Last week my neighbor invited another friend and me over to make some pillowcases for a nursing home whose residents were displaced due to a fire. Actually she bribed us with a yummy lunch, after which we got down to business and knocked out 11 pillowcases in around 2 hours. We had a little assembly line going with the two of them sewing and me pressing, trimming and turning. It was a fun and productive afternoon.
Then I went to the guild meeting and the Sunshine committee said they were ALWAYS in need of pillowcases. Those two events made me realize I’ve been missing a simple stash busting opportunity. Making just two pillowcases a week will use about 110 yards of stash in a year with much less effort than making quilts. Plus I know they will be used and appreciated.
It’s fun to paw through some older fabrics to find nice combinations. This week’s pick: cream paisley body, navy check cuff and Kona mahogany flange.
This year, I hope to have a bigger stash deficit than last year. So far I had no purchases, but Jen was looking for a particular line of fabric and when I found it for her a couple of pieces for me jumped in my cart. It’s okay, though since I already have them earmarked for a project.
Week 2 Stash Report:
Purchased this week: 7 yards
Purchased YTD: 7 yards
Used this week: 9 yards
Used YTD: 10 yards
Net Out of Stash: 3 yards
Yes, they’re great stash busters aren’t they? And a good change of pace from quilting. I made a dozend in December to reduce my stash!