Several of the blogs I read have been focused lately on purging unwanted fabrics from the stash. It sounds like a good idea. Mind you, I still think it’s important to have a good stash. But at this point it should be a little more curated than it is!
We’ve all got fabric we don’t want. Maybe it was a gift, maybe we’ve just moved past the aesthetic phase in which we bought it, maybe we ordered online and it wasn’t quite what we expected. Whatever. It’s taking up space and heaping on guilt: maybe we’ll need it some day: waste not, want not and all that 😦
There are several things to do with unwanted fabric, including:
- Donate the fabric
- Make donation quilts
- Cut it up small enough to use for its color only
- Add some fabrics you like better to make another quilt
- Make something like wrapped clothesline bowls where the fabric will look different
- Use it for quilt backs
- One woman even tore her unwanted fabric into strips and made rag rugs. Yikes!
So here’s my first de-stash: Fabrics that don’t have a nice “hand”, or feel. Maybe they’re cheaply made, but maybe not. Anyway they don’t feel good so I don’t want to work with them.
And here’s my second de-stash: Plaids. I’ve made multiple plaid quilts and enjoyed them, but enough is enough already! The plaids will go to my sewing buddies if they want them; otherwise I’ll donate them.
So now I’ve put the fabric that doesn’t feel good, and some of the plaids, into my “bad fabric” box to use for tearing strips to tie up my tomatoes, cut into “bridges” for continuous piecing, etc
And what about you? Any plans to de-stash? How?