20 February 2015

Stash Busting (and a New Sewing Magazine)




Guys, my fabric stash is out of control! I can't fit any more Expedits - sorry, Kallaxes - in my world, so I fear it's the excess fabric that needs to go. Plus I've finally admitted to myself that I won't be able to sew through it all in this lifetime. I know.

I'm going to have a serious sort out of my stash in the next few weeks and am thinking of holding a sale of the bigger pieces on Instagram (or maybe the blog?) at some point - so watch this space if you're interested in taking some of it off my hands. I haven't held an online fabric sale before so if you have any tips, I'm all ears...





What do you do when you have too much fabric in your life? I asked this question on Instagram a few weeks ago while writing my column for new magazine Simply Sewing - thanks so much to everyone who contributed ideas for using up fabric, from making bias tape to pin cushions. 

Have you seen Simply Sewing magazine? It was a gamble signing up to write a column for a mag that I hadn't seen before, but I'm really impressed with the first issue. It's published by the same people as Mollie Makes, and features bright, modern colours and great styling. There's a whole ton of useful information and inspiring sewing ideas inside, from a guide to buying a sewing machine, to refashioning projects such as a pashmina-to-top tute from Portia and a homemade hot water bottle cover (I'm definitely making one of those!), to a hand embroidery 101, and garment projects such as a downloadable dress pattern from Lauren's book and a printed Japanese pattern for a child's dress.

It was sad to see both Crafty and Cloth magazine fold, so I'm hoping that the emergence of a new sewing magazine - and one that features dressmaking at that - is a positive sign about the growth of DIY fashion. The more we can encourage new people to get into sewing, the better :)

Bon weekend, tout le monde!

25 comments:

  1. Ha ha, I did comment to Portia about the confusing cover! The model kind of looks like you, but not, which confuses my brain. Congrats on the column and I think it's great to support publishing companies in general as I imagine all publication genres are struggling in these interwebby times. Instagram sale sounds fun (although I think you'll struggle to keep up with the demand). What about an eBay sale? Susan Crawford did one recently with some knitting samples from her books and it means that you don't have to track the comments.

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    1. I can't really see it myself, but I guess it's natural not to realise if someone looks a bit like you?!

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  2. I did my instagram sale which was great, but as Marilla said, you need to sort of be sit down and be free to be checking and keeping up with comments. It's good to have a notebook beside you to take notes! Oh and weigh everything too. 2nd class I think has the same price up to 2kg so that's good, but gets more confusing if youre willing to do international postage too. But as we said before it does make things seem a bit more urgent on instagram in terms of buying -you feel more like you have to snap it up!

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  3. I've seen this magazine in shops, I love the colours and may have to pick on up ;) xx
    www.emilyjanewebb.co.uk

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  4. Tilly 2 on the cover threw me momentarily too, lol. I'm in agreement with you Tilly. Loving the look and feel of Simply Sewing. Excited to have a regular contribution and hoping it gains some traction and support. Let's get everyone sewing! :)

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  5. I read an article recently about the British Red Cross - some of their charity shops now include a haberdashery range, some of the items come from (ethically sourced) suppliers, and they also are happy to receive donations of fabric, buttons and trimmings etc.

    Just a thought maybe for some of your wonderful stash :-)

    Good luck with your new column, can't wait to read it!

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  6. I recently had the same realization... My fabric was all sitting in storage bins where I couldn't see it, so I pulled it all out, sorted it by general type (knits, cotton wovens, slinky stuff, spandex, etc), and put it on a shelf in folded flats. Once it was all out I decided that I MUST go on a fabric diet because I have far too much at this point and I've been spending way too much money on it! Of course I keep thinking of new projects that I just NEED to find fabric for, ha ha. Good luck stash busting!

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  7. It's so sad to part with fabric but I know the feeling, since my Expedits are also full right now, to the point where I can't keep pushing. I hope those fabrics will find a second home.

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  8. Another sewing magazine worth a look at is Love Sewing. It has a good range of projects in it & you get a free paper pattern AND downloadable templates too! Seriously considering subscribing to it! But will look at Simply Sewing before I make a judgement.

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  9. I had a fabric clear out last year and donated my excess fabric (which I had bought impulsively and knew that I would not use) to a school for their sewing classes so I know that it will be put to good use.

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  10. You have reached what is known as SABLE state. Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy. Wise move to downsize at is a terrible thing to feel guilty bout buying new fabric, knowing you already have enough to see you out! ;-)

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    1. I didn't realise there was a term for the condition, thanks for clearing that up, MrsC :)

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  11. Thanks for letting us know about the new magazine, - it looks like it would be right up my alley. As far as the scraps go, what about selling them on etsy or ebay?

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  12. I've just followed you on instagram in case you have your stash sale on there! ..I don't want to miss it!

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  13. Ooh, please hold it on the blog! I still don't know how to use IG. :(

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  14. I donated my extra fabric to my local community college fashion design program. They really appreciated it!

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  15. Where do I buy this magazine? Saw it a few days ago on another blog and went looking for it in my local wh smiths.....but no luck

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    1. It's only just come out so give it a couple of days and try again. Larger WH Smiths or corner shops in fashion student areas are usually where I find sewing mags.

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  16. I recommend http://www.storenvy.com. It's very user friendly. All the details are taken care of. Good luck with the sale!

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  17. I have just subscribed to the magazine, I'm looking forward to monthly inspiration.

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  18. UK magazines come out in the US a whole after they hit UK stores. So, I will be on the look out for Simply Sewing. I buy Simply Crochet (from the same publisher) from time to time. It has the same look and feel to it.

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  19. Oooh yes i wouldn't mind reliving you of some of your fabric! its hard to find good knits with pretty patterns here! And Simply Sewing sounds awesome! I wonder if i can get it in Oz?

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  20. wow that looks like a great magazine & if you've written an article then I know it's worth the buy! If you get rid of your stash, don't cry & don't look back lol!

    Helen

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  21. I was so sad when Cloth stopped Publishing! It was such a fun magazine! I am so interested in your stash busting sale. I'm so glad, I'm following you on Bloglovin + Instagram just to make sure I don't miss out on all the awesome fabric, you'll be selling off soon!

    Spokhette
    www.spokhette.blogspot.com

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