The Sewing Basket – Achieve Australia's social enterprise store

Importan information regarding COVID-19


During these times, the health and safety of our customers is our priority. We have, therefore, taken the decision to close our West Ryde location until further notice.  This is due to our West Ryde shop being in close proximity to our Newington shop and having similar trading hours to our Balmain shop. The Sewing Basket shops at Newington and Balmain are still open for trading and even with our reliance on our casual staff we do not have sufficient resources to open all three shops at this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but please rest assured that you can still come to our Balmain and Newington shops to stock up on all your favourites.

We have introduced several additional precautionary measures to reduce risks, and ensure hygiene standards are met in our stores, including:

  • Hand sanitisers are available in all locations for use.
  • To encourage social distancing, we are limiting the number of customers in the shops to 10 people.
  • When possible, we will avoid handling customer’s transaction cards and instead invite you touch the terminal with your card.
  • Avoiding any physical contact with customers.
  • Donations are paused for the time being.

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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.


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

Opening hours
9am to 3pm
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 (Closed until further notice)

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

Opening hours
9am to 3pm
Wednesday, Thursday and  Saturday

9am to 2pm


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 now open

450 Darling Street (Cnr Elliott Street)
Balmain NSW 2041

Opening hours
10am to 4pm
Wednesday to Saturday

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.


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.

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.

Donations Not Accepted

  • Books or magazines.
  • Periodicals.
  • Curtain fabric.
  • Sheers and fittings.
  • Upholstery fabric.
  • Clothing or furniture.

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.

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

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