I bought fabric this month. Even though it might be in the "exceptions" category--meaning that I haven't technically fallen off of the fabric fast--I have felt guilty about it ever since.
Here's what I bought:
10 yards white tulle
6 yards aqua opalescent sheer
4 1/2 yards aqua satin
Notice a theme? Wedding! Less than 3 months to the big event, and we are DIY-ing the decorations.
So here's the bargain I struck with myself immediately upon returning from JoAnn's with specialty fabrics in tow:
1) Offer up a stashed fabric to continue the wedding decoration theme.
Here it is--a fun and whimsical dot from Moda that has been in my stash for many years. It will become a table runner on the dessert table (a RAINBOW themed cake; could you have guessed?) And after the wedding, I might make cloth napkins from it. Win-win!
2) Look for an excuse to use another stashed fabric. Quickly.
Done! I jumped right into making a yoga mat carrying bag for Sweetie, using both stashed fabric and on-hand notions. Win.
3) And then there were the scraps of free fabric that I found at the dog groomer's. Here is the discussion that happened when I got home with my mini-score:
ME: Look what I found!
SWEETIE (aka MY CONSCIENCE): Nice. You gonna report that to the Fabriholics Police?
ME: But it was free.
CONSCIENCE: Is it for a project?
ME: Well no... but it's just tiny scraps.
CONSCIENCE: Unless it is for an actual project, you are just collecting fabric to collect fabric.
ME: <sad face; pouty lower lip> But...
CONSCIENCE: Or you could just go and return it.
Scraps of dark green, bright green print, modern-looking plaid with stylized daisies, and dainty pastel.
The punch line? Sweetie said I didn't need to report the final scrap: a novelty football print.
Linking up with the Fabriholics Anonymous check-in for April. I don't feel bad at all about this month. I am doing the best I can, and my fabric choices have been more thoughtful and focused than at any time in the recent past.