Fabric Fast

Fabric Fast

Creative Counselor: Fabric Fast
Our sneak peek photo from Baby J’s 3-month photo shoot earlier this week. Time flies!

Believe it or not folks, next week is my last week of maternity leave. Yep, in 9 days I’ll leave the good life behind and go back to workin’ for The Man. (Well, I guess I’m technically part of “The Man” at my firm now. So I’ll go back to working for myself as well as the 400 or so others who collectively comprise “The Man.”)

It’s bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s nice being a stay-at-home mom for awhile, and this will probably be the last time I get to spend an extended period of time staying home with my kiddos. And I’m really not looking forward to developing an intimate relationship with my pump :/

On the other hand, I can tell that I’m starting to get a little bored being home all the time. I have far fewer adult conversations when I’m on maternity leave and nothing that really makes me use my brain in a challenging way.

And unfortunately, when I get bored, I tend to shop. In the last two days, I’ve had two boxes from Fabric.com and one from Girl Charlee land on my doorstep. The Michael Levine one would have arrived had it not been delayed by a a train derailment in Lenexa, KS.

I think my pocketbook needs me to go back to work!

All this means that my already-abundant stash is now literally overflowing. I have run out of places to store it! Therefore, I am putting myself on a fabric fast until I work through my current stash. And considering the size of my stash, this is likely to be a project extending over years, rather than weeks or months.

I am, however, realistic, and I am setting myself a few guidelines for new fabric purchases:

1. All new fabric purchases must be for a specific project.

2. I cannot have any other appropriate fabric in my current stash.

3. I can buy only enough fabric for my project, not an extra yard or two “just in case.”

4. I must start the project within a month after receiving the new fabric. No more buying fabric with a project in mind only to have it languish in my stash for the next 18 months!

So no more buying fabric just because I like the print or it’s a great price (after all, spending $20 on fabric that sits around unused for years is basically a waste of $20, right?). No more fabric purchases just because I’m low on solids or prints, or whatever. I’ll report periodically on my progress here, just to keep myself honest!

So there’s my back-to-work pledge! Anyone care to join me?

0 thoughts on “Fabric Fast

  1. i couldn’t agree more!! i have been on a fabric fast for awhile, but always tempted to shop (esp. when the ben franklin’s has a going out of business sale).
    i go back to work soon, too. can’t believe my leave is almost over–mixed emotions for sure!!!

    1. It’s gone by so fast, hasn’t it? Twelve weeks seems like such a long time at the outset and at the end I can’t figure out where it all went!

      Hope you all are doing well. Not sure when we’ll be up your way next, but we’ll have to get together!

  2. 9 days only? You didn’t have a long leave. Good luck making friends with the pump! I am dropping to 2 days at work in 2 weeks time, and I can hardly wait! Going back to work after I had Little Monkey was a heart breaking experiences and I sobbed for days.

    As for the pledge – I will join you 🙂 Last summer I got a truck load (or just about) of fabric ready to sew up a storm for the markets during winter months… and then I started a blog… Blogging turned out to be so much fun I am considering retiring from markets at the end of this season. I totally overestimated how much I would be able to sew form the fabric that I bought last year, so I think I have enough for a few years ahead! Here to a lot of things in the same print hehe

    1. Yay! I love company 😉

      I had 12 weeks of leave — longer than most, but still not enough. Kudos to you on dropping down to 2 days. Enjoy your extra time with the little one!

  3. Man….if I could show that kind of willpower with my fabric purchases, I could also lose that ‘last ten pounds’ that have been hanging on me for about a decade!! Congrats on another Beautiful baby!!

  4. Hope you enjoy going back to work! Your fabric fast sounds really sensible. It can pile up so quickly! I find that I buy fabric when I’m working more and don’t have time to sew– it’s one of those vicarious things, I think, where I’m trying to feel creative even though I’m too tired to be very productive. But I’m all out of fabric storage space and I really can’t buy anything else until I work through this stash!

    1. Thanks! Honestly I have mixed feelings about going back this time. I’m really going to miss the one-on-one time with my kids. Though the increase in adult conversation will be nice 🙂 I made a trip to Joann’s today and didn’t come out with a single scrap of fabric! Only the clear elastic and stay tape that I went for. There is hope for me yet!

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