It’s Almost Time!!!

It is that time of the year. The sale is organized and plans are falling in place.
The area leads have been working hard to be prepared.
 We are working to support the Grandmothers in Africa through The Stephen Lewis Foundation and many local charities here in Calgary.


DONATION DROP OFFS AT Garrison Curling Club
Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, April 30 from 11:00  am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1 from 11:00 am to  4:00 pm


For the safety of our customers and volunteers, please pay by Debit or Credit.

Friday May 3
Tickets are required for entry on Friday, May 3 ONLY. Tickets have a TIMED ENTRY to avoid overcrowding.  If space is available, walk-ins will be accepted after 3:00 pm.
There is a $2.00 online charge for Eventbrite Tickets for Friday Shopping.
Tickets go on sale at 8:00 am on Tuesday April 2.
To purchase tickets for Friday Shopping go to:

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 6
You do not need to pre-purchase a ticket tp shop n these days.
There is a $2 charge at the door for entry.

Questions regarding  the fabric sale? Email fabricsale@ujamaagrandmas.com

Share this poster with all your BBFs – Best Fabric Friends. 

Fabric and Yarn 2024

Shoppers hunt for treasures at the FABRIC & YARN SALE

An unused fabric and yarn sale?  Leftover bits?  Who would want someone else’s fabric or yarn?  Maybe it could work.  Even so, who would part with the treasures in their stash?  Then the idea caught on, grew and, as they say, the rest is history.

The FABRIC & YARN SALE rose from one good idea in 2008, capturing the imagination, creativity and abilities of our Members.  It has gathered momentum over the years and is refined each year as the FARBIC & YARN SALE committee reflects on ways to improve and make it better.

Each spring, UJAMAA GRANDMAS puts out a call for stash raids of unused fabric, yarn, notions, embellishments, patterns, books and machines. And donations pour in from individuals and local businesses. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into sorting, organizing, displaying the donations and then the doors open and we all stand back in awe.

If you are interested in joining the committee or learning more, read our Terms of Reference
Direct all queries to fabricsale@ujamaagrandmas.com.

Gross proceeds by year

  • 2008 – First F&YS
  • 2009 – $12,800
  • 2010 – $19,500
  • 2011 – $20,500
  • 2012 – $19,400
  • 2013 – $28,800
  • 2014 – $32,200
  • 2015 – $38,100
  • 2016 – $35,000
  • 2017 – $42,000
  • 2018 – $55,000
  • 2019 – $53,000
  • 2020 – $11,229
  • 2021 – $17,500
  • 2022 – $65,022
  • 2023 – $115,000

The sale couldn’t be successful without the support of  our UJAMAA GRANDMAS Members. There is a community spirit that continues to grow around the sale that is key to its success. From our Members who volunteer long hours and enjoy the camaraderie of those pre-sale days, to our donors, both individual and business, there is a feeling of common purpose and working together to help others. And that spirit keeps growing. There are the corporate volunteers giving their annual community service. We have donors who come with their donations, stay to help and become Members. Other grandmother groups in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC have had fabric sales and we share our notes and ideas with them while they have donated leftovers to us. It is not possible to sell every piece of fabric, ball of yarn or notion and so we have partnered with a variety of agencies and charities in the city that provide and give to many both locally and abroad. We have made contributions of our leftovers to over 13 different charities. The recipients of our leftovers continue the circle of caring and community and support a charities helping charities commitment.

Our goal, to reuse and recycle to be green and to not let anything go to waste, is supported by other businesses. We appreciate all our business donors who have let us know that they feel part of the team.

Much like a stone thrown in a pond, the ripples reach out beyond our sale to benefit our African grandmothers and their orphaned children. As we work in solidarity within our community, we reach others both near and far.

Each year, as we prepare for the sale, we wonder, “Could there possibly be any more fabric and yarn out there for this year’s sale?” And, magically, it appears.