Monday, November 29, 2010

Stash busting. #1

I have too much fabric. Not as much as some, but a lot more than others. It isn't a problem on the same level as my book problem, but it's a bit ridiculous. Fabrics that I still remember the original project I had in mind for, fabrics that were on sale and just too cute to pass up, fabrics that I have no idea what to do with ...

So a few months ago, I decided to start stash busting. Going through my fabrics and using them up. We'll see how it goes.

This is one of the first ones I did.

Since Hannah was one year old, I've been planning on making a puppet theater. Not a fancy one, mind you, just a simple piece of fabric on a tension rod. Two seams to sew. For the last five years I've been planning this. About three weeks ago, I finally did it.

I was pushed more by the need to get our toy room organized than by a desire to finally get it done. The basket of puppets sits down in the toy room and when I clean the room, I am inevitably picking up all of the puppets which have been used as projectiles.

I stopped in the middle of picking them up one day, walked into the craft room, dug through my fabric stash, cut some fabric the right length, sewed a hem on one end and a tube on the other for the tension rod, put it on the rod (which I've had in the craft room *for this very purpose* for three years), and put it on the stairs. Then I went back to the toy room, threw all of the puppets in the tub and hauled it upstairs also. Within 30 seconds, I had two big kids upstairs using the theater - and puppets - as it was meant to be used.

Finally, after FIVE YEARS, we had a puppet theater in use.

I also had one 2 1/2 year old using them as projectiles *over* the theater. (Notice the flying lion)

Now the toy room is more organized because the puppets are not adding to the mess anymore and the puppets get played with at least once a day because their basket is upstairs in the game area in plain sight. An added bonus is that they get picked up almost immediately because if they don't, they're right in the way.

So glad to have this yard and a half piece of fabric out of my stash and in use!


Orkneyflowers said...

Brilliant idea - I'm going through my seed stash (not as functional as a puppet theatre......) must be the time of year for it! Hope the kids have fun!

the Goodwife said...

My mom made The Youngun a puppet theater one year for Christmas. Great idea and how lovely that the kids are using it! I have to tell you I LOVE your new header pic, it's priceless!

Sarah said...

Goodwife, thank you - it is a hilarious picture, isn't it? I love it when you take a picture, look at it and think "Wow. How lucky was THAT?"

Orkneyflowers, it's so nice to meet another windy gal! I love your flower shoes. :) I need to go through my seeds and get my spring ones ordered.

Danielle said...

How clever are you??? Very. I could totally get a shower tension rod and do this in my front foyer. I'd have to take it down when they were done, but easy peasy! I'm excited!