the thing about fabric

The thing about fabric is that it’s wonderful.


Any time I come back from a fabric shopping trip or open up a box of yardage ordered online, I feel excited. I love shopping for fabric with something specific in mind, and I love buying cuts of gray plaid that I don’t yet have a purpose for. Uncut fabric screams potential.


It may lend itself to hoarding, yes. And several times I have certainly used the hashtag fabrichoarder, but I can’t stop. It’s just too wonderful. I have fabric in bins under my sewing table, in mesh carts in my closet, in unloaded shopping bags, and even lying on the floor of the sewing room.


A fabric organizing week is definitely in the cards for me, and honestly I look forward to it. Because what fabric organizing means is that I get to go through all the fabric I own and feel it and hold it and catalog it and rediscover cuts I forgot I had. It will basically be like Christmas. The thing about fabric is that it makes any day feel like Christmas.


I don’t think that when my husband bought me my first sewing machine that he realized he was initiating for me a lifelong love affair with textiles. I’ll lie in bed at night and picture all the possibilities I have in a cut of floral poplin. As I drift to sleep I’ll think of a pattern and imagine the perfect print to make it in. And I’m not even making this stuff up–I really am this dorky. But it’s a dorky I’m 100-percent okay with, because it brings me fulfillment.

So, the thing about fabric is simple: it’s really just the best.

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  1. Sonia
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Sewing makes me happy, too.

    • Sonia
      Posted June 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Actually, I should say that sewing makes me happy unless it doesn’t work out. Then it is very depressing.

      • Charlotte
        Posted June 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        I hate it when my projects don’t turn out! When I was first learning to sew and made many, many mistakes on pretty much everything, Josh told me that even the projects that flop are good, because I’m learning from it. And it’s true! I almost always leave a project–good or bad–armed with new knowledge to use next time!

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