Sewing Adventures: stash busting (even the crazy stuff)

By Susan | Comments: 4 | August 25, 2014


Stash busting sewing was in full force this weekend using up some cute polka dots and checks into a few pairs of knickers.

The Lizzie Knickers with in check with elastic and lace from the stash. I can never get these to sit straight for a photo but they are very cute to wear.


The Georgiana Knickers using up the Kermit the frog green crazy coloured elastic. Because when you are serious about stash busting it all has to be used at some point?


Closing in on yet another full year of stash busting and it doesn’t feel yet like I’m making a big difference? Am hoping the last few months of the year result in some big amounts being used or that when I re shuffle everything it will take up less fabric tubs than it currently does? Here’s hoping?

Edit Note: the original version of this post had the black knickers incorrectly listed as The Charlotte Knickers. They are in fact The Georgiana Knickers, a more bikini brief style than the fuller more coverage version that is The Charlotte. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. I can only attribute the mistake to me being very tired and not thinking clearly.


  • Amanda
    August 25, 2014

    You are winning at stash busting! What adorable makes!

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 25, 2014

      Aren’t they just so cute, it truly is a great advantage of making your own knickers they can be as cute as possible!

  • Gwen Gyldenege
    August 26, 2014

    I love the way you used both fabrics and elastics. The green is such a cheerful bit on the polkadots. I can see how otherwise it would feel like shock-you kermit. I have a bright orange lingerie elastic I used on a Katherine Tilton Vogue shirt, surprisingly, like your green, it actually ties the piece together. It’s a combo of brown, aqua, orange and a tiny bit of black. I’m working on stash busting myself. I’m saving scraps and just finished a sports bra entirely from scraps, soon to be posted. I was SO excited that I had enough for double layer even. Like you, my next stash busting will be underwear (aka knickers). 🙂 I’ve some left over stars & stripes that I think I’ll turn into wonder woman sets… Ha!

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 26, 2014

      wonder woman sets would be amazing! I’ve been finding with stash busting that it’s using up all the leftover bits that seems to make the biggest difference so far? Good Luck!

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