No, not sable fur. SABLE as in Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy! A common problem among craftsy folk! Luckily, my stash has not reached that level, but it has outgrown the three drawers I have allocated to it. And that's not including the leftover fabric I have from my last few jobs (some white handbag vinyl and red pleather). My stash is fertile, and sprouts tailor's cabbage left and right!
What do other sewists do with leftovers from commissions? One of my favorite alteration blogs is Fit For a Queen, and that professional alterationist says she always sends any scraps home with the garment's owner in a little bag. Of course, alteration scraps may include beading removed from a wedding dress when moving a zipper, or buttons, or embellishments specific to the dress. If the customer wants to alter the dress again in future, she may need those things! But I doubt my customer wants an eighth of a yard of red pleather, particularly since he doesn't sew.
I made a wedding veil as a gift in 2016, and ended up with about six inches of very nice lace trim left over. (Alençon, with beads and sequins, and a scalloped edge.) I kept it because I was giving her the veil and all my handwork on it for free. But now I wonder if I should have given her the scrap lace, too. Maybe she would have used it for something. My family is very craftsy, so we always find uses for such tidbits... a detail on a scrapbook page, a hair barrette, something. Perhaps I should give other people the opportunity to do the same. It would certainly keep my stash down.
Here are a few ways I keep my stash manageable:
So that's why "stash busting" is a tag on many of my posts! I'd hate to end up with SABLE!
UPDATE, April 16th, 2020
Removing the "stash busting" tag because, though I continue to bust my stash, so much of what I sew is stash that the tag ends up not being useful for sorting.
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