Sunday 21 July 2013

Have you ever been attacked by your stash?

*Disclaimer: This is not my actual fabric stash but a handy representation!*

This morning I had grand plans for an afternoon of sewing, starting off with PJ shorts (much needed in this hot weather) and then cutting out for my Kelly skirt. I couldn't quite face my Victoria blazer with the heat we have had recently, but rest assured this is next on my list. I was all ready to go and was just storing away my Victoria blazer fabric on the shelf where my boxes of fabric live....when out of nowhere disaster struck and the whole shelf came crashing down, boxes of fabric narrowly missing me and my precious overlocker (luckily we were both fine). I was literally being attacked by my stash. The result was fabric strewn all over the floor while I stood there trying to hold the rest of the boxes in place until the boy came to rescue me.

The piece of fabric I had been trying to put on the shelf was by no means heavy on its own, but it must have been the straw that broke the camel's (or rather, the shelf's) back. The boy gave me a stern talking to about overloading the shelves - apparently they can only hold 15kg in weight. I would have protested that there is no way my stash comes anywhere near that, but comparing lifting even one of the four boxes to weights at the gym, I have a horrible feeling that it weighs considerably more. Opps. So rather than spending the afternoon sewing, I spent it clearing space to store my fabric as I am now one shelf down. The screws were pulled out of the wall by the weight of the shelf and the boy thinks it's unlikely that the shelf will be able to go up again in the same place, so for now I am forced to find space elsewhere. Oh dear. I can't believe that my stash has got to the stage where it is tearing apart my sewing room - not good, not good at all. I was already on a fabric diet but this has made things even worse - I think I need to join stashaholics anonymous stat!

Have you ever been forced to confront a problem in this way? Have you ever been physically attacked by fabric?! And any storage solutions other than shelves suitable for a small space would be most welcome....

K xx


  1. Oh no! I'm so glad you (and your overlocker) are ok! You'd better get sewing, girl, and reduce that stash (or give some to me if you want ;)
    Freya May

  2. Eeek! I'm glad that you & your overlocker survived safely.

    I've had a similar thing happen to me - it was a near miss when the metal IKEA shelving unit that was screwed to the walls in my (old) house came away and the whole shelf-unit (which reaches to the ceiling) started to lurch forwards towards me. I had to hold it in place whilst the Mr. ran to get some longer screws and the electric screwdriver to fix it back in place :)

    1. Forgot to say - the shelves were packed full of fabric too LOL!

  3. Uh oh, the fabric's coming to get you! You'd better get busy and start using it up otherwise it might attack you while you are sleeping...

  4. Better get sewing quickly. Hope you are ok, I always think of the worst case scenario in these situations. So glad and the overlocker are ok.

  5. Not sure whose stash that is in the photo but I want it.

  6. oh my gosh,Glad to hear no one was hurt! I currently keep my fabric in a huge storage box, so no chance of it falling but the down side is the amount of fabric in there is causing the box to stretch out and the lit won't fit :/ so I'm thinking of getting a metal storage cabinet instead.

  7. Well it wasn't quite as dramatic or attacking at your incident but my new overlocker forced me into sewing up a pair of cushions... this used up both a heavy weight fabric and two cushion inners which made enough space for my overlocker in the cupboard! No loss or gain in terms of space though!

  8. Hmm, I don't think the news I am about to leave you will remedy the situation you've just described. The seaside fabric of loveliness is still available at Ditto here ..


  9. I keep my fabric in stackable storage cubes, you need limited floor space, as you can stack the cubes in the corner :) I haven't been attacked but I once heard a ruckus and came in to find my cat sitting on the floor looking very surprised with upended storage cubes and fabric around her. She must have of had the *great* idea to leap on top of them :/

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