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The Sewing Basket – Achieve Australia's social enterprise store

The Sewing Basket

My Career: Our professionals help you find the right job to suit your abilities.The Sewing Basket supplies a wide range of unique fabrics and patterns, embroidery stock, books, knitting, haberdashery, plus much more.

A team of experienced volunteers work alongside supported employees in our shops to help you with all of your fabric and craft needs. Participation in the running of the shop enables supported employees with a disability to learn valuable job and interpersonal skills and encourages their inclusion in the local community.

Come along and meet our dedicated team who will assist you with our large variety of stock and help you with ideas and suggestions for your next creation. We also receive a wide range of vintage and rare products from individuals and estates that can be mixed with the latest patterns and fabrics for something exceptional.

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Dress and upholstery fabrics and patterns

Dress and upholstery fabrics and patterns

Patchwork pieces, patterns and kits

Patchwork pieces, patterns and kits

Embroidery – threads, fabrics, kits, patterns and needles

Embroidery – threads, fabrics, kits, patterns and needles

Haberdashery – beads, buttons, braids, laces, canvases, notions and tapestries.

Haberdashery – beads, buttons, braids, laces, canvases, notions and tapestries

Knitting and crochet yarn

Knitting and crochet yarn

Books – a wide range of patchwork, applique, embroidery and craft books available

Books – a wide range of patchwork, applique, embroidery and craft books available

Locations and Opening Hours

Newington

Unit 5, 2 Holker Street (Cnr Ave of Asia)
Newington NSW 2127

Opening hours
9am to 2pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of every month

Getting there
There are limited car spaces directly in front of the Newington shop or in the surrounding areas including at Newington Village which is approximately 5-minutes walk to the shop. Regular buses also service the area.

Donations
Donations are accepted from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm via the loading dock at the rear entrance of The Sewing Basket in Newington.

West Ryde

1079 Victoria Road (Cnr Bellevue Ave)
West Ryde NSW 2114

Opening hours
9am to 2pm
Monday and Friday

Getting there
Street parking is available in the surrounding areas of the West Ryde shop. West Ryde Station is also located  650m away or approximately 10-minutes walk to the shop.

The Sewing Basket shops are closed on public holidays.

For enquiries contact us on 1300 22 44 38.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

From it’s humble beginnings, Achieve Australia created a Social Enterprise from a traditional opportunity shop to help create employment opportunities to support people with disability.

When a needlecraft store closed in 1998, all the remaining stock was donated to The Crowle Home – which later became Achieve Australia. The Crowle Home took the remaining stock and sold it at a one-off needlecraft sale to raise much-needed funds.

Word of the successful sale spread and further donations of fabric, wool, thread, patterns and craft supplies flooded in. So many donations were received that it became feasible to establish a shop to sell the accumulated stock. Eventually, the business was able to expand to a larger site in Meadowbank in 2013 and to Newington and West Ryde in 2018.

Today, more than 40 experienced and enthusiastic volunteers from the local community work in partnership with our supported employees who oversee everything from retail operations and customer service to sorting and stocking the shelves.

Our new stores will provide even more opportunities into the future for the people we support.

Extensive range at The Sewing Basket

Want to Get Involved?

If you would like to join our volunteer team, complete the application form to get started.

DONATIONS

By selling what’s donated, our shop sales provide valuable funds towards supporting people with disability. Occasionally we receive items we can’t sell, so we’ve created the following list to help guide our generous donors.

Donations are accepted from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm via the loading dock at the rear entrance of The Sewing Basket in Newington.

If you are unsure about a specific donation for the shop, please contact us on 1300 22 44 38.

Donations List

  • Fabric: dressmaking fabrics of all types by piece or roll, rolls of furnishing fabric, interfacing, lining, ribbing.
  • Haberdashery: buttons, buckles, bias binding, ric rac, grosgrain ribbon, lace, braid, cord, fringing, ribbons, blanket binding, tassels, elastic, cotton tape, boning, velcro, motifs, piping, hemming web, tracing paper, zippers, pins, safety pins, needles.
  • Fibres: hessian, macrame cord, rug wool, tapestry wool, fleece, bear fabric, leather, felt, toy stuffing, raffia.
  • Christmas: fabrics, kits.
  • Patchwork and Quilting: fabric, patterns, wadding, kits, accessories and tools, completed quilts and quilt tops, projects-half-done.
  • Knitting and Crochet: wool, cotton, patterns, knitting accessories, crochet hooks, knitting needles.
  • Canvas: waste canvas, tapestry canvas, rug canvas.
  • Embroidery: threads of all types, silk ribbon, linen, aida cloth, wool fabric, perle cotton, embroidery wool, finished and unfinished projects, needles hoops and frames, storage, accessories and tools, kits, charts and booklets.
  • Linens: embroidered linens of all types, stencilled linens, doilies, tablecloths, linen hankies.
  • Craft: styrofoam shapes, scrapbooking, quilling, feathers, beads, materials & accessories for jewellery making, pom poms, stamp craft, small artificial flowers, plastic tubing, wooden coat hangers, bag handles, doll making, foam sheets.
  • Sewing: dress patterns, thread cones, machine needles and feet, pattern drafting kits, tools and accessories, machine thread, machine embroidery thread, scissors, cushion inserts.
  • Special: vintage pieces and ‘treasures’.