Attention all crafters: the O'Fallon Public Library is hosting a fabric swap! Trade out older fabrics for new and jump-start your sewing projects.

If you are donating fabrics, please arrive a little early to tag and organize your fabric prior to the event. The tags will be provided. On the tags, please include the type of fabric (cotton, silk, wool, etc.), the amount, and if, at the end of the event, you would like to donate your fabric or take it home after the swap. Unclaimed, donated fabrics will be taken to a charity after the event.

If you are not bringing fabrics for the swap, you may still participate in the swap for a small monetary donation that will go to charity. We will be doing three rounds of picking for those who bring fabric to donate. After that, those who have not brought fabric can join in each round.


Who: Open to the general public. You do not need a library card to attend.

When: 1pm Saturday, July 9

Where: First Floor Community Room, O'Fallon Public Library

Hosted by Kelly Wilhelm. Formerly a library director, Kelly began collecting and translating simple children's books for kids living in poverty in Nicaragua.  After traveling to Nicaragua to deliver the books and help repair schools, she started sewing book bags and backpacks for which operates 25 schools there.  She currently travels to speak to interested groups and conducts fabric swaps and other classes while encouraging others to use their sewing skills to benefit others and make a difference in the world.  Information about some of their current projects that people can participate in can be found at


Questions about the event? Ask Heidi at [email protected] or 618-206-4344