How I Learned Not to Stash Fabrics

Last year, I focused on a single word- “Reduce.”  I didn’t stick to my goals religiously, preferring to allow the word “Reduce” to gently shift my thinking over the course of the year.  One major, major shift in my thinking came in regards to buying fabric.

I quit.  Well, mostly.  I can honestly say that last year I said “no” to fabric purchases many more times than I said “yes.”  I had a little stash, but ceased buying fabric purely for the sake of buying fabric.  I didn’t have any room to store it, I didn’t have the money to waste invest, and I wanted to compel myself to finish off a pile of UFOs and sew through the fabric I already owned.

That’s all well and fine to say, but when a fancy new Japanese cotton or a pretty printed linen caught my eye, I itched to take it home.  I held on to my wallet (mostly) by asking myself a few questions:

  • What is it? (Weave, weight, print, fiber content, designer if applicable.  If I knew I already had a couple of unsewn blouses at home, I did not buy more blouse weight fabric.  I hate synthetics, so that’s a deal breaker.)
  • Why is this any different from any other fabrics? (It’s easy to think the shiny new print/design/fabric is the BEST THING EVER but it’s probably not, and I’ll probably see another just like it in a few months.)
  • How many hours did I work to earn this money?
  • How will the finished garment fit with the rest of my wardrobe?
  • Is the fabric of good quality?  How do I wash it?
  • When did I last see something like this?
  • What could it become?  (Sometimes a purchase does not become what I intended, but I do not bring home fabrics without a garment in mind unless it is truly special.  Like Guipure lace for $25/m when it is usually $120.)

When I slow down and ask a few questions, I usually go home empty-handed.  No fabric, but also no buyer’s guilt.  Occasionally, a fabric “gets under my skin” and intrudes on my quieter moments, pestering me to return to the store.  I eventually go back for those fabrics.  If it’s sold out when I go back, the world keeps turning and does not indeed come to an end.  It’s just fabric.

I’m not anti-stashing- it’s just not right for me.   I learned how liberating it can be to say “No” to myself, and I want to continue reducing thoughtless consumption and waste in my life.  Reduction itself becomes a habit over time.

This year’s word is “expand,” mostly as a person.  I’m teaching again (from next month, new classes, more on that soon); I want to nurture older friendships and make new friends (online and off); and I want to begin offering “Consulting Dressmaker” services through this blog (think Sherlock Holmes, but for sewing and using 21st century technology…).  I have a few other goals, but these are the ones that relate to sewing.

What are your thoughts on stashing?  Is it a useful part of your sewing (I can see how it could be), or does it drown you?


  1. I can see how having the “comfort blanket” of a stash of fabric could work, and I have a few metres I have picled up over the past year. Budget and space are a consideration so I’m going to concentrate on plugging the gaps in my wardrobe from now on, I’ll buy fabric for specific garments only and just use up what I have already, well thats the plan!! (unless that sage green satin is on offer of course) X

  2. Having packed my enormous stash to move interstate, I was alarmed to realise there is a lot of fabric I forgot I had. I made a commitment to sew from stash. I broke that this week buying four pieces but as the price was $2.10 a metre and I’ve already used two of them I don’t feel so bad. I’m asking myself a lot of the same questions as you. In moving, I made a decision to expand my life and it’s been easy to start that with my sewing. In my case, my approach to sewing has become almost a metaphor for my life. I will follow your progress with interest. You inspired me in 2011 and have already inspired me in 2012. Thank you! Happy New Year.

    • Oh! I’m glad. :) Looking forward to seeing what you get up to in your new life…

      A metaphor for life… How incredibly true. Sometimes I suspect that human beings are hard-wired to work with their hands, it seems to nurture some deeper aspect of human nature that nothing else touches… I get very philosophical behind my sewing machine sometimes.

  3. I love this post and it made me want to do the same. I have a problem where I buy fabric and then dont want to use it. I too have made my ny resolution to use my current stash. I love this dress style and colour on you too!

  4. I don’t have much of a stash going, but I think I’ll put your rules on a card in my wallet to help me avoid adopting too many useless pretties this year. I don’t want my stash to turn inot an art exhibit instead of a planning pen!

