Stash Diet 2014: The Weigh In!

I don’t consider my stash to be huge (perhaps through denial) but  it is starting to overwhelm me. My stash is comprised of someone else’s lifetime stash and fabric I purchased for the fabric-gasam. I’ve learnt that buying fabric doesn’t equate to time to sew it and that I’d like to be more reactive to newly released patterns and fashion trends. So, when I read that Andrea of Stitch Parade and Gail of Today’s Agenda launched Stash Diet 2014 I felt compelled to join them.


Stash fabric height: 90cm
Stash fabric weight: 23.5kg
Scrap fabric weight: 1.3kg
Total stash weight: 24.8kg

Fabric-pattern matched projects: 8 with pattern already owned, 5 with pattern purchase required.

Stash 2014

Five self-imposed rules:

1. Lose 12.4kg (50%) of fabric by the end of 2014.
2. Sew fabric-pattern matched garments (all 13!) before any new fabric purchases.
3. Quarterly weigh ins and pattern matching.
4. Use stashed notions as a priority over purchasing new where possible.
5. Regular stash delve makes to use up scraps.

Are you joining this challenge or anything similar this year? Any tips for me to stay on the straight and narrow?

23 responses to “Stash Diet 2014: The Weigh In!

  1. Sounds like a great plan! I think already having matched fabric and patterns to hand will help you stay on track and avoid potential ‘distractions’ from fabric shops! Best of luck with the project, looking forward to your updates 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness I love that you actually weighted the stash – awesome! I must confess that I actually added mine up in metres/yards and the total is… overwhelming and embarrassing. In any case, your quarterly weigh-in idea has got me thinking about quarterly metre checks of my own. Let’s motivate each other to trim down 🙂

    • Weighing seemed easier than measuring length and I wanted to be in keeping with the ‘diet’ theme too! I think it’ll backfire during the summer months when I’m sewing lightweight fabrics! I’ve cut a toile and a fashion fabric this evening so I’m feeling lighter already. Best of luck.

  3. Haha! Great idea!! Great stats too 🙂

  4. This is such a great idea I hadn’t heard of it before. I know that when I bring new fabric home it makes me feel anxious, like there is just more I need to do and I feel I need to rush to make something in order to decrease my stockpile. Good luck, I can’t wait to see how you do.

  5. OMG, you are so organised! I have to admit I don’t do stash busting, I like fabric shopping far too much. But I do fabric and pattern matching as well and I have a proper little queue going now, with all fabrics, patterns and notions neatly bundled. Makes me feel very go-getting 😉

  6. Oh, I’ll definitely join you. I keep fabric in so many different places that I don’t even know how big my stash is and still I buy more. Ridiculous. So I am with you sister on this quest to use up what I ‘ve got, before I am even allowed near a fabric store…..

  7. wowee! this is my kind of diet. I have plans for all my fabric, but as you mentioned, purchasing it doesn’t mean you get time to use it! good luck and be sure to keep to it! good luck!

  8. I’m not sure if my scales could handle the weight of my stash… which I think screams that I need to join in your initiative!

  9. I like how you added the stats:) I have also came to the painful conclusion that my purchasing pace and sewing pace is very different. Good luck!

  10. Such a great idea! I will join in too. I am very interested but also slightly nervous what how my stash pile will add up – its currently packed in a couple of different boxes in different locations around my house due to continuing house rennovations.
    I definately need to avoid the temptations of new fabric purchases until I use my existing stock – but with an MA final dissertation to write, a house to re-plumb / re-wire / re-plaster and decorate I think that sewing activities will be on hold until Easter : (
    Good luck everyone with your New Year statsh diets!!

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