Stash Busting

Posting my goal of reducing my stash has really been motivating!  This weekend, I made 4 Little Artist Drawing cases:  3 for my boys, 1 for a little boy’s belated December birthday, and a birdie apron – all using fabric from my stash.  What is a birdie apron, you ask?  Well, a friend of mine raises lovebirds and showed me an apron that she had purchased, so copying it, I made her another one.  It’s really a giant bib that you wear around your neck with a pocket for putting the baby birds in to keep them warm while you’re bonding with them.  I’m not a bird person, so I don’t really know what I’m talking about here.

Last week Vicki  said something about wanting to make a padfolio.  What a brilliant idea, Vicki!  So I also went to work trying to make patchwork padfolio.  Hubby calls it a “patchfolio”.  Funny honey. 🙂



The cover is quilited.  I like the vinyl business card pocket, even though I never carry business cards around.  There are a couple of things I will need to change next time, but this one is very useable.  It’s one of 2 new stashbusting outlets I discovered this weekend.  The other was this: the stashbuster purse.


This one was fun.  I see many more of these in my future. 

45 Responses to “Stash Busting”

  1. 1 Amy January 15, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I love that purse! I need to do a bit (or rather a lot) of stashbusting myself…

  2. 2 kerry January 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    I am sure we could all use a stash busting weekend (or maybe a week or two)you are always so creative

  3. 3 Ashley January 15, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Ooh, I LOVE the padfolio! I think I would be much more cheerful at endless meetings if I had one.

  4. 4 Lori V January 15, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    What a productive weekend you had. Great job on the stashbusting, the padfolio is wonderful as is the purse.

  5. 5 Abby January 15, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    At the rate you are going your stash will be gone before you know it. The patchfolios are gorgeous as well as the purse. Can’t wait to see what else you are going to make.

  6. 6 Sarah January 15, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I love the patchfolio – great work.

  7. 7 Ruthanne January 15, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    That folio is gorgeous…. fab present idea although I’d probably never want to give it away!

    Just think of all the new shopping you can do when your stash is gone! :o)

  8. 8 Joey January 15, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I love the PadFolio.. . .great idea. . . .

  9. 9 Jessica January 15, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    the padfolio is really cool! nice work.

  10. 10 ddamboise January 15, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I love the stashbuster purse! And… the padfolio is fabulous! Perfect for toting to shops peddling your pattern! :o)

  11. 11 ddamboise January 15, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    is there a tutorial in the future? 🙂

  12. 12 Patricia January 15, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Love the padfolio! Your purse is so pretty too. I need to do some stash busting also.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. 13 Rachel January 15, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I find your blog inspiring. I ready about your latest creation. Then I want to make them for myself. I think I’m going to take a stab at the padfolio thing. I’d love to take that to work. The vinyl business card holder is a great idea. I know I would use it.

    By the way, where did you get the hands for your purse. They look nice and sturdy.

  14. 14 shorty January 16, 2007 at 1:06 am

    I was wondering if you have directions on how to make your portfolio? I would love to make a few for my self and children. Thanks

  15. 16 sueb January 16, 2007 at 4:26 am

    Love that padfolio. and I think the biz card holder is a nice touch. That bag would be perfect for Spring here in NE. Great combination of colors in that and I like the handle.

  16. 17 Karyn January 16, 2007 at 5:34 am

    GREAT job on the stash busting!!! I love that bag, I especially love the straps…I can’t wait to see more!

  17. 18 Monica January 16, 2007 at 7:07 am

    where do you hide your children when you do all this? Do you lock them in the cellar?

    great stuff Linda.

  18. 19 cindy January 16, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Love the project, love the fabrics.

  19. 20 beki January 16, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Love it all! I need to do some stash busting myself. No more new fabric for me until I use what I have. This weekend I hung a curtain over my fabric shelves so that I wouldn’t have to look at all (which doesn’t help much with motivating me to use it, eh?).

  20. 21 capello January 16, 2007 at 11:43 am

    may i come over? and just watch you for a day? seriously, i love it all.

  21. 22 Cindi January 16, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Ok, are you putting the green padfolio in your shop? If so I have dibs on it. I love it and love the color!

  22. 23 Melissa January 16, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Okay I’m wanting a padfolio, where is it in your shop? Also LOVE the purse as well, must get one of those too!

