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Episode 3: How Big is Your Fabric Stash?

August 21, 2017

In this episode of Love to Sew we discuss our fabric stashes. Learn how we organize our fabrics, what we like to stash, how our partners feel about it, and what to do with unwanted items. Together we confess how much fabric we are each hoarding and come to realize that it’s OK to collect fabric as part of a sewing practice. Do you have a growing fabric stash? Listen to this episode for great tips (and maybe a little bit of moral support) when it comes to organizing and managing a fabric collection.

How do you organize your fabric stash? We want to hear about it! Please leave us a voicemail so we can share your methods with our listeners. You can call us at 1-844 SEW-WHAT, that’s 1-844-739-9428. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Helen’s Fabric Stash:

Helen uses Trello to organize her fabric stash. You can read more about how to set up Trello for fabric on the Attack of the Seam Ripper blog.

Caroline’s Fabric Stash:

Helens Closet Acton Dress

Caroline’s beloved plaid fabric:


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9 comments

  1. Charity says:

    Okay – that H&M Recycling Program tip was AWESOME! Thanks. About the “how to store a stash”, I always thought plastic was a bad idea and that we’re supposed to use something breathable? I mean, I use scraps for tiny quilting scraps but I have also noticed a stale odor if the bags are kept closed too long.

    1. Helen Wilkinson & Caroline Somos says:

      Yay! Glad you like the H&M tip. I havent found that my fabrics get an odor, but maybe that is because I use them and pull them out regularly to look at them. It is a good thing to note, though, for long term storage! Thanks!

  2. Samantha Green says:

    Just got into the podcast and it’s now my go to dog walking listen. I’m currently travelling the USA in an RV (yes, I have my sewing machine with me) but it means I can’t have much in the way of a ‘collection’ but you guys have me day dreaming of then day when I can 🙂

    @minimaedelcreates

    1. Helen Wilkinson & Caroline Somos says:

      Hi Samantha! It is great that you are traveling with your machine! I imagine it must be hard to pass up the fabric deals you encounter in your travels, but at least you have a reason to keep the stash small! Thanks for listening 🙂

  3. J says:

    I found it HILARIOUS that Caroline thought that ~100 pieces of fabric was an embarrassingly large stash. I may have that many pieces just from her store! *hides under desk*

    1. Helen Wilkinson & Caroline Somos says:

      Hahahaha, yeah I think a lot of sewists are in the 100+ club. We are fabric rich, it’s fine!

  4. Dolors says:

    I do have a big fabric stash (I keep it in a filing cabinet) but my bigger concern is my pattern stash … ^_^U I can more or less “control” myself and avoid buying fabric but I can’t refrain from buying patterns! Seeing all the beautiful makes and tester versions always inspires me and makes me want to sew something as beautiful (even if sometimes the pattern didn’t appeal to me at the beginning…). I have already soooo many patterns I doubt I’d have time to sew them all in a lifetime!! X( (and I still keep on buying more every time there are new realises..).

    Congratulations for the podcast! Good job ladies! :))

  5. Dolors says:

    I do have a big fabric stash (I keep it in a filing cabinet) but my bigger concern is my pattern stash… I can more or less “control” myself and avoid buying fabric but I can’t refrain from buying patterns ^_^U Seeing all the beautiful makes and tester versions out there inspires me and makes me want to sew something as beautiful (which never is…) even if sometimes the pattern didn’t appeal to me at the beginning. I have already sooooo many patterns that I doubt there is enough time in a lifetime to sew them all. But I still keep on buying more patterns!!

    Congratulations for the podcast! Keep on with the good work, ladies! 🙂

    1. Helen Wilkinson & Caroline Somos says:

      Thanks Dolors! Our pattern collections are large too, maybe that is a topic we can tackle in a future episode. I always buy them on sale, too, so I know exactly what you mean! Thanks for listening!

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