Two down and two to go!

Lovely Granny Squares - revive this craft!

Lovely Granny Squares – revive this craft!

Two New Zealand FBBs down, and two to go!

Auckland was a huge success again, with the venue proving to be a hit.

Now we’re amping up for Wellington on October 10. Wellington is the home of FBB and always has an amazing range of fabrics, as well as a beautiful cafe set up – vintage cups and AMAZING cakes galore. Make sure you have it in your diary.

We’re reviving some dying crafts with our Granny crochet square and rag rug workshops in Palmerston North. Find out more 

There’s still spaces for stallholders in Palmerston North too – fill out the form if you are interested.

Fabric-lovers rejoice!

FBB-Auck-square FBB-Wgtn-square FBB-Palmy-Square

Yes, we have a real flurry of New Zealand Fabric-a-bracs coming your way and a brand new poster design, which we really love.

The Auckland (5 Sept) and New Plymouth (12 Sept) events are first to kick off the spring fabric bonanza.

Then on October 10th Wellington is holding its event at St Anne’s Hall.

We’re delighted to announce that Palmerston North is again back, on 31st October at Crossroads church hall. Listen to the podcast here.

We can’t say any more – but we’ll be adding to this list, hopefully in the next few weeks, with a new region that will be hosting a Fabric-a-brac in November, which we’re super excited about!  Watch this space!

Can’t wait to see all those stashes out in the open 🙂

Fabric-a-brac Auckland is back!


The annual Auckland Fabric-a-brac event promises to delight with plenty of modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery from private and designer collections.

The venue for the event, taking place in September, has moved to Ponsonby, at the St Columba’s Centre.

Once again, the Crafting Corner will feature Olga Ganke on crocheting and Shelley Warner on wool work.

For your enjoyment, we will have live music from the talented Kerryn and the Mercy Hospice Auckland fundraiser café will be offering cuppas and delectable treats.

Find out more

It’s Fabric-a-brac time! Wellington, 2 May

Oh yes, that’s right everyone – it’s time for another Fabric-a-brac!

This time, we’re back in Wellington, helping people clear fabric from their stashes and move it into other people’s stashes. (Because let’s face it – we all love fabric, right? Yay! Fabric!)

Here’s the where and when:

St Annes Hall
Emmett Street
10am – 2pm Saturday 2 May


As with previous Wellington Fabric-a-brac events, it’s going to be jam-packed with all sorts of amazing treasures from a range of stall holders. Fabric, notions, patterns – all there and waiting to be found and loved.

(See all those images below? That’s a small selection of things some of our stall holders will have on their tables on the day. Fabric! Notions! Buttons!)


There will be the world-famous-amoungst-Fabric-a-brac-people Hospice table, with all sorts of amazing donated fabrics at amazing prices.


And the cafe, with a huge selection of tasty homemade treats, good coffee, pots of tea, and pretty tables for you to sit at and show off your finds to one another.


Just like all the previous Fabric-a-brac events, as well as being about the fabric it’s also about raising money for Mary Potter Hospice. All the money raised from the Hospice table and the cafe, along with the stallholder fees, goes straight to the Hospice. How’s that for an excuse to buy more fabric? It’s all for a good cause! 😉


Come along, spread the word, and join us for a fabric filled day!

(PS There won’t be any eftpos on the day, but there are plenty of ATM’s nearby.)


Your Fabric-a-brac creations

Another month, so it’s time for another round-up of things people have been making using Fabric-a-brac finds! Are you ready? Here we go…!

Bubble Tea by Laulipop NZ

Bubble Tea by Laulipop NZ

A cute top covered in spots from Laulipop NZ.

Finding Flamingos shirt by Crafty Mermaid

Finding Flamingos shirt by Crafty Mermaid

A shirt covered in flamingos (!) by Crafty Mermaid.

The 'Some Things Are Black & White' jacket by The Dreamstress

The ‘Some Things Are Black & White’ jacket by The Dreamstress

A stylish black and white roll collar jacket from The Dreamstress.

A Cordova jacket by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

A Cordova jacket by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

Another jacket, this time in a gorgeous plaid, by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles.

Gabriola skirt by Nikki's Stitches

Gabriola skirt by Nikki’s Stitches

A lovely long maxi skirt from Nikki’s Stitches.

Southern Plaid top by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Southern Plaid top by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And last in our round-up today, a cute plaid tshirt by Modern Vintage Cupcakes.

Have you made something using a Fabric-a-brac find? We’d love to see it! Send through a photo to us at fabricabracwgtn @ gmail dot com, or post a link to a blog post below.

Fabric-a-brac creations

Time for another round-up of pretty creations made from Fabric-a-brac finds! Ready to get inspired? Here we go…

The Week of Nights Blues dress by Two Random Words

The Week of Nights Blues dress by Two Random Words

A cute collared dress by Two Random Words, made with polka dot fabric from Fabric-a-Brac.

Plaid Watson jacket by Offgrid Chic

Plaid Watson jacket by Offgrid Chic

How amazing is this?! A plaid jacket by Offgrid Chic, using the Watson pattern by Papercut (keeping it local with a New Zealand designer!). Made using fabric from Fabric-a-brac.

Purple Laurel dress by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

Purple Laurel dress by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

A super cute shift dress using a retro-print fabric from Fabric-a-brac, by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki.

Gabrianna dress by Nikki's Stitches

Gabrianna dress by Nikki’s Stitches

Another retro-type print, this time a long dress in a pink and green Fabric-a-brac find, by Nikki’s Stitches.

Copycat Beignet skirt by Making It Well

Copycat Beignet skirt by Making It Well

This lovely wool came from Fabric-a-brac, and was used by Making It Well to make a gorgeous wardrobe-staple skirt.

Ballerina Moment dress by The Dreamstress

Ballerina Moment dress by The Dreamstress

Moving from wardrobe staples to special moments, here’s a beautiful ballerina inspired dress by The Dreamstress. (With some of the fabric coming from Fabric-a-brac, of course!)

70's wrap skirt by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

70’s wrap skirt by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And to round off today’s Fabric-a-brac creations round-up, here’s another vintage style number. This one sees both a vintage pattern and fabric from Fabric-a-brac coming together to make a wrap skirt over on Modern Vintage Cupcakes.

Yay for more pretty creations with Fabric-a-brac finds! Which one is your favourite?

Have you made something using a find from Fabric-a-brac? We’d love to see it! Drop us a line:

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!