Stash Happy book and project giveaway!

April 25, 2011, 10:00 am  Posted by Lark

May is a lovely, lovely month, especially around here! This month, we get to celebrate the relaunch of our site AND the release of the first book in our stash-tacular new series – Stash Happy Patchwork! Love fabric? Check. Have lots of it? Check (me, too!). Love using your scraps and fabric bits in patchwork projects? Yes?!? Hexagon bed sheets, a Dresden plate rug, a too-cute cactus pincushion – blissful stash busting, here we come!

All month long, we’ve got major stash fun planned, including additional chances to win the book, free projects, and more from author Cynthia Shaffer (get a head start now: take a tour of her book, take a peek at her blog, or see inside her fabulous creative space). So check back often!

And to celebrate our relaunch and the release of Stash Happy Patchwork, we’re offering up a copy of the book and the Pretty Petite Dress décor project. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m EST on Monday, May 2. Any comment will do but we’d love to hear how you store your stash! One winner will be selected at random and contacted on Wednesday, May 4. Click here for the official rules.

Congrats to Tammy who was randomly selected as our winner! Thanks to everyone who commented and shared their fabulous stash storage ideas. Stash on a baker’s rack, stash with its own room (!), stash in old kitchen cupboards… we love it!


120 Responses

    Lisa Cox says:

    Looks like a fun book! I store my stash in my childhood doll house.

    Sue D says:

    My stash is in lots of plastic tubs and in dresser drawers.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

    Catherine says:

    I’m not really creative about storage. I use three standing shelf units. Oh, and a tub of scraps, too! Thanks for the chance.

    Woolensails says:

    I store it everywhere, lol. I have shelves and cupboards for my main stash. That keeps the kitty hairs off of it.
    The excess stash is stored in the basement on shelves. I also love plastic bin drawers, those are great for storing and keeping my supplies under the sewing table, so I can use them and put them back, as I go. For scraps and bits, I use baskets. Then I can grab a piece when I need something small to go in a project.


    Justinny says:

    I just bought some metal shelving that can store up to 600 lbs. Hopefully my stash doesn’t weight that much!

    Lindsay Sews says:

    I store my fat quarters in a wooden crate from an antique shop. Scraps go into plastic tubs with lids, and are not incredibly organized. But I’m working on it. :)

    superdumb says:

    In every nook and cranny!

    Joanna LeRoy says:

    My stash is primarily in color coded stacks on a bookshelf… except for the stacks of overflow that won’t fit any more and are just taking up space on my sewing table — oops!

    Valerie Hebert says:

    I would love to win this book! Not only do I have a huge fabric stash (which I try to artfully display on an antique orange storage cart in my studio-it’s overflowing), but I also have a huge stash of recycled felted wool, and can’t bear to throw away any scraps, except the smallest cuttings. I tell my husband I’m definitely NOT a hoarder, unless it has to do with my recycled wool or my fabric stash…
    x, Val

    Quilter says:

    Another great book! you folks sure are putting them out! :) Would love to make that little dress.
    :) Linda

    Tallulahjoy says:

    Right now my stash is inaccessible…mostly in plastic storage tubs, some in stacks in the garage, some in stacks at storage, 20 or 30 minutes from the house…This is a major frustration! If I win the book, maybe it will provide extra motivation to DO something with that wonderful, lovely stash!!

    I love the idea of this book. My stash has been in storage for several years and I’ve forgotten half of what I’ve got.

    MaryW says:

    I adore the little dress…what a great way to use up some of my stash!!

    Allweb says:

    So Cute! I have scrap baskets, tubs, boxes…I’m always looking for little projects to use them up and show them off!