    • That is such an apt and elegant way to put it… I might make a little sign for my sewing room “This is a planning pen, not an art exhibit!” ;)

  5. I love your goals for 2012! I have to say that my biggest weakness is not fabric but patterns! Indeed, I should apply your points to contemplating pattern purchases :) I seem to only go ga-ga for fabric when it’s wool yardage at a charity shop…lol. Looking forward to another year of sewing together!

  6. Love the dress in that photo! So pretty!

    I have a selective hoarders drive. What I mean by that is I hoard selective things. In most of my world, I go through my stuff a couple of times a year and I look at each object and ask myself if I like it or use it any more? If I don’t answer yes to both questions it goes off to the thrift store so it can fill someone elses house. My two big problem areas are books and wool (but now that I am into sewing I can see I could develope a problem with fabric and notions too.) I have had to say to myself I’m not allowed to buy any more until I ‘ve used up 95% of my current stash. There are exceptions of course. If the sequel to a book series I loved comes out I can buy it. If I have a knitting project in mind and nothing in my stash will work (and I know I will start and finish that project soon-ie there is a dead line) I can buy the wool. Saving money isn’t the driving force for these rules because the vast majority of my stash was bought at the thrift store or garage sale for a fraction of the new price. The driving force is the desire to not fill my house up with clutter and because I know if I let the hoarder monster in me go free I will end up buried alive in my own junk!

    • Interesting, I always enjoy your perspective, Wanda… :) I am coming to see ownership as more than just “having” something, it’s also a responsibility to take care of the things I own… Once I started looking at it that way, I began to see all the things I keep around me that I pretty much just spend time dusting and shifting around…

      • I like that perspective. Taking care of what we own. If a book or ball of wool or a pile of fabric sits in a tub in the basement for years am I truely taking care of it? Not really. Fabric and wool was created to be created with. A book was created to be read. If I’m not using it then all I am doing is piling up stuff. I should look at pretty wools and fabrics and appreciate it’s beauty. I can have the fun of imagining what it could be. But, if I don’t have the time or the need to make it into that something I shouldn’t acquire it! I can appreciate it. I can dream it. But I don’t necessarily need to have it. If it doesn’t meet my criteria for acquiring it then I don’t. That being said…I’m off to a fabric sale tomorrow. I have the fabric in my stash for my next project. I just need more lining material, notions and a few meters of something for a trim. ;-)

  7. About a year ago every time I went to the fabric store I saw fabrics that were so pretty that I just had to buy them. After a while I realised that as this happened every single time I went, this would mean that next time I went there would be even more lovely fabrics. There is and always will be more lovely fabric so I don’t have to buy it just because it’s there. This has meant that I now only buy fabrics with specific projects in mind and no more random fabric. Mr RTS usually comes fabric shopping with me and he’s got very good as asking “but what will you make with it?” if I do pick up a gorgeous, but random, fabric.

  8. I like the idea of using a word to sum up what you want to accomplish, that way you can always refer back to your one word. It reminds me of something my cross country coach used to tell me, you come up with a special word that encourages you to keep going or to pick up your pace on a particularly boring part of the course.

    • I never heard of that before, but I like it. I figure a single word or phrase is simpler to apply to various situations I come up against than a rigid rule…. works for me, anyway! :)

  9. i like how you have a word for the year, i think if i was to have one for 2012 it’d be “focus”, hmm maybe i should!
    Its so easy to let fabric become a huge stash. I have a smallish one, but it doesn’t really bother me because almost everything in it was bought with a specific garment in mind and although it might take me a year, sometimes even longer to get to that particular project I know I will and I like to let the ideas for designs germinate too.

    • Focus is a great one! I might grab that one, too… It’s so easy to get distracted. You’re right, ideas need to germinate sometimes… When I don’t let an idea age properly I always kick myself later..

  10. I have too much fabric in my “stash” right now, but honestly I don’t keep a stash the way most seamstresses use the term. Mine is “I got fabric for this project and I haven’t done the project yet or I changed my mind”. The other hunk of my stash is remnants – my remnants are becoming problematic. I hate to get rid of useful bits, and I can see use in too many things!

    DH says I can’t use my fabric money from Christmas until my stash is much smaller. So I’m motivated to sew through it. Honestly – I’d just like those mental projects cleared from my brain so I can move on to other things.

    I should probably make a list of projects to keep me honest.

