Past Meetup

Fabric Swap, Chat & Pattern Giveaway!

This Meetup is past

60 people went

Berkeley Public Library

2090 Kittredge St · Berkeley

How to find us

Go to the Community Meeting Room on the 3rd floor

Location image of event venue


Once again, it's time to go through that stash and see what fabric you'd like to have a new home. Bring your leftover yardage or fabric that you know doesn't really work for you but could be a beauty on someone else.

NEW: If you have some oddly shaped fabric scraps or small pieces that you've been hanging on to but can't bring yourself to throw out, bring 'em to this meetup! We'll have a Fabric Scraps table and maybe they'll find a new home (collar? pocket detail?)

Please bring fabric that's at least 1/2 yard long or scraps equal to at least 1/2 yard. Before you arrive, please label your fabric (no need to label scraps), note the yardage and whether it's 100% cotton, wool, rayon, a blend, etc. And sort your fabric by type: wovens, knits, silk, home dec, etc. so you can quickly put them on the appropriate tables.

NOTE: For each piece of fabric (or 1/2 yard of scraps), you will get one entry for the pattern drawing.

If you want to take your fabric back, please label it with your name. All leftovers will be donated to the nonprofit East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. ( [If you're driving, please let me know if you can help with delivering the leftovers to the Depot. Thanks!]

We'll have four rounds of selections. If you brought at least four pieces of fabric, then you can participate in each of the first four rounds. If you want to use a round to make your selection from the scrap table, you can pick as many scraps that are roughly equivalent to 1/2 yard.

For example, if you brought three pieces of fabric, then you can participate in the first three rounds. After the first four rounds, fabric selection is open to everyone.

The drawing for the indie pattern giveaway this month will be the Marianne Dress ( by Christine Haynes, a pattern for knit fabrics. The Marianne Dress Sewalong ( began this month. You can also buy this pattern at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics ( Thank you Christine for donating your latest pattern!

For each piece of fabric (or 1/2 yard of scraps), you will get one entry for the pattern drawing. So if you bring three pieces of fabric, you'll get three entries. If you have already won a pattern drawing, please do not enter. Thank you!

All meetup attendees get a 20% discount on regularly priced merchandise (fabric AND patterns!) at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics ( (located at 2518 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley) on meetup days! When you are ready to pay, just show them your nametag or tell them that you are a Bay Area Sewists member to get the discount. Thanks Stonemountain & Daughter!

10:30 am to 10:45 am - lay out fabric and browse
10:45 am to 11:15 am - announcements and introductions
11:15 am to 11:30 am - select fabric (put tables away)
11:30 - pattern drawing!
11:35 am - group photo! (set up chairs)
11:35 to 12:30 - discuss plans for your fabric (put chairs away)

Location: Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
2090 Kittredge at Shattuck (near Downtown Berkeley BART station)

Note on Parking: There is metered street parking but it can be tough to find an open spot. You may want to park in a lot. There are a couple within walking distance of the library (for example, lots at 2020 Kittredge St., 2061 Allston Way). Suggestion: You may want to park at MacArthur BART (free parking on weekends) and then take BART to Downtown Berkeley stop. The library is less than two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop.

Wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. PLEASE NOTE: This event is not sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. Groups and organizations may use meeting rooms when they are not being used for activities sponsored by the Library. Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the goals, policies or activities of any group or organization. For more information on meeting rooms at the Berkeley Public Library, visit