The Sewing Basket – Achieve Australia's social enterprise store

The Sewing Basket supplies a wide range of donated fabrics and patterns, patchwork, embroidery materials, knitting and crochet yarn, haberdashery, and more, while providing employment opportunities for people with disability.

At our shops a team of experienced volunteers from the community work alongside the people we support. Supported employment provides people with disability the opportunity to learn valuable job and interpersonal skills and encourages social inclusion in the community.

All stock at The Sewing Basket is donated by the community, which means you will find a sustainable shopping experience and a large variety of unique and vintage materials not found anywhere else.

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What we stock

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

Locations and Hours

 

The Sewing Basket shops are closed on public holidays. Please note: Our shops are run by volunteers and hours are subject to change. To receive the latest updates on any changes to our opening hours, join our Facebook group, follow us on Instagram or call 1300 22 44 38.

Newington

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

Opening hours
9am to 2pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9am to 2pm
1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday 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.

West Ryde

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

Opening hours
9am to 2pm
Wednesday to Saturday

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.

Balmain – New shop opening soon

450 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041

Opening hours to be confirmed.

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.

Please note:

  • Donations can be dropped of at any shop location during our opening hours.
  • Donations must be fabric or needlecraft related goods only.
  • We do accept sewing machines and overlockers.
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept books, periodicals, magazines, clothing or furniture.

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

Donation List

  • Fabric: All types by piece or roll, furnishing fabric, interfacing, lining, ribbing.
  • Sewing: Dress patterns, thread cones, machine needles and feet, pattern drafting kits, tools and accessories, machine thread, machine embroidery thread, scissors, cushion inserts.
  • 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.
  • Patchwork and quilting: Fabrics, patterns, wadding, kits, accessories and tools, completed quilts and quilt tops, finished and unfinished projects.
  • Knitting and crochet: Wool and yarn, 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 and accessories for jewellery making, pom poms, stamp craft, small artificial flowers, plastic tubing, wooden coat hangers, bag handles, doll making, foam sheets.
  • Special items: Vintage pieces, sewing machines and overlockers, sewing and craft kits.

Our History

1998

Don and Jo McKerrell and friends start an annual fabric and needlecraft sale at Crowle Home for people with disability, which continues for 10 years.

2008

The Fabric Cave and Needlecraft Emporium opens at a permanent premises at Crowle Home.

2009   

The Crowle Foundation and Achieve Foundation merge to become Achieve Australia.

2013  

A larger site is opened in Meadowbank called Fabric, Needlecraft & More.

2018 

The Meadowbank shop relocates to Newington and a new shop is opened in West Ryde. The shop is renamed as The Sewing Basket.

2019 

A pop-up shop opens in Balmain.

Join the team at The Sewing Basket

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

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