Tuesday, March 20, 2012

me? a fabric hoarder?!?!

About two weeks ago I suddenly realized that I was turning into a fabric hoarder. What I mean by that is that I'd buy some fabric because I loved it, and then I did not want to use it, because I love it. Now, that did not really make any sense. I don't ususally like to keep anything in the house that does not get used, no special dishes, no special quilts, nothing like that in our house. Everything gets used on everyday basis. And fabric was not going to be an exception.

I decided right there and then to start cutting into my very precious stacks of fabric and turning them into something useful. I think I've been doing pretty well and I have quite a few projects to show you. And, instead of making a few posts about them, I just decided to put them all together and make one post showing them all off. Ready, here we go:

a new pincushion and needle book to spruce up my sewing space. I used AMH's pattern for this adorable wild flower pincushion. You can find it here. I used my newly discovered favorite fabric washi by Rashida Coleman Hale.

I made a huge pouch using my lovely typewriter fabric and some Heather Ross and Japanese linen. I'm thinking of using this wonderfully colorful and quite sturdy pouch to keep some projects I can work on while out and about with my kids. I might even give crocheting another try as it's so easy to carry around.


This paper pieced place mat took forever to make, the blocks were really, really tiny (tutorial here) and I pretty much spent the whole afternoon on it. Love how it turned out, though. But I will save paper piecing for my pillows next time, place mats don't have to be so complicated.

And then I decide to use my donkeys in wellington boots for the back of the place mat?!?!  So now I'm kind of pretending that it's double sided  because I can't bear the idea of donkeys being hidden all the time.

I also made this smaller version of Keyka Lou's grocery bag. I think Echino fabric is just the perfect weight for totes and bags. If you have Keyka Lou's grocery bag pattern, you can make your own smaller version, there are instructions on how to do it on her website.

Phew, I feel much better now. I think I'm back on my way to being a fabric lover instead of a fabric hoarder. I'm hoping to keep using my fabric instead of just looking at it and buying more and more of it. I already raided my stash and got a stack of fabric ready for my next project.

Can't wait to start working on this new quilt for my son.

Enjoy your day, Svetlana.

Linking up to AmandaJean's Finish it up Friday

22 comments:

  1. Well done - you are way better than me! And what lovely projects you have made!

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  2. Love all the things you've been making from your stash! I broke into mine tonight - alas, the phone cozy I made is totally the wrong size for the phone it was made for. Happily, al least the work phone fits in it!

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  3. Good for you! I have tried to stop hoarding fabric, too.

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  4. Wow, that's a LOT of good stuff. You certainly met that problem head on!

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  5. Wow. I loce your attitude and how you solved this problem. The projects look amazing... i agree, its better to see them instead of having them folded away nicely. Really love that tiny placemat, so cut!

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  6. They all came out just great! Love that typewriter pouch.

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  7. What fun projects! And a great reminder to use those fabrics we love so much!

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  8. Hi! Beautiful fabrics and wonderful projects! I can understand that you have saved those pieces! I am also saving special fabrics for the unique project that I will make one day when the perfect idea comes?!

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  9. Lots of great projects! I do the same thing with fabric at times, but like you, once I go for it and make something beautiful with it I can enjoy and appreciate the fabric even more.

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  10. Well Hallelujah sister!! I've been doing the same thing. Loving the fabric, and not cutting into it because then I won't have it! I too have just started cutting, it gets a little easier with each cut.

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  11. i love that pincushion! and the guitars and the placemat and those wellies. all of it is wonderful svetlana! you have been busy! keep making with all your favorites it is inspiring me!

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  12. Hi There,

    I have been following your blog for a while now and wanted to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger award:)

    See my link for how to proceed further and thank you for your great posts

    Dianna

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  13. Yay for using your precious fabric. I have been "shopping" my stash this year, and wow, do I have a lot of fabric that I love. It's nice to actually use it! Beautiful projects that you made!

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  14. Oh, so then I am a fabric hoarder. I always search for the perfect project for a fabric and don't use it because I love it. But I made some progress so far as I used some Denyse Schmidt fabric to a quilt. And I like looking at it in this quilt. I plan to use more loved fabric. I already did making a drawstring bag for my daughter. So I think I make progress. :)
    I like the place mat a lot. So much that I'm tempted to make one for myself, too. But I'm often tempted when I see inspiration somewhere. I think I have to finish some projects before.
    I love the pincushion but I unfortunately cannot download the pattern. *sigh* I would make one for myself if I had it.

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  15. Love your lineup of projects - and glad to hear you feel liberated from your hoarding habit . I am going to have to try that intervention!

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  16. good for you for all your finishes! i'm impressed that you are so diligent at NOT being a fabric hoarder. i'm challenged by the thought of that. which leads me to believe that i'm a fabric hoarder. :)

    thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

    p.s. i would like to add that you have TERRIFIC fabric taste. wow!

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  17. The paper pieced mat is my fave though:)

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  18. I do the same thing! Or I'm terrified that I'll make the "wrong" thing with my adored fabric, which is just silly.

    You're an inspiration - I've got to bust out those favorites and do something with them. Starting with that pincushion.

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  19. I'd have a hard time using that donkey fabric too. Looks like you found a great use for it though!

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  20. You have inspired me so much! I am going to make a conscious effort to go into my stash and start using some of the fabric that I love. What good is it doing stashed away, really? Can you tell me what pattern you used for your pouch? I just love it and would love to buy it.....congratulations on using that stashed fabric!!

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