    • I’m struggling with what to do with my remnants, too. They take up about 70% of my sewing organization space, but they’re good quality and useful. I do eventually find uses for most of it, but I think I’ll start giving it away or packaging it up and selling remnants for a small fee. Maybe stick it up on Etsy, though that’s kind of a lot of work… We’ll see how bored I get in 2012!

      Your DH is probably wise. Mine just rolls his eyes. ;)

      Lists are really helpful. Truly.

  11. I made myself a rule a while back that I can buy one new piece for every two pieces I use from stash – that way I can have some new fabric occasionally, as well as reduce my stash, the best of both worlds!
    Whether it is working or not is another matter…!

  12. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    This is the same thing I am thinking. Last year, I went on a pattern fast. I made it 7 months. LOL. I have SO much unused fabric & UFOs.

    For the most part I’m pretty good with keeping my wallet closed for fabric. But the questions will be a great help.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the “Consulting Dressmaker” service.

    • wow! 7 months! I make patterns, but sometimes I REALLY need to be able to switch off a little bit, settle in, and use a nice pattern that tells me exactly what to do… I don’t know if I could go 7 months! :)

      I can’t wait to talk about it! Been working on the ideas since I quit my job last September… :)

  13. Definitely buy fabric and notions with a pattern in mind. Before you leave home for the fabric store, make a list of the yardage, buttons, and zippers that you need to complete your garment. If the fabric store doesn’t have want you had in mind, leave empty-handed. This approach will save you money, storage space, and ensure that you love your finished project :-) Happy sewing in 2012!

    • I wish I could be so disciplined! Sometimes I don’t know what exactly a piece of fabric wants to be until I’m cutting it. I do think “blouse, dress for the little girl, pants, etc..” Happy Sewing 2012 right back at you!

  14. Oh gosh, I have a huge stash – cupboards of it! And it represents my current ownership, not the hundreds of yards I have sold or given away. Occasionally I’ve made something too! I have improved no end since going zero budget, and am making up my stash happily but slowly.
    Also, I love to plan projects and get all the bits for them, but I don’t always get around to the project. And when I do, the fun of getting all the bits has already happened. Too much instant gratification is the trouble.
    So having learnt this about myself, I am working through the summer weight fabrics in my stash, upgrading my work wardrobe. And when the weather cools, I will start to do the same with the winter weights. I have some truly stunning fabrics to get through! :)

      • It’s pretty batty :) Rummaging around in there today, I was trying to decide whether to cover a hat with one of several kinds of velvet, fur, strange wool with bobbles in it, gold sparkled linen, all these fabrics being black. I ended up ising the leftover knit from the navy T-shirt I made today (yes, I really did it!). Cute hat too :)

  15. I have a fabric store down the road from my work with beautiful stuff. I find that when I’m bored during my lunch hour, I end up there. I have had to exercise some control, and have to think along similar lines to you. I have a rule that if I cannot think of what to make with it, then it’s a no-buy. Shopping with something specific in mind helps as well, I only buy when there’s some thing I want to make that my baby stash doesn’t contain, which helps!

    Good luck with the expanding – I’m treating myself along the same lines to grow as a sewist and a person! Love your blog, I’m a newcomer but it’s so inspiring!

  16. I can’t say that I buy fabric purely for the sake of having pretty fabric, and only really buy something if I have a project in mind for it. Unfortunately, I’ve gained a stash anyways because my eyes are obviously bigger than my sewing time. :D And then I either forget or change my mind about what to make it up as.

    I admire you’re will power to say ‘no’ to fabric if it’s not absolutely perfect.

      • LOL! As someone who was a student for 9 years, I totally understand that! Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying fabric, I was just picky about what I bought (although that usually meant poor quality/bargain bin stuff – but it was perfect for learning on).

