by Crafty Mermaid

How fabulously fun and retro is this skirt? Made in a Fabric-a-brac fabric find by Crafty Mermaid. (Lucky she found that fabric before I did, or it would have gone home with me. It’s fabulous!)

Owls Gillian wrap dress by Two Random Words

Owls Gillian wrap dress by Two Random Words

Oh yeah, this dress has owls all over it! Fabric found at one of the Wellington Fabric-a-bracs, and made up by Two Random Words. (Keeping it local, the pattern is also by a New Zealander – the Gillian wrap dress pattern from Muse Patterns.)

Purple Rain La Sylphide dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Purple Rain La Sylphide dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

A purple and black tiny houndstooth found at a Wellington Fabric-a-brac feature on this dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes. (Keeping in with the New Zealand patterns theme, this one is the La Sylphide dress by Papercut Patterns.)

Circley Tiramisu dress by Ruby Dust

Circley Tiramisu dress by Ruby Dust

This pretty and colourful dress is made by Ruby Dust – the circle print fabric came from Fabric-a-brac. (For the pattern this time, we’re jumping across the ditch – it’s by Australian label Cake Patterns.)

Princess Pink by helencloke

Princess Pink by helencloke

How adorable is this?!? A pink princess dress – the lycra used for a lot of it came from Fabric-a-brac, and the dress was made by helencloke.

Mid-19th Century drawers by The Dreamstress

Mid-19th Century drawers by The Dreamstress

And to round off today’s round-up, we’re taking a step back in time with The Dreamstress, who made this pair of mid-19th century drawers out of fabric found at, you guessed it, Fabric-a-brac!

Have you made something using goodies you found at a Fabric-a-brac? Want to share it with the world in one of the creation round-up posts? Tell us about it so we can include you! Either send us a link to a blog post about it, or just send through a picture and a couple of details.

Happy sewing!

Awesome Age of Aquarius

It was a GREAT day today at the Age of Aquarius Fabric-a-brac in Lower Hutt, Wellington, NZ.

Really steady flow of fabric-lovers who picked up some amazing pieces of original 60s and 70s fabric. We loved having a theme, and a theme that involved that era. I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to The Dowse Art Museum and all those who helped + the stallholders. Great stash everyone! Here’s just a small sample.

t made the venue look really colourful

Get your flares out!

Hey all – Age of Aquarius Fabric-a-brac is coming up this weekend! We’re super excited about our stallholders, who have a range of original 60s and 70s and other vintage fabric for sale. This includes two tables from Te Omanga Hospice bursting with fabric goodies!

There will also be other stallholders at the Dowse with items from the era, also raising money for Hospice. See you there – Sunday 16 November 10am-2pm at The Dowse Art Gallery in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

See you there!

The bold and the beautiful

psychedelic-fabric-A new Fabric-a-brac

If you like your fabric bold and beautiful, you are going to love our new event.

Fabric-a-brac The Age of Aquarius is a one-off in conjunction with The Dowse Art Museum and their The Age of Aquarius exhibition. Stallholders are coming in thick and fast with their awesome stashes of fabric from the era – we can’t wait to see it all in one room!

Think those lovely paisley flares or maxi dress your mum used to have – in a bright orange or green or purple.


If you’d like to apply for a stall there is still time – you can apply through the form on this website.

To risk being cliched – groovy baby!

Don’t forget our other events coming up soon

New Plymouth on 11 October

Wellington on 18 October

Palmerston North on 1 November

Palmy resurrected

Fabric-a-brac Palmy poster

Fabric-a-brac Palmy poster

After a two-year break, we have another Fabric-a-brac in Palmerston North! Whoo hoo! Super excited to see what the cupboards and stash drawers of Palmerston North are going to reveal.

We are back at our old venue of CrossRoads church hall – lots of space for all those tables. All donations to Arohanui Hospice and as always there will be yummy sweet treats, tea and coffee so you can chat and compare your lovely purchases.

Definitely worth a trip from out of town.

Find out more


Thank you Auckland for turning up to our fourth Fabric-A-Brac event in full force!

We hope you found plenty of lovely fabric for your stash. Mercy Hospice was really happy with the funds raised from the event.

If you have made something from the items you picked up from the event, we would love to hear from you! Tell us your story and send us a photo too (email

Here are some photos to remind you of what it was like in fabric heaven.