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Fabric Stash Contest 2012 - Official Thread
January 1 through January 31, 2012
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Date: 12/18/11 10:57 AM

Our final total is 1043.40 yards, in just one month!

Hello everyone, are you excited for the great line-up of contest for 2012? I know I am! And reducing your fabric stash is a great way to start the New Year, dare I suggest, even a good idea for a New Years resolution.
My name is Aroura, and I have the pleasure of being your contest manager, and will be checking this thread daily, and responding to any questions, concerns, etc., ASAP until the contest is over. Please feel free to PM me as well if you would prefer.

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Fabric Stash Contest
January 1 through January 31, 2012

Contest Rules:

The objective of this contest is for each contestant to reduce the size of his or her fabric stash.

1) Sew an item (usable or wearable) using fabric in your stash. It counts as stash if you had it in your possession for at least 6 months (so prior to July 1, 2011). If you aren't certain when you got the fabric, your educated guess is fine; the concept is to exclude more recent purchases, not track exact dates.

2) Any sewn item is allowed (clothing, accessories, home dec, pets). However, each individual project is limited to 5 yards eligible for contest entry. (Curtain sets count as one 'project'. Slip covers count as one project per piece of furniture.)

3) Points will be awarded based on the total yards sewn up by each contestant during the contest. Each yard sewn earns the participant one point.

4) Any item entered must have been made entirely in the contest time frame (no earlier than January 1, 2012, and finished and reviewed by the end of January 31, 2012 Eastern time). Item must be completely finished to count. (It's ok if you have to press or wash it still.

5) Definition of Age of Fabric: The age of stash yardage is determined from the date the fabric came into your possession.

6) Have fun! Even if you know you can't do the most yardage, enter your yardage to increase the contest total. We all love seeing how much fabric gets sewn up during the contest, and at the end we are all winners, whether we sewed one yard or one hundred yards!

How is the Winner Determined?

The first and second places winners are the people who have used the most fabric during the contest period.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Can I do anything beforehand?

Patterns can be ones used before, or you can make muslins before hand. Fabric can be pre-washed before hand. Any other work with that fabric must wait until the start of the contest.

2) What if I don't have enough fabric to make my item?

You may purchase fabric to complete a project but only the yardage that was stash yardage may be counted. For example, if you need additional fabric to cut out sleeves, and buy another 2/3 yard, that 2/3 yard is not included.

3) What types of things can I make?

Clothes, home dec, costumes, doggy beds, Linus blankets, anything that can be sewn from fabric counts - as long as it is useable or wearable by the intended person or object. This means muslins do not qualify.

4) I bought this 1908 fabric last year; is it's age 102 years old?

No; it's stash age is only 6 months or so. Another example: If it was your grandma's and she had it for 20 years, then she gave it to you for the 4th of July last year, that fabric has only been in your stash less than a year - not 20 years plus 8 months.

5) Can I count these old pants that I want to make into a skirt?

No. Stash is fabric in its natural state only (so to speak). Recycling garments, curtains, or other items does not fit with this contest.

6) I sewed 2.5 yards. Does that round to 3?

No, it counts as 2.5 yards, and two points. When you sew another 1/2 yard, you will reach 3 yards and 3 points.

7) But someone can make a big home dec project using oodles of yards and I'm making this complex...

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. Home dec isn't as easy as you might think. And the goal here is to use up YOUR stash in the way YOU want. So if home dec is what you need, great! If a tailored jacket with welt pockets and hand-stitched lining is what you need, great! Everyone has the choice to make anything they want for the contest, as long as it uses stash fabric.

8) What counts as a yard of fabric?

Fabric is any material that is wider than 24 inches. Everything below this width is a trim.

9) If a pattern envelope countains patterns for multiple garments, e.g. a top, skirt, trousers and jacket, how should the individual garments be counted? As one or multiple projects?

You may count each item as a separate project.

10) If I make the same item multiple times, do I have to write a separate review for each?

No, you do not have to write separate reviews for each. I will be reviewing the contest report to make sure participants don't go over the 5 yard rule, so it's important for you to clearly indicate within your review the total number of the items and the total number of yards sewn for the contest.

11) Are photos required?

Photos are encouraged. Pictures are worth 1,000 words!

Tips for Keeping Track of Yards and Points

Contestants should enter the yards including decimals. The points are a total of what they have sewn, rounded down (roughly). So if they sew 1.5 yards, that is one point. If they sew a 2nd project that uses 1.5 yards, they then have 3 points.

If they have one project that is less than a yard, that would typically be considered no points until they sew some additional projects.

Prizes!
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First Prize: $100 Gift Certificate
Second Prize: $50 Gift Certificate

Rules that apply to all contests:

1. All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest. Contest dates will be listed for each contest.

2. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, patterns may be drafted, tweaked, and muslined before the contest date, but fabric for the pieces entered may not be laid out or cut till the start date of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the contest date.

3. Items intended for sale, or for which you were or will be paid to make, do not qualify for any contest, but items made for charity are welcome!

4. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry.

Contest Eligibility

1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the start of a contest is eligible to enter.

2. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.

3. Any member who's won 1st place in a contest on Pattern Review ended in the previous 4 months is ineligible to win another contest (for that 4 month period).


I will also be sewing along for fun. I have 3 fabrics so far that I have dug out and set aside that have been in my stash a while and that I plan to put to use, finally!
I do hope many of you will join me!

The bottom of this post is reserved for any updates, answers to common questions, or helpful links that may come up.


-- Edited on 12/31/11 3:20 PM --
-- Edited on 1/1/12 11:36 AM --

Edited to add common questions.
Question: Can I submit the same project to this contest and to the jeans contest?
Answer: Yes you can! If your project fits the requirement of both contests, it can be entered into both.
This is true of all contests and entries as well.
-- Edited on 1/3/12 1:55 AM --
-- Edited on 1/10/12 1:39 PM --
-- Edited on 2/1/12 1:44 AM --

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Date: 12/18/11 4:48 PM

Here is a great charity project for this contest. Homeless Coat I believe it goes over the 5 yd. limit - but you would just enter it as 5 yards and the other couple yds. would be a freebie. I have a particular piece of fabric in mind to use for one of these. I will see if I can get it done within the one month parameter.

In the past I have usually set a personal goal. I can't keep up with the serious contenders, but I like to challenge myself. My last goals were for around 25 yds., but that was for 2 months. I am not sure what to set for this year - but I do have a lot of projects that need to be done - so I think I will try to stay with the 25 and see if I can get it done.

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Date: 12/18/11 7:20 PM

I've been thinking how I need to use up some of my stash. This way I can go buy more fabric guilt free.

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Date: 12/18/11 7:47 PM

I must sew up some major yardage of stash.....thankfully stash sewing time is coming up!!! Now to organize my projects to do!! Maybe I can sew up all my stash, then I can end my fabric fast and go purchase some more to fill all the empty bins (sounds of laughter in the background...hahahahahahah) *one can always dream*

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Date: 12/18/11 9:21 PM

Signed up! Have TONS of fleece that needs being dealt with. Have some patterns that I need to make up and get pressed and ready for gifting. Have a quilt that I promised DD I would make (though she has since asked for me to re-paint her room, getting rid of the peachy color and the light mint and changing them to yellow and white....which would make her room yellow and purple with white trim and her quilt fabrics are purple, turquoise, pink, and a print that has all those colors AND yellow)....have to decide if I want to swap out the pink for soft yellow or just stick with the fabrics that I've had for a year {sigh}.

Have fabrics that have been aging since Nanny passed away 8 years ago, but I need to check to make sure I have the patterns in the right size before I decide if I'm going to make them....hate to run into the same problem in consecutive contests....grrrr....though, the pattern that I wanted to use for pattern stash was matched with fabric that is about 1.5 years old, so if I can get it in the right size, I can make it for this contest....hmmmm

I need to think about all of this.....but I'm in definitely...AND I'm going to try to get in on the jeans contest as well...but I need to find denim that I want to use...already have "special feature" ideas, just need to locate the pattern again (seems to be a recurring theme...lol)

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Date: 12/18/11 11:44 PM

Patti..very good idea on personal goals! I'll join you in the 25 yards. That does seem a good amount. Enough to make a difference in the number of totes, but will still allow for minimal housekeeping

Larisa ..the fleece is so hard to store it will probably feel as if you have regained double the space after you have sewed it up!

Aurora...thanx for managing!! I do have to laugh..you found three fabrics! I have more than three totes! Maybe by the end, I will be down to three totes!

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Date: 12/19/11 0:21 AM

Larisa, thank you for saying that you signed up. I didn't realize that we could sign up already.

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Date: 12/19/11 1:56 AM

I'm still not finished with the Pattern Stash Contest, but this one is just around the corner. At least I won't have to limit myself to sewing only Christmas gifts (personal choice).

I've signed up and look forward to sewing along with everyone else.

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Date: 12/19/11 2:06 AM

Fourkid, that looks like a very interesting pattern! I would like to see it sewn up. Are you planning on trying?

Sewnsewnmom and Restart06, I'm looking forward to seeing how you do with goal setting, I think that is a brilliant idea.

Larisa, yes, thanks for mentioning the sign up! It is indeed open to everyone now. I hope you enjoy sewing up the fleece! I did a little of that recently, and fleece was challenging for me.

Jannw, that did come out funny. I mean I have more than 3 pieces of older fabric!

There are a few fabrics I've been itching to sew for ages, and hope to get to this month if I have time as well. These are just ones I want to sew up soon.

Judy, I know what you mean about only sewing christmas gifts. Personal choice for me as well, but it will be nice to get my sewing freedom back soon!

I'm glad to see so much interest already, and hope you all enjoy going through your stash and pairing the perfect patterns to your fabrics, and making plans for this contest. :)
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Date: 12/19/11 8:08 AM

fourkid and jannw, I am in awe of your goals to sew up 25 yards! I shall be glad if I sew up 2 or 3 ... which would not really count as a reduction of my stash since I am sure I'll bring more fabric home than I manage to sew up ...

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