2022 Destash-Along

It’s amazing that you had so many fabrics that all work so well together for this wreath! It’s so very spring-y!

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Hoo-boy! After probably 16 or so hours of digging, planning, cutting, and sewing I have made 4 mismatched throw pillow covers for our new sofa! All the fabric is stash as well as the notions. I did buy 2 of the 3 sizes of cord to make the piping.


EDIT: I just realized that these might fit a couple of the April prompts! The color yellow, and the random “pattern.”


I did some crafting from stash. Very small amounts of everything, but I did use up some safety eyes:


These are adorable! I find it very difficult to really make a noticeable dent in stash myself, but it’s still nice to have completed projects that required little or no newly bought supplies!


Does it count if I busted someone else’s tee-shirt stash? I’ve somehow ended up as the person for photojournalists-who-know-my-friend-Sol to go to for turning their tees into quilts! (OK, well him and two of his friends). :person_shrugging:

I did use batting & thread from my stash, though! And have hardly any extra cotton or flannel left over, which I consider a big win. :checkered_flag:


Helping others with their stash totally counts!

I was waiting for my swap partner to receive from the fill a flat rate box swap. The swap was perfect motivation for me because I went through some of my stash and found items I had forgotten I had. For the crocheted purse I did buy the hardware.

NSFW swear words. I’m totally in love with this project. I really hope she likes it.


Quick-ish stash-only box card to include with a barely-any-stash gift.


I’ve been using up loads of little bitty stash scraps, soon I’ll have a whole whack of things to post. Until then, here’s this teeny weeny offering of a sweary little bit sent to somebody who needed some more eff bombs in their life, haha.



I’ve been thinking a lot about my “stash style” lately.

I love the idea of the wild and crammed-with-everything stash, but then I find I’m letting things languish too long. Either I got them in a “Mystery Box” (which I really need to stop doing) and can’t think what to do with them, I fall out of love with it over time, or they might actually age out (think dried out paints/markers, etc.).
And lately I’ve been thinking about “using the good stuff” and how if I have too much for my space then I can’t find (or have forgotten about) something that was once The Good Stuff. I have also come to realize that I wouldn’t have Good Stuff Paralysis if I actually used the stuff in a timely fashion. With few exceptions most supplies could be replenished if I use them soon enough. Unless it is a special thing from an indie artist, a handmade thing that’s OOK, vintage, or something like that I could go get more if needed/wanted. If I “wreck” it in a project attempt or mess around with it on something only to afterward find The Perfect Project for it and I dilly dally too long or hoard it in indecision-land for ages then it may be discontinued or so rare that now I have created the problem I was afraid of having.

And finally, having a flush stash has made it so that I don’t get to enjoy acquiring a new Good Stuff that speaks to the me-of-now because I argue with myself that I already have so much I should use that up first. There is literally an independent yarn store within walking distance of my house where I have lived since 2014. How many times have I been in there? Twice. Because I have so much yarn already that doesn’t have a project assigned to it I don’t let myself just wander over there (and either blow my budget or be the lookie-loo who fondles the fibers and doesn’t buy. No one wants to be THAT gal.) It is sad, really. I should be in that store like every week! (Ok, at least monthly would be appropriate.)

All this rambling to say I have been thinking about what a working stash should look like to me now, in this mind-set, and in this phase of life. I struggle with just giving stuff away that I “could totally use if I did…” because I am certainly no Rockerfeller and it seems foolish to donate away yarn and go buy yarn. But that might actually be the right choice to get the yarn living its full potential and me able to hunt and gather for specific projects as the whim strikes. And then actually make them.

Thanks for reading, I’ve been trying to get out of my head and into some action on this. We all got covid this month so it’s been a low-activity April but I am trying to maintain my “craft a little every day” goals… and all from stash, naturally! :slight_smile:


You sound like you are deep in thought & practical planning, full support! You’re certainly not alone… Reorganizing the studio (studioS, let’s be real here. My crap is in several areas of the house :face_with_diagonal_mouth:), I once again had to face the full width & breadth of the stash & it is disproportionately ridiculous. I’ve been keeping up your regular crafting routine (thanks for the motivation!) & knocking off UFOs but my gosh, there’s just so darn much of it! I have some decisions to make. I’m trepidatious.


