Does your stash have its own room?
Is it spreading into other rooms?
Do you have to move your stash to another room when company comes to visit?
I seriously need to cut back on buying fabric! That is a picture of my small walk-in closet from a few years ago, but the stash has continued to grow! Under my table that my hubby made for me a few years ago is full of my UFO projects in boxes, more bins and on one side is another cubby hole full of bins with more fabric in it!
I am more of a collector of fabric than a serious user. I admit it, I love to fondle fabric and I am not ashamed to admit it! My problem is that I have so much of it, plenty of projects, but am I really seriously going to use it all up in my lifetime? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on if I stop buying and starting sewing like crazy!
Would you like to join me in a challenge for one year? Hopefully it will last that long. 😀 My challenge is to NOT BUY ANY MORE FABRIC, GADGETS, OR KITS for one year. My goal is to use what I have, make a dent in my stash, and get my UFOs under control. Of course, swaps and gifts don’t count, but you have to use them. Are you brave enough to join me?
Let’s be accountable to one another. Just post pictures of your stash, list, if you dare, the UFOs that need to be finished. You know, the ones that are as old as your children, the ones that we put aside for something else, or put off, or just plain old forgot about it. And let’s encourage each other NOT TO BUY!
And, most importantly, let’s share when we have a finish and use up some of our fabric! We can also share ideas on how to use it up, give it away, or other ideas.
You can jump in any time, just a little support for all of us who love to buy!
Well, it’s done. I cleared off the 3 shelves in my closet that were loaded down with fabric, transferred about half into bins, and the rest is in bags that are going to new homes. Even after purging my fabric, I still have more than enough for two lifetimes. AND that doesn’t include my scraps that were in 14 bins. That includes FQ, strips, noodles, charms and whatever else. Still need to go through that. That should keep me busy for a while. No more buying fabric for me for a long time. Feels good!! 😊
I decided to go ahead and take some of my stash to the guild meeting last week. Took 4 big bags of fabric, books and a pattern in my little wagon. Came back with just my box for the BOM, my wagon and purse! I saw a friend who asked about one of the bags, told her it was free fabric to good home. She went through the bag and took half of it home with her. Arranged the remaining fabric on the table, still a good amount of yardage. That was gone, except for a few pieces, by the end of the night. Gave that to the guild. Dropped the other bag off for the stash, had another bag for our baskets committee for the guild show and dropped those off. Saw another friend and gave her the remaining bag. Feels good to see it go to new homes. Still have 3 more big bags to find new homes for.
Crazy part is that I still have an abundance of it left at my home. How did that happen? 🤔 Will try again next month. Rather give it to friends than have to sell it. Oh, and this was all yardage, 1 yard up to 3 or 4 yards. No scraps.
WELCOME TO MY SEWING STUDIO!
This is what my room looks like now. This is where my solids are stored. I folded my yardage into thirds, put a piece of cardboard on top and then have more room that way.
The table next to my sewing table, stacked with small bins for my thread. Underneath that is an old dresser where I keep my scissors, rotary cutters and other tools.
This is my work table that hubby built for me many years ago.
My sewing space, extra machines, etc. If you look under the table, there are 2 small rolling bins and a larger one, all full of fabric.
The inner recesses of my closet. This is where I keep my odds and ends.
My shelves that are still a work in process. See the picture at top of post for what it looked like before. Under the big black bag is another hamper full of scraps. The bag on top is full of noodles from a now empty bin. Deciding how to do my scraps and have a place for my larger tools.
I’m in the process of going through my scraps, sorting by color and size and will go from there. I have shoe boxes that I will use for smaller scraps, and then 3 small rolling bins full of scraps, and then another larger one full of even more fabric. Once I get this figured out, then I will decide where to put my tools.
And so concludes the 2 cents tour of my room. Thank you for visiting!