The Sewing Basket – Achieve Australia's social enterprise store

New shop opens in Kincumber

We are excited to announce that a new shop for The Sewing Basket has recently opened in Kincumber on the Central Coast of New South Wales. At the new location, we will offer new job and training opportunities for people with disability as well as volunteering for local enthusiasts who are passionate about their community.

To apply for supported employment (NDIS) at our new Kincumber shop, submit your details and we will be in touch.

Keeping safe during COVID-19

A friendly reminder to please observe our COVID-19 safety measures in place at The Sewing Basket shops to help keep everyone safe.

These include:

  • Kincumber has a maximum of 13 people*
  • Newington has a maximum of 20 people*
  • West Ryde has a maximum of 15 people*
  • Balmain has a maximum of 13 people*
  • We prefer electronic transactions, but we do accept cash at all of our shops.
  • Hygiene precautions are available, including hand sanitiser on arrival and departure from the shops
  • Social distancing rules apply and all shops have tape on the floors and barriers at the cashier points to assist with social distancing.
  • Each shop is hygienically cleaned regularly.

We review our COVID-19 safety measures each week to ensure the health and safety of our shoppers, volunteers and employees.

* Inclusive of customers, volunteers and staff at one time.

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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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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 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

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

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

9am to 2pm
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.

Balmain

450 Darling Street (Cnr Elliott Street)
Balmain NSW 2041

Opening hours
10am to 4pm
Wednesday to Sunday

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.

Kincumber

Unit 5, 11-13 Cochrone St
Kincumber NSW 2251 

Opening hours
9am to 3pm
Monday to Friday

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

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.

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.

Unfortunately we do not accept

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

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.

2020

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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