A new year – time for new fabric!

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The first Fabric-a-brac of the year has been announced – in Wellington!

Put it in the calendar to come fossicking for everything you’ll need for a winter full of great projects.

Date, time and venue

Saturday 19 May 10-2pm

St Anne’s Church Hall, Newtown, Wellington, NZ

Applying for a stall

See the Wellington page for details

Palmerston North’s fabric stash is piling up…

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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.



Wellington 2017 date announced

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Wellington are having their fabric-a-brac on 10 June – usual venue – St Annes. Usual great fabric selection, great people and great chat!

Date and Time

  • Saturday 10 June 2017
  • 10am – 2pm
  • St Anne’s Hall, Newtown, Wellington New Zealand.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More announcements on this year’s events coming up soon.

Auckland and Palmy coming up!

We are excited about the samples of stashes we are seeing coming through for the upcoming FBBs in Auckland and Palmy. Auckland is oversubscribed  – Palmy is a little bit further off so a few tables still available. We’d love to see you there!

Find out more about the Palmy event and our ‘founder’ in the recent article that appeared on stuff.co.nz

Keep in touch on our facebook page and check out some samples of fabric that will be on offer in Auckland!



Fabric-a-brac season is here..


Yup, we’re definitely coming into Fabric-a-brac season! Do I need to say more? Get your fabric projects lined up and head down to one of the regular or new Fabric-a-bracs coming up soon! Check them out below.

Remember, you can donate fabric for the charity table if you don’t want to have a table – have a look below and get in touch with the coordinator to find out more.

Wairarapa – September 24

Wellington – October 8

Auckland – October 29

Palmerston North – November 5



Behind the Fabric – an interview with Maartje, one of our Wellington stall holders

The sewing world is such a welcoming and close-knit community, don’t you think? Most of us have probably struck up a conversation with a stanger in a fabric store at some point, united in our love of creating and all the fabric goodness that goes with that. It’s one of the things we love about Fabric-a-brac too – seeing a group of people who love fabric and textile arts coming together and filling a venue with happy fabric talk. 🙂

And as part of that, there are a bunch of people behind the scenes. (Or, since it’s Fabric-a-brac, behind the Fabric!) They’re also super passionate about crafting and craft community.

We thought it would be fun to get to know some of them a bit better. The Fabric-a-brac stall holders, volunteers, organisers, and regular attendees. Today is the next of our ‘Behind the Fabric’ interviews. We hope you like them!

Today on the Behind the Fabric series, we caught up with Maartje, one of our regular stallholders at the Wellington Fabric-a-brac events. Plus, we got some sneak peeks at some of the things she’ll have on her stall at the 7 May Wellington Fabric-a-brac event – exciting!


Hi, Maartje! And welcome to the Fabric-a-brac blog! Lets start with the most important question first – what are your crafts of choice?
My crafts of choice is my passion: creating clothing for other people, mainly women, to make them shine. I am passionate about bringing out somebodys style.

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. It is an expression of your personality.

My responsibilty as a stylist is to help you find your own style, by bringing out your inner strength in an authentic, genuine and original way.

How long have you been doing your craft for? And what inspired you to start?
I started to sew when I was 6, copying my mum who made most of my sisters and my clothes;

I am an autodidact. After I graduated from uni I first worked in a commercial job and slowly started to build up my own atelier.

It all started with the wedding of my cousin in 1987 – I offered to make her dress and she was courageous enough to accept it. After 6 years I was so busy with making wedding and evening dresses that I decided to quit my job and work full time from home (much easier with 2 little kids) and haven’t looked back. Since then I’ve made more than 500 wedding dresses and I don’t know how many evening dresses and mother of the bride/ groom outfits.

In 2004 our family emigrated to NZ and I thought it was time to do something totally different…..well….stupid – I knew where my passion was so why not start all over again! I had to build up a new network – didn’t know anybody in NZ and nobody knew me.

That took a couple of years and a lot of beautiful new clients to get the word of mouth going!

Wedding dresses are still my favorite garment to make, but I developed a passion for style advise and love to create or advise whole wardrobes.


Have you had a stall at Fabric-a-brac before?
I am now in my 3rd year of FBB and even went to FBB in Palmerston North last Spring.

I love the buzz and passionate people, all in their own way.

What treasures can we expect to find on your table?
My fabrics will be colourful because I am a colour advocate. So heaps of my own treasures (simply because I lack the time to make clothes for myself) will be on my table or in the bargain boxes and also some fabrics from Europe.

This time I’ll bring a lot of vintage blankets. My new love: turning the blankets into winter coats. But I have too many and don’t have the space to store them all.


What’s one tip you’d give to people for when they come to Fabric-a-brac?
Don’t hesitate when you see something nice……buy because otherwise you’ll regret it!

Thank you so much Maartje! We’re really looking forward to seeing you at Fabric-a-brac on 7 May!

Fabric-a-brac creations

It’s been a while, but we’re back with another round-up of what everyone has been making with Fabric-a-brac finds! Ready to get inspired? Here we go….

Fine Feathered Friends dress by The Dreamstress

First up – the Dreamstress made a beautiful dress using feather printed fabric from Fabric-a-brac in Palmerston North.

Befeathered Belcarra top  by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

Befeathered Belcarra top by Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

No, you’re not seeing things – Crazy Gypsy Chronicles bought the same feather printed fabric, also from the Palmerston North Fabric-a-brac, and made a Belcarra top in it!

La Sylphide dress by The Curious Kiwi

Isn’t this a gorgeous dress? Made by The Curious Kiwi, using a silk twill from the Wellington Fabric-a-brac event.

Mushrooms dress by Ruby Dust

Mushrooms dress by Ruby Dust

A dress with mushrooms on it! How fun is that?! Made using Wellington Fabric-a-brac fabric, by Ruby Dust.

The Well Composed Dress by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

The Well Composed Dress by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki

Speaking of fun fabric – isn’t this a great mix of prints by Adventures of a Girl from the Naki? (The spotted print on the top is a Fabric-a-brac find.)

Pinky Bar Cressida dress by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This one is keeping things in New Zealand – a dress made by Modern Vintage Cupcakes, using fabric from Fabric-a-brac Wellington, and a pattern by a Dunedin designer.

Summer dress by Nikkis Stitches

Perfect for summer (if the warm weather comes back?!?) is this pretty sundress made by Nikkis Stitches, using Fabric-a-brac fabric.

Parakeet in a Pohutukawa Tree dress by The Dreamstress

Parakeet in a Pohutukawa Tree dress by The Dreamstress

And to round out todays creations round-up, here’s another bird themed dress – parakeet fabric from Wellington Fabric-a-brac! Made into a lovely sundress by The Dreamstress.

So there we have it – lots of great creations made using Fabric-a-brac finds!

Have you made something using a Fabric-a-brac find? We’d love to see it! Email macska at gmail dot com with a link to a blog post or a photo and some info about your creation, and we’ll include it in the next creations round-up post. 🙂