I don’t consider myself a hoarder- not even really a pack rat. I have no problem hauling loads of
crap stuff to donate to Goodwill each month, find a kind of weird satisfaction in clearing out and giving away, and would much rather have less stuff that we actually use than stockpiles for ‘someday.’
Except in one area. I hoard ‘special’ sewing supplies. Vintage buttons, Liberty of London fabric, gorgeous trim- it all finds a permanent home in my craft room. It just seems too precious to use (plus, I have this nagging voice wondering, “But what if you cut into that gorgeous fabric and make a mistake?).
But I am turning over a new leaf. Noting this not-so-healthy tendency, as well as jars of beautiful buttons, a stockpile of vintage notions and a stack of ‘too-special’ fabric sitting on all sitting on a shelf in my craft room, I determined to take action. It’s a small step, really, but I dug into my jar of extra special buttons and put them on the last two dresses that I made for Piper Jane.
I put them on Piper Jane’s self-designed Five and Ten Designs dress…
…and remember how I mentioned that I wanted to make, well, all ten variations of that dress? Well, I’m chipping away at that goal. I made Look No. 1 this time, and lo-ove it. Bonus- Piper also loves her muted whale dress (high praise from a tough critic). It didn’t hurt at all that I used the gorgeous Birch fabric that I’ve been
keeping for a special sewing project hoarding for some time as well.
Even though she doesn’t realize the significance of the once-hoarded buttons, they add something extra special to her sweet dress. And, really, for all of my hoarding and setting aside, I would rather that those ‘extra specials’ were a part of something to wear instead of in a jar on my shelf.
Two questions for y’all (along with some extra-silly, touchdown-dance-ish outtakes)- do any of you hoard your favorite sewing/craft supplies? Any tips on how to break this habit?