In an effort to actively reduce my stash, I thought an organization and cataloging process was a good idea and that's what I did today. I used Mena's cute fabric swatch pages to cataloge all of my fabrics. I also rolled all of them instead of folding as suggested by the Coletterie. It was a pretty long process but I'm so happy it's done! I know all of the fabrics (minus muslin, lining and interfacing) that I have as well as how much of each I own. Woohoo!
I also made a snazy Excel spreadsheet to do all of stat calculations for me and here's what I've found.
Garment: 43.3 yds (54%)
Quilting: 29.3 yds (37%)
Home Dec: 6.9 yds (9%)
Total: 79.5 yds
(Thought you all might like to know that 53 yds of my stash are pieces I've never used and 26.5 yds are remnants from previous projects.)
Oh, why did I buy so much quilting cotton?!?! *sigh*
I was able to let go of a lot of small pieces. I got rid of a huge garbage bag full of mid sized scraps that were <1/3 yd or just oddly shaped. I also used enough of my small scraps making ties for my fabric bundles to go from 2 shoe boxes full to 1. I still have gobs of pieces that are less than one yard.
Garment: 9.4 yds under 1 yd pieces
Quilting: 4.4 yds under 1 yd pieces
Total: ~15 yds under 1 yd pieces
How small is too small to keep? I'm not a quilter and can't really see myself using many pieces that are less than one yard. Some of the pieces have millinery or purse potential but a lot don't. Are these keepers or is it time to let go? I'm sure many of you are more thrifty and crafty and would have loads of ideas of how to use these bits. I'm not that crafty nor do I have extra time to do said crafty things.
There are also a lot of leftovers from other projects that I don't see myself using again. There are a few pieces that are 1-2 yds that someone else would be able to use to make something, especially if they are smaller than me. Would any of you be interested in a giveaway for these? I'm still digesting a lot of this though so I'm not sure I'm ready to part with all of them.
Now to relax with a bit of knitting.