Fabric-a-brac fundraiser for Arohanui Hospice

Josie Brennan prepares for the Fabric-a-Brac event in Palmerston North.
Nicholas McBride

Josie Brennan prepares for the Fabric-a-Brac event in Palmerston North.

You will be able to cut your cloth to suit at a fabric fundraiser in Palmerston North.

Fabric-a-Brac will be held on Saturday as a fundraiser for the Arohanui Hospice.

Founder and organiser Josie Brennan started the event in Wellington in 2009 before bringing it to Palmerston North in 2010. She has since helped others set up events in New Plymouth, Auckland and Australia.

"Palmerston North-Manawatu has a background of textiles and a strong quilting community, so there was a bit of momentum already there."

Brennan said her father was part of hospice and her mother sewed. When her mother died, Brennan "inherited" boxes of fabric she was unsure what to do with and came up with the idea for a Fabric-a-Brac.

This year will have 26 stallholders, live music, refreshments and a vintage tea party theme.

Brennan said some "really unique pieces" came out for the event "because they have been in people's stashes for a while".

Some of those included vintage fabrics from the 1960s and 70s and even as far back as the 1920s.

"The stallholders end up buying as much as they sell," Brennan joked.

The variety of fabric could be made into clothing, bags, upholstery, blankets and "anything you can sew".

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"One year a lady brought in a whole lot of leather."

Those who attend will also be able to crochet their own granny square which will be combined together to make a blanket and raffled off.

The event will be held at the Crossroads Hall on the corner of Cook and Church streets from 9am to 12.30pm.

 - Stuff

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