Do you ever look at your sewing space with despair? When we moved to Seattle, I started with really good intentions of a) keeping everything neat and tidy, and b) keeping my stash under control. Well, reader, I failed. I am not a neat freak at all, but my flat is too small to be messy all the time. So, in the spirit of new year, new start, I’m getting organised.
I’m taking a three-pronged approach to sorting out my mess:
My stash is still quite small by many standards, but I made a rule that I wasn’t allowed more fabric than could fit in my stash box. There’s a lot of overspill. This afternoon’s task is to wash everything that needs it and reorganise the shelf. I’ll also earmark any big pieces of fabric I no longer love for the next Seattle Sews fabric swap.
When I first heard that H&M will take your fabric scraps and recycle them, I thought ‘Great! Now I don’t need to feel guilty about the amount of waste I produce!’ Did I ever take my scraps to H&M? No! Do I have two huge bin liners sitting in my living room waiting to be taken downtown? Yes! I know what I’m like, and they’re never going to leave the house in their current state, so I need a different plan.
Scraps of usable size will be funneled into new projects:
- Baby clothes: between Chris and I, we have a lot of friends who are pregnant at the moment. I have a lot of jersey scraps that can be made into tiny clothes. Bonus – they’re fast projects and can be done assembly-line style.
- Homeware: I have been meaning to replace the crappy covers my sewing machine and overlocker came with. They’re cheap, white plastic and they have that plasticky smell that you can’t get rid of. Time for something more pleasing to the eye and the nostril. I’d also like to make a pouf for our living room – I like the look of the one Closet Case Patterns released before Christmas, and I think it would look good with my feet up on it at the end of the day.
Which brings me neatly to scraps that are too small to be used for larger projects. They’re going in the pouf. Hey, if you can’t use ‘em, hide ‘em! I did wonder about making a scrap quilt, but again, I know what I’m like. I’ll start with good intentions, but it’ll just end up in the UFO pile. Better to deal with the problem head on, I think.
I used to be pretty good about dealing with my UFOs, but lately I’ve been getting distracted by new patterns and fabrics. I have a total of eight unfinished projects at various stages of completion waiting to be done – I just need to get my rear in gear and finish them up. So, my new plan is that I complete one UFO before starting on something new. Some of them are really quick fixes (like, topstitching or attaching snaps), so I should be able to clear several in one fell swoop.
So, that’s the plan. I’d like to hold myself accountable for doing all this, so I’m going to try and blog about my progress. Watch this space for more (fingers crossed. Regular blogging hasn’t exactly been a strong point of mine recently)!