Monday, July 31, 2017

The Stash Revisited

Live and Learn wanted to see pictures of my fabric stash and I am happy to oblige.

I had done a post on the stash in September, 2015, here.   The pictures are not that good because, back then, I didn't have a cell phone with camera capabilities and the pictures were taken with my laptop (not that the new pictures are that much of an improvement!).

I took some new pictures of the stash, today, and you know what's depressing?  There's hardly any change!  One or two items have been used up, but they have been replaced with fabric that was given to me.  I really need to do a LOT of sewing to make a dent in this stash!

Home of the Stash

The stash is housed in this 9-drawer dresser.  The top left and top right drawers contain other items, the other seven drawers have fabric, and the shopping bag in front contains some of the fabric that was given to me by a friend.

Drawer by drawer, going from left to right and top to bottom:

Top left drawer contains some of daughter's accessories; I need her to go through it when she has time to see what she wants kept and what can be given away.

Middle left drawer:

Velvets, Silks, Satins, Lace, and Lamé

Bottom left drawer: cotton/cotton blend solids (mostly broadcloth, purchased on 75% off sale for $1.00/yd.), including a purple bed sheet (at the very left) that was given to me and I am keeping for a quilt backing.  There is actually a small space opening up at the right!  The solid yellow, red, and blue fabric I used on the baby quilt came from this drawer.

Solid Cottons and Cotton Blends

The three drawers in the middle of the dresser are slightly smaller than the drawers on the two sides.

The top drawer holds all the various black fabrics - a mixture of silks, polyester, cotton, etc.  The fabric I used for the black blouse came from this drawer.

Black Fabric Collection

The next drawer down has all the white fabric:

White Fabric Collection

The bottom drawer has my collection of Christmas/holiday print fabric:

Christmas/Holiday Prints

The plastic bag holds all the scrap pieces, leftover from prior holiday projects.

The top right drawer has a miscellaneous collection of items, including some of daughter's baby shoes which I kept, picture frames, etc.

The middle right drawer holds larger scrap pieces, projects in progress, a stash of denim (jeans legs cut off from daughter's old jeans), etc.:

Large Scraps and Works in Progress

The bottom right drawer has print fabric, including some novelty prints.  Most are cotton/cotton blends, but there are two pieces of cotton flannel at the very left.   The teddy bear print for the baby quilt and the fabric for the recent tote bags were from this drawer.  The space they left has been filled with some of the fabric my friend gave me.

Print Fabric

The two baskets on top contain mostly bits and pieces, part of a quilt in progress, and a large piece of fleece fabric on top of one basket.

Mostly Bits and Pieces

The shopping bag in front of the dresser contains the rest of the fabric my friend gave me - neutral colored upholstery/home decor fabric.  She said she bought them to make drapes.

Neutral Colored Home Decor Fabric

She gave me two  big bags full - I had written about it in this post, from March, 2016; here's a picture of the pile of fabric she gave me:

Fabric from Friend

In addition to all this, I have more fabric in another drawer in a chest of drawers that contains daughter's collection of fleece fabric and in a suitcase stored in a closet!  I really don't know what I was thinking when I bought all this fabric!  But, back then, I used to sew slip covers and such and, just like my friend, had plans to sew drapes!  I still have those plans, but whether I'll be able to actually put those plans into action is yet to be seen!

Do you have a fabric stash?


  1. Wow, you have a regular fabric store in your house. Thanks for the tour. I don't I was reading your blog when you took the pictures before.

    1. I do have enough to open a store, don't I?

  2. Dancer says he doesn't find it depressing at all that there is no change in the amount of fabric in your stash. Just look at all the potential for interesting creations to stretch out on!

    My stash is quite small, but I have a box full of ribbons and a bag full of lace and they really need to be used or donated since they've been around for years!

    1. Ha, ha, Dancer got an old sock with a bit of catnip in the toe, today, and he's feeling very happy! :D

      I have a bag of lace, too, Bushlady, and yarn, although I have made quite a dent in the yarn. I should make some holiday gifts to use up the holiday fabrics, next, I think.

  3. You can make a lot of tote bags with that wonderful stash! Were you able to reschedule your physician consultation for tomorrow? Hope you don't have to wait until next week. Continuing to pray for you, my friend. 🙏

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. Yes, I have an appointment for tomorrow afternoon.

  4. Wow! That's a lot. You have some lovely fabrics there Bless.
    No fabric here, as I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to do with it. I can just about sew a button on! X

    1. Jules, there are lots of "no sew" fabric crafts out there, from pillow covers to wreaths, if you are interested. ;)


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