Monday, January 5, 2015

Announcing The 3rd Stashbusting Sewalong! Bring on 2015!


Welcome One and All to Stashbusting 2015! We're so glad to have you!

The Stashbusting Sewalong is a casual sew along started in 2013 by Cation Designs and I. We were feeling overwhelmed by our fabric and it seemed many other sewists were as well. Our goal is not to guilt or shame anyone but to encourage each other to use our stashes first. These are resources we already own and we want to use these investments wisely. As creators we know we'll die with goodies but sometimes they can become a burden and an unnecessary stressor. If your stash has become that for you this is the group to join.

How do I join? 
Leave a comment below taking the pledge and blog about it if you wish. We have a Facebook group you can request to join that will be the hub of this operation. Blog posts and other updates will be posted there.
Stashbusting Pledge
 "I, _______,commit to using ____ pieces of stash fabric in 2015. Additional option: I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for _______ until ______." 
Please include your blog if you have one.

Flickr Group for posting photos!

Facebook Group for connecting and getting feedback

This year we have a new lineup of themes and leaders. The themes are totally optional and should be considered as inspiration to examine your stash in new ways.
The only rule of the Stashbusting Sewalong is: it must be primarily sewn from the stash. (and we're pretty lenient on "primarily")

What is the Stash? 
Anything you have in the house at the time of making the pledge counts as stash for the year. This includes yarn and notions.

Themes:
January: Emily (Renewing Sewing)
February: Judy (Fabric Contest)
March: Heather (Patterns We Have)
April: Kristen (Vibrant Color)
May: Andrea (Lingerie)
June: Nancy (Knits)
July: Sarah C (Dresses)
August: Jagoda (Face your Feared Stashed Fabric)
September: Shannon (Outerwear/Seasonal Change)
October: Orsolya (Sewing for Charity)
November: Sue (Containment with Japanese Bag Sewalong)
December: Emily (Christmas Mayhem)

So who's with me? Let's set some goals and lighten our loads! I can't wait to see what you all pledge!

54 comments:

Susana Martinez said...

I, Susana M., commit to using most of my stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric, patterns or notions except for zippers that I don't have assortment of. I also commit to post on my blogs at least once a week: thecoatchecktales.wordpress.com and
thecoatcheckprojects.wordpress.com (14/90) about finished projects or at least about some progress. I'm so excited to start this journey! xoxo

sleepyerin said...

I, sleepyerin, commit to sewing at least two pieces of stash fabric a month in 2015 (hopefully to extinction - i.e. use the entire piece of fabric). I commit to not buying new fabric or notions unless they are attached to a particular project until my stash can fit within its designated storage space or our home miraculously grows an extra room, just for sewing, whichever comes first :)

Andrea Firth said...

"I, Andrea, of Obsessive Creativeness, pledge to end the year with no more fabric in my personal stash than I started with". I'll be blogging my stashbusting at www.obsessivecreativeness.blogspot.com
Thanks Emily for putting this on again, and for giving me and others the opportunity to help out with hosting. I'm so excited!

Becky W said...

I, Becky, will endeavor to end 2015 with less yarn and fabric than I started this year with, and to only buy notions as needed for specific projects. (Not pledging actual numbers this time, since I don't know how much of a wrench pregnancy/new baby will throw into things.) I shall also try to limit the number of new patterns I buy for myself this year. I'll be blogging my progress at http://sew-and-so.blogspot.com.

Heather Dawson said...

I, Heather,commit to using 48 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for Fully-Planned, Pinned, Blogged and Detailed projects. I will blog all 48 stash busters on RainyDayParent.blogspot.ca and I will commit to participating in the patternreview.com contests and the Stashbusting 2015 sewalongs.

Debra said...

"I, Debra,commit to using 1/3 of my stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/notions except for sewalongs and completer items; i.e., lining fabrics, notions and fabrics to complete an outfit started with stashed fabrics until 2016."

losangeleshijabi said...

I, Melissa, commit to using up 12 stash fabrics in 2015, and use as much yarn as I can without buying more. I also commit to not buying random fabrics and only if I really want/need it with a project in mind for it.

KCR said...


I Kelly commit to the above chart ( I can't remember it word for word ) to use half of my fabric stash and notions and yarn. I will not buy any extra fabric unless I get it at a yard sale or thrift store unless it's absolutely required for a project that is functional and useful and therefore justifies spending the money - AND ONLY THEN IF I CANNOT ISE SCRAPS FOR THE PROJECT.

Quinetta Lynch said...

I, quinetta commit to using __20__ pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/ except for _____every 4th completed project.

Ashley Denno said...

