September 02 2009 Wednesday at 12:35 AM

Swap 'n Sew Sweets!


There is a TON of stuff going on here in Austin this weekend with the Austin Craft Mafia's Swap 'n Sew Sweets and the Handmade Nation Austin Premiere!

WHAT: Swap and Sew + Sweets: A Clothing and Craft Supply Swap + Yummy Bake Sale + Hang Out and Craft Session

WHEN: Saturday, September 5th, 12pm-6pm

WHERE: Space 12 - 3121 e. 12th St. 78702 (

WHY: Have fun, get crafty and support the Space 12 Community Center and the Youth Services "Sew What?" program.

HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation

Clean out your closets and your craft supply drawers and come participate in a community swap! Bring any unwanted clothes - both adult and kids clothes welcome, and crafting supplies like fabric, thread, yarn, notions, buttons, etc. etc. Get rid of stuff you don't want and go home with new stuff that you love. Any suits or professional clothing and accessories left over at the end of the day will be donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women get dressed up for job interviews. Any crafty supplies left over will be donated to "Sew What?", a free after school sewing program for teens. Everything else will be donated to a local charity shop. If you want, you can also bring your sewing machine or knitting needles or embroidery hoops or whatever and spend the afternoon hanging out with other crafty types fixing up your swap finds, having fun and sharing ideas. It is also a great way to recycle and upcycle! In case you get hungry, we will have an assortment of amazing treats available for you to buy and snack on. Donate a can of food and your treat is free! We will use part of the $5 suggested donation and bake sale proceeds to help buy/repair sewing machines for the after-school program.

This event is part of a weekend long craft-a-thon. Here are some other crafty events that you might check out this weekend:
Saturday, September 5th, 7pm-9pm
Handmade Nation Booksigning at Domy Books with Faythe Levine, Jennifer
, Kathie Sever, Whitney Lee, Magda Sayeg (Jenny Hart is in France and can't be there for the book signing -boo hoo!)

Sunday September 6th, 12-5pm
-Mini Craft Bazaar featuring 10-12 booths outside Alamo Drafthouse South

Sunday September 6th, 2:30 and 5:30

-Screenings of Handmade Nation at Alamo South + Q&A after each showing with
Faythe Levine, Jennifer Perkins, Kathie Sever, Whitney Lee, Magda
Sayeg (Jenny Hart is in France and can't be there for the screening -boo hoo!)

Sunday, September 6th, 2pm-7pm
-Make Out Session (A DIY project free for all) at the United States
Art Authority (2906 Fruth, next to Spider House) (

Sunday September 6th, 8pm-10pm
-After party at Austin Handmade (2009 South First Street)