The continuing saga of the ever-increasing stash

Dearest reader, I need your help.

I’m really rubbish at science.  So much so that I’m banned from teaching it to the children to prevent some tragic Jekyll and Hyde episode resulting from the contents of our kitchen.


But even I know that fabric isn’t like rabbits and doesn’t reproduce at a great rate of knots.


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Phew…thanks for clarifying that for me.

But then, I really can’t find any other explanation for the fact that despite having sewn quite a few garments last year, and some of them from my stash, it’s actually considerably larger than this time last year.

Or could it in fact all be down to my super generous friends who have been sorting out their stashes and sending my way anything they think I might like?

Or my lovely husband and his Christmas fabric buying antics?

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile - Praline Honey

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile – Praline Honey

Possibly even Vicki and Fiona conspiring to add more deliciousness to the mix.


Ooooooh….that would be it.  No scary and potentially hairy science required.

But, I do need to take matters in hand.

And I’m not alone.  Which makes me feel infinitely better about my complete inability to get a grip on this.

So I’m tentatively signing up to Cation Designs 2013 Stashbusting Sewalong.

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge Button with Text

I can’t promise that new fabric won’t mysteriously make it’s way into the sewing loft this year.

And I’m pretty certain that the odd pattern or Burda magazine will sneak in there too.

But I’ve got lots of ideas for the fabric and patterns that I do have.  And lets face it, they’ll be far better in my wardrobe than up those stairs.

And the place will look less of a tip too.

Which would be rather nice all round.

18 Responses to The continuing saga of the ever-increasing stash

  1. Donna says:

    I want to join in too, but I’m still figuring out the parameters so I don’t set myself up for failure!

    • I haven’t got that far either. But I’m planning to have a poke around this weekend and see what there is and what I want to make and then come up with some thoughts on that. I think just the act of committing to working through it is very therapeutic! 😉

  2. Looking forward to seeing how you do 🙂

  3. Vicki Kate says:

    Good Luck! I’m stash sewing only this year! No new fabric until 2014 or I’ve used everything in my stash! Eeeek!

  4. Nothy says:

    Oh, you are not alone. I have to de-stash too!

  5. prttynpnk says:

    I think we need a stash committee. We exhibit a stash fabric and the panel tells us what we should make with it. Some of my fabric is just hanging around like a textile posse with no plans for it’s life!

  6. K-Line says:

    You know, I use my stash and somehow it still looks like those rabbits in the cupboard. No doubt, your scientific mind could explain that! 🙂 I’m intrigued to see how this is going to go.

    • It’s totally insane. One of my friends has given up sewing clothes and devoted her life to knitting. She keeps coming across fabric in her sewing room that she knows I’ll use. And it’s such lovely stuff. I simply have to give it a home. It will be interesting to see what actually comes out of the sewing loft in the next few months…

  7. Andrea says:

    Good for you for signing up! This sewalong is going to be more like a support group for us fabric hoarders. I’ve started mumbling the following mantra: must.exercise.self.restraint!

    • I know…Stashaholics Anonymous!
      I was in my fabric shop yesterday (legitimate reason, I promise) and was so close to buying swathes of polka dots. It’s a disease, I tell you! 😉

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