Hintonburg Sewcial Club is up and running! December 02 2014

As the weather cooled off for the fall, we held our first couple of gatherings of the Hintonburg Sewcial Club. Our goal was/is to make this equal parts helping out local charities, and building the Ottawa sewing community by bringing together local sewists of all levels. And what great success we’ve had so far!

At our October gathering, we made quilted placemats and quilted youth/adult-sized bibs for Roger’s House (, an 8-bed pediatric residential hospice on the campus of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario ( It is one of only three such facilities in Canada – making it a fairly unique and special place. Its medical and personal care staff (and team of over 300 volunteers!) provide respite, end-of-life, transition-to-home support, pain and symptom management, peri-natal care and bereavement support for families and children with progressive, life-limiting illnesses.   As much as possible, they try to create a comfortable, home-like environment for the families who are staying there – and that’s where we’re hoping to help out.

That October evening, we had a lovely mix of women with a wide range of sewing experience - some with years of sewing behind them and others who'd just recently taken it up. Everyone produced finished placemats or bibs by the end of the evening. We chatted, we sipped, we sewed, we laughed, Curtis saved Doreen from her run-away machine, and we sewed a little more!  Our kind friend Melissa D. brought some soothing teas and coffee from her native land of Starbucks.  Carrie and Curtis brought the hard stuff, the tunes and the awesome new space they now call home at #1018 Wellington Street West. 

In November, the HSC sewed opaque IV bag covers for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (, @OICCsupport) and quilt blocks for quilts in the works for Rogers House.

Dugald Seely (@DugaldSeely), Founder and Executive Director of the OICC, joined us for part of the evening, talking (over the hum of the sewing machines!) about how the OICC works with its patients and within the wider Ottawa medical community, as well as how the opaque IV bag covers we made would be used in the clinic.

Located in Hintonburg, just a few blocks east of Fabrications, the OICC is the first integrative cancer care and research centre of its kind in Eastern Canada. The centre offers a whole host of complementary support (e.g., naturopathic medicine, integrative medical care, acupuncture, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, massage therapy, reflexology, psychiatry, clinical nutrition, mind body thearapy, yoga and psychosocial support) to cancer patients alongside conventional treatments, and to patients seeking prevention of cancer or its recurrence. The OICC works closely with individual cancer patients, their families, their oncologists and surgeons, to develop an appropriate course of complementary care to help people at any stage of their cancer journey.

We’ll be working on two wall-hanging quilts for the OICC at future HSC sewing nights, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on that front!

For more information about monthly Hintonburg Sewcial Club gatherings, check out our Classes page.  And if you’d like to suggest a local charity or future project, please get in touch!

To Susan, Dorreen, Kathryn, Tori, Anne, Crystal, Morag, Morgen and Mallory - a warm thank you to each of you for being part of our first couple of HSC evenings!  


Sarah & Barbara

Introducing… the Hintonburg Sewcial Club! September 16 2014 1 Comment

Who’s up for spreading some Fabrications love around town?   And who’s up for meeting other local sewers and sewists?

In December, Fabrications will be two years old.  Time flies, doesn’t it?  

It’s been such an amazing experience becoming part of the Hintonburg community.  And we’ve decided that it’s time to give a little back to those who have welcomed us so warmly.

Starting in October, the Hintonburg Sewcial Club will be meeting one evening a month at the shop.  Each month we’ll be learning a new project or sewing skill – pillow cases, quilted place mats, aprons, quilts, you name it!  And everything we make that night will go to a different local charity - Roger's House, Meals on Wheels Ottawa, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, and many more.

What’s in it for me?  

This is an evening to learn something new, connect with other people in the community,  learn from each other and, most importantly, leave some love behind!

We encourage sewers and sewists of all levels to join us – from beginner, to awesome, to downright amazing!  Our aim is to focus on different skills or techniques each month, while making each project accessible to all levels of sewers/sewists.

The Sewcial Club evenings will run like a regular class, so we’ll be providing the pattern, instructions and guidance.  

With smaller-scale projects (e.g. table mats, pillow cases), we’ll crank out as many finished pieces as we can in one night.  With larger-scale projects (e.g. quilts), we may ask for participants to do some “homework” and we may complete them over more than one Sewcial Club meeting night.  

If people simply wish to make more or need more time to finish something, we’ll provide a deadline for dropping off finished pieces at the shop.  As with all our classes at Fabrications, if you’re finishing a class-related project you can come in to use our sewing machines and serger any time free-of-charge, just call ahead to confirm there’s one available!


