Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sew My Stash 2017

I have been consciously not buying fabric

'just because'...

You know, buying just because... its pretty!

And trying to use some of my stash for useful items.

I've made some drawstring bags....

Pattern testing for Ali, @ Very Berry Handmade

a tote bag pattern soon to be released....

And a pillowcase has been on my 'to-do' list for ages!

This one was made following a tutorial from here

Next time I will make it a little smaller,

but it's a great way to use up stash fabric!

Do you have stash busting 'makes', other than quilts 

or cushions?

I'd love some more ideas!

Happy sewing!



  1. Great projects made from your stash. Love those draw string bags! I’m curious to hear about other stash busting makes.

  2. Oh, I love that pillowcase. It's calming but sure to inspire fairy tale dreams.

    I think my Go To stash reducing/gift giving project is zipper pouches of all sizes.

  3. Love all your projects, and as usual, you do inspire us. Last night I GAVE AWAY some fabric I'd held onto for too long. It was to a young quilter, who is still collecting, so it was a win-win. I do think you have the right idea, though!

  4. Congrats! on making a commitment to sew from your stash. I lasted 4 years with no stash enhancements!!

  5. Haha! I am laughing because I just replied to you and wrote about this idea of using up fabric.
    Love seeing what you have made. The drawstring bags look lovely. And I do like the bag you made for pattern testing. Of course you can never have enough pillow cases.
    I tend to make drawstring bags for the refugee group when I want to use up fabric I know will never go into quilts. It is still lovely but no longer to my taste.
    I know that some people make bags to hold their quilts which sounds like a good idea - probably over sized pillow slips?
    After that I am a bit stuck so will watch for ideas as they pop up on your blog.

  6. I'm terrible about making non quilt items even though I like them. The One Hour basket on Craftsy is a nice one. I've been even worse this year about controlling my purchases. Good for you keeping it in check.

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  10. I admire you for not buying fabric "just because". I was doing better on this front until taking a friend fabric shopping the other will power at all! I love the drawstring bags and pillowcases for quick sewing. Great bag too!

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  12. I finally leaving a comment after realizing I never did after reading your post earlier, probably because I was trying to come up with a stash busting project and now I have one--rug weaving. I made three rugs using a loom made by my hubby and each one used at least 10 yards of fabric. Smaller looms are available for purchase to make mug rugs and easily uses up at least a yard of fabric each. I'm sure I'll be making cute patchwork bags like yours for my granddaughter when she gets older.


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