I think I’ve got a problem…

My sewing roomNew Year and all that must have got the better of me as I decided to try and get some order into my sewing room. Hopefully later in the year I will be able to move into a much bigger sewing room when my eldest moves out, but that is dependent on a house sale and purchase so it’s just fingers crossed at the moment!

Last February I counted my stash, my aim over the year was to reduce my stash, I wasn’t promising not to buy any, just to use more than I buy…and I’ve done lots of sewing…but despite lots of new clothes, my dress-making stash has not gone down at all!!! I didn’t think I’d bought that much! To be fair though, at least four skirt lengths are leftovers from a long straight skirt, as there is a metre left, it’s enough for a short skirt…that’s my excuse anyway!!

Linton TweedMy stash now stands at;

6 jacket lengths

18 skirt lengths

12 blouse /dress lengths

6 lengths of ‘fancy’ fabric

…and that doesn’t include the 15m of furnishing fabric I’ve got waiting to recover two chairs!!!

Liberty Tana LawnThe one bit of good news is that my stash of fat quarters of quilting fabrics has gone done enormously from 134 to about 90, the three quilts I made obviously helped there!

Liberty silk stripe


I decided to be brutal with myself and measure my stock, with the aim of being able to take control, I’ve logged every length in a book and even taken a photo, so I can easily see how much I’ve got of each fabric. It was rather nice getting them all out, reacquainting myself with some I hadn’t seen for a while! I didn’t dare measure everything last year…I can see why, these 2m here and 1.5m there all add up….to 92.4m…OMG!!!!…and that’s just the dress-making fabrics!!!

This is where you hope your OH doesn’t suddenly decide to read your blog!!!

So, my New Years Resolution has got to be to reduce my stash!!! Again!!! I think I will also be more realistic about lengths I bought years ago that are just not my taste or lifestyle  anymore, I might take a few along to the next bloggers meet-up and see if there are any takers, if not then I know a good charity that will use them.

My Fabric Stash


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to I think I’ve got a problem…

  1. Natalie says:

    I love the idea of recording how much stash fabric you have, especially with photos! Good luck with your resolution…I’m also going to be pledging to use half of my stash before I buy ANY more fabric!


  2. corrineappleby says:

    You’ve got me thinking now! I’m pretty sure that my stash is nowhere near as big as yours 😉 but it would be interesting to measure it out like you have. I wonder how much I have!


  3. Trisha says:

    I have been sorting out my sewing room for the last few days and bagging up all my stash, but no where as big has yours!


  4. amcclure2014 says:

    My stash is also out of control. I did take swatches to catalogue but that didn’t work when I bought more and didn’t catalogue… I’m doing lots of toiles at the moment and couldn’t find any calico so bought 10 metres – then found I had quite a bit already. My biggest issue is that I’m messy and disorganised okay I have too much fabric too. I’ve also decided to get rid of a lot that I will never use and hopefully after my daughter’s wedding and the end of my course, I can start to sew again. Happy New Year! Here’s to destashing and sewing in 2016.


  5. craftycreeky says:

    Happy New Year and good luck with the destashing 🙂


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