Sunday, 12 January 2014

Stash Diet 2014

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I mentioned in my last post that I was going to join the Stash Diet 2014 that Gail and Andrea have initiated so I thought I would lay my goals out here.

My goals:
1. I can only buy 1 new piece of fabric when I have used 2 pieces from my stash
2. I cannot buy any new patterns until I have used at least 3 existing patterns. This can include patterns I've already used before as well as all the patterns I have which haven't seen any use yet
3. I will go through my patterns and fabric and try and swap or giveaway any that I don't think I'll use.  I can use the Stash Diet swap that Morgan has organised for this.

My exclusions:
1. If I want to make something specific for the wee one I can buy new fabric, ditto with baby patterns
2. I can buy notions, muslin and lining fabric as I haven't built up much of a supply of these
3. Fabric bought during travels - if I'm visiting somewhere else and see some nice fabric or a pattern then I can indulge

First up - I will need to sort through my fabrics and patterns, upload what I don't think I'll ever use to the Flickr group for the swap, and start a sewing plan! I'm excited about trying to work through the fabric I have as I really was quite surprised by just how much I've managed to accumulate in the past few years! It's also so nice to take part in these group challenges

So are you joining the Stash Diet 2014 or the Stashbusting group set up by Cation Designs? There's always so much going on it's difficult to select what to take part in. This year I'll not have much time for sewing but I'm definitely up for the Sewcialists Pink April and Me Made May 2014 (Zoe has already mentioned it so I'm super excited it's going on this year too as last year was so much fun!).
What about you guys? Any sewalongs you're planning on taking part in or pledges you've made about your sewing for the next year?



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    1. You seem to have a good plan for the year. I found being part of Style the Stash last year helped me and I put my self on a pattern fast - I definitely don't feel like I need to rush out and buy lots of patterns now the year is over. I think it changes your attitude a bit. Good luck :)

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      1. Hi Jacq, yes I'm hoping it will change my attitude a bit as i've been accumulating far more patterns and fabric than I have time to sew.

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    2. You've got such sensible plans. I really like the ones for Harris and when you are on holidays!!. A pattern diet is probably what I need. I think I'll do pink April and of course Me Made May!

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      1. Yes I'm really looking forward to Me Made May! well i hope my plans are sensible though probably still planning more than I can fit in!

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    3. I loved Me Made May last year, but since I am due in May, I am unlikely to see it through. I might try and join before the baby arrives though, if I have enough maternity stuff. I'm a bit gutted not to be able to take part properly though! :(

      Other than that I have no major plans. I'd like to destash a bit, so might put some stuff up for swap. I also think I need to be more mindful about which giveaways I enter: I have some lovely fabrics that I've won, but I'm not sure I'll ever really use (if I'm totally brutally honest). The lure of free stuff is always greater than the thought asking "do I really need it, and will I wear it?".

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      1. That's a shame you won't be taking part fully but then you've got far more exciting things going on!
        Yes, I try and think about that before I enter give-aways, whether I'll use it or not. Currently trying to look through my fabric stash when Harris is sleeping, see what I can clear out.

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    4. Yes, it's surprising how buying a bit of fabric here and there adds up ins't it? I'm going to sew from stash as much as I can too. So good luck to us! And oh my gosh, there's going to be Me Made May 2014? Then I better start sewing soon so that I will have stuff to wear in May :) I might join you in the Pink April sewalong, maybe something for my daughter.

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      1. Yes, it's amazing how quickly it builds up! I think the pink april will be fun!

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    5. Ooh, I love to see some stash busting going on! Good luck with your plans, your exceptions sound super-sensible to me too, no point setting aims that restrict your enjoyment of sewing stuff. Really glad that you will be pledging yourself for MMM'14. Happy sewing xxx

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      1. Thanks Zoe! I've realised I'll need to start planning for MMM14 pretty soon as my time for sewing is going to be very limited!

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