For: After all the holiday mayhem, you deserve something for yourself.
Challenge: It's time to take stock of your stash. Spend some time looking at what you have, and maybe make some goals for the coming year.
Swaps of Interest: Stash-Busting Resolution Dotees
, One Small Stuffie with a FunctionFebruary
For: A loved one, BFF, or your significant other.
Challenge: Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion your stash (by numbers or volume, it's up to you). Perhaps you can make a dent in it this month.March
For: Charity. If you need ideas, try the “Crafting For Good And Not Evil” board here on Craftster. Or post links to your favorite craftable cause in the thread.
Challenge: Unfinished objects. Everybody has them, so don't feel bad. It could be a project you stalled on half-way through eight years ago, or something you finished last month that just needs threads clipped. Either way, it's a great feeling to finally finish them up.
Swaps of Interest: Makeup/Cosmetic Bag Swap
(sign-ups 3/8 - 3/31)April
For: The garden or great outdoors.
Challenge: Spring Cleaning time. We've all got things in our stash that we've been meaning to use eventually, if only we could figure out what to do with that sweater's worth of hot pink and purple yarn we've been saving since 1987 and have long since lost the pattern. Nothing says you have to keep it forever. You can take those oddities to the Goodwill, give them to a friend, or a local crafting group.May
Pattern: Numbers and letters.
For: Teachers, educators, etc. Maybe they're your kids', maybe they're yours. But they deserve some love.
Challenge: Mass produce something. It doesn't matter what it is, just make a lot of it. If nothing else, they make good “gifts on hand.”June
Pattern: Animals. And it doesn't have to be animal print unless you want to interpret it that way, or if you have lots of zebra print spandex lurking in your stash.
For: Kiddos – yours or someone elses', or simply the young at heart.
Challenge: Six month mark. Time to organize your stash a bit and see how much you've been able to use in the last six months.July
Pattern: Stars and planets
For: Christmas in July! If you make a present now, and put it away safely, that's one less you'll have to worry about when the holiday crunch time comes. Just remember where you've stashed it away.
Challenge: Try to use the object or material in the stash that you've had the longest.August
Pattern: fruits & veggies
For: Traveling! Make something for your next trip.
Challenge: Host a crafternoon. Try to use as much stuff from your stash as possible rather than buying new supplies for the occasion. September
Color: Your favorite color.
Challenge: We've all bought new materials so we can start a new craft, but never got around to actually sitting down and learn. Perhaps this is the month to finally do so?October
Challenge: We've all got that special material we've been holding onto forever. Maybe it's the last little bit of a fabric you love, and you've never been able to bring yourself to use it. Screw up your courage and just do it!November
Pattern: Trees, wood, or forest themed.
For: Someone who needs to be cheered up.
Challenge: Has there been a swap recently that intrigued you? Make something that fits the theme, even if you didn't get to participate.December
For: The House. And it doesn't have to be holiday themed unless you want it to be.
Challenge: We're in the last month. It's a sprint to the finish. Look back at the goals you made in January and see how you did. Or just tally up all the projects you've made from stash and give yourself a big pat on the back.