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It’s time to attack the craft stash

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

I know we’re still technically a few weeks away, but it’s starting to feel like spring around here already. We watched our first baseball game on TV and my youngest kiddos started up their swimming lessons again.

As the days get longer and a bit warmer some people start thinking about spring cleaning. I’ve never really been one for a huge cleaning overhall in the spring but I can tell you that my craft stash could definitely use some attention.

I’ve developed a little project for myself for this season and I’m excited to walk through it with you here on the blog!

The busier I get with life, homeschooling, mom-duties and just being a wife and friend, the less time I spend on my hobbies. So I’m finding myself wanting to really cut back on them and focus on what I’m passionate about. Quality over quantity, that’s what I’m thinkin’.

I have a lot of craft supplies gathering dust (maybe I’m not the only one?), and I decided it’s high time to attack them and actually use some of them. 

From beads to grommets to felt to paper to feathers… I’ve got quite the eclectic collection. This spring I’m going to start taking a good, hard look at what I have and trying to actually use some of my supplies.

If you’ve got a similar thing going on, by all means play along with me! Let’s dig in and get creative, and see how we can use what we have. I’m hoping that in a couple of months I will have slimmed down my crafty belongings and maybe made some fun, useful things in the process.

I’ll post here what I find and what I do with it. If you’re on Instagram, you can play along with the hashtag #attackthestash.

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19 Comments

  1. Sally { with eager hands }

    What a great idea! My craft closest is more kid-oriented, I suppose, but still enough to get crafty! Things like teeny tiny terra cotta jars, rick rack, those melty beads…..I have been saying that I need to use up some of this stuff before I buy more — thank you for the umption to do it! (I am already working to pare down my small yarn stash!)

  2. Heather

    This is a great idea! It is something that I have been working on for the past year. I go through phases of buying all kinds of yarn and pretty fabric, with no real project in mind. So, this past Christmas I tried to use mainly what I had on hand. Of course, now I am getting so low in supplies that I need to make another trip to the craft store for new inspiration!

    • Nicole

      That’s exciting that you’ve been using up and now you actually have a reason to get more! It’ll be a while before I’m to that point. 😉

  3. Emily @Random Recycling

    Too funny. I just ask Tsh yesterday if Project Simplify will happen because crafting supplies is one of those areas that needs some TLC. Can’t wait to see what people come up with! I started pulling craft supply organizing ideas on my Pinterest board if this helps. http://pinterest.com/RandomRecycling/organization/

  4. Stacy @ A Delightful Home

    Love this! I’ll be playing along. I’ve got a good stash that I need to go through!

  5. Erin

    Funny that you posted this! I just went through my craft closet. I approached it a little differently than what you outlined – I have bins of fabric and a bin of “current projects.” I looked through the current project bin and found projects that really weren’t that important to me to finish. They weren’t worth my time – I didn’t like how they were turning out. That was hard for me because I’m a “finish what you start” kind of girl. But I’m learning to prioritize my time and since I have little time for hobbies, why spend time finishing something I am not wild about? Same with the fabric bins: I had overflowing bins so I culled out the fabrics that were gifts or impulse purchases that didn’t really wow me that much, and all of those plus the undone projects went into a bag. I shared the bag with a crafty friend who was delighted to pick through and take some things, and I also shared some things with my daughter’s preschool, who was so happy to get new craft supplies. So another way to approach this is – what do you love, what do you want to do, and what isn’t as important? Declutter the less-loved items and share with others. It’s a win-win!

    • Nicole

      Love what you’ve been doing! My project pile seems much more manageable now that I’ve organized it a bit, too. I love that you were able to let go and move on from a few things; I probably have a few things I could stand to let go of as well!

  6. Kimberly

    I am looking at a potentially big move sometime in the next year – and my goal is to not buy any new craft item (save a zipper or a button or a spool of thread to match a fabric project), until after the potential move. The goal being to move less!

    • Nicole

      It always helps to have motivation, and moving less stuff is a perfect motivator!

  7. Te

    My New Year’s Resolution is to try my hand at making two quilts with the fabric I have on hand. One is going to be a Yo-Yo quilt and the other a string quilt. The only thing I have bought so far is the batting because I did not have that on hand. The other thing I will need to buy is more thread to make the Yo-Yo’s. Right now I am making somthing with my Hexagons. I think it will go on my table.

    • Nicole

      I love yo-yos! 🙂

  8. kc

    Can I ask what the item with blue/teal terrycloth stripes is? I am intrigued but baffled!

    • Marcia

      I don’t know if this is right or not, but I have see bathmats that look very similar to this. The ones I have see have old towels for the back, cute fabric on front, and then you could add old towels on the front such as in the picture.
      I am also curious as to what it is, but that is my guess 🙂

      • Nicole

        Yep! Marcia is right! I made two bathmats like that from old towels and fabric in my stash. The tutorial is in Amanda Soule’s book The Creative Family. 🙂

  9. beth@redandhoney

    This is a fantastic idea! I’d totally play along, but all of my stuff is still in boxes! 2 weeks until we move to our new place!! Woohoo!

    • Nicole

      So excited for you, Beth! It will be so fun to get your stuff back (I speak from experience as you know!), and it will definitely give you a perspective on what you really want to keep.

  10. ruth

    It must be catching: this was my New Year’s Resolution too! I pulled all the Unfinished Projects and put them together in a box; as the year progresses, I’m pulling them out and Getting Them Done! Already finished up some little quilted hearts, which I haven’t put away from Valentine’s Day yet; the baby quilt for my niece (got 2 more cut and ready to piece); a tea bag holder for a friend; and I emptied a glitter and glitter glue that had been hanging around for years by making a glitter jar ala Pinterest. Wish I could instagram along, but will enjoy seeing what you do!

    • Nicole

      Way to go on your projects! 🙂

  11. Yvonne

    Sounds like a great idea! I have way too many craft supplies laying around here and I know they could be put to good use.

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