Tuesday Tip - 5 Hints For Feeding a Thriving Stash
Posted by pacificfabrics on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
I love being able to walk into my sewing studio, look through my fabrics and start designing without having to leave the house. This is only possible, of course, if I continually feed my fabric stash!
Here are my 5 hints for keeping a "well-fed" stash:
1. When you see a stripe or dot in colors you know you like - buy at least half a yard. If you think a fat quarter will do, that's fine, but remember you don't want to be "just getting by" when you sew. Be realistic!
2. Stock up when we have a sale. This is the time to look for the basics and make sure you have plenty. And don't forget the notions! There's nothing more tragic than finding you're out of a basic thread color when you want to sew and the store is closed.
3. Stack up those solids and blenders! We have an amazing selection of Kona Cotton solids in our stores and on our web site. Definite must haves!
4. While you're at our stores, check the "color wall". You won't believe the variety you'll find there and we may have just the color or print you need to keep your stash healthy.
5. When you see something you like - buy it! Quilting fabric suppliers usually only print a collection once. That means, when it's gone, it's gone. Likewise most of our fashion fabrics come from designer backrooms and again, when they're gone, they're gone. So, I've learned - do not hesitate - buy it and buy enough. It's the only way to avoid "non-buyers" remorse!
I hope that helps. Take a look at your stash and keep a purse-size notebook or a note on your phone with a list of stash needs, then keep your eyes open when you're shopping and browsing. You just never know when the perfect "stash seed" will pop up!
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