an out of control fabric stash!

So, I’ve been reading a few of the posts on Sew Mama Sew about people’s stashes.. I wasn’t going to participate, but then I decided to go for it. I don’t think anyone will be impressed by the state of my stash, and I’m a bit embarrassed to show this, so hopefully you’ll be kind. I’m already aware that it’s not organized, certainly not neat, and definitely a bit out of control!

What do you usually sew?

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts. The people who know me will tell you I’m obsessed! On occasion I do branch out and sew a few other things, but mainly quilts.

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

For me, it typically depends on the deal. I’m a sucker for a sale, and if I think it’s a good deal, I’ll stock up. Otherwise, I try to stick to half yard cuts. Of course, let’s not discuss what happens when I find fabric I’ve been searching for that’s out of print. I’ve been known to buy it by the bolt if I can…

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?

See above – I usually buy when it’s on sale. I don’t usually have a specific project in mind, so usually I’m just buying for my stash. There are a lot of prints out there that I know I’ll always have a use for – smaller prints, polka dots, etc. and I don’t mind buying without a specific plan. It certainly won’t go to waste!

Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?

Nope. I used to pre-wash everything, but now I don’t bother. I don’t really like ironing, and I always forget to take things out of the dryer, so pre-washing really wasn’t for me! I’ve never had a problem with anything running or shrinking.

Do you iron it?

Only if it’s absolutely necessary! I spend a lot of time ironing seams while quilting, so I try to avoid any extra!

How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)

I think this photo can answer that… clearly I have a problem with organization. So many people out there have such beautifully organized stashes – I’m always jealous when I see them. I drag my fabrics out so often that sorting seems like a waste of time. You’d most often find it in stacks on any available surface!

The fabric that is semi-sorted is sorted by designer, and then others are sorted by particular projects.

Do you have any special folding techniques?

Again, check this photo – apparently not!

How do you store your fabric?

Those fabrics that are in constant use are typically out. I store my favorites, and those that I have trouble cutting into, in clear rubbermaid totes (apparently it’s time to buy a few more!). For now, they’re all stored in the closet in my office.

What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?

I love to buy scraps from people who make clothing. They seem to have a great variety of scraps, and usually the pieces are large enough to be used for quilting. I think it’s a great way to get a variety of fabrics. I also like the mystery aspect of it. Often I receive fabrics that I typically wouldn’t seek out, and they end up being a great addition.

When do you say enough is enough?

I think I’ve reached that point, though I’m not sure that will make me stop. I suppose the fact that Morgan couldn’t sit down on the couch the other night should give me an indication!

What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

Quilts, of course. I love a variety of prints in a quilt. I also use up smaller scraps by making potholders, kitchen towels, etc.

Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!

I have too many favorites to list…

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19 Responses to an out of control fabric stash!

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    MichelleB says:

    That was very interesting. I really enjoyed it. Although it makes me feel like I am totally out of control with my stash. LOL

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    Hannah says:

    You have the most beautiful stash!! I’m working on mine, slowly but surely. Right now it’s all in bins under our guest bed, but someday I’d love to have it all in a cabinet on shelves, with glass doors. Of course, I’d also love to have a sewing room so I wouldn’t have to drag my machine out to the kitchen table every time I want to sew!

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    Anita says:

    You are so not alone with being organizationally challenged. I am right there with you! Thank you for sharing your stash with us.

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    Kerri says:

    i love your stash! as long as you know where everything is, that’s all that matters!! i think it is way to easy to get obsessed with fabric since they are so fun to buy!! your not the only one, and i love to see i’m not the only one. :)

    thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m so jealous of your stash!!! (wipes drool from mouth)

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    Cheryl says:

    I am so happy to see someone else who doesn’t have the perfectly sorted piles!

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    betsy says:

    That was really interesting. Thank you for sharing it with your blog friends.

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    Alissa says:

    Mine is so bad that I was too embarrassed to include photos! Ha! Yours is pretty and lovely and I love it all!

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    amandajean says:

    your stash is pretty signficant considering how long you have been quilting! i’m a sucker for a fabric sale, too. so i understand! :)

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    katie says:

    oh man, all your pics of your fabulous fabrics is making me itch to buy new fabric. ;)

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    Amy says:

    It’s a thing to behold!

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    Melanie says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely stash!! I found a few of my favorites in there!

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    Christina says:

    I saw this posting this morning and though, nah…no one cares about my stash. But I had so much fun reading yours, I went ahead and did it. It was so much fun reading about your stash.

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    Gaby says:

    I can totally understand your comments, my stash is all stuffed in a cupboard however I can force it to fit and I love to stock up on fabrics at sales.
    Your stash is at least semi sorted which is better then mine.

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    Dewdrop says:

    Ooh, your Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross stash looks a lot like mine. Good to know someone else loves them as much as I do.

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