De-stashing a huge fabric stash plus moving the shop to the log studio and putting things online is a huge project that is leading me to several quilting and crafting UFO's and a whole list of new ideas. I bet on any certain day, many of you have been overwhelmed with your fabric stash so lets work together to get some things done for the holidays. Here are my goals for this shared project:
- We vow to use what we have without spending more
- We vow that if we have to buy more, we limit it to less than 20.00 ( I will have project packs for what we do here on our website for less than 20.00 to help you keep this promise to yourself.)
- The projects we take on will have a purpose.... a specific gift, donation, decoration, or something very useful.. I have many projects in mind that will fit into these categories.
- We will organize any scraps left over in a specific way and put to good use those pieces we simple cant stand to work with any more.
The results will be personal satisfaction, a visible destash, gifts that are handmade and given from the heart, and room to buy more fabric in 2017. So who is in? Comment here or email me with your ideas too so we can share.
That being said, here is the first assignment.
Decide what needs to be destashed first. Pick a box full of fabric, a shelf that is driving you crazy, or a drawer you want to organize. Separate darks and lights. This is how I do it.
- Fold and sort big pieces and put them on your shelves or bins.
- Take everything 1/3 yard or less and place them near your cutting area
- Using zip-lock baggies or clear shoe boxes decide how you will store the newly cut pieces. Plan on a time when you can do nothing but cut.
- Plan on a big box, bag, or tote for the useless scraps. We will be using these believe it or not in a great project.
1 yard of fabric or more works for large projects when combined with matching fabrics . 1 yard works for aprons, totes, pillowcases, children's quilts, large table runners, backs for quilts, etc
3/4 to 1/3 pieces work for pet beds, totes, zipper bags, market or garden bags, candle mats, table runners, wall hangings, etc.
Pieces less than 1/3 yard can be cut into appropriate scraps to use in scrappy quilts using a specific type of block. For instance, we will be using 3 1/2 inch squares, 4 1/2 inch squares, and 5 1/2 inch squares to start with. We will also be using 1 1/2 inch strips and 2 1/2 inch strips and 3 1/2 inch strips. You get the idea. When we have a stash we don't know what to do with, cutting them into specific measurements helps us to be productive when we want to sew and we don't want to think.
Lets start with sorting and folding.... Meet back here on Monday for our first project. See you then.