    Lori Wegener says:

    I have a stash so big I could clothe a third world nation….I aneed some ideas and this book isjust what I am looking for!

    sewlindaann says:

    I had finally taken over the “formal living room” area downstairs for the official “My Room” as I don’t hesitate to call it in front of hubs and son. I have those heave gray plastic shelving, usually reserved for garages I think, for my fabric stash. I need it to be out and open otherwise I forget what’s there. I find that’s true for everything though. All scraps are separated by color into plastic handled baskets from the dollar store and vintage sheets are rolled and on a shelf in the bookcase. I love my room and I’m very lucky to have it!

    amccalli says:

    I would love to have this book! I have tons of little scraps and different types of scrap material that I have been saving. I wish I could look at it right now…Love the cactus on the cover.. what a great idea!!!

    Andrea Noren says:

    Love to do patchwork, and would love a copy of this book!

    Andrea Noren says:

    I love patchwork and would love this book!

    Sarah says:

    Oh boy do I need this book! I’m working on reorganizing my stash. I have lots of bins of different sizes right now!

    Ladyfirefighter35611 says:

    would love to win this i have bags of scraps that i always save with the thought in mind “i may need these one day or i can find something to make ” thank you

    kiley says:

    Sweet! I store my fabric in plastic tubs by colors, but I always have several stacks in my closet for current projects since my sewing space is in our bedroom. I am constantly trading out clothing to free up space for more fabric…my husband’s clothing, not mine ;o) ! He, he!!!

    Kcarlson1152 says:

    I don’t have a dedicated sewing space at the moment so my stash is stored away in rubbermaid tubs waiting for our move into a 3 bedroom house in August.

    Theresa (Miss Charlotte) says:

    Funny this should come out today, I just spent the better part of the morning organizing and downsizing my stash. Now we’re down to only 2 shelves in the linen closet (of 3) so the sheets now have their own shelf again. I would LOVE to use it up far more creatively than just giving it away…

    I use leftover coffee cans ro store my stash.. because I have to save even the littlest bit of fabric..

    Beckysews says:

    This book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

    My stash is stored in a couple of ways. Large pieces of fabric are folded and on open shelves. My scraps are in baskets according to color.

    Linda says:

    I store my fabric stash in cardboard boxes! Love the book.

    Rebecca says:

    My daughter just began sewing and is developing quite a stash. We would love to read about your ideas. Thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

    Poppy says:

    My fabric is stored in plastic chests of drawers. The projects that I have seen so far from the book are too cute. I see lots of possibilities!

    Jen Osborn says:

    I store my stash in the built-in bookshelves of my fabu studio :)
    I store the little ones in a LA Marielle bag my mom picked me up in Pars!

    So excited & happy for Cynthia!!!

    Jen Osborn

    Lee says:

    I shelves to hold the crates and baskets that hold all the fabric that I HAVE to have, ;) the small pieces go in sandwich boxes with lables

    I use hanging shoe storage for my stash, each section a different color or fabric type.

    Victoria says:

    My stash gets stored wherever it fits. I have a “step-down” stash process. When the yardage gets smaller, it is stored with like sized pieces so I am not cutting bits for a potholder from three yards of new fabric. I can pu;; smaller bits from the scrap bins which are sorted by color.

    I love fabric. Currently my fabric is stored in a couple of plastic bins and a suitcase, mostly because my stuff is in storage while I look for somewhere to live.

    Debra says:

    We live in a small apartment, so my fabric is stashed just about everywhere, but I try to hide it so it doesn’t look like we live in a fabric store. It’s under the bed, behind the couch, in closets, on top of bookshelves, etc. For fabric that I don’t poke around in too much I’ve put it in those bags where you vacuum the air out, so I can have more room (for more fabric!) and protect it from dust and any moths that might be tempted to move in.

    Amy says:

    I store my stash in large rubbermaid style tubs. I roll the fabric just as I’ve seen remnants rolled in fabric stores. I then wrap the roll with a strip of paper, and label the yardage on the roll. I always know how much of each fabric you have. The rolls are also easy to look through as well.

