I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Applying The Fabric Stash Rules

My last post was about my fabric stash rules. This one is about how they actually work for me and how I have actually applied my rules (and enabled myself to buy more fabric, pshaw).

I made a few recent fabric purchases, here's how I justified them according to "the rules"

Last week I went to this site: http://www.fabricmart.com/
Ok, I got sucked into the clearance area here. One of the lovely ladies from my local sewing guild forwarded an email about some superduper sale.
I found this:

That's crushed velour - sapphire blue. For a DOLLAR a yard. YO! A DOLLAR!

Uh oh, remember rule #1? I got very quickly sucked into the appeal of dollar a yard fabric. I trampled all over rule #1 and 12 yards of variously colored crushed velour is on it's way to my house. I have no idea what this stuff feels like, so I can't say I love it. But yo, a dollar? What's a (Jewish) girl to do?
Um, so, I, um, bought some. In several colors actually. If you have any ideas what to do with it, I'm all ears. And I will probably be willing to share.

I totally just busted rule #1 (don't buy stuff just because it's on sale) BUT - I can still redeem myself! I can't apply rule #3 (buy for a project) because I have no idea what I would make with this stuff. So that leaves me with rule #2. If something comes in the stash, something must come out. SO, when this stuff arrives, I have a decision to make. Either decide I don't love it enough to be "stashworthy" and just give it away, or keep it and give away some other fabrics from my stash.

For a buck a yard, I am cool with this plan.

Either way, to manage the stash, I am going to have to give away some fabric. Either to a friend who's daughter is learning to sew, to a lady who sews her heart out making doggy blankets and beds for rescue animals, or to another sewing friend who doesn't have the same stash rules as me. Regardless, I get to give something away and that always feels good! It's an inexpensive experiment to check out a different kind of fabric, and a new fabric supplier. I'll post about this stuff when it comes in and let you know what happens to it.

Which brings me to me NEXT purchase.
(See, I told you I might be a little bit of an addict)
Whipstitch Fabrics sent me a 10% off coupon. Uh oh. I may have stash rules but I CANNOT RESIST this store.

I bought some more fabric online.

First up are 3 home dec fabrics from the Innocent Crush line by Anna Maria Horner. Check 'em out:

GORGEOUS! Totally rule #1.

These all are justified under rule #3. These home dec fabrics are going to be sewn into bags to give away as gifts. Won't they be lovely as Frenchy Bags?

These next couple fabrics are velveteen, also part of that same Innocent Crush line.

And this pretty cotton lawn by Alexander Henry.

I totally applied rule #1 to these. What lovely fabrics! Rule #3 does not apply because I really have no idea what I will do with them. BUT - hello rule #2! I am making the cover skirt from the book Sew Serendipity, which is using THREE fabrics chosen from my current stash. That means under rule #2 I am allowing myself to replace them with three pretty fabrics back to my stash. I only bought a yard of each of these 3, so I *may* buy more of each later. We'll see.

And last, but not least, I bought two knit fabrics to make tops for myself. I have a simple pattern to follow and these fabrics should coordinate with the skirts I just mentioned in the works from the Sew Serendipity book. These fabrics most solidly fall under rule #3. Planned projects that will not just become part of the stash.

Now, the problem I have with applying rule #3 to the purchase of these fabrics, is that I really can't HONESTLY apply it again in the very short term. I mean, with bags and tops all planned on my project list, it's tough for me to justify buying more fabric for immediate projects - because I already have too many projects planned. Rule #3 is now "on a break".

But that's the beauty of rule #2. I can still buy fabric, if I am willing to part with another. This keeps my stash fresh with beautiful fabrics that I love, will help me be (eh somewhat) responsible with my cash and storage space that I won't just go buy a bunch of fabrics that won't be used, and fabrics that might otherwise sit and not be used will have a new purpose in the hands of someone who appreciate them and will use them.
Ok - am I just kidding myself? Maybe. But this system, so far, seems to work for me.

Just don't send me a coupon.
Later skaters,



Seriously - what should I do with the crushed velour?


  1. I have no idea what to do with that fabric! Are you questioning that purchase now? I am very very good about the rules, I must say. It is sometimes hard to abide by them since I have a sewing business that pays for the fabric! I tend to go overboard every once in a while.

  2. Can you make a pillow buddy with crushed velour . . . not sure what animal would be blue . . . maybe a blue unicorn. Alright, it's pretty clear now that I have NO IDEA what to do with blue crushed velour! ;)

  3. crushed velour...I'm thinking a jacket for the holidays (for you!) or a jump suit for Ms. Delilah, maybe with some lace trim around the neck and on the cuffs. There are some very cool and quick sweater/jacket styles out now. That color is going to be divine on you!

  4. HI! I'm not really sure what you actually do or what your blog is about but i was googling fabrics for a carseat cover for my baby girl that's due in Feb and I came accross your blog. I love a few of the fabrice that you posted and was wondering where to find them. Thanks, Kali


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