Chicago-area fabric swap, May 19th

by Erin on May 12, 2009

I'm reposting this from Mary Beth Klatt, the organizer: Chicago-area folks, come out for a fabric swap next week!

Here are the details:

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 19

Location: Rogers Park Public Library
6907 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
2nd floor, south room

What: Fabric Swap

What's a Fabric Swap?: We'll be exchanging fabric, notions, patterns using play money, probably Monopoly dollars. During the set-up, we'll have a little show and tell. Wear your favorite sew garment for prizes to be supplied by Erin (??)

Few important details: Since this is a swap, no money/check can be exchanged on the premises. This is important. Anybody caught paying real U.S. dollars for items in the swap will be lashed with a tape measure or forced to count pattern pieces.

What can I bring?: Any type of fabric that's at least 1 yard long, 45 inches wide (I don't want to deal with remnants), notions, patterns are acceptable.

How can I help?: Thanks for asking. Here are some specific jobs we need:

1. Several cashiers' to help establish a 'value' to the fabric and pass out Monopoly money to 'sellers'
2. Several organizers to put fabric on various tables tagged according to fabric type (silk, cotton, polyester, knits, etc.).
3. A barker to call out lottery numbers so 'shoppers' can orderly browse items in the swap.
4. Someone to organize show and tell part of the swap.
5. Foodie to round up snacks for hungry shoppers. "Shoppers" are encouraged to bring chips, beverages, paper plates, and napkins.
5. A driver with enough room in the car to cart leftover unwanted fabric to local Salvation Army.

Ok, what next?: Email marybeth.klatt @@@gmail DOT com with Fabric Swap in the subject line, let me know you're coming and how you'd like to help OR leave a comment in Mary Beth's "Fabric Swap" blog post at

I have a few more questions!: Email marybeth.klatt @@@ gmail dot com OR leave a comment on her blog.

[I'm going to try my best to be there, but I have a work trip on Monday that may run long. Cross your fingers!]

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Trudy Callan May 12, 2009 at 8:03 am

This sounds like so much fun!


Vicky x May 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

Wish I was in Chicago… (I’m in the UK)


Packrat May 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm

This is on my birthday. I would love to spend the day at the swap, but I live at least 1500 miles from Chicago. Have fun for us that can’t make it there. :)


Lisa @ the Vintage Fashion Library May 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

OOOOH! Wonder if I can drive up there that day. I’ll have to check my calendar. Sounds fun!


Maija May 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Great idea! I would love to be there, and I won’t deny that I have fabric that needs a loving new home. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can work a weekday evening in Rogers Park into my schedule. Maybe next time – Have fun!


I have an idea... May 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

LEFT OVER FABRIC?? Will there really any?


Anonymous May 13, 2009 at 2:13 am

Oh oh oh!!! How fun!!! What a wonderful idea. I wish I could attend (said with a 2 year old whine) because it just sounds like so much fun! What treasures might be unearthed, purchased and oh, shucks, I really want to look at the patterns! I love patterns.


Renee May 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

Thanks Erin,this is a nice way to torture all of us that live so far away! It sounds like so much fun – and organized!


Ann V. May 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I really wish there was something like that here – I have an entire garbage bag of fabric and lots of patterns my nieces have already outgrown.


Pinup Dresses May 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm

How FUN! Have a great time!! :)


Sarah May 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Ugh! So want to go but will be at Sox Park. Will there be others?


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