    Kori lantow says:

    Congratulations on the book! I store my stash in Ikea shelving in my sewing room. :-)

    Jagels says:

    I have my stash stashed everywhere in my sewing room, the attic, under the bed, in the closet. i am trying to use it up but not being very successful. I have an addiction to fabric! thanks.

    Katscreativity says:

    Love the idea of the book… I store my stash in large bins in one room and in the closet and on shelves in my sewing room. I actually knew a woman who sewed up her stash – finished before she moved into a lovely retirement place that was short on space. We worked together in a fabric store decades ago and she had several rooms full of fabric! There is hope for us all!

    Melissa says:

    The book and project look charming. My stash storage situation has become almost critical. Suggestions, please!! Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    Heidi aka Digital Misfit says:

    I have a dresser dedicated to stash storage. Pieces that are too large (eg: 2 yards of black fake fur, 4 yards of polar fleece) get stored in the closet or in a plastic tote. One day I hope to have shelving to display a rainbow of stash.

    Vineyard_studio says:

    Since I no longer have dedicated studio space, my stash is in various sized plastic storage totes separated by style, theme and possible use. There are bins labeled: “baby blankets,” “summer projects,” “tote bags,” “aprons,” “pillow tops,” and “liturgical.” The bins are stored in three different locations so it can be a challenge to have the right bin where I am sewing!

    Wordygirl says:

    Oh my–that little dress is precious. I store my fabric stash in our guest room. I generally store it by “type”–batiks, thirties, Christmas, thimbleberries, Civil War, etc. Some fabric is stored by project (planned for the future) so that I don’t accidentally dig into it in a burst of enthusiasm. Once I’ve started cutting into it, I have a small shelving organizer divided into “prewashed scraps”, prewashed bits” and “not-yet-washed scraps”.

    It’s been fun reading through the comments, getting ideas and inspiration.

    Lila Bassette says:

    I’m want to learn to sew. I have some material now, just need the projects and instructions. This would help. I think the cactus would be fun to make.

    Kae Kelly says:

    Rubermaid bins with tops work for me.

    Where I store my stash, in the dresser drawers, in the closet, under the bed, under the daybed. I believe I’ve actually started buying furniture and looking at them with the “stash prospect”. Oh, and did I mention the walk-in closet i have in my sewing room. Stash!

    dianalyn says:

    lovely ! tyfs

    Laura Wilson says:

    I keep my stash in bins fold neatly (although not for long) according to color, with a separate bin for all the scraps to small to fold. I love patchwork projects, so I hold on to every little piece. :)

    Barbara Moore says:

    I have shelves built in my sewing room that I store my fabric on and the bits and bobs go into plastic tubs that you can see thru. I’ve made a LOT of yo-yos from scraps but have a LOT of scraps left. This book sounds like just the perfect thing to have for ideas on how to use the rest of those scraps!

    Teri says:

    I am an interior designer and have a huge stash of discontinued fabric sample books (much to my husband’s dismay)! I’m always looking for fun ways to use these fabrics – they are gorgeous, of all weights, and mostly small. I have some fabric books stashed in my hall closet, and others I have disassembled and have the fabric swatches on shelves. I’m hoping to finish a redecorating project in my front porch this spring, and it will become my office/craft space (during the warmer months, anyway – it’s uninsulated and unheated!). Can’t wait!

    Jennykitty77 says:

    I store my stash in a huge storage bin in our laundry room. Bits and pieces can also be found all around my crafting area– stuck into cubbies, drawers and boxes!

    christy says:

    i store all my fabric in a red cabinet with glass doors. I have the fabric organized by color. I love looking at the rainbow of fabric!!

    Fyj says:

    My ever-mounting stash of stashes is slowly creeping out of my small closet and overtaking the house. Bad stashes!

    Awaytakeme says:

    you can store Stash?? I’ve got a closet full of stash stuff that is fall out every time I open the door. Thank goodness I don’t have to open that door very often.

    Kim R. says:

    My stash is stored in a closet in storage bins :)

    Gaye says:

    I store my stash anywhere I can!

