Grandmother’s Fabric Sale- YEG & YYC

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother's fabric sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother’s fabric sale

The Grandmother’s Fabric Sale is back again!

Below are photos from previous sales.


For the Edmonton sale, visit the Strathearn United Church on April 1, 2017 to shop for fabrics, notions, yarn, and more. Click the link to learn more about the drop off times too.


If you’re in Calgary, and have fabric, yarn, or sewing/quilting/etc accessories or notions, you can drop them off at the sale location:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Then… when you’re ready to shop, the sale will be open to the public:

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

The sale is really awesome – there are all sorts of different fabrics, at dirt-cheap fabrics so it’s easy to build a stash for costuming or crafting. If you look well, you can also find great fashion fabrics for costumes or clothing too.

Red Deer

I wasn’t able to find a date on their website at the time of writing this, but there’s a group in Red Deer too. Hopefully by the time this publishes, they’ll have their information up too. (In the past it has been in April though; I suspect it will be either the 8th or 15th)

Medicine Hat

Last year the sale was in mid-March.. but at the time of writing they didn’t have their 2017 dates listed. Check their Facebook page here to see if there are upcoming dates.

Click the “grandmothers” tag to read about some of the past sales.

Other Canadian sales

Other sales from grandmother groups in Canada were in the fall…. I posted in October about sales in Saskatoon and Lethbridge, and the sale in Nanaimo was in September. If these areas are more local to you.. bookmark their sites to check out for next year! Visit the Stephen Lewis website to find chapters near you… and then visit their sites to see when the fabric sale (if they host one) is coming to you!


Lethbridge Grandmother’s Fabric Sale

October 29, 2016 I went with a friend to Lethbridge (on our way to an event 20 minutes north of the city) to the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale there. This was the first year the group there has hosted the sale, and there were a few growing pains (their Facebook page said the sale would open at 9, but  they weren’t ready until 10am), and it was considerably smaller than the sales I’ve been to in Calgary and Red Deer, but it was still a great way of getting a lot of cool fabric for not much money…

Here’s my swag report!

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Grandmother’s fabric sale 2014

The line up to get into the Grandmother's Fabric Sale - Friday at 4:00 p.m.

The line up to get into the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale – Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Hopefully if you are in Calgary, you had the chance to get to the Ujamaa Grandmothers  fabric sale this year. I mentioned it at the beginning of April, and marked my calendar as soon as I heard about the dates!

I went on the Friday, rather than waiting until Saturday, right after work. Even though I got there half-an-hour before doors opened, I arrived to already a really long line – down the Church’s sidewalk, and down the public sidewalk almost to the driveway. By the time the doors opened, there were probably another 50 people behind me too!

I thought I’d share some of my “finds” here, as I have done in the past as well.

  • 7.2 meters of navy stretch velvet
  • 1.5 meters of purple/red striped (cotton/poly?)
  • 1.6 meters of silver/black faux ostrich pleather
  • 1.6 meters of small-print black pleather
  • 6.5 meters of sheer purple vine print (silk/rayon devore?)
  • 2.5 meters of gold (with a bit of a green/brown undertone) velvet (silk?)
  • 1.2 meters of purple stretch velvet
  • 6 meters of  black dupioni silk
  • 2.9 meters of blue/grey herringbone (wool?)
  • 4.4 meters of white and tan silk noil
  • 3 meters of black and cream border print slinky knit
  • 2.3 meters of black silk noil
  • 1.8 meters of blue/metallic green cross-dye fabric
  • 2.4 meters of blue/cream figured velvet home dec fabric
Fabric 'haul' from the Grandmother's Fabric Sale 2014

Fabric ‘haul’ from the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale 2014 (blue velvet not pictured)

Plus, from the notions room I also picked up three bags – each bag was a dollar, and contained an assortment of things.

