Why You Might Need a Fabric Stash

As my attention has been turning to all things fabric with that touch of hope chest appeal, I have recognized a serious need for a fabric stash.  Kathy Matthews gives 8 Reasons to have a Big Fabric Stash here.  She lists reasons like fabric makes her happy, weather keeping her inside sewing, and saving money in the long run,

From where I’m sitting (at home by the fire…) there are two main points to collecting fabrics:

  1. Fabric costs money, and that’s one factor that needs serious control, because…  I only need two or three of practically anything to survive but I want a SURPLUS to choose from.  Most of what I’m doing is really a want, not a need, and our luxury/want budget is pretty slim around here.
  2. Any fabric stash is fabric in waiting.  I do recognize the collector part of me who loves to shop and fill my craft closet to overflowing with whatever bright and shiny things catch my eye.  Therefore, whatever I purchase as a possible future project should be very, very cheap, in case it waits to be a project forever….

Enter THE FABRIC STASH presently in the works….

I’m lucky enough to have a couple of great thrift stores reasonably close by, one within walking distance.  (Oh, the glee!)  Lately I’ve been going shopping about once a week to look for gently used items that I can use and re-purpose to fill my hope chest and linen closet to overflowing.  One thing that I am looking for is fabric.  Let’s face it, even armed with a 40% coupon, buying new fabric from the bolt is still pretty pricy!  Not only am I hoping to find beautiful unused yard goods culled from someone else’s stash, but I’m also hunting for some huge calico dresses and cotton sheets.  This summer I will spend a bit of Saturday morning time here and there going to yard sales.  And, if anyone has stuff they want to get rid of, perhaps it will flow my way and be a free-to-me item!

Fabric Stash Rules:

  • I must LOVE the fabric
  • Fabric should be in almost new condition
  • Cotton or a poly/cotton blends only (I know the scope of my projects)
  • Cost must be less than $1 a yard
  • There should be enough fabric to make something useful
uses for thrifted sheets

A thrifted sheet turned duvet cover equals twice the fabric!

A few days ago I found a like-new duvet cover.  When taken apart it will yield two excellent pieces of fabric, a rose pattern with a soft white background stripe, and the white cotton backing fabric.  At $3 it meets every one of my fabric stash rules.  I also found a set of matching pillowcases for $2, also in like-new condition.

USES FOR A THRIFTED SHEET

  • Backing fabric for a quilt or throw
  • Fabric to use in a pieced quilt top or whole fabric top
  • Fabric to add a decorative edge or binding to pillowcases
  • Use it as an outside blanket for a picnic
  • Make household linens, such as a tablecloth, napkins, or pillowcases
  • Window curtains
  • Cut into strips for a rag rug
  • Sew clothing, such as a skirt
  • I could use it as it was intended, as a sheet or duvet cover

Jessica Lane from 104Homestead.com wrote a great article with 16 New Uses for Old Bed Sheets that covers a lot of material.  (The blog gives lots of practical info about eco living as well!)  And if you are into sewing clothing, take a moment and read this article from Sew Country Chick about sewing from thrifted sheets.

Have you ever used thrifted items to make something new?  What did you make?

2 comments

  1. Jessica Lane says:

    Thank you so much for linking to The 104 Homestead. I love finding fabric treasures to add to my stash. Our local thrift store offers fabrics for sale by the weight, so I can get a lot of bang for my buck buying cotton fabrics.

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