About The Sewing Basket

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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Shopping safely during COVID-19

The following information outlines the risk control measures which are in place at The Sewing Basket shops. These measures are regularly reviewed, and The Sewing Basket will continue to act on the advice of NSW Health and Achieve Australia. The shops are open for trade based on advice from NSW Health and the NSW Government.

• Our volunteers and staff are fully vaccinated. i.e. two vaccination inoculations.
• Face mask must be worn by customers and employees within the shops. Supplies of face masks are available.
• All people, customers and employees entering the shops must log in to the Service NSW QR Covid access scanning code.
• We can only accept customers who are fully vaccinated into the shops. On request, customers must show their personal vaccination certificate.
• Maintain social distancing – 1.5 metres distance from other people.
• We encourage regular hand washing & hand sanitizer use for personal hygiene. Customers are encouraged to use hand sanitiser on entry to the shops.
• Total numbers of people inside the shops are being monitored. This practice enables people to comply with social distancing requirements. The numbers at each location are displayed at the shop entry.
• Transactions will be by card or cash. Card transactions are preferred.
• Donations must be left at the door of the shops or placed in receptacles provided.

The Sewing Basket retail shops have exposure to varying degrees of risk in relation to COVID-19. Requirements that pertain to the retail industry in general are the appropriate risk control indicators for The Sewing Basket.

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What we stock

Dress and upholstery fabrics and patterns

Dress 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 – buttons, braids, laces, canvases, notions and tapestries

Knitting and crochet yarn

Knitting and crochet yarn

Locations and hours

Christmas Closures

Our shops are all taking a break during the Christmas period. The details are as follows:

  • Newington last trading day December 18 – reopening Monday January 10.
  • Balmain last trading day December 23 – reopening Wednesday January 5.
  • Kincumber last trading day December 18 – reopening Monday January 10.


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 any of the shops listed here:

  • Newington shop: 0419 022 580
  • Balmain shop: 0477 900 031
  • Kincumber shop: 0437 514 589


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

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday
9am to 3pm

Getting there
There are parking spaces available 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.

Shop contact
Mobile: 0419 022 580


450 Darling Street (Cnr Elliott Street)
Balmain NSW 2041

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday
10am to 4pm

Getting there
Street parking is available in the surrounding areas of the shop. There are several bus routes that service the area with bus stops located on both sides of Darling St.

Shop contact
Mobile: 0477 900 031


Unit 5, 11-13 Cochrone St
Kincumber NSW 2251 

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 3pm

Getting there
Parking is available on site or on nearby Cochrone Street.

Shop contact
Mobile: 0437 514 589


We are temporarily pausing donations for now.

Due to the large quantity of donations received in recent weeks, we won’t be able to receive donations until 2022. We are hoping to start receiving your generous donations in early 2022. We apologise for inconvenience caused by this action. Thank you for your understanding.

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 off at any shop location during our opening hours.
  • Donations must be fabric or needlecraft related goods only.
  • We do accept sewing machines and overlockers.

If you are unsure about a specific donation for the shop, please contact us on any of the shop numbers:

  • Newington shop: 0419 022 580
  • Balmain shop: 0477 900 031
  • Kincumber shop: 0452 052 467

Donation list

Please remove all sharps for safety.

  • Fabric: All types of dress and sewing fabrics and interfacing of usable lengths over 1 metre.
  • Sewing: Dress patterns, thread cones, machine needles and feet, tools and accessories, machine thread, machine embroidery thread, scissors, new cushion inserts. Please no cut patterns with pins.
  • 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, leather, felt.
  • 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.
  • Special items: Vintage pieces, sewing machines and overlockers, sewing and craft kits.

Unfortunately we do not accept

  • Books, periodicals or magazines
  • Curtain fabric, sheers, accessories and fittings
  • Small fabric offcuts under a metre (except for patchwork fabric)
  • Upholstery fabric and swatches
  • Clothing or furniture
  • Bedding, sheets, pillowcases or blankets
  • Stationery Items, paper craft products , artists paints, wood crafts
  • Baskets, dolls , doll or bear making items and toys
  • NON Sewing and NON Needlecraft related items
  • We do not have on site washing facilities, so please ensure all fabrics are clean

Our history


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.


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


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


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


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


A pop-up shop opens in Balmain.


A permanent shop opens in Balmain and the first shop on the Central Coast opens in Kincumber.

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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