  17. I really want to work on not having such a huge stash this year. I think I’m going to print out your list of questions and tuck it in the notebook I take to go fabric shopping. Unfortunately, I do have a lot of fabric that just isn’t really practical that I bought on an impulse because it was pretty. I also want to keep track of yardage in and out of the stash just to make myself aware of how much I buy and use. Hopefully that will help! I also have less time to sew with my new program at school so I have definitely been slowing down in the sewing department but not so much with shopping…

    • New program at school? I’m going to go comb through your blog to find out more… New things are my favorite…

      I always make plans like that but for some reason (laziness, the volume of fabrics I work through) it never happens. Maybe this year but I sincerely doubt it. I wish you all the best with it, though. :)

  18. I made this resolution a few years ago, but my stash is a serious problem. For years I have bought with intention to sew, but said intentions go out the window due to either lack of time, a change in taste/style, or something new and exciting coming along the way. I very rarely go down to my old fabric haunts in the Fashion District anymore, which is a good thing; occasionally I will see something buy-one-get-two at my local Fabricland, but online is currently killing me. My favourite place is I have started to ask the same questions of the fabric that I see & want, and it has cut down on my stashing, but I have a long way to go. What I really need to do it catalogue all of it so I know exactly what I have, because I know there are repeat purchases in my life.

    • Sometimes I ask myself “What am I trying to change in my life through making this purchase?” It’s something I found on a greenie sort of site ages ago, I couldn’t tell you where.. It’s the idea that we buy a physical thing, when what we’re after is something less tangible. Like how I buy my daughter new art supplies when I feel guilty about working too much and not spending enough time with her. It’s sometimes simpler to spend money than to spend time and effort..

      I don’t know if that applies, but it’s something I think about… :)

      • Yes! I’ve noticed this about fabric purchases! It’s like having that instant gratification, but what really is wanting is that intangible…. and the time and effort, like you say!

  19. I stash, but lately it’s just stuff my Gramma has received from people she knows, and is passing on to me. I recently donated a HUGE amount of this fabric, plus others I knew I’d never sew with, to a charity sewing group.

    Over the summer I was very optimistic, and I purchased multiple blouse lengths of cotton voile… only to not sew with any of it because I was having so many problems with fitting the blouse pattern! Oh well. I know I’ll use it, because I’m still working on perfecting the pattern, and the colours and patterns are pretty classic and match multiple things in my wardrobe.

    I’d also like to let you know that I finally finished my Blank Canvas Tee. YAY! Unfortunately, there are a lot of fit issues with it. A couple of them are my fault, and a couple of them are just the way my body is structured. I did a half-assed blog entry about it, so you could see how it sits on me. Thanks SO much for sharing the pattern. I see that as I make some changes to it, so it better suits my shape, it will be an amazing shirt pattern for summer! Another nice thing? It took 2 hours. WOOHOO!

    • I said it on your post, but I want to say it again…. You have a really fantastic body structure, I’m reminded of so much classic sculpture and art. It’s really REALLY hard to dress an hourglass figure well, for all the rot that’s written about how it’s the ideal body shape.

      I should donate some fabric, too. When colleagues heard I was sewing down my stash, I had boxes and boxes of fabric dropped in my lap. I think I have more fabric right now than I did last year this time, but so much of it isn’t to my taste I don’t know what to do with it… :)

      • Aww, thanks. :) I have a very hard time finding clothing that fits, which is why I sew. Of course, that comes with its own set of problems, but that’s what the internet and sewing communities are for – to help out! I really wish I was comfortable tucking in shirts. I’m sure that would help a lot, but it’s not something I do. Maybe I’ll start once I begin exploring more retro styles, and Edwardian shapes.

      • Have you heard about the 1912 Project being run by Vintage Pattern Lending Library? Especially after watching Downton Abbey, I really want to make a few Edwardian blouses to go with my longish skirts… It’s such a nice way of dressing, I really think it could be flattering on a variety of figures, as long as said figure doesn’t mind standing out a bit.. ;)

  20. My stash is getting way too big – storage is my main problem. I intend to follow your example and sew from my stash in 2012. My main weakness is quirky quilting fabrics but I prefer dressmaking so I will have to consider ways to work those feature fabrics into practical clothing.

    • I’d love to hear how you do that… I sew a lot of Lila’s clothes from cool quirky quilting fabrics, but I’ve had very mixed results using quilting fabric in my own sewing…

  21. New Years Resolutions are always ‘easier’ if there is financial incentive! My sewing budget has dropped to accommodate a newly acquired gardening interest!


    • Yes. The financial incentive helps, and it helps not having credit cards, etc. But I think there’s something else to it, too.

