The Year of Not Buying Fabric

You guys.
Omg. You guys.

It’s three quarters  through July




No really. I’ve made a sort of deal with myself that I need to clean up and get through my stash this year.
It’s…too much. When I’m moving bins and bins of fabrics around (but I do know exactly what’s in each bin, y’all… I really do) and still having to go buy more fabric….I think it’s gone past the Stash phase and I’m teetering dangerously close to Hoarder status.

I decided last year to Not Buy Any Fabric.

The exceptions:
Vintage sheets at thrift shops
Any extra pieces needed to finish a work in progress (meaning if I run out of yardage and I need the same thing)
Custom costume orders
Notions (which don’t count anyway) like thread, bobbins, binding, etc

And guess what.
SO FAR:::: This year I’ve only bought thread.


“OH, what self control” you must be thinking.
No…what it means is I had TOO MUCH CRAP IN MY SEWING ROOM.
I’mma be real here.
I even went BIN by BIN and discarded TWO GIANT garbage bags of fabric. Before you clutch your pearls…I donated it all. Except for tiny off cut scraps that let’s face it, should have stuffed a pillow a long time ago.

So. Slowly but surely. I’m working my way thru WIPS and UFOs. I found my sewing mojo again and I finally finished my dufflebag. (Blog post on that to come).) I repurposed some shirts. I continue to get back into the groove and find inspiration from what I have.

Anyone else? What tips and tricks do you use when you’ve had fabric forever and can’t remember what amazing project you bought it for???


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