Book covers, bibs, purse organisers, soft furnishings and all kinds of bags.
When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)
Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
On impulse. Always on impulse.
Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
I always pre-wash. The fabric won’t make it to the cupboard unless it’s washed and ironed. I prefer to do it this way because when I want to start a new project I want the fabric to be immediately available.
Do you iron it?
Yes! But it’s such a chore; there are always some stubborn creases that won’t go away.
How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
By colour: blue, red, pink, yellow & orange, green & brown, grey & black.
Not at the moment, no, but I really want to try out that ruler technique.
How do you store your fabric?
In a designated cupboard in my sewing room/dining room/office.
What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
I try to balance floral and novelty prints with polka dots and ginghams.
When do you say enough is enough?
I stop when I feel I can’t afford it anymore. I’ll wait some weeks and then I’ll buy again!
What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
I really want to start quilting. I think that will eat up most of my stash…
Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
Here it is!
What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)
Stash pictures I love: this (great display), this (impressive collection), this (so neat!) and this (great bookcase).
(image: Constança Cabral)