      I guess it’s making virtue out of necessity… Rather than being upset about what I can’t have, I’m tying to focus on liking what I do have and realizing that stuff doesn’t make me happy…. Something along those lines, anyway. ;)

  22. My stash is ridiculously huge. The problem is that 1/4 of it was my Grandmother’s, and 1/8 of it was my Auntie’s, and 1/4 of it was my DH’s Nana’s. I actually was good at only keeping the bits of their fabrics that I really loved, but it’s hard to say no to family fabric!

    Over the last 19 months I’ve set a goal to not grow my stash. I think I have only picked up 5 ‘new-new’ pieces of fabric, but I *have* bought a lot of older fabric at op-shops. I’ve made myself sell stashed fabric every time I bought something though, so it hasn’t gotten bigger. And I’m a terrible skinflint and only buy fabric at deeply reduced prices, so I’ve actually *made* money selling it on.

    At the same time, I sometimes regret the things I de-stash. I’m just kicking myself today because I know that over the last year I have sold at least 3 different 5ish metre lengths of white or cream satin or jacquard. And now Mrs C & I are working on a project that requires a 5m length of just that type of fabric, and we are going to have to buy one! Grrrrr…. Makes me never want to de-stash!

    My other problem is client commissions: I can use my business to buy fabrics in bulk for clients, which means that I get 10 metres for what they would pay for 5. So I always end up with metres of fabric left over from commissions, and these metres accumulate alarmingly fast.

    • Yes. I really should be less lazy about selling on fabrics I no longer need or have in excess… That’s how I ended up with 10 meters of silk organza… Ridiculous, but it opened the door to my lobster dress so it’s all ok I suppose…


  23. In 2011 I focussed on reducing food waste after reading some interesting articles in a range of publications on the topic (and looking at what I was throwing away at times). These days I make myself buy ingredients when I have a recipe in mind for them. No more random ingredients are allowed to come home too often. I also plan a fortnights worth of meals / recipes at a time so I can use up the herbs and vegetables that have to be purchased in larger packs. It is hard to use things up when you are on your own sometimes.

    I need to apply more discipline to fabric purchases as well, although I often have projects in mind and simply don’t get to them – so the purchases aren’t too random. This year I am going to ‘focus’, ‘finish’ and ‘organise’. Hopefully I will empty my boxes of UFOs this way, set my find to projects and tasks more carefully and work towards some specific achievable goals. I have a desired wardrobe and the majority of fabric and patterns to go with it, now I need to create it!

    I’m so looking forward to hearing about where you will be teaching. Oh – and there are coffee beans making their way south – my excess baggage is coming by post (9m of fabric and shopping from the sales) – reduce probably needs to be my fourth word, but I am hoping I cover this with ‘finish’ and ‘organize’.

    I hope 2012 has got off to a great start for you.

    • Focus, finish, and organise… Sounds like the makings of a very productive year. :)

      So excited about the beans.

      I’ll be teaching with Laundry Collection at the AFL in Morningside. Yes, I believe that is all correct. :) Really, really there’s more on that coming, but I have to finish the sample of Colette’s Ginger that I’m using in the class before I can fully “spill it.”

      • Ooh – that is exciting to know more. The Ginger skirt looks nice. I like the new Collette Peony dress (I would lengthen it) and the Sencha blouse. I like that the dress has sleeves and what looks like a good shape. The blouse I like because it has gorgeous details that you don’t often see in most commercial patterns.

      • Yes… well… I am starting with a “Foundations” class, because I’ll have several newbies, but there will be a few students who are new to me but not to sewing… And you know I have my ways of doing things, so I thought a cool class that would be useful for beginners and fun for those who may already know a thing or two would be best…

        Basically, it starts with a very simple tote/shopping bag, then we make a simple knit top, then the ginger skirt… Ack better quit yammering on, I’ll spoil all the fun and surprise!

        • I have discovered that the Morningside AFL club is very close to home for me (and the local cafe that I frequent). I could walk there in 30mins if I was up to hill climbs but at the moment I am settling for 1 1/2 flat blocks! The knit top would be good – I’m still anxious about knit sewing and knowing you, you will calm my nerbes.

        • I have discovered that the Morningside AFL club is very close to home for me (and the local cafe that I frequent). I could walk there in 30mins if I was up to hill climbs but at the moment I am settling for 1 1/2 flat blocks! The knit top would be good – I’m still anxious about knit sewing and knowing you, you will calm my nerves about it.

