Sewing Stash


February 4th, 2009

One of the many artsy/crafty blogs I read is Sew, Mama, Sew! It’s a great site for free patterns and tutorials, links to some very talented etsy shop owners and very fun give aways. This month is “fat quarter month”. So comments and links to their blog enter you to win a stack of fat quarters. And I (heart) fat quarters. With that said, here’s a bunch of questions and answers that probably won’t be of any interest to most of you.

What do you usually sew?

  • Baby slings, soft toys, quilts, baby/kid clothes

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?)

  • If it comes in a fat quarter I usually get 2. If it’s off the bolt and on sale, I’ll get a yard or two (if it’s really unique). If it’s not on sale, then I get a 1/2 yard.

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

  • Yes.

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?

  • I only pre-wash when I use it. And even then I only pre-wash if it’s going in a quilt, a baby sling or has a lot of blue dye in it.

Do you iron it?

  • Not until I’m using it in a project.

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

  • First by size – anything between 1/2 yard – 1 1/2 yrds is rolled up and stored in drawers. Over 1 1/2 yrds is folded and on shelves. Large scraps are in bins and small scraps or oddly shaped scraps are in another bin. Then they are sorted by fabrics (2 groups)- 100% cotton and everything else. Other items are sorted by type – buttons, ribbon, lace, yarn, needles, thread, floss, pins, snaps, covered buttons, etc. all have their own boxes and bins.

Do you have any special folding techniques?

  • I store my stuff in a closet and I want to unfold my larger pieces and put them on hangers but I haven’t done that yet. Smaller stuff is rolled up. I also wind lace and ribbon around cardboard strips to make it easier to store.

How do you store your fabric?

  • Currently it’s all scattered all over the front porch waiting to be away but normally it’s stored in bins, shelves and drawers in a closet on the porch.

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

  • Freecycle.org and Craigslist.com. Several times I’ve posted that I want material, lace, patterns, etc. and I have come home with a carload of someone else cleaning out their stash.

When do you say enough is enough?

  • I’ll let you know when I get there.

What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

  • This skirt was really fun
  • Patchwork SkirtPatchwork Skirt

  • And I plan on making a “crazy” quilt sometime in the near future.

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

  • I used these two prints to make a computer bag for my mom. They were one of those fabrics that you by double the amount you actually need because they’re so cool looking.
  • Computer BagComputer Bag

What’s your definition of the perfect stash?

  • I want this – it’s a picture of the stash of the costume shop at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
  • Tour of the GuthrieTour of the Guthrie


4 Responses to “Sewing Stash”

  1. Stacy on February 5, 2009 8:57 am

    That skirt is very cute, and love the bag! (came over from the Sew, Mama, Sew)

  2. nicole on February 7, 2009 4:45 pm

    I love the fabric for your mom’s computer bag. Brown with flowers is always a winner. Nice work!

  3. Joanna Donahue on February 12, 2009 11:12 am

    I love the skirt you made!! I have been blessed with a daughter after 4 boys and I would love to make that skirt for her. Can you briefly describe to me how you made that? Thanks!

  4. abby on February 12, 2009 12:52 pm

    Thanks. It was really fun to make but I can’t take any of the credit for the pattern. I got it off this website:
    http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/patchwork-circle-skirt.html

    She has tons of cute and easy patterns for little girls.

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