Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The fabric diet, extended: 2018

I did it!  I didn't purchase a single inch of fabric for my stash in all of 2017.  The one-year fabric fast was a success!

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, zippy pouches


{{Disclosure -- there was a tiny bit of wiggle room allowed in my rules for purchasing fabric for specific, defined, and planned projects, like custom orders, requests, and the like.  So there were a few of those purchases, such as flannel for t-shirt quilt backings, or interfacing for said quilts.}}  But as for buying fabric just to buy, or because it was on sale, or because it was pretty and I just had to have it. . . NADA.

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, t-shirt memory quilt, handmade blanket

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, handmade t-shirt quilt

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, t-shirt memory quilt

I learned some unexpected lessons during my one year fabric fast. . . .

The first thing that I learned from my fabric fast -- it felt AMAZING! 

I loved making things, and particularly using up what I already had on hand.  And the more I sewed, the better I felt!  It was like the hold on me -- the high, the addiction, the bonds of BUYING and even just OWNING fabric -- loosened with every project.

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, handmade thanksgiving tea towels and pot holders from stash

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, zipper pouches from stash fabrics

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, custom patient drapes made from stash fabrics

It wasn't always easy. 

I've come across some really, reeeaaally cute fabrics that I just NEEDED.

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, wish list

Except I really didn't.  So I didn't buy.  Yeah, these are just some cute pics I found on the internet.  NOT from my stash.  *sigh*


refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, cactus fabric wish list

It also forced me to be a little more creative. . .

. . . especially in my fabric pairing choices.  I chose fabric pairings that I may not have, if bouncing off to JoAnn's for yet another yard of cotton had been an option.  But I ended up really liking them!

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, handmade tote from denim jeans and skirt, eco-friendly

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, eco-tote from shirt and jeans, purple plaid and newsprint

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, eco-friendly tote made from denim jeans, skirt and shirt, handmade

I realized JUST. HOW. MUCH. fabric I have. 

And that makes me feel a little sad and guilty, actually.  I thought I'd made somewhat of a dent in my stash, you know, sewing for a whole year and all.  But I haven't.  There is still waaaayyyy too much fabric that needs to be sewn.

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, laundry bag in tie dye, eco-friendly

refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, charity blankets, fleece, kids diy
the boys making fleece blankets for charity. yes, all from my stash.

So I'm going another year without buying fabric.

I don't think it'll be hard, really.  I'm excited to do this!

---> I'm going to allow for the same wiggle room I had last year -- I can buy for planned, specific, and defined projects, but that's it.  Notions (like thread) or necessities (interfacing) are allowed, too.

And I'll TRY to be better about posting my sewing projects and stash busting here.


refabulous fabric fast, no buying fabric in 2018, zipper pouches from stash fabrics
I sewed so much last year, and didn't take (or save) very many pics of the things I made (like some bags, totes, backpacks, pillowcases, aprons, skirts, dresses....)  :(  So I can't share them with you.  It didn't help that my computer died after my first post last year, and our crumbling laptop blew smoke and sparks (FOR REAL) about a month ago.  So now, with better equipment, I hope to be posting and sharing a little more regularly.

Will you be joining me in a fabric fast?  Or other craft / art / sewing fast?  C'mon, let's do this!  :)

4 comments:

  1. That's sounds so neat...wonder how long I could go !

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    1. It HAS been a neat experience! You should give it a try, just to see how long you could go! :)

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  2. I’m going on a yarn fast....or “cold sheep” as it’s called. It’s a really strong addiction, and I was just tempted today, on Day #4! It’s going to be hard! But I am determined, because my stash is out of control! So, I’ll join you. I look forward to seeing what you use up this year!!! :) Carolyn

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    1. "Cold sheep!" Love it! I understand the addiction part. That's what it was for me, too. Keep me posted on your progress, Carolyn!

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