I Ashley Denno commit to using 15 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric except for gifts and kids clothes. and I will try and blog on my.....eh, tumblr...that nobody follows and I never write on. LOL! https://www.tumblr.com/blog/journey-of-a-bellydancer

Mandy Cantarella said...

I, Mandy commit to using at least ( hopefully more) 20 pieces of fabric from my fabric stash in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric until I have shopped from my stash, except possibly fabric for my son's wedding. I will blog about this on sewansewbytheseasea.blogspot.com.au

Laura said...

I, Laura, commit to using 20 pieces of fabric from my stash in 2015.

Shannon said...

"I, Shannon,commit to using 10 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. You can find my blog here: http://finishedgarment.ca

Carla said...

I, Carla, commit to using one and 1/2 of my two bins of stash, in the next year. I commit to not buying any new patterns or notions except linings, zips, or trim, to complete projects with fabric n my stash. My only exception is purchases for specific projects that I plan carefully to fit real gaps for basic working pieces in my wardrobe

Cj Schoenfelder Hines said...

I, CJ, commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015 and not buying any new fabric, except for fabric for a baby quilt later this year.

Cj Schoenfelder Hines said...

I, CJ, commit to using 15 pieces of stash fabric in 2015 and I will not buy new fabric unless it's for a special occasion gift, such as for a wedding or baby.

Tee Jones-Actie said...

I, Tee, commit to using my stash for all garments that I make in 2015 for myself, and I will only purchase fabric on my yearly trip to the NY Garment District in May, 2015. I'm also putting myself on a pattern buying bust! I must use the patterns that I already have or create one using my Wildginger software.

You can find my blog here http://dressed2atee.blogspot.com/

Linda Andromidas said...

I LA commit to using 1/3 of my stash fabric in 2015. I also promise not to buy anything new except for a very special occasion, i.e....wedding ,New baby etc....

Ginger said...

I, Sonja, commit to using 15 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to shop my stash first before buying new things!

Kate said...

I, Kate, commit to using only stash fabrics or yarn for all garments or accessories I make for myself in 2015. I will also shop my notions stash first before buying new and only to finish the project of the moment..

Ula - Lulu&Celeste said...

I, Ula, commit to using at least 20 pieces of stash fabrics in 2015. I will also commit to shopping from my stash first before buying anything else besides coordinate fabric. I'm ultimately aiming to only buy coordinate fabric if needed this year! (I'm crazy I think)
You can find my blog here: www.luluandceleste.com

prolificprojectstarter said...

I, Prolificprojectstarter, commit to using at least 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015, including making at least 1 pair of trousers for myself. I will also start to take note of how much I'm buying and how much it's costing me.

Shawn said...

I, Samboddy, commit to using more fabric then I buy in what remains of 2015. My highest goal would be to not buy anything other then what's needed to finish a project, but if I can't accomplish that, then I at least want to come out with a smaller stash then I started with.

Béatrice said...

I, Béa, commit to using 10 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric until I have used 5 pieces of stash fabric.

I'm hoping I can do better than this, but I'm trying to be realistic! I will blog my progess, because Internet Accountability!

Rebecca Pharr said...

I, Rebecca,commit to using 10 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. Additional option: I will also commit to shopping from my stash first.

Nana said...

I Karon, commit to using 20 pieces of stash fabric in 2015 for garment sewing. Additionally, I commit to making 5 projects out of 'stash scraps' that are currently less than 1 yd.
http://nana-ndi.blogspot.com/

SarahStar said...

Oh, YES, Brilliant!! Count me in. I, SarahStar, commit to using at least 5 fabrics from my stash for dressmaking projects in 2015, and I also commit to not buying any new fabrics until I've completed at least 2 projects. You can find my blog at http://www.sarahstar.co.uk .
Can't wait to see what everyone makes!

onlymaja said...

"I, maja___,commit to using as manypieces of stash fabric in 2015 so that it can fit into only two trunks and six drawers. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for notions/items needed for projects_ until my stash is contained_."

ldemarti said...

I, Lauren, commit to using 15 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new materials except for notions or trims until I use those 15 pieces of stash fabric! I will write about the projects on my blog to hold myself accountable.

http://historicalfashionista.blogspot.com/

Nicole said...

I, Nicole, commit to sewing only from my stash in 2015 (except for my Marine Ballgown). I also commit to not buying any new patterns or fabric (except for the following fabric: Marine Ballgown, $100 of fabric per vacation, charity apron fabric, and if absolutely necessary lining). You can find my blog at sartorialsewing.blogspot.com.

Fooniks said...

I, Fooniks, commit to using at least 12 pieces from my stash in 2015. I also commit to shopping from my stash first and using more pieces from it than I buy from stores.

