Week Two: April Stash Bust

April Stash Bust So, it’s two weeks in to the April Stash Bust. Is it getting harder not to stray to the store for that potentially must have doodad to finish off your project?

Don’t do it!

You’re all creative people and I’m sure you can find creative solutions to your crafty problems. Don’t have enough buttons for your plush creation? Why not make some knobs out of yarn? Don’t have the right length for a zipper? But maybe you have some long lost Velcro tape? Or maybe you’re running low on paint. It’s the perfect time to try making your own colors.

The probabilities are endless and you’d be amazed at what you can reuse and recreate to suite your needs.

The Flickr pool is also jumping with amazing and creative reuse projects. Remember you only have until April 22, Earth Day to enter the contest. To be eligible for entry, make sure to describe your project and how you reused what is in your stash without any newly purchased materials or supplies.

Need a little boost to help keep you going for the month? Check out these great links filled with tutorials, interviews and inspiration:

  • Recreate an unwanted skirt into a fun handbag.
  • Need something pretty smelling for your intimates? How about a sachet made from fabric scraps and packaged with reused plastic?
  • Got some fat quarters and ric-rac floating about (who doesn’t!)? These cute napkins help use up those odds and ends.
  • Here’s a creative way to reuse your scraps for packaging.
  • Elsage shares her reasons for reusing materials to create new and funky accessories.
  • ReBicyclist also shares the how and why of his great product line.

Such great projects and inspiration. We’ll be having some of our own stash busting tutorials later this month so stay tuned and stay strong! Together we can make it to the end and the big reward will be a cleaned out stash, amazingly creative projects and a big ol’ sense of accomplishment.

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. I’m still on target with the Stash Bust. I make recycled tote bags and my goal is to use up all my stash this month and not buy any materials! So far I’ve made 74 bags and haven’t set foot into a store!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I’m finding the second week to be WAY easier than the first. I feel like I’m breaking some bad shopping habits. Watching my stash shrink a little has been wonderful and finally making some of the stuff I bought supplies for is very rewarding.

    Thank you for the shout-out on my napkins. My other stash-busting projects are quilted coasters and a paper towel wreath:

    Coasters: http://madebynicole.blogspot.com/2010/04/quilted-coasters-for-beginners.html

    Wreath: http://madebynicole.blogspot.com/2010/04/paper-towel-spring-wreath.html

  3. ‘Lucky’ for me I just had surgery at the beginning of the month so I haven’t been able to drive 🙂

    I am having a blast using up all the stuff I have been hoarding forever!

  4. The April Stash Bust has pushed me to try a new idea I’ve been wanting to try forever but haven’t, and the result has been awesome. I’m not done with the final product yet, but can’t wait to share it with everyone. I think I might make a whole series for my etsy shop. My “April” stash bust will continue into May.

    Thanks for mentioning my shirt/bag project. My sister just got it yesterday and loves it. That makes me happy 🙂

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