    JILLfromWI says:

    I store my stash mostly in bins but I always seem to find something I had forgotten about somewhere else in the house. I have a sewing room, but the bins are in there, in the basement, in my daughter’s closet (after she moved out) and elsewhere.

    Thanks for the giveaway~~~

    Nancy says:

    I have been using plastic crates but am building a wall of cubes!:)

    Colleen says:

    I store them in a closet in cubbies by colors

    Kristin says:

    I store my stash in large plastic bins and on open shelves in my craft corner.

    wendy says:

    What a great book. I have stash all over the place. Fat quarters and some layer cake squares in a set of drawers in the living room, yardage and some more precuts in boxes under my cutting table in my craft room. Some random fabrics on a shelf in my craft room and scraps in a couple of paper bags on the floor!

    Kelly Aubert says:

    What a beautiful book! I sew in my dining room and use the sideboard (cabinet) in there to keep all of my fabric. I store the dishes in a more practical place so that I have room to keep all of my sewing in one place. I guess it is not a dining room anymore ~ it is now a sewing room!! :) It sure does get more use now than it used to!!

    Katie Holmes says:

    OOhh, I LOVE this dress. SO cute! As for my stash, it’s in a plastic bin at the moment, but I’m working on a better system…we’ll see how it goes. :)

    Christzgood says:

    i store my stash in tins and boxes..

    This book looks like it would be so much fun to read and do all the projects, I hope I win it!

    I keep my stash in a big plastic zipper comforter bag!

    My stash has a room of it’s own; a closet with hangars, shelving with bins and tubs on floor, various baskets. When every thing is in it’s place it is a useable guest room as well. I have been saving fabrics for 40 years. I work in a charity shop and rescue a lot of fabric, hence my sizable stash.

    My stash is stored on shelves and in tubs. I am lucky to have a separate room for my yarn & fabric stash!

    My stash is stored in tubs and on shelves – I am luck to have a room dedicated to fabric & yarn stash!

    Wildheart says:

    I store my stash in several ways. The larger pieces go onto a shelf, so I can see them. The smaller pieces go into one of several containers in my craft room, which ever one is nearest at the time.

    Songsiren1 says:

    This book looks like it has some great ideas to use up that fabric stash. So many ideas, so little time…

    Mic The Ick says:

    What a cute little dress!
    I keep my stash in a large, yellow and white beach bag. Can’t miss that.

    Danna bc says:

    Unfortunately my stash is stashed in various bins & piles in my place. :)

    Tabitha says:

    What a fun book!! My scraps are stashed in plastic totes but if I have more than 1/4 yard I wrap them around a comic book board and make a mini ‘bolt’ and line them up on a bookshelf. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! :D

    Tami says:

    I too store my stash in bins and I work in my basement that we’ve redid for this stuff. Hoping to someday put shelves up for this once I get my homeschool library off the shelves there!

    Alimoim1 says:

    I store my stash in bins, tubs, an armoire and bookcases. I have a big stash! I don’t think I will live long enough to use it all….

    Nachanat says:

    I’m new to sewing and a little quilting. I thought of saving my Stacy just for the appliqué but now I know that I can do something else with my saved stash. Great ideas for gifts and stuff…I’m more excited to save my stash now ^^. Of course a beginner like me start storing it in a ziplock bag, but sure soon will have a stash box of my own.

    Patti Stowe says:

    Right now my stash is stashed in large plastic totes, here and there around the house. :( I’m anxiously waiting for one of the kids to move out so that I can confiscate their room for a sewing/craft room! LOL
    I love that little patchwork dress…it would look so cute hangin in my kitchen!

    Wintertime says:

    I love to sew and this book is very interesting. I stash my stuff in totes but wish I had a better way of storing them. I have a ton of pieces of fabric and this book will help me to use them up.

    built an entire room for crafting this year!!!!lucky me and i keep my fabric, yarns, tools and more on floor to ceiling shelves–one never knows where inspiration will lead

    Queenmumslace says:

    Always! Always! Love Cynthia’s work.

