Making a Textile Donation

Are you cleaning out your craft closet but don’t want your supplies to end up in a landfill?

Please consider donating to our Textile Reuse Program! We are currently accepting textile donations on Tuesdays from 10 am-4 pm. These donations help support the Museum’s educational programming and sustainability initiatives. To schedule a drop-off click HERE.

Donating to our Textile Reuse Program

Please consider donating to our Textile Reuse Program! We are currently accepting textile donations on Tuesdays from 10 am-4 pm. These donations help support the Museum’s educational programming and sustainability initiatives. To schedule a drop-off click HERE

The Textile Museum of Canada team accepts donations of fabric, beads, yarn, notions, patterns, textile-themed books, and other items. Donations are currently being accepted on Tuesdays from 10 am-4 pm. For alternative accommodation, please email adavis@textilemuseum.ca. To schedule a drop off, click HERE. 

Please email fabricdonations@textilemuseum.ca if you have a large quantity of items (6 or more bags/boxes) to donate so that we can be prepared. Send us an email if you are unable to bring your donation to the Museum, as we may be able to arrange a pickup.

Tax receipts are NOT provided for donations to our reuse program.

  • Fabric of any kind 
  • Yarn 
  • Fleece 
  • Wool roving 
  • Sewing supplies 
  • Beads or jewelry-making supplies 
  • Books or magazines about textiles, craft, or design 
  • Patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and weaving 
  • Craft kits, especially cross-stitch and felting 
  • Fabric markers 
  • Small tools such as crochet needles and tatting shuttles 
  • Clothing or garments of any kind 
  • Ink, paint, or glue 
  • Scrap fabric (smaller than 50X50cm) 
  • Unclean items 
  • Incomplete sewing patterns 
  • Large equipment such as looms and knitting machines 

Donating Your Textiles to
Our Collection

The Museum is grateful for the donation of objects to the collection. However, please note that we have currently placed a moratorium on new acquisitions as we undergo an in-depth review of our policies.

Over the last year the Museum has been re-examining collecting practices in light of changed socio-political circumstances and emerging new audiences. We are developing an approach to address and adapt our practices moving forward, and will continue to form a collections development plan which will articulate our goals for the next five years.

Please note that we do not appraise textiles. For a list of appraisers, click here.

To submit your item for consideration as a donation to the collection after we have lifted our moratorium, please send images and information about the object to rshaughnessy@textilemuseum.ca

The Museum does not collect:

  • Fashion garments (ie. 20th century western clothing, Vintage wedding dresses, Christening gowns)
  • Large tools and equipment (ie. Looms, Spinning Wheels, Frames, Sewing Machines)
  • Commercially manufactured textiles
  • Archival records