Fabric Swap in Chicago Tonight!

by Erin on May 19, 2009

Just a reminder — the fabric swap is tonight!

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 thelazymilliner.blogspot.com.

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

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous May 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm

What a great idea! I’d go to Chicago just to meet Erin at the fabric swap. She’ll bring excellent swappables, no doubt.


Teresa aka MarieSews May 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’m so jealous!!!! Could never make it from CA to Chicago but will be thinking of all those who get to enjoy this event this evening. Have Fun!!Teresa


Jen ~ MOMSPatterns May 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Look for Lisa from The Vintage Fashion Library! I know she was going to be going!


Rebecca Hernandez May 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I’m so sorry that I haven’t YET moved to Chicago, which means that I’ll miss this. But will be there soon and hope that you’ll (please, please, please!) have another fabric swap!


--ginger. May 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I need to move.


Cathy May 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

Or – yall could organize a swap where you live!


oracle May 21, 2009 at 5:46 am

Wish I was there.


Crystal Jeffries January 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hi Erin! I am interested in organizing a fabric swap. Do you have some time to email me with some input and what you learned from the one you organized? Thank you so very much!


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