To stash or not to stash?
I say stash. Stash as if your life depended on it. Really. And I’m not just talking about fabric, folks, but notions too. A deep stash is beautiful thing. When you can shop your stash for a project without having to go to your local fabric store for this notion or that coordinating fabric, well then, you’ve reached Nirvana.
That’s how I felt yesterday when I found the perfect contrast fabric for my PJ project. I needed something for the neck, sleeve and leg bindings for the baby pj’s. Something soft and hopefully something that matched the Prussian blue of the polkadot fabric I purchased in NYC for this project. I headed over to the fabric closet to see if I had something that would work. And lo and behold there was the remnant from my very first batwing top.
It was a perfect match. How lucky is that? And the feather in the cap is that it’s so soft, perfect for baby clothes.
When I was sewing up the pj top, I realized it needed a little something-something. It was all polka dots but no baby pizzazz. Hmmm… Maybe a little heart appliquéd on the top? What do I need for that? Some steam a seam, some embroidery floss and I’m good to go. Did I have those in the stash? Yep and yep! And now the top has that je ne sais quoi it was missing.
My Nirvana feeling only lasted so long though. When it came to constructing the pants, I realized that I was out of 3/8 inch elastic for the waist casing. I did have 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 1 inch elastics though. But no 3/8 inch elastic, so time to go to the fabric store. Luckily for me, it’s only a 10 minute car ride away (which, if you live in CA, you realize that’s practically right next door to your house). So in less than half an hour, I had my elastic for the project and more for the stash for next time.
So tell me… Do you have a deep stash? Can you finish a project without having to go to the fabric store to collect all the fabric and notions you need? Do you find comfort in knowing you have everything you need on the spur of the moment? I know I have loved having all the supplies to make Jack’s impromptu projects like his sleeping bags, the superhero cape, and the sword scabbard. It makes creativity so much more spontaneous. And it brings joy to both Jack and me.
Do you stash like your
life creativity depended on it?