Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stashbusting 2014

I'm so glad Cation Designs and EmSoCrazy are continuing the Stashbusting Challenge!! I definitely need it...
Y'all may remember my shelves from last year. Coming clean, I admit that they are a bit more full than they were then.
And there might be a few boxes lying around...
And maybe a "must sew soon!" pile on the table...
I did make an effort last year to keep my output the same as my input, but I was foiled by a good friend who brought me over 200 yards of fabric, most of it really nice stuff. What's a sewist to do???
My final end of year total were: Fabric In - 399 yards. Fabric Out (some of this was donated) - 354 yards. So, I was 45 yards positive for the year. This wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but since we will be moving in about 6 months, I really have to do some reducing.
I, Katie of Kadiddlehopper, commit to use stash fabrics for at least 90% of my sewing this year. Starting today, I will purchase new fabric only to complete projects. I will also finish cleaning out my stash, and donate any fabrics that do not suit me (or others I sew for) in style, fabric or color.
Whew. That's a big commitment, but I think it is necessary. Once I am in my new sewing space (and I mean fully unpacked and moved in) I will probably reconsider this pledge, but it depends entirely on the space I will have.
I have some seriously awesome fabrics in here. They want to become clothes. They told me so.

35 comments:

  1. I just showed your stash photo to my husband and he said, "You have more fabric than that." It's hard to tell, since I have mine stored differently... I have 5 or 6 rubbermaid totes plus a closet. Oof.


    Good luck!

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  2. Sarah Colley JonesJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Yes, you can!
    Yes, you can!!
    Yes, you can!!!

    I shall take the pledge, also!

    http://sarahbellesews.blogspot.com/

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  3. That is a lot to move! Only thing worse to move is books - and I have at least as many books as you do pieces of fabric.

    I had to face the fact that I have more fabric than I think I do after cleaning out my sewing room to rearrange the furniture this weekend. I'm hoping I can get everything to fit (neatly!) back in my space by the time I'm finished. We shall see.

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  4. I think you can do it Katie. After all you would have had a stash reduction number if your friend hadn't destashed on you. Not that we mind friend!

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  5. Yes, I need to join you in this goal! Bust the Stash! Bust the Stash! My only problem... 2 big fabric store gift cards to spend. At the very least, you've inspired me to track my yardage in and out. Maybe I'll use my "lose 10 yards, get 2 yards" policy like I did this fall...

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  6. Wow! What a stash! I am the complete opposite when it comes to fabric stashes. I have a much smaller one, and usually buy only what I need; however, this last month I placed three orders online during different fabric sales, and I am seeing how it all adds up rather quickly!!

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  7. woah, that is a big stash you have there. ;-)
    Looks beautiful though. I hope you meet your goal!

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  8. Wow - you have quite a stash! I think I need a "must sew soon" pile, too. Good luck on meeting your goal. I look forward to seeing what you make!

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  9. What a beautiful wall of fabric!

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  10. Good luck with that and stay away from the fabric sites...okay!!! Oh and about that 200 yard gift...ummmm you could have shared with some of your sewing friends, y'know what I mean!?!

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  11. You have such a high rate of production -- I can see you zooming through those fabrics! I too have made stash busting one of my goals . . . I now (I'm a reformed stash addict) try to not keep too much on hand BUT if I made all my clothes and my children (and sometimes Hubby) -- I think you need quite a selection to operate from. I can't wait to see all this stash fly out into projects!

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  12. What a great stash! It's great to have lots of options, but I hear you on the need to destashing when contemplating a house move! Hopefully you get a nice big sewing space in your new place

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  13. I showed these photographs to my husband this morning... he no longer thinks my stash is at problematic proportions - thank you! I can highly recommend Stash Diet 2014 (hosted by Andrea at Stitch Parade and Gail at Today's Agenda) plus we're having a swap to end all swaps on Flikr which has really made me rethink my stash and what I'd actually wear if sewn up.

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  14. Nice set of stash shelves!

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  15. www.tresbienensemble.comJanuary 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    You stash makes me feel better about mine. I just moved, and I've spent hours each day for the past week trying to refold and organize my fabric,I haven't made a dent. But, that's not a hindrance or a deterrent for me.I buy a lot of my fabric at estate sales, So, I have to take it when I can get it. And, that means having a stash of epic proportions.

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  16. Admit it - you made the pledge just after you ordered bunny good night.

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  17. I totally did! I missed out on Rainbowphant! I was so not missing Bunny Good Night!!

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  18. I really love them! It's so nice to see all the pretties.

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  19. Thanks! I'll be glad to get moved in and back to stashing. ;)

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  20. Thanks!! I hope I can get through a chunk of it.

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  21. I should. I need to get organized and have a giveaway or two.

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  22. Thank you! I do love looking at it.

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  23. I just wish I could fit that pile on my shelves... ;)

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  24. It does add up fast! Those fabric sales get me every time...

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  25. Totally don't mind! I've already sewn up some of what she have me an it was so nice!

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  26. Mitch and I are book hoarders, too. It's a problem!

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  27. :) Mitch loved this comment. "What? Someone has more fabric than you?" So funny!

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  28. Rylee picked the new butterflies over Bunny Good Night. Since she wore Rainbowphant yesterday I was ok with that. Mostly.

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  29. Those butterflies were darn cute! I learned my lesson though - no fabric shopping while Myra is around. It's too expensive! ;)

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