  23. 24 Nancy the Romancechick January 16, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I love the padfolio! As a writer, I think it would be cool to have one. When do you think you’ll start selling them???

  24. 25 katie January 16, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    The padfolio is amazing! Love it. I was thinking of the same-ish idea last weekend when I was at a homeowner’s assn. meeting. I was sitting there with my plain black leather padfolio thing that I was given by my boss as a reward for hard workin’. I kept thinking, “there has got to be something better. With pretty fabric.” Maybe eventually I can get there.

  25. 26 Hilari January 16, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    ooh lovely! i love the way you combine your prints. what are those purse straps made from?

  26. 27 Cathy January 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I love the purse! I definitely need to get some of those leather strips, it gives the bag a whole different feel.

  27. 28 Kimberly January 16, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Once again you made some gorgeous goods!! Love the pad cover! Of course that purse is something I would definitely use-I love the fabrics together.

  28. 29 Lindsey January 16, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    I *love* this “patchfolio!” I just started student teaching last week and I’m finding it a struggle to keep up with paperwork and notes and just the influx of records – this looks like the perfect thing to keep me organized (while still allowing me to feel pretty ;)) — GREAT idea!! 🙂

  29. 30 lera January 16, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    look at you! you just keep going and going. making cuter and cuter stuff! i need to try those leather handles (i think amy butler uses something similar in her book for a tote or something.)

  30. 31 weirdbunny January 17, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Oh I need to make one of those pad folio too, it would be good for bible study, a section in it for a bible too.

  31. 32 Vicki January 17, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Ohhh….I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! That padfolio is EXACTLY what I had in my head….EVEN BETTER! That would be SO much better than my ugly black one I carry!!!!! Everything you make is so darn cute! That purse is great too! That bag and “patchfolio” and you can work in style!

  32. 33 Monica January 17, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I have a hard time with being a stashbuster because I ALWAYS end up buying more fabric to use with it! Cute padfolio Linda! One day you’ll organize the world, one cute fabric at a time!

    Hey… I love the new snap feature! I put one on my blog too!

  33. 34 lizzie January 17, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a productive time inside during this crazy weather! I love the new stuff and I love the idea of ‘fingerprints’ on your friends lives. You certainly have left your mark in mine!! I feel that way about our home, which is why I would never part with something given to me by a family member or special friend. It represents their impact on my life. Stay warm and enjoy the progress of using up your lovely fabric!

  34. 35 Debbie January 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    You are an inspiration. Beautiful and thoughtful projects. love the padfolio idea.

  35. 36 Tina C January 19, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Beautiful work as usual! 🙂

  36. 37 Rona January 21, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Another terrific and well made tote.

  37. 38 Susan January 22, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Just too cute. Love the bag. Love the fabric. I just found out you live near TC! How fun. SHe must be a hoot in person too. She invited me to come and go fabric shopping with you two! Maybe if I am ever in your neck of the woods.

  38. 39 Anne January 22, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Love all this stuff!!! Especially the bag…isn’t it great to carry around a quilted fabric bag with you all day? I always want to fondle the fabric until I can get home again and start sewing…like taking your stash along with you!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  39. 40 Di January 22, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Love the padfolio. Your fabric choice was great! mmmm…stash busting weekend…sounds good to me!

  40. 41 nuttnbunny January 23, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Padfolio is great! What provides its structure?

  41. 42 Karen June January 25, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    love the bag…think others have already asked, but wondering where you got the great straps? Love your blog!

  42. 43 Soren March 25, 2007 at 6:27 am

    those are gorgeous! do you put something in the padfolio to keep it stiff, or does it just stay that way by having the pad in it?

  43. 44 Judi Brayman April 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I have the same question as Soren has. How do you keep it stiff? What is inside it? The bag is so nice also. Is there a padding in the purse as well..or does the type of stiffer material and lining adjust to keeping its shape like that? I did notice the wonderful material types available. I definately need to take more time to read. :o)
    YOu have a store as well? HOW do you ever find the time to do all of this with little children as well?
    I have many crafting interests also and love to sew to decorate…the site I gave you will show you one of my hobbies that turned into more.

    I’d love to learn more about the diaper bag and any other measurements and directions to bags. I love to try something new.
    Thanks again

  44. 45 Melinda January 29, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I really like the padfolio, its exaclty what I want, I can’t find anything else like it out there!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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