I came up with a compromise for my pledge this year.
I, Andrea Firth of Obsessive Creativeness, pledge to use up at least twice as much fabric as I buy during 2016.
Now it's confession time. I've already bought 5 metres of fabric in January. The Fabric Store were having a VIP sale, and I try to get to most of their sales, even if I don't have anything specific that I need. So my goal for the year has already been set at a minimum of 10m. Sounds OK so far!
The January theme for stashbusting was Getting Organised (link to the first of 4 posts here) Judy took us through how to get ourselves organised so we can get back into a productive year of sewing. I took the opportunity during the last week or so of the school holidays to get a few things organised for myself, so if I find an hour or so spare, I can get right into sewing without wondering what I should sew. I have already sewn up one of my new pieces of fabric (my daughter's leopard print dress), cut out another, and have a pattern started for a third. That will take care of 4m, so at least I'm following through on the plans that I had for these pieces when I bought them. I also have a top cut out and started. I guess I was on theme for January then?
When I started writing this post I came across a list that I had written at the start of 2015 with my 'wish list' if you like, of things that I wanted to sew during the year. I can't recall referring to it again during the year, but went through the list and ticked off everything that I did manage to get done. Of the 27 projects that I listed here, I actually completed 11. Not bad going for not looking at it at all. I'll be sure to have another look at this list next time I'm wondering what to sew! I have since written myself another list to cover me for this year, just off the top of my head, so there is a bit of crossover.
To help me track incoming and outgoing stash this year, I tweaked the spreadsheet that I made myself for last year. It's nothing fancy, and gives me just enough information so I know where I stand. Rather than keep track on the computer, I've printed out a few pages, and will fill out information as I go.
The last thing I want to talk about now, is an idea that I saw come up in my Facebook feed at the start of the year. It's a fabric time capsule that you make by saving a snippet of every fabric that you use during the year. Here's my jar so far.
I've added scraps from dresses that I started last year but haven't finished yet, and of course, everything else that I started this year. It will be interesting to see how full it gets by the end of the year!
And now, I just need to find some time to follow through on my sewing plans.