    Whitsonsandy says:

    I would love to own this book. I have a ton of stash that will be happy to oblige.

    Jenny says:

    my stash is on a bookshelf…cough cough….make that three books shelves!

    Barbara says:

    The little “stash dress” on the cover of the book reminds me of my mother’s cloths-pin bag. Thank you for bringing back a lovely memory! And my stash? Well…it’s spread about in two houses. ::hand-to-forehead sigh::

    MooMama says:

    My stash is stored in rubbermaid totes. I have a huge walk-in closet filled with fabrics. :)

    Dj says:

    Oooh! Awesome looking book! My stash is in several rolling bins :)

    In my sewing area, I store my fabric stash in an old painted wood cupboard that has a vintage screen door mounted on the front and on a baker’s rack. In my upstairs studio stash, I store laces and vintage textiles in old picnic baskets, large vintage candy jars, vintage hat boxes and in a children’s metal rolling shopping cart.

    Eileen says:

    My stash is mostly stored in plastic bins of various sizes..reds, whites, blues and pinks in larger ones sinks those are colors I use the most. They’re on shelves in an ikea kitchen island in my sewing room. Other colors are in smaller bins on a huge metal shelf unit from Costco that has other sewing things, cans of paint, old sewing machine, etc also stored on it. Various and sundry fabrics–mostly un-cottons–are on a lovely shelf on the wall that dear sonny made for me in shop class about 20 years ago. Alas, lots of scrappy stash is in baggies in large shopping bags from joanns and sitting on the floor! I need this book! Maybe I could move around the room better if I use up all those scrappy pieces? Could always hope! Thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

    Muireann says:

    At the moment most of my stash is unfortunately stored in boxes 3000 miles away as I recently moved. My new stash is hidden in wardrobes and cupboards here so my husband doesn’t realise how much I have again… Thanks for the chance to win!

    Cemetz09 says:

    Love this book!!! My stash is kept all over my house. In my sewing room, in the closets, on the garage shelves…I have a lot of fabric in my stash.

    Pebblesbbrown says:

    I’m looking for something new to do for fun. I think this would be so cool!!

    Thfox says:

    Oooh, I can’t tell you how I store my stash – it’s too embarassing! (in a couple of big boxes)

    Calico Callie says:

    I’m just about ready to retire and finally get to start playing with my lifetime of accumulated stash! There are so many fun things to do; can’t WAIT to get started!

    This sounds like a great book full of cute projects! I unfortunately live in a small appartment with my husband and 2 kids and I don’t have a great or organized sewing area so my stash is in piles here and there (which drives me crazy!). Hopefully one day I will have a craft room/studio and have nice shelves to be an organized sewer!!!

    Marjorie says:

    The projects in this book look wonderful. My stash….hmmm, not good. Bins and boxes, bags and piles. I have a lot of stash and no place to keep it so it’s tucked here and there. Periodically I try to categorize it (hand-dyed fabrics, cottons, beads, threads, etc.) but it doesn’t last for long. Marjorie

    Ellen says:

    I store my big “pieces” of material in xerox boxes by color category & the small pieces in sterlite or rubbermaid clear plastic containers.

    Judy says:

    I have always loved Lark books but haven’t seen them for awhile. It’s so nice to have them back.

    Melississippii says:

    In a closet, which is really needed for other things…

    My fabric stash is everywhere, I have fabric stashed in plastic totes in my studio in the basement, in plastic totes in the closet of the sewing room, in a night table under the sewing table and in a big wicker basket under the sewing table. When I begin a project, I run around the house, pulling pieces from different places, it’s like a treasure hunt.

    Rachel says:

    My stash is stored in my closet on boxes and containers. Thanks for the chance!!