I was loving your home organizing posts when you created so much breathing room everywhere- my house spirits are really pulling my attention towards that need here now. Breathing room in all categories. The stash needs to be tamed, not exactly sure the best method yet, but a slow and steady crafting daily routine (and not buying anything that isn’t specifically for a started project) are helping to slow the spread.

A local shop was posting for yarn donations for someone in the community to use in teaching classes somewhere. I thought about bringing some over and then we were in isolation windows that outlasted the call to yarns. A sign that I should just use it up… or coincidence?


After donating all but the natural fiber yarns (which easily fit into one deep drawer), I find myself in the frikken yarn aisle at Michaels OFTEN. Lol, I don’t let myself get any. The memory of buying then bagging up & giving away the giant collection I had puts a pretty strong sting into the thought of replacing it. And all the cabinets we got rid of? I’ve left myself nowhere to squirrel away anything more, ha! Neat trick, that.


That IS a neat trick! Haha

I decided to hold the yarns for now. I’m almost done with my long-term stripey blanket so maybe I will move in some quick turn around projects for a little “instant” stash busting gratification.


I did a variation of ”use the good stuff” around this time last year. My mom was between projects so I picked through my stash. I had a kit with pattern and yarn (and the right cirkular needle too I think) from a Swedish indie dyer. One of a kind, yarn base I love, pattern looked enjoyable… However. It would take me ages to start it, the colour was perfect for mom, and I needed a birthday present for her. So I wrapped it up for her.

She had so much fun making it, uses the shawl a lot, and it looks great on her. I’ve played with other stash yarns, and new yarns so ai haven’t missed it. No regrets!


Maybe this is silly or unhelpful, but whenever I go to peruse my stash these days, I replay the Home Alone 2 rollerblades/hearts conversation in my head!

Bird Lady: I’m just afraid if I do trust someone, I’ll get my heart broken.
Kevin: I understand. I had a nice pair of rollerblades. I was afraid to wreck them, so I kept them in a box. Do you know what happened? I outgrew them. I never wore them outside. Only in my room a few times.
Bird Lady: A person’s heart and feelings are very different than skates.
Kevin: They’re kind of the same thing. If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.

I tell myself that loving that fabric/bead/paint/whatever means I SHOULD use it, and the sooner the better. Who cares if it’s the most perfect thing ever if it’s just getting stuffed in a drawer? Even an imperfect craft does it more justice than that.

Hope you and your family are feeling better!


Most of the craft supplies are still packed (boo!) but I did manage to dig out some sewing supplies and made a few travel tissue holders. It’s a stupid little thing but I basically hate travel tissue packet designs. And they always pop open and/or get gross in my purse.

The pocket on the outside goes all the way around and is perfect for sanitizer/lip balm/bandaids/etc.


That’s genius to have the outer pocket, great idea!

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My April entry! (Also posted in the stitch along)

“Skagit Valley Stormy Spring”

This was a totally for fun, no rules, fooling around, whatever-happens-happens, 100% made from stash, project! And it has yellow!

Just north of where I live is the Skagit Valley. Along with being a hugely important area in West Coast bird migration, it’s also home to many, many bulb farms. It’s famous for the tulip festival every spring, but I actually appreciate the earlier daffodils even more. Just beyond the daffodils, when you stand with your back to Puget Sound, are the foothills of Cascade Mountain range. It is a photographer’s paradise - mountains, incredible skies, birds of all kinds - including flocks of thousands & thousands of huge Trumpeter & Tundra Swans.

So I started thinking about doing a mixed media version of one of my photos, and photos from local photographers I liked. I stitched everything together, no glue etc.

Everything is from stash! The background/stormy sky is dark blue tulle. The mountains/foothills are denim bits i was using to make a quilt. The daffodil rows and green leaves are felt, leftover from swap projects. The birds are from scrap paper from a used up sketch pad. The Moon you see in some photos is my needle-minder, and is not part of the project! Lol

Full post: Skagit Valley Stormy Spring - Inspired-along challenge 2022 Entry



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I just found this thread!