Where to Donate Your Extra Fabric: Craft Resale Shops!

Let me know if this sounds familiar:

Your craft room, normally one of your favorite places to spend time and relax, has become unruly. Shelves are packed to the brim, drawers are stuffed so tightly that you can barely pull out a fat quarter and your closet’s doors don’t close anymore. When you start looking for that one piece of fabric you need, you realize pretty quickly that it’s going to be a hunt.

The quilters here at the Connecting Threads’ office like to joke that sewing and collecting fabric are two different hobbies. Sometimes, we buy fabric with a specific vision, a project we can’t wait to sink our teeth into! Other times, we buy fabric because it’s beautiful, add it to our growing stash and move on.

While both hobbies are fun, the problem of “too much fabric” is tough to combat. This blog post is all about how we, as quilters, can repurpose some of our supplies and donate them to good causes.

Let’s start with the most obvious way we can get rid of extra fabric: pass it around to friends, family, quilt guilds, church groups and more! If you have quilty friends, grandkids getting into sewing, a local quilt shop that hosts a free sewing night, church groups that need supplies for charity quilts; they all can be wonderful people and groups to give excess fabric. So often, our neighbors can be a perfect starting point for where to give old supplies!

If you’re like me, your crafty friends have the same problem you do – too much fabric! – so giving them your extra fat quarters isn’t an option. That’s where Craft Reuse or Resale Centers come into the picture!

Craft Reuse Centers are typically non-profits that collect donations from locals looking to unload unwanted supplies and either resell them at a discount to the public or donate them to organizations in need. If you’re new to this concept, we have a brand new Youtube video all about Connecting Threads staff members visiting a reuse center called MECCA in Eugene, Oregon.

Jump over to Youtube and watch it here!

MECCA is a beautiful example of what a Craft Reuse Center can do, getting supplies into the hands of young artists through the store and their Teacher Resource Center. However, we know that not all our customers live near Eugene, OR, making a MECCA visit a bit tough.

Below, we’ve created a list of Craft Reuse Centers all over the US and Canada to highlight places you can donate your extra fabric and craft supplies. While we couldn’t find one in every single state or province, we’re hoping YOU can help: if you know of a Craft Reuse Center not listed below, please comment with details at the bottom of this post!

A few other notes:

  • States are listed in alphabetical order and not all states are included on the list.
  • Online Reuse Centers and Canadian Reuse Centers are listed at the bottom.
  • Always check a shop’s website prior to visiting: “open to the public” hours may vary!
  • Many stores have a Donations page on their website that details what supplies they need and what items they might not be taking. Always check an individual store’s donation policies!
  • If an address or website looks incorrect, please feel free to let us know in the comments!



The Art Resource Center

910 South Hohokam Dr, Suite 105, Tempe, AZ 85281


reDiscover Center

12958 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse

4695 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609


2150 Newcomb Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

FabMo (Fabric & More)

1240 Birchwood Drive, Suite 2, Sunnyvale, CA 94089


ArtParts Creative Reuse Center

3080 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

ReCreative Denver

65 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204


EcoWorks CT

89 State St. North Haven, CT 06473


Creative Junk Therapy

772 W Lumsden Rd, Brandon, FL 33511

The Repurpose Project

1920 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

Resource Depot

2508 Florida Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 



2130 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30345


2438 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401


The Reuse Market

3777 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714


The Waste Shed (2 locations)

1754 N. Kimball, Chicago IL 60647

1245 Hartrey Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

The Idea Store

125 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801


The Create Exchange

615 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Fabric Recycles

9268 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212 


Lex Center for Creative Reuse

110 Luigart Ct, Unit 150, Lexington, KY 40508



1927 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113


Ruth’s Reusable Resources

39 Blueberry Rd, Portland, ME 04102


SCRAP Creative Reuse

913 W Barre St, Baltimore, MD 21230


Make & Mend

21 Hawkins St, Somerville, MA 02143

Swanson’s Fabric (fabric only, no craft supplies)

320 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376


SCRAP Creative Reuse

4567 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Arts & Scraps

16135 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48224


ArtStart’s ArtScraps Reuse Center

1459 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105



3269 Roanoke Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Arrow Creative Reuse

1506 E. St. Louis St, Springfield, MO 65802



218 W 18th St, Kearney, NE 68845

New Mexico

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center

325 South Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532

New York

Crafting For Good (no website, Facebook page only)

4390 Buffalo Road, North Chili, NY 14514


112 W Green St, #5, Ithaca, NY 14850

North Carolina

The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Reconsidered Goods

4118 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27407


Indigo Hippo

1334 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202


MECCA Eugene

555 High St, Eugene, OR 97401

ReClaim It

1 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

SCRAP Creative Reuse

1736 SW Alder St, Portland, OR  97205


The Resource Exchange

1800 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Rhode Island

The Creative Reuse Center of RI

991 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

South Carolina


2439 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607


SMART Art + Craft Supplies

2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 106, Nashville, TN 37214


Austin Creative Reuse

2005 Wheless Ln, Austin, Texas 78723

Houston Center For Creative Reuse

1719 Live Oak St, Houston, TX, 77003

Spare Parts Center for Creative Reuse

13491 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247


Stitching Hearts Worldwide

Fabric, quilt and blanket donations only, no storefront. Check website for details.

Making Space Thrift

685 South Main St, Springville UT, 84663


The Scrappy Elephant

1745 Allied St, Suite C, Charlottesville, VA 22903

SCRAP Creative Reuse

119 W Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond, VA 23222


Lost and Found Crafts

2600 Martin Way East, Suite C, Olympia WA 98506

Seattle ReCreative (2 locations)

8408 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

6521 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108


Hello Happiness Creativity Center

1504 New Jersey Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Hello Art Hatchery

524 East Main Street, Studio 1, Stoughton, WI 53589


Urban Source

3126 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7


560 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6


594 Rte 52, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C9


Online only shop, local donations can be made in Montreal.

ONLINE CRAFT REUSE SHOPS (Check websites for donation standards!)


Newlight Creative Reuse Studio & Marketplace

Thistle Creative Reuse

We hope you can find a Craft Reuse Center near you on this list! Or maybe you found one, but it seems a bit far for a solo drive? Consider a crafty donation road trip with your best friends! Just make sure to check that you’ll be arriving on a day when your (somewhat) local shop is open for donations.

Also, please remember to comment if we missed shops in your area!

Happy donating!