You can find me at http://needleforthoughts.blogspot.com/

carla said...

I, Carla, commit on using at least 12 pieces of fabrics from my stash in 2015. I also commit not to buy any fabric unless is a really good reason. (special occasion or a no-brainer bargain)

Digs Digs said...

I, Digs, commit to using at least twice as much fashion fabric from my stash as any I buy. Any lining, interfacing, or notions needed to complete a stash-sourced project are not included in the pledge.

Jennifer said...

"I, Jennifer,commit to using 10 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. Additional option: I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for required materials until April 15th."

Stacy AN said...

I, Stacy, commit to using 15 or more pieces of fabric from the stash in 2015, I also commit to not buying any new fabric or patterns after today.
I have to run to JoAnns and get Vogue 8940. I promised my son! I hope I can live up to this!!

Susan Low said...

I, Susan, commit to using 10 or more pieces of fabric from my stash of garment fabrics in 2015. I also commit to buying any new quilting fabrics until I have made two complete quilts from my current stash of quilting fabrics. I also commit to maintaining a "use ratio" of 1:3 (I must use up three pieces of garment fabric before I can buy one new piece).

YveeB said...

Would like to put the icon on my blog... and i am being very silly about it. Could you send me the code? Thx

Sunni Standing said...

OK, I'm officially on board here! I, Sunni, commit to using at least 15 pieces of my stash shell fabric (excludes linings) in 2015. I, Sunni, also commit to not purchasing anymore sewing patterns for 2015 and if I do decide to purchase any fabric, at least one piece of fabric from my stash must find a new home before the new piece enters the stash. Yay!

Cora Long said...

I, Cora, commit to using only stash fabric for projects for myself this year. Gifts and clothing for my children can be exceptions.

Jewel McClellan said...

I, Jewel, commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns except for lining and some notions until I have made at least six projects from my stash.

www.jewberlyemiris.blogspot.com

Barbarajanemade said...

Just found your blog, would definitely like to join. I barbara jane, commit to using 5 items from my fabric stash in 2015.

Leslie said...

I'm late to the party, but I, Leslie, commit to using 20 pieces of stashed fabric in 2015 and not buying any more fabric unless it is a holiday souvenir.

ebj said...

I, elinor, commit to using at least 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying fabric or patterns (unless they are vintage and really cool).

ebj said...

I, elinor, commit to using at least 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying fabric or patterns (unless they are vintage and really cool).

MEOToole said...

I've just found this through a friend on Facebook and hope I'm not too late to join the fun. I commit to reducing my stash by 35% by using at least half stash fabric in each new project for 2015 and to not buy any 'new' fabric except re-purposed clothes / fabrics from the local thrift store until I have used at least 10 pieces from the stash.

Jan Brandt said...

I, jan Brandt, commit to using twelve pieces of stash fabrics, one per month even tho I am already two months behind, I'll catch up! I'm excited to see what I, along with the rest of you will be sewing up!

Elizabeth said...

ok (deep breath) I want to commit to this pledge too! I've been committing more to using up my stash the past 6 months so I would love to join in and have some company along the way! I commit to going first to my stash when beginning a project and to work hard to match the fabric I already have to patterns I already own.

Nique Etienne said...

I commit to using 10 stash pieces (not including fat quarters).

Stephanie Urick said...

"I, Stephanie Urick ,commit to using _as many as possible___ pieces of stash fabric in 2015. Additional option: I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for ____what I already have on order until 2016
____." www.bymamawithlove.blogspot.com

Jodi Wade said...

"I, Jodi Wade, commit to making 52 items from stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric except for that which I need to complete projects or for items for others until I have made things from at least 15 pieces of fabric."

My blog: http://www.jodimade.com

mahlica said...

I, Melissa Evans of mahlicadesigns, commit to making 12 pieces from stash fabric in 2015.
I have 6 down already.
My blog: https://mahlicadesigns.wordpress.com/

Monique Plourde said...

I, Q Plourde, in order to avoid being a fabric hoarder, commit to making at least 12 pieces from stash fabric in 2015. I don't think I can commit to not buying new fabric, however I pledge to greatly reduce the amount of fabric I buy until Fall of 2015. My blog: http://threadinglightlyblog.com/

Oceanpeg said...

I plan to work from my fabric stash this year, 2015, and to avoid buying new fabric as much as possible, except for special sewing projects that my fabric stash is not suited for.

Giovonnia Vaughan said...

I want to join! I take the pledge! I, Giovonnia Vaughan, pledge to using many pieces of my stash fabric in 2015. I also commit not to buying any fabric, notion, etc.. only to complete assigned projects. I have a Facebook page. Thanks!