Raise your hand if you have WAY too much fabric.
Good, I'm not alone. I'm always telling myself not to buy more fabric, but then something like THIS comes along:
It's a three-yard piece of nice cotton that cost me a whopping 80 cents at a thrift store. I mean, it would have been criminal to pass it up, right?
Anyway, years of great steals have resulted in me having plenty of fabric -- and plenty, unfortunately, that is not the best color for me, the wrong weight, etc. You must be in the same boat, right?
Here's my proposition: a stash round robin. No, it's not actually REDUCING your overall stash, but it will give you the illusion that you have! Plus, you'll get exciting new fabrics that just might inspire you.How would it work? Simple:
- The first person fills a medium-sized Priority Mail box with unwanted fabric. (I suggest that the minimum amount be one or one and a half yards; pieces smaller than that can be hard to use.) No unloading of complete loser fabrics -- I promise not to send off this weird pink shiny stretchy-yet-crinkly fabric that has mystified me for years).
- Then it's to the post office to send to the next person on the list! Domestic Priority Mail flat rate for a box that size is $10.70.
- Person two gets a box of fabric and does a little happy dance. They take any fabrics that tickle their fancy -- it might be 3 pieces, it might be the whole box. Then they replace the fabrics they've taken with stash orphans and send it to the next person on the list.
- The round robin ends when the first person receives their box, completing the circle.
Whattaya say -- any interest? Leave a comment if so, and I'd love to hear any other suggestions! (International friends, postage costs are going to limit this to the U.S., but leave a message anyway -- perhaps other people from your part of the world are game for it!)