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Date: 4/27/10 3:38 PM

I know, some of you are horrified at even considering this.
For those of you who have destashed, how do you do it?
How do you decide, and where does it go?

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Date: 4/27/10 5:11 PM

Well you might not like this answer!!

I lost my job and now have plenty of time to sew. I don't have money to buy more fabric so I'm destashing like crazy!!!

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Date: 4/27/10 5:13 PM

I like giving away my fabrics that just clutter my life. I give them away to those who can really use them though. So far, I keep track of after-school programs whose volunteer teachers are always asking for fabric, notions and sewing machine donations.

I also give them (fabric, notions and serviced machines) to single moms. My church usually has a contact list.

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Date: 4/27/10 5:14 PM

By sewing.


I did give away a bunch of fabrics though when I decided to face the reality that they weren't ever going to be sewn by me.

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Date: 4/27/10 5:20 PM

I went through this when I moved a couple years ago. As I picked up each piece of fabric, I put it in one of three piles.

1) Good color, enough to make what I'd want from it, love the hand, good quality -- I used factors like that to decide that it would be a definite "keeper"

2) Not really a good color for me, bought for a project I'd since abandoned, e.g., home dec, not enough for a garment, not obvious how I'd use it pieced or in something smaller, or cheap fabric that I'd no longer be willing to wear -- factors like that suggested it might be one I could part with.

3) Everything in between, not so obvious that it was a keeper or less valuable.

I let the piles age for a day or two, then went through them again. I eventually went through the in between pile and sorted into the other two.

HTH, and good luck!
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Date: 4/27/10 5:36 PM

I've sorted the same way as Glenda. I had a lot of smaller pieces left from when my boys were small. At 6'3" and 6'4", there's not a lot I can make for them now out of a piece less than 1yd I did keep some of the nicer small bits for my great nephews (1 niece has 3 boys - I sew a bit for them). I sorted the destashed into home dec, boys and ladies and got rid of it on Freecycle.

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Date: 4/27/10 6:05 PM

I try to take a few pieces to my ASG group each month. If I order new fabrics (yikes, it happens) then I try to de-stash by the same amount arriving. I even save the boxes from, let's say, EOS, and take to my meeting full of fabrics.

Best way was when our chapter had a fabric "garage sale" at a community bank a few months ago. I split the proceeds with my chapter and all had fun.

If you are in crisis mode...it doesn't really matter where it goes...just get rid of it so you can clear your thoughts for future projects.
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Date: 4/27/10 6:16 PM

Some years ago I gave away a lot of fabric which I was no longer interested in to someone who was going to design school and was glad to have them. Since then I have concentrated (until recently when I ran out of $$ and room) on obtaining only better quality fabrics. I now have more than ever, I like the idea of giving it to single mothers and will probably follow up on that idea if I ever decide to give some more away.
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Date: 4/27/10 6:20 PM

I need to really get working on purging the stash. I have said on many threads here that I was going to, but never seem to follow through.

I can manage a few yards, then stop. But tat least that is a bit gone.

Yesterday I started to fill a box, when dd came home to tell me she needs a pirate costume for Thursday. Well I was stopped from purging and now am using stash to make the costume.

I have more than enough fabric for a shirt, vest and short pants. We started on the shirt last night. Tomorrow I will do the vest and pants.

I may use some of the Vera Wang purple silk blend for the vest.

I have Freecycled fabric, given it to schools and church groups int eh past.

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Date: 4/27/10 6:42 PM

I go through my stash (not huge) every so often and ask myself if I will still use something. Stuff that gets a no either gets sold on the PR classifieds if it's more pricey, or taken to our local sewing get-together to be swapped, or donated locally.

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