Before I started on some summer dresses I wanted to sort through my fabric stash. It consists mostly of remnants because I don't like to buy fabric just to do it. I don't like having a lot of excess anything lying around (even the word 'stash' nauseates me). Hence the desire to minimize the leftovers. This is going to be a long post.
Solution #1 - Quilt squares. I've made several quilts over the last few years and I like them all, but as I spread them on our sleeping quarters in the tent this summer I thought that I haven't made one that is really me or even us. They are all bright and cheerful. I like straight lines and earthy tones. So I've decided to sew a quilt made of different homespun plaids and corduroys. With this in mind, I sought out those fabrics in my leftover boxes and began cutting squares. This took a couple of days and I ended up with more than I thought. I'm not ready to sew the quilt yet, but I will have done a lot of the prep work when the time arrives and that feels wonderful.
Solution #2 - Braided rugs. I had several old sheets and dress remnants that were long and thin. On the verge of tossing them, I found this post. I love braided rugs. To practice a bit, my daughter and I spent a few days making some for her dollhouse. They are easier than I thought. I'm not committing to a people sized rug just yet, but the strips are ready to go when I am. Also we discovered that fabric rips straight and easily and saved a ton of wear on our hands.
Solution #3 - Share. Any small pieces of (good) fabric that I wasn't attached to, I cut into 5 inch squares to serve as a nine patch kit for a little girl just learning to sew. As someone who shops online quite a bit, I sometimes end up with fabric that wasn't what I expected. Any of these pieces that were fat quarters or larger, I'm giving to a good friend. The fabric is beautiful and I want it to be used. I'm not making the money back by having them sit around my house. They are only annoying me.
(They are cut and stacked by color. I hope she likes them!)
(This is a lovely little stack from Purl Soho that I bought because it was on clearance. I think it will make perfect table napkins for a family of six.)
Solution #4 - Buttons. All that completed, I was faced with a bin of even smaller scraps. I was tempted to trash these as well, but I realized I could use them to cover buttons. Friends, if you have never done this it's a tremendous amount of fun and so quick and satisfying to make pretty little buttons from the stash. The materials are sold in little packages at the fabric store and are sometimes on sale two-for-one. I made the buttons for my daughter's coat and they are still my favorite.
Super cute. I think people even sell these on Etsy. I'm not sure there's any money in it but if there is, I should be set!
I still have a bit of work to do, but it feels wonderful to have some projects organized and even better to send some beautiful fabric off to another home. I am very happy with my tiny, tidy little stash (ugh).