Closing Down The Shelter For Unwanted Fabric

For years, I’ve stockpiled fabrics. Buying yards of fabric for learning experiences is expensive so I made my home a shelter for all the unwanted fabric in the world. I scavenged unwanted boxes of fabric and any large pieces were welcome. Currently, three large plastic tubs of fabric occupy precious real estate in my 500 square foot home.

In the spirit of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I’ve not read but have heard discussed), I’ve decided it’s time to use those scraps of fabric or send them on their way. I’m closing my fabric farm and preserving space only for fabrics I really like.

This may take a while.

I took a Saturday to cut out a bunch of projects from the scrap pile. My first project was some throw pillows for my bed. I think I bought the pillows 6 years ago and they’ve been taking up space in the closet!



The scrap wasn’t quite big enough so this pillow got a center seam.

Next up, I used scraps of flannel to make a set of cloth diapers. I envisioned looking at a pile of diapers all folded up in the wire box. Instead, I have diapers either in the wash or hanging to dry.


A few more diapers in the waiting.


This final project was not from the scrap pile. Gentle reader, I confess I bought this flannel. With good reason. It’s a baby blanket for my nephew who’s making his debut in a few weeks.

That blanket is so simple and I’ve made it many times over the years. Being double-sided it’s cozy and ready to face years of love from a well-meaning (yet destructive) child.

DSCN0983 DSCN0985Nest up on the sewing table:

DSCN0988Pink, flowery springtime. We’ll see if my vision for this piece has any bearing on reality in a couple of weeks.

2 thoughts on “Closing Down The Shelter For Unwanted Fabric

  1. Kady

    I was also cleaning out my fabric pile recently and thought “maybe Michelle would like some of this!” But then I remembered that your house is even smaller than my apt, and I took pity on you 😉

    1. Michelle Post author

      I would have been deeply tempted to add to my pile so it’s probably best that you didn’t offer. Even now, I wonder…


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