Nothing better to do when you can’t sleep than stare at fabric in your basement I suppose.
After a time of staring at my horde of fabric…
That wasn’t a mis-spell. Horde, as in a large army of…..things. Not hoard, as in, hoarding.
Anyways, after a great long time of staring at my fabric, and having many deep thoughts about all manner of things, I have decided to re-arrange it. The fabric. Not the deep thoughts.
I “thought” it was good to store knits in one section, and wovens in another, but I have a better idea now.
Solids on one shelf, and prints on another. And by shelf I mean a space that is 3′ x 3′ x 6′. Jam packed!!!
I read in a sewing book that we should all buy more solids and less prints, and I couldn’t agree more. I would like to give credit where credit is due, but I can’t remember anything anymore so sorry to the lady that originally wrote the book.
I love mixing solids and prints in my sewing projects. Maybe the reason I am feeling less inspired these days, is the overwhelming number of prints I have to choose from, and the few selections of solids buried deep in the horde. Time to celebrate solids and give them the esteemed place they deserve!
I brought up some fabric to cut out a pair of pants for my 12-year-old son. I was disappointed and surprised to discover that I would need more fabric, as his legs have grown!
Upon further examination, I discovered that most of the pieces of fabric that I have purchased over the last 10 years to make pants for my sons are now too small to use for the 12-year-old.
Although he is petite and a very picky eater, I’m sure the 10-year-old is not far behind. That leaves the 5 -year-old boy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any panic at all.
I can combine two small pieces of fabric to create a color block shirt. Colorblocking is NOT really appropriate for pants, unless you were just adding patches, or pocket facings for interest. What boys need, are pants. Boys, destroy pants, much faster, than they destroy shirts. April is the 12-year-old’s month. I would like to make him at least two pairs of pants, before the end of the month. However, at the moment, I only have one piece of fabric that is big enough to make him a pair of pants.
Don’t get me wrong. I have MUCH fabric in my basement that is long enough to make him a pair pants! Pretty pink plaids, yellow and lime green fleece, many printed tee shirt materials, velvets and minky, and flannels in lime green and orange.
None of these fabrics are appropriate for a boy who is entering grade 7 in September. I feel as though what I am experiencing,has less to do with what’s in my stash, and more to do with the sensation every mother experiences over and over again as her child grows,
My Baby Is All Grown Up! 😢
As you may or may not know, I organize my sewing projects by month, and each of my children and myself get one or two months a year where I sew exclusively for that person.
Staring aimlessly at my horde of fabric again… I had a brainwave.
It occurred to me that I should store my fabric in bins according to the person I bought it for. My children and I all have very distinct personalities, and what fabric works for one person, certainly doesn’t seem to suit another. I would also like to have a bin for quilting, and a bin for fabrics that I have no idea what I’m going to do with.
Then, each time that the first of the month came around, and I was now sewing for a different child, I could just grab their bin.
Now that I’ve written it out, I like the idea a lot. I still would like to have other peoples opinions, though!
As I am constantly battling the “overwhelmed by my stash” feeling I decided to look for apps on my new phone that dealt with FABRIC. I am thrilled to share a fantastic app call Stash Star Fabric. If you have any kind of a fabric stash at all, you have to download this app. I am incredibly excited about all the detailed fields that are already in place for each fabric. Now, when I buy fabric, I can add it to my elecronic stash before I even leave the store!!! I have no idea if this is going to help me get more done or not, but it is SEW MUCH FUN to add all the fabrics in to the app! Did I mention I was excited?
Keeping my pattern envelopes in a binder so I could flip through them was my last greatest advancement. Now, I can flip through my fabrics, and my patterns, at the same time, all from the comfort of my couch, bed, or bath!!!
2017 is going to be a great year of sewing up my stash, I can tell already!
My fabric is scaring me again. Or rather, giving me anxiety, again. There is fabric all over the house again. It’s supposed to stay down in my fabric shelves. But somehow it creeps up, piece by piece. It makes me want to run away from my life and do nothing but sew and sleep. All the fabric I now own I actually really love. I was able to purge some pieces that were given to me that I did not care for or have any plans for. It’s taking me a lot longer to sew through the fabric I have.
I need to get more serious about not buying anymore, and I need to buy more shelving units/bookcases.
Time to buy more lottery tickets…
Thanks for listening. After reading over my post, I’ve decided to up the ante. For every two pieces of fabric that I use up completely, (or give away!) I can buy one new piece of fabric. That’s more than fair.
Issues with pictures. I will post and hopefully add photos soon.
So I made a little skirt. It’s upcycled from kids jeans with holes in the knees, and then a fabric from my stash. The fabric I chose for this project was originally cut out for the bottom of an empire waist blouse. The fabric in the skirt was supposed to be the bottom of the shirt. But I never made it.
As this was my first little upcycled skirt, I made some mistakes of course. Where you cut the denim to make the skirt top, is above where the pocket sacks hang. I accidentally sliced one pocket off. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I then serged it to the bum in the seam instead of flat to the front. So the pocket was all twisted to the back.
Stitch ripping time!!!
Now that it is all said and done I am very happy with the end result. The best news of all is that I posted it to my facebook page and I have a friend who wants it for her daughter.
When you sew something, and someone actually wants it. THE BEST EVER.
One more thing. This is my blog. These are my stories. I used to work at a really fun place called CP Distributors, when I only had one child. Imagine that!!! Every now and then for crazy fun and team moral they would have a theme day. The theme was hawaiian shirt day. So I ran out and bought this fabric. Of course the night before the big day. I took it home after work, washed and dried it, as I always pre shrink everything, and at 9 o’clock at night I began to cut it out. I ran out of steam as the pattern for my hawaiian shirt had a lot of fussy pieces. I still own the pattern. I was trying to be more tropical than hawaiian. So I borrowed a shirt from a neighbor’s hubby and threw the cut out pieces into my bottomless pit of unfinished business.
I am thrilled to finally make something beautiful and functional out of my failed hawaiian shirt attempt.