Guys, I’ve been inspired. I’m declaring next month to be Sew My Stash September on Stuff Jo Has Made. For the month of September 2017, I will only sew with fabric from my stash, using patterns that are already in my collection.
I was listening to episode three of the Love to Sew podcast on stashes the other day and it got me thinking. Presenters Helen and Caroline were talking about the size of their stashes and how you could think of them as collections, rather than something to sew with. Now compared to some, I have a fairly modest stash with just 19 pieces. But with a sewing space as small and compact as mine I can’t afford to think of my stash in that way. I brought maybe seven or eight pieces of fabric with me from the UK, and I’ve not done too badly at using them since arriving in the US (see here and here). However, my stash levels have been creeping up a bit and if I buy any more I risk being swamped by fabric. It’s time to do something about it.
So for September I’m going to make a real effort to put a significant dent in my stash. For me, that means I won’t be buying any new fabric or patterns just to suit my whim. We’ll soon be in autumn which will suit many of my fabrics, and I’ve got plenty of choice between my paper patterns and my pdfs. I don’t need new fabric right now (even though I may want it). What I need is the impetus to shift some of that stash.
While I reckon a brief stash diet is completely doable, I’ve gotta give myself a loophole. I’m allowed to buy notions and linings, and free pdf patterns don’t count. Mainly because I’ve got vague plans to make some baby tights for some friends with the leftover jersey from my Agnes top and I’ve got no idea how to go about it.
Want to join in?
If you need some motivation to get through your stash, let’s do it together! If you’re like me, you bought that fabric because you love it and it deserves to be seen rather than sitting in a box in your sewing space. Use September as a good excuse to get it done. I’ll be posting my progress on here and on Instagram (@stuffjohasmade), so if you’d like to join in use the hashtag #sewmystashseptember or tag your blog post with Sew My Stash September. Hope to see you there!