Stash-Busting 2015

I’m really trying hard to participate in Jungle January, but I’m having trouble. I made an appropriately leopard-y (yes, I’m sure that’s a word) Lolita SugarPlum Dress. I took 132 photos of it, but absolutely none of them are post-able (that’s a word too, just roll with it). While I work out a strategy for better photos, beginning with not trying to take them during a time when it is both sunshiny and raining simultaneously, I’m going to throw out a quick post about my Stash-busting attempts last year and my plans for this year.

According to my calculations, I bought way too much fabric last year. I did some sloppy math while I was supposed to be cleaning up my laundry room and came up with a total of 227 yards purchased (more or less). Of that, 67 was used and another 8 was cut out but not yet sewn together. 75 yards not ending up in the stash isn’t too shabby, but I need to do better. According to my stash-busting stats from last year, I sewed up 111 yards for projects that were blogged. That’s a total of 186 yards sewn for the year. I know I sewed up some stuff that never did get blogged, mainly t-shirts and other such basics, but probably not 41 yards worth. It’s close to breaking even, but as far as I can tell, I ended up accumulating more than I used last year.

I did end up sewing some of my fabric as I accumulated it last year, it’s those extra pieces that were spontaneously thrown into the cart along with what I was planning to use immediately that have become the newest stash-fabrics. I can’t necessarily say that I really want to use up all my stash or that I won’t be buying fabric for the next year. Sometimes I need something specific and it won’t matter how much cotton poplin I have in my stash if what I really need is swimsuit lycra. I will admit that it’s a little bit difficult to see what all I have in my stash. I’d like to get it to all fit on the one set of shelves and I’d like to have enough space on those shelves that I can see what all I have, nothing stacked in front of other things. They pretty much still look like this, only messier.

So that’s my goal for 2015. I plan to keep track of projects made from the stash and yardage used, but the end-goal is to have things fit on the shelf. Since 2 yards of faux fur will always take up more space that 3 yards of rayon challis, I’m not planning to focus as much on the yardage in/out numbers as as I will on the overall volume of fabric.

Anyone else planning to work on whittling the stash this year? Maybe you’d like to join the group. Info can be found here.


  1. Lynn

    The hardest part of sewing blogging is taking the pictures.

    My stash is so disorganized. I don’t have a good place for it all so I just cram a little here and little there. Mostly though, it’s in a large box in the bottom of my tiny closet. It’s hard to get to and hard to find what I want. I usually have to drag everything out. I have done almost no sewing for nearly two months but I have purchased several pieces of fabric and I have been guiltily looking at more. So… not getting off to a real good start this year.

    1. Cari (Post author)

      I hate when the fabric stash makes me feel guilty rather than inspired. That only makes it harder to sew it up.

  2. EMSewCrazy`

    This was my original pledge. Just get it to fit on the shelving I have. 🙂 Since we’ve moved I’m not sure what my pledge will be this year even though I know I’ve said something somewhere…
    Good luck to you on yours!

  3. Nancy

    I never tally up the fabric I bring in to the house…..I probably should because like most I’m feeling a bit guilty about the size of my stash, especially when it’s fabric destined for a dress and I don’t wear them as often now that I’m retired. However, since I just found out my coming grandchild is a girl, I refuse to feel guilty about buying new fabric for baby girl clothes!


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