The first bag had:

  • 2.2 meters of red/beige woven braid beaded with red bugle beads and silver sequins (it looks a lot more subtle than it sounds, and was what I picked up the bag for)
  • 1.25 meters of red satin ribbon with a gold and red beaded fringe
  • 1.1 meters of purple satin ribbon with a purple and silver beaded fringe
  • 1 meter of brown gimp trim with a fringe of brown and cream wooden beads
Beaded trim

Beaded trim

The second bag had:

  • 1.2 meters of red, white, green and yellow woven flowered trim
  • 2.4 meters of narrow black woven flowered trim with pink and green
  • 1.8 meters of damaged floral woven trim in metallic silver, teal, and magenta – I’ll probably throw this out.
  • Some partially damaged white petersham ribbon – I’ll have to look at this more later and throw out the damaged portion.
  • Over a meter of tacky, old-fashioned yellow and white acrylic yarn trim – this will likely be given away too
  • Over a meter of pink cotton lace trim
  • a meter of pink, white, and metallic gold woven trim
  • 5 meters of black, white, and red woven trim, with a very simple and nordic-style pattern. This is what I bought the bag for.
Woven "embroidered" trim from the Grandmother's 2014 Fabric Sale

Woven “embroidered” trim from the Grandmother’s 2014 Fabric Sale

The third bag was kind of wacky, and included a bunch of sewing machine “parts”. They included:

  • Two packages of invisible zipper presser feet
  • Two even-feed walking presser feet – what I bought the bag for – I don’t have one of these yet – one of them fits my machine and the other doesn’t
  • A zipper/piping presser foot – which doesn’t fit my machine
  • A blind-hem presser foot – which doesn’t fit my machine
  • A presser foot for pintucks – which doesn’t fit my machine
  • An overcast presser foot for a serger – which doesn’t fit my serger unfortunately 😦
  • Some sewing machine lubricant (which I threw out)
  • An attachment for sewing circles (which is cool because I was just thinking about getting one!)
  • A bunch of parts that I think are either to mount a lamp – or are for an embroidery machine….
  • A flex-style darning/free-motion pressure foot (versus the coil/spring-style)
  • An adjustable seam guide – you screw it into the plate of the machine and then fabric butts up against it to maintain an even distance. This doesn’t fit on my machine either.

Then there was one piece.. I don’t know what it is!

It is a vaguely triangle-shaped piece of metal with two ends folded in.  I feel like it’s meant to fold fabric somehow – but I don’t really know. Do you recognize it?

Do you know what the parts I think are for an embroidery machine are for?



In total.. I spent about $42.00! Crazy right?! I didn’t even look in the quilting area either, and only skimmed the yarn, patterns, books, crafts, and home-dec areas. My arms were just too heavy with everything I’d already picked out!

If you made it to the sale this year – what did you get?

Red Deer Sewers – raid your stash!

April 9 fabric finds (close up)

April 9 fabric finds (close up) from the Calgary sale

If you’re in Red Deer, you aren’t being missed out on the fabric stash/destash madness! The GrammaLink-Africa group in Red Deer host a fabric sale as well, with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

GrammaLink-Africa Fabulous Fabric Sale – Red Deer

In 2013 the sale was held on April 13 at the Gaetz United Church (4758 5oth Street, Red Deer) and for 2014 you can build up your stash of fabric, yarn, and quilting supplies on April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Gaetz United Church (4758 5oth Street, Red Deer)

Get more information about the event here:

Hat Grannies for Africa Fabric Sale – Medicine Hat

I don’t think that I have any readers in Medicine Hat… yet… but I JUST found out that there is also an annual sale in your community too.  Unfortunately for 2014 I’m a bit too late – the sale was on March 15th, 2014. It was held at St John’s Presbyterian Church (504 2 Street Southeast) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for next year though! Or just come visit us up in Calgary! (Read more about the event which has now passed here: and then bookmark the site for next year!)

Guelph’s Fabulous Fibre and Fabric Frenzy

While on the Grandmother’s Campaign site I also saw that Guelph, Ontario also has a fabric sale like this! This one took place on March 22nd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Now, Guelph is a bit far for ME to go.. but perhaps it’s close enough for one of my readers to participate, and send back word about the sale? Just for reference, the sale took place at the Dublin Street United Church (68 Suffolk Street West).

Stay tuned!

Keep following the Fabric Sale tag for lots of posts about this cool sale – and others you might want to participate in!