Our three final contestants are hard at work right now with their final projects. You'll be able to see all their awesomeness & vote for your favorite on Friday! I can't wait!!
Have you've been following along and tackling your own stash throughout the competition?
Nothing like what our amazing contestants have done but I have really really tried to use my fabric and avoid buying new stuff.
So what has helped me?
By far the biggest help to me has been re-evaluating my fabric stash. I went through everything and pulled out the fabrics I knew I'd never use. Then I put it in a separate bin. I realize that I could just toss these or donate to the Salvation Army but I like to keep them! Why? Because sometimes beautiful fabric can be hard to cut into, especially when you're not sure if a pattern is going to work or you are trying to design a new pattern! But ugly fabric with kittens and Christmas bows are so easy to cut into that you're scissors practically work themselves! and yes I actually have fabric with Christmas cats on it
After all my ugly fabric is out of site, I can focus on the fabrics I drooled over and risked a lecture from my husband for!
The solution for me is simple... Fold it nice and neat and stack them in the cabinets that hang over my sewing machine. Here's a round up of a ton of other functional & attractive ways to store your fabric... something's bound to work for you!
|Make your own miniature fabric bolts! |
Find the tutorial @ The Little Green Bean!
|A functional way to store your favs and it doubles as craft room decor! |
You can find the full tutorial here... p.s. it's so easy, you'll laugh.
|Holly @ Holly Street is a self proclaimed Fabric Whore |
She color coordinated her fabric into pretty bins
|Make a fabric swatch book like Carolyn from Homework |
& store your fabrics in a dresser or in large bins
And I know that most "normal" people probably just throw their scraps away but if you're a real, authentic hoarder, like me, then you hold on to even the smallest scraps!
There's just so much you can do with them!
|Display them using embroidery hoops! |
Find the tute @ The Purl Bee
|Like these pretty little necklaces from Cakies|
|Or these bangles from Blue Cricket Design|
|And I'm in love with this scrap fabric table cloth |
from Pocket Full of Posies!
|Sara from Sara vs. Sarah |
made these awesome scrap shoelaces!
|Fabric covered bandaids!! |
Get the tute @ The Pink Couch
|Even the smallest scraps can be used as button covers |
like this tufted sofa from The Found Blog
|And this simple project is a necessity for every flip flop wearing 2 year old! |
Find the tutorial @ Make It & Love it.
And oh there's more... there's so much more!! But if I don't stop, this list will be a mile long. Seriously.
But now that I've convinced you to hold on desperately to each and every scrap larger than the size of a quarter... How in the heck do you store all of it!
Here's a couple of cute ideas that got my wheels turning and my mouth watering.
|Tuck them in mason jars and display like |
Rachel from Stitched in Color
|The Pioneer Valley Girl stores her color coded |
scraps in a clear over the door shoe holder!
|I love this idea from BHG! Wouldn't it be cute to |
find a vintage hanging fruit basket?!
|Another from BHG|
... I knew I was saving all those formula cans for a reason!
|Same concept as the mason jars only fancier |
from Prudent Baby
|How about hanging them from a pretty little clothesline |
like Ronda from One Little Word?
So there you have it folks... if you weren't hooked on hoarding fabric and scraps you are now!
How do you store your stash?