It was my birthday last week, so of course when I had some birthday money my first thought was to go fabric shopping. Then I remembered the fabric I already have is a bit out of control and reined myself in. I don’t need more fabric. I need to tidy up.
Time To De-Stash My Fabric
It took an eternity on Sunday to go through all of the fabric I have in various cupboards around the house. Even all of my buttons, zips and trims weren’t safe from this de-stash.
The only reason my hoard of sewing supplies has gotten out of control is because I’m easily distracted by shiny new projects. I buy patterns and supplies and then put them away. I get seduced by fabrics I see when I’m out and about (living in Birmingham, this happens a lot) and I think “ooh that’d be perfect for [insert pattern name here] even though I know I have other stuff to do first. Admit it, you do it too.
I know that a fair few sewists pride themselves on the size of their fabric stash and seem to spend every weekend buying more fabric. Personally, I don’t understand this mentality, especially when you never seem to see them sew anything with that fabric. Each to their own though.
My fabric now fits neatly into a drawer in my wardrobe (you know those IKEA ones for shoes?). I used the KonMari principles to deal with it all, does it spark joy and all that. Then I made a list of what I want to use each piece for. Except for a few small pieces that I still love and can be used for pockets or lining. I used a small piece to make a little hoop to keep my pin collection under control:
I ended up with a small bin bag of scraps that will go to my daughters’ school. Larger pieces I won’t use I’m donating to the charity shop, along with some patterns.
I do feel like I’ve unearthed my motivation for sewing again now, so yay! I’m going to start with a couple of quick projects this week and then I’ll be tackling the pile of WIPs I mentioned before.
I still have no idea what to spend my birthday money on though!