Have you ever wanted to take a peak into someone else’s fabric stash? Well here are a few photos of what’s in mine.
Ever since my last baby was born I’ve been enviously reading about all of the exciting sew-alongs that people have been organizing. I’ve been dying to participate, but a new baby sure cuts down the time available for that sort of thing. Until now!
EmSewCrazy of Tumbleweeds in the Wind and Cindy of Cation Designs started a new sew-along aimed at reducing your fabric stash. Here’s the schedule.
- January: Itty Bits!
- February: The Love Challenge.
- March: Impending Seasonal Change.
- April: The Vibrant Color Challenge.
- May: The Knit Challenge.
- June: Containment!
I only have a small stash, just one box, but I do want to use it up, so here’s my pledge:
“I, Shannon, commit to using 4 pieces of stash fabric in 2013.”
It’s not a lot, but I want to keep my sewing fun.
And what exactly is in my stash, you ask? I got everything out and measured it. It’s so much easier to deal with,now that it is organized. Some of my stash is going to be pretty easy to sew up. I have about 1.3m of denim, a bit of quilting cotton that will make a dress for one of the kids, some brown corduroy.
But some things are a bit trickier to use up: some super stretchy red cotton that was meant for maternity wear a couple of pregnancies ago, about 1.5m of navy stretch velour, 1.5m of super plush faux fur in a jaguar colour scheme. If you have any suggestions for that faux fur, leave them in the comments.
And the award for longest time spent in the stash goes to a 1.8m piece of 100 per cent pure silk. It’s a very pink shade of red and incredibly difficult to photograph. My late father brought it back for me on a trip to China in the 1980s. As you can see, it still has the price tag on it. He paid 160 Hong Kong dollars for this piece, which converts to about $20 CDN. In today’s prices, that would be about $40 CDN. It’s a great piece of fabric, but I’m more of a signal red fan. What do you think? Should it become a blouse? Or a super luxurious lining for a coat? Suggestions welcome.
3 thoughts on “Stash Busting Sew-Along”
Oh my God wait till I post pics of my own stash I am trying to slim down.
My mom has issues with not being able to pass up fabric at all the thrift stores she frequents. So she tries to hide some at my house…. her stash is also way bigger than mine. (She hit a fabric store that was closing. OY vey. But she got some deals!)
The faux fur could be used as gloves or a hat perhaps? Depending on the thickness you could also make a fall kid’s jacket out of it, or a shawl wrap?
Thanks for the suggestions. I think the problem is that I’m not really an animal print fan, so things look “costume-y” to me. I’ll have to be more creative.