    Moonshinetw1993 says:

    I am bad about not being able to trow any scraps away. I have strips that I have cut, I have small triangle left over from cutting quilt blocks. I can’t throw it away!! In the back of my mind I’m already thinking, now can I use this little scrap for something?? So, of course I keep trying to rationalize to myself that I will use it for something.

    Alinissensctc says:

    My stash is all over the place, but I did find a vintage kitchen cabinet that I cleaned and painted, with the shelves in it, it works perfect for my yarn and fabric supply. I love this book, cute stuff!

    I keep my small scraps in a bag, and my larger scraps in a plastic bin. Not the best system, but it works for me

    Anonymous says:

    Just took the tour of this book. There are some very cute ideas. I’d love to make that panda pillow for my daughter. She’d love it.

    Elimeenah says:

    Wowzerrs! As a quilter, I totally love this idea…now all my scraps can have a home and a purpose. I love the little panda roll on the video, I’ll just have to get this one for my library if I’m not so lucky to win it. ^_~

    Leesa Miller says:

    I store my stash in large plastic bins however I am not very organized about it. I think it would take me a few lifetimes to sew up all my stash.

    Roberta says:

    This is a book I’d love to own, thanks for the giveaway! My stash of fabric is stored kindof here and there…in my hopechest and plastic bins, ziploc baggies. :)

    Lee Ann says:

    I have been blessed to see a few of these projects in person. They look so fun to make and the instructions will make it easy even for a beginner. My first project is going to be the Toy bucket…..so cute!!

    I have a third garage that we have converted to a STASH room…..I never have to put away a half finished project again…..just can’t buy a third car…LOL

    Mar says:

    Periodically I have a sewing weekend with a friend. We gather several projects we’ve been meaning to do. We bake some bread or cookies, make a pot of coffee or iced tea depending on the season, and send everybody away for the day.Then we sew til we drop. Last time we did this I used every sort of blue and silver scrap to make Christmas stockings for everyone in extended family. What a blast!

    Betsy Pratt says:

    I’d love to get my hands on this book since I can’t seem to part with all the little bits of fabric leftover from making quilts! My stash is sort of spread over the house right now since moving into a new home. There is a bunch of fabric in my craft room and some of it is still in boxes in a spare room. {Poor lonely fabric!!}

    Ellasedge says:

    I have so many scraps in my stash; I would love to win this book. It would help me prove that, my addiction of keeping random bits is worthy ;-D

    Jeri Gale says:

    Love Lark Books and always happy to see a new one. The little dress made of scraps is TOO cute!
    jeri gale

    Jamie Vowell says:

    This looks like a great book! I stash my fabric in a baker’s rack – part of the stash is hidden away in the cupboard part, but I like to stash the colorful vintage tablecloths I’ve collected on the open shelf. Jamie V in MT

    Mom2Three says:

    I keep my stash neatly folded (well mostly) and in a little storage piece with drawers and doors. I love to open the doors just to look at the pretty colors!

    Ksukeena says:

    Sometimes I sleep with my stash–is that wrong? (and love that cactus)

    Trudi says:

    The book looks great! I see several projects I’d like to make. Store my stash? Anywhere there is an extra inch of space. I wish I could describe something organized and clever. I even had to clear out a massive bookcase to have more shelf space for my fabrics!

    Sewjoe says:

    I made a terrible mistake. I clicked on hexagons but ment to click on dresden plates. I adore dresden plates.
    I store my fabric in plastic bins on shelves and I lable the bins by color and 1930s and civil war. My problem is
    I hate to cut into new fabic. I prefer to pet it for a week or more and study the design.

    Becky says:

    I store my fabrics anywhere I can find the room. In different sizes plastic (see thru) tubs, a few shelving units and a wire 6 cube storage unit. I have visions of a small sewing room, when my step son moves out, but until then, my fabircs and accessories mostly hang out where ever I can find the space.

    Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

    Real fantastic visual appeal on this website , I’d value it 10 10.

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