Monday, January 14, 2013


  While I'm new to the blogging scene I've been enjoying sewing for years. I was delighted to find so many people who shared my interests and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all through your blogs. 
  As I read all the year end posts and goals for 2013 I noticed a trend or theme in a lot of them. Yep! You guessed it! Stashbusting! I too, was feeling the weight a large stash leaves on one's mind and storage space so I plucked up my courage and approached Cindy of Cation Designs with an idea. She responded enthusiastically and together we have dreamed up a superb plan to share with you all!

Wait, what's this all about?

The 2013 Stashbusting Sewalong is a casual sewalong whose goal is to encourage us to reduce the size of our stashes. If you've got more fabric than you know what to do with, join Cindy and me as we  systematically purge our stashes by sewing items to fit a series of themes. We've got a whole schedule that you can follow if you need that kind of structure, or you can just join us in pledging to destash in your own way; it doesn't matter if you want to follow our themes, as long as you use up that stash fabric. Either way, we know we're in it together, and we know that others will be cheering us on as we go. There's nothing like working together to bust a stash!

Here's how you can join us!
  • Leave a comment here or on Cindy's blog with your pledge: "I, _______,commit to using ____ pieces of stash fabric in 2013. Additional option: I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns/ notions except for _______ until ______." Please include your blog if you have one.
  • Post on your blog (if you have one) about your commitment! There's nothing like accountability and public shaming to get us to use up fabric that's been lingering in our stashes. Please share the link back to this post so others can join in if they want.
  • Join our Flickr group! Whether you have a blog or not, this is where you can post photos of your stash, your plans, and (hopefully!) your finished projects. We can encourage each other and gush over the reduced piles together at the end of the year. 
  • In one of those above options, tell us about what pieces you would like to use up this year: 
    • how much there is
    • how long it's been in your stash
    • what your original intentions were when you bought each piece 
    • what you would like to make from it this year. 
  • Be reasonable and kind to yourself, though -- as tempting as it would be to list everything, the point of this challenge isn't to make us feel guilty at the end of the year about our failed plans. Choose pieces that you could conceivably sew up this year; don't choose everything. If you've got a gorgeous piece in your stash that doesn't match your current lifestyle or sewing skill level, feel free to leave it in the stash to wait a little longer. Its day will come! It's just not this day, and that is okay. 

So what's this about themes and challenges I hear?

Every month we'll have a theme for our stashbusting, e.g. knits, accessories, scraps, etc. We'll take turns posting on our blogs with our stashbusting projects in case you need the inspiration, and we'll also have Pinterest boards going for ideas that go along with the theme. You can follow along with us if the structure helps you, or just do your own thing...the goal here is to use fabric in any way possible! Here's a list of the first six themes, which covers the first half of the year.
  1. January: Itty Bits! Sew up those remnants left over from another project, use up some of those tiny scraps that you've been long as it's less than a yard of fabric, it counts!
  2. February: THE LOVE CHALLENGE. 
  3. March: Impending Seasonal Change. Regardless of your hemispherical location, the weather will be changing soon...what will you make? Something fun for the coming spring, or something cozy for fall?
  6. June: Containment! Get ready for those long car trips, summer outings or some good old fashioned cleaning and organizing! We're thinking bags, boxes, totes, purses, pouches, you name it; this month is all about making things to put other things in.
We will be posting the rest of the themes/challenges later in the year, so as not to overwhelm and add some surprise. You'll also notice that some of the months are challenges. This means that if you sew along with our theme, you can enter your finished project in a contest! We'll choose our favorite and you'll get bragging rights. And we promise that the prizes aren't just pieces from our stashes that we want to get rid of ;) We'll give you more detailed information about the rules and how to enter before the February challenge.

Okay, I think I'm in! I made my pledge and joined the Flickr group, now what?

Start sewing up those scraps for January! It's up to you if you want to post every month about your project, but we encourage you to interact with your fellow stashbusters, whether it's through Flickr or blog comments. Besides documenting our own projects, Cindy and I will also post round-ups each month of your makes so you can see all of your fellow stashbusters' projects gathered into one place.

You can get links to all of our posts and follow our progress on this page.
You can also follow our Pinterest StashBusting Headquarters board to see new posts from all involved.

Lastly, if you want to proudly proclaim to the world (or just to the people that you share a living space with!) that you are Finally. Doing. Something. about that stash, you can grab this amazing button for your blog's sidebar: (doesn't it make you feel fierce and ready to tackle the stash!) The button features a Sewasaurus Rex tackling a piece of stash fabric in a rather, uhh...extreme manner. It was done by one of Cindy's former chemistry students; you can check out more of Jen's amazing artwork here.

Stashbusting Sewalong
Thanks for participating with us and here's to a great year of sewing! On Wednesday, I'll be posting my pledge and stash confession pictures. I look forward to sewing and supporting you all as we accomplish our goals and get StashBusting!


jessiekays said...