What should I bring?

Each project will be different, but you’ll always need to bring fabric!  Come and see what we have in the shop, or bust out some pieces from your stash!

We do ask for two very specific things (pardon our bluntness!):

  • Please wash and iron your fabrics in advance

  • Please abide by the specifics of the materials list posted for each Sewcial Club project.  The organizations for whom we are making these items often have very specific requests.  

And please, bring your ideas!  Do you know an organization that is looking for items that the Hintonburg Sewcial Club could make?


Awesome!  Where do I sign up??

Each month we’ll have a limited number of spots available, and you’ll be able to sign up through our Classes page on the web site.  We’ll have our first Hintonburg Sewcial Club night posted within the next week.  There will be a $20 fee per person, which just helps keep the lights on and the machines running.

We’re so excited to get this started!  


New fabrics and fall class offerings August 20 2014

As many of you know, we'll be moving a little further west on Somerset Street in the fall.  We've been busy there 24/7 getting our new digs ready.  So excited for the big reveal and we can't wait to share the new space with everyone!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, life goes on and we've got a lot going on! 

Over the past few weeks, loads of new fabrics came through the door, including Nani Iro and EchinoArt Gallery (flowy voiles!), The Long Thread, April Rhodes Arizona collection and Japanese cotton sateens

Like to see more?  Come by the store (some of the new fabrics aren't on line just yet!).  Or, let your fingers wander on over to our Instagram (fabricationsott) to lose an hour of your day imagining what you'll be making from these beauties!

Fall Classes

To go with all these new fabrics, we've got a batch of great evening classes in late August and throughout September -- a great time of year to get a few sewing projects started! 

For absolute beginners, start here:

  • Sewing Machine Basics: Simple Fabric Bunting Banner - a one-night class that gives you all the basics and you leave with a great finished project.  It runs four times in the next few weeks - Aug 27th, Sept 2nd, 8th and 26th.
  • Express Beginner Class: Infinity Scarf (1 night - Sept 24) - learn the basics of using a sewing machine, and walk away with a great accessory for the fall.
    • Once you've got the basics down, the world is your oyster!

    For beginners or those getting back into sewing after an extended 'vacation', looking for simple but interesting project, try these:

    • Sewing 101: Easy Lined Tote (1 night - Sept 12th) - learn the basics and start making different sizes on your own.
    • Sewing 102: Easy Zippered Pillow (1 night - Aug 22, Sept 5th and 15th) - a little zipper therapy goes a long way. Enough said.
    • Sewing 103: Baker's Apron (1 night - Sept 9th) - we use a unisex pattern, so you can make a manly-man BBQ apron, or something a little more feminine.
    • Sewing 104: Japanese Hip Wrap (1 night - Aug 29th) - have you seen these things?  Great over leggings or skinny jeans, and so easy to make. And... did we mention we like having a few drinks at this class and make it a bit of a social night?  What more can you ask for in a sewing class? 

    For intermediate sewists, looking to tick off a few boxes in the 'new skills' department?  Learn how to hem pants, install an elastic waist band, sew some curves and start using some of your beloved stash!

    • Sewing 201: Pyjama Pants (2 nights - Sept 18th and 25th) - basic pant pattern, elastic waist band, hems
    • Sewing 202: Zippered Pouch (1 night - Aug 29th and Sept 22nd) - zippers, curves and using different weight woven fabrics
    • Beginner Garment Making: Rae Skirt (2 nights - Sept 16th & 23th) - sewing with a pattern, vertical seams, elastic casing
    • Crib Sheet (1 night - Sept 11th) super quick and makes a great gift for friends with wee folk!

    For advanced sewists, this is where the rubber hits the road!  Our advanced classes take on more complex sewing patterns and techniques.  Usually 3-4 nights over a few weeks, giving you the chance to soak up all that you can from our skilled teachers.  Learn tricks for fitting garments to flatter your own body, different hem lengths, shirring and sewing with woven and kit fabrics. 

    •  Sewing 302: Dressmaking / Washi Dress (3 nights - Sept 3, 10 & 17) - one of the most fun and versatile independent dress patterns to hit the market in years. Look no further than the Rae Made Me Do It flickr group for a little inspiration.

    We also offer a 3-night dressmaking class using the April Rhodes Staple Dress pattern and a 4-night class on knits using the Colette Moneta pattern.  Check back here for dates!

    Look forward to seeing you at the shop!