Challenge / Sewing

I’m joining the Stashbusting Sewalong!

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge Button with TextI’m really amped to join the Stashbusting Sewalong, hosted by Cation Designs and . Even though I did a pretty good job last year buying fabric on a per-project basis, I tend to keep tiny scraps of fabric around. It’s overwhelming my tiny fabric closet, it’s verging on hoarding, and I think it’s making it hard for me to start new projects. So, my approach to this challenge may be a little different than other participants since I’ll really be trying to use up my scraps! I’ve signed up to make 6 projects over the course of the year, but I think I may be able to do more. The challenge also comes with monthly themes, which I find exciting!

In preparation for this challenge, I took all of my fabric out and took a picture of it, to see what I’m working with. I knew I’d let my scraps build up but hadn’t realized they’d grown to 5 bags.

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The larger pieces (on the top right of the photo) are:

  • 1.5 yards of silver linen (2 months old)
  • 2 yards of white linen (1 year old)
  • 2 yards of African waxed cotton (a favorite gift from my parents this Christmas)
  • 2 yards of cotton shirting (2 years old)

The rest of the bigger pieces (bottom right of the photo) are sheets that I’ve been using as muslin or interfacing substitutes. On the top left of the bureau and in the bags are pieces slightly or dramatically under a half-yard as well as garments for refashioning. Instead of ear-marking pieces for projects ahead of time, I will be gathering inspiration over the course of the challenge.

Since my stash is scrap-heavy, I’m really excited that January’s challenge is Itty Bits! I may have gotten so excited that I made a quick scrap project last night during my study breaks. I may have.

Are you joining or considering joining the Stashbusting Challenge?

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10 thoughts on “I’m joining the Stashbusting Sewalong!

  1. Oh, yay, I was so glad to see that you’re participating, too! I never really know what to do with small scraps and I feel like they’re taking over my sewing space! I’m excited to see what you do with them!

    • I’m glad you’re participating too!! I’m thinking pencil/makeup pouches and lunch totes for the sturdier fabrics and *maybe* a quilt for the thinner cottons. I’m excited to see what you come up with as well!

  2. I do hope you post photos of your creations. Your fabric stash looks like my yarn stash. I am focusing on using my yarn stash. I do have some fabric that I purchased with good intentions, but I am always a bit apprehensive when it comes to sewing for myself. Good luck to you on your Stash Busting – have fun!

      • I am participating in a knitting marathon this weekend – hope to bust through some of my stash then. I loved your pencil pouch – very creative!!

  3. First of all: Congratulations on your new online home. Very nice look! And that sewalong sounds interesting, I´ll have to go over there and check it out! :-)

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