A very Grand Total


Fabric-a-brac 10 year anniversary cake

In June we had the pleasure of depositing $3,300 into the Mary Potter Hospice (MPH) account as a result of the lovely Fabric-a-brac event held in Wellington on Saturday 22nd of June.

We would like to thank the committee, our volunteers, the stallholders, and of course the shoppers for making this possible!
In the 10 years that Fabric-a-brac Wellington has been going it has made just on $40k MPH and Fabric-a-brac New Zealand-wide has made just over $80k of donations in total. What an awesome effort and what a delight it has been to meet all you lovely people!

Fabric-a-brac and volunteering

We love that Fabric-a-brac has made such a substantial contribution over time to the amazing cause that is Hospice. Stuff recently published an article on volunteering, using Fabric-a-brac as an example.

Events coming up

Dates for the Wairarapa and the next Wellington event are yet to be settled, but we will let you know asap.
Confirmed are
  • 7th of Sept – Palmerston North
  • 21st of Sept – Auckland

Until then – thanks and happy sewing!

Remembering our mums

sewing-with-mumMy mum was the one that inspired my love of sewing. Growing up she always had a project on the go – whether it was fixing some of our clothes, making us or herself something there was always material in some state of being made into something hanging around her machine.

My most cringeworthy moment as about a four year old, destroying a purple pinafore she was making me. I loved purple, and I loved the idea of the pinafore. But it had really long straps – it was pretty much a skirt with braces in a very Seventies fashion. There was something about those straps that really bugged me and while she was out of the room, I snipped them right off. I just couldn’t help myself.

She was so mad, and I remember being mad at myself. Why did I do it? Again, in Seventies fashion, I got a right old hiding.

This isn’t a happy story 😉 but it got better from there on in, I promise! I stopped cutting things things up that weren’t meant to be cut and grew to love the creative process of making my own clothes. And that’s all down to my mum’s patience.

We’d love to know – who inspired you to sew and how? So we’re putting together a Zine for FBB’s tenth anniversary. We’d love to hear your stories. ❤️🧡💜💙 If you have a memory, story or poem connected with the person that taught you to sew and you’d like it to be considered for inclusion in this publication, we’d love to hear from you.

– Submit through this  FORM
– Deadline 7 June 2019.
– Word limit: up to 200 words
– Photos welcome.

Love to you all and we hope to hear your stories soon.

Message us if you have any questions.

Josie (Fabric-a-brac)

A celebration of a decade

Well, that went quickly.

This year is TEN YEARS since that very first Fabric-a-brac in Brooklyn School hall in Wellington. What a decade it’s been. We’ve loved meeting you all and sharing our love of textiles and fabric.

We have some special events coming up this year – and the first is the tenth year of the Wellington Fabric-a-brac.

Join us on 22 June at St Anne’s Hall, Newtown in Wellington for a trip down memory lane and lots of fantastic material and sewing accessories. Find out more or apply for a stall

Fabric from the people, to the people! 🙂


Fabric bags at the ready!

Auckland and Wellington Fabric-a-brac events coming up soon!

We’re buzzing – with two FBBs coming up soon!

Saturday 29 September sees another material-filled hall in Ponsonby as we bring the best out of your fabric stashes to the (Auckland) world!

Wellington have also set a date for their next event – 13 October at the usual venue of St Anne’s Hall. Make sure you get there if you are after vintage and modern fabric, accessories and haberdashery for your next projects!

Palmerston North’s fabric stash is piling up…

Fabric-a-brac-PN logo FINAL.jpgLast chance!

4 November sees the last Fabric-a-brac of the year, this time in Palmerston North. (note that the local Guardian paper said it was THIS weekend (14 October) which is incorrect.

We have stallholders from businesses, charities and of course the lovely stallholders who need to move their stash. Special mention of the stallholders travelling down with her stash from Whakatane just for this event!

The Hospice table will be groaning with goodies and we’ll have tea, coffee and sweet treats, all to raise money for Arohanui Hospice. Can’t wait to see you there!

If you have any questions email us.