I, Jessiekay ,commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2013 and will post about it on my blog This will force me to sew! I've added your button and will post about it soon. Great idea thanks!

Mrs. S said...

I, Chelsea, pledge to get through at least one project per month using stash fabric in 2013. Check out my progress at

Sarah C said...

I, Sarah,commit to using 100 yards of my almost 700 yard stash fabrics in 2013. Follow my progress at

Tee said...

I, Tee, commit to using at least 1 piece a month for 12 months....I have so much I don't know how many yards I have! Check out my progress at and I also have a flickr account.

p.s. I've nominted your blog---check it out at my stie.

Carolyn said...

This sounds like fun!
I, Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn, commit to using at least two, preferably more! pieces of fabric from the stash, per month for the next 12 months.
I will blog about the challenge soon :)

Adele said...

I, Adele,commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2013. I also commit to not buying any new patterns (i.e. "new to me", I never buy new) until December 13, 2013.

Furthermore, in the process I will review my shameful stash of vintage pattern drafting and sewing books.

My stash-busting will be documented at

Reethi said...

Count me in, please! "I, Reethi ,commit to using 25 pieces of stash fabric in 2013. I also commit to buying new fabric only if I will use it up right away.

Reethi said...

Oh, and I'll be blogging about all of this at

Deb said...

I, Debbie, pledge to use at least one piece of stash fabric per month for the next 12 months. Thanks for organizing!

Anne Maskell said...

I, Anne of Anne's Antics, pledge to use at least one (or more) pieces of stash fabric a month in 2013. I will do my best to record my progress, (or lack thereof,lol) here -

This is a double challenge for me. It means I will have to dust off the 'ole blog and get posting!

Sally Burch said...

Just adding my pledge here too - I think I may have already posted it to Cation Designs... but no matter, better said twice than not at all:

My pledge is to use at least 3 metres of fabric from my stash for every metre I buy throughout 2013. - Sally.

And the first stashbuster has already happened! :)

Shelly said...

This sounds like a bit of fun, so count me in!

I, Shelly of Shelly's DIY Style, commit to using one piece of stash fabric for the next 12 months.

Now this should really get me sewing; I've been a bit slack lately. Will post about it next week.

EmSewCrazy said...

Just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have joined in the challenge!! I can't wait to have tons of sewing fun and do a bit of decluttering together!

Borsmenta said...

Wow, been struggling with the same for quite a while but not enough motivation :) So count me in, it will be fun to join -
I, Borsmenta, commit to using one piece of stash fabric/month for the next 12 months.
Progress will be documented in my blog -

Happy New Stashbusting!

Anonymous said...

This has come along at just the right time!
I, Mary, commit to using at least two pieces of stash fabric/month for the next 12 months. Progress will be documented at my blog: .

Thanks so much.

JuanitaTortilla said...

Superb idea. I am at a "transitional" phase at the moment, as we are moving continents! When packing up my fabric stash 3 weeks ago, I thought to myself, I have TOO MUCH! I have given away quite a bit and have shipped some select pieces that I INTEND to work on. It is my personal pledge to NOT BUY any fabric in 2013, so this Stashbusting challenge is going to be GREAT.

+ Have joined the Flickr group, but not pledged yet, since my shipment will arrive the USA in March. Fingers crossed. Will be a while till I get everything set up :(
+ Also, I have to buy myself a sewing machine and overlocker for the knits challenge.
+ This comment or pseudo-pledge will be left on both organizers blogs :)

Great idea, guys!

EmSewCrazy said...

Welcome to the group Borsmenta, Mary and Juanita!
We are happy to have you and look forward to stash busting with you!

Andrea F said...

I, Andrea, commit to using as much of my stash as possible during 2013 when other work permits me the time. I also commit to not buying any new fabric for my personal use during 2013 (unless it's an absolute bargain!), AFTER my trip to Paris in March.

I just blogged this week about wanting to destash, so this is very timely. I will post my progress on my blog, and hope to blog about this challenge in the next week or so.

Julie H said...

I, Julie Hearn, of commit to completing 12 projects from my box of fabric lengths and unfinished project box, as well a minimum of 6 other projects from my stash. I further commit only spend money on items directly related to those projects from the stash.

Unknown said...

"I, Natosha Voss of ,commit to making 4 denim quilts out of my stash fabric, and finishing 5 incomplete projects in 2013.

Anonymous said...

I, Joanne, commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2013 (hopefully more!).

I finally got all of my fabric in one room and it's quite overwhelming! So this is a great challenge for me.

Juniper said...

I, Jennifer,commit to using 10 pieces of stash fabric in 2013.

I have a nice stash at home, almost all of my stash is set up with a specific pattern in mind. there were so many pattern sales and fabric sales. And now for Valentine's day my love gave me a gift card to Fabricville! Oh MY!

I will post pictures later this weekend.

My blog is located at