  24. Great tips on how to stop the urge to splurge on pretty fabric! My problem is that I go crazy over pretty (or unusual) prints, but I’ve realised that plain colours are much more practical and can be more interesting for sewing as they’ll show up pretty details or encourage you to embellish. So my strategy is to *appreciate* pretty things without having to buy them.

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  26. My mom has been a great stasher, and rarely sews (though she did create some great things). So I have an accumulated stash of things I can’t quite use, because she did not shy away from synthetics while creating it, while I mostly do. Over the course of my having a sewing blog (a little under two years), I have accumulated a stash of my own, mostly of gifted fabrics, so now I’m trying to think more like you. Thank you for writing it down, that helps. I try to only take fabrics I know I will use. The trouble is, I sew very slowly, and the stash accumulates much more quickly.

    • Yes.. I’m the same… “Mothers” all around me have given me some truly lovely fabrics, but some of it is this strangely stiff polyester stuff.. I don’t get it. I use it for muslins sometimes, but I can’t seem to GIVE it away..

      Good to “see” you again, Hana. :)

  27. I have approached the issue of stash differently. I have a small walk in closet in my 1945 home. Very small. I use 1/2 of it for clothing and the other side for accessories and barn tops/breeches. Warm weather clothing is stored in one rubbermaid container right now along with sandals etc. The shelf above the accessory side holds my patterns, of which I have far too many to ever sew. My fabric is stored in a similar way. Wool and fleece is in one container and stored in the attic. One shelf in a cupboard contains all the other fabric.

    If I limit the space I can use, I tend to sew up more stashed fabric in order to make room for more fabric. Then I have to recycle/give away some of the made clothing in order to have room for the newly sewn.

    Works for me. :-)

  28. I’m so with you on this. I spent last year reducing my stash and have nearly cleared all my yarn. Less so with the fabric, but making progress.

    I personally find a stash restrictive rather than inspiring. I know that for some people it’s exactly the opposite, but I find that often by the time I get to sew the fabric I’ve changed my mind about it or want to make something different. You can’t make trousers out of blouse weight fabric! So then I get freaked that I have to sew the fabric I have, rather than sew what I want to make at that moment.

    This year I’m continuing to clear the fabric I have so that I can then concentrate on sewing a planned wardrobe rather than just individual items from fabric that has caught my eye.

  29. What a fantastic post! I’ve recently been on a bit of a stash-busting, UFO finishing path. For a few years I bought a lot of fabrics without much thought as to what I would make with them but now I’m really trying to move away from doing that. I found I ended up with way too much fabric that I have no idea what I’m going to use it for. I think the questions you listed with are a really nice way of reminding me of that next time I’m in a store.

  30. My goodness you seem to be posting about the same things I am thinking! I hardly bought anything in 2011, too. I have stacks of beautiful fabrics that inspire me, and I cannot justify any more mindless fabric shopping. For a while, I went overboard, so it feels like a correction in direction :D
    I know this sounds cliche but the fabric does start to feel like a burden because it represents so many ideas that have not yet been born.
    I had to stop thinking /feeling that way and change re-frame it. Now I see the fabric as a wonderful inventory that will be there for me when I am ready, and the inventory must be reduced.
    Of course, that does not include fabric I need to buy for my next little adventure, learning about dye, LOL!
    Opps, reminder to self: as I experiment with dyeing, raid the stash for fabrics that aren’t quite the right color, to see if I can improve them. Hopefully, I can stick with my goal to use things wisely and avoid waste.

  31. I live on the other side of the world in upstate NY and I would love to consult with you on how to sew clothes. I have been knitting for a while and have some basic knowledge of sewing and garments but often need something extra like necklines on a serger how-to. I like your blog as I think you are good at seeing challenges from a students point of view and I would definitely pay for the privilege of consulting with you.

  32. All good thoughts above. I like your idea of a one-word “slogan” for the year. If I chose a word, it’d be “time”. I’ve been realizing more and more what a precious commodity time is. It’s very helpful to think of wise consumption, quality, price, intended purpose, available space, etc. but adding “time” to the equation has been an even better motivator for me. If I don’t have the time to enjoy or even use an acquisition, then it’s a waste even if it’s beautiful or a great deal. This applies to fabric, books, and even stocking the fridge!

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