A Radical Take on Fabric Stash

At first you think that the more fabric you have, the more inspired you’ll feel. But something happens to that spark of inspiration when your fabric starts stacking up in bins and on shelves. It gets smothered.

Many people do feel inspired (or claim to) in relation to the size of their stash. More fabric, more inspiration. Me? I feel smothered.

And then there’s the nagging voice when you want to buy something new, “But you just bought that jelly roll last week! And what about that expensive kit you bought last year? You haven’t even opened it! Not to mention all your unfinished projects…”

Suddenly what was a joy becomes a burden.

I can’t tell you when it happens or why, but I can tell you what to do about it: Gather up your courage and get rid of your stash!

There are some ways you can sell your fabric. But I’ll tell you what, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. That’s the voice of experience talking!

I recommend giving it away. A little, or a lot.

  • The next time you meet a quilting friend for coffee, bring along some charm square packs or a jelly roll. Watch their eyes light up! It’s an amazing feeling.
  • Call a local senior center and ask if they have a group of people who sew for charity. Many of them do, and will be delighted to receive a big bag of fabric.
  • Donate your stash to Coffee Creek Quilters. This quilting group changes the lives of women imprisoned at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon.
  • Donate it to a thrift store. Think about how exciting a thrift store find it will be, for the quilter who encounters your donation on the shelves.
  • If you’re in a quilt guild, package it up for your guild’s raffle table or charity quilting group, or your guild’s equivalent.

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