Smocking Destash and Restash

Dear Friends,

If you’ve read my blog once  or twice you probably know that frequently I moan and groan about the out-of-control quantity of my sewing supplies.

But I have found a wonderful facebook group, Smocking Destash.  And you can join too!  It’s basically an on-line garage sale for sewing supplies!  You can buy and sell without charges like those on eBay.  The prices and ever-changing items being offered are just fabulous.

The need for room to move around causes me to offer bargains.


There are two more bookcases full of fabric, much of it needing a new home.


I vacillate between shame and motivation to reduce the amount to a manageable size.


Aside from the bargains, often an unused pattern or piece of fabric is sold and others decide they MUST have it.  So they rush to their sewing store to purchase it.  I’ve done that a lot!  Everyone wins.

I sold about 50 yds. of my beloved Liberty of London tana lawn for $15 py,  laces, tatting and patterns for bargain prices.  The flip side is  that I have purchased about 100 yds. of  to-die for fabrics, gorgeous laces, ready-to-smock garments and patterns from Children’s Corner to Kari Mecca to Wendy Schoen, many of which are no longer in print.



At least one shop owner is closing her retail store and selling 60″ wide cotton gingham (retailed for $14 py)for as little as $3! Spechler-Vogel featherwale corduroy for $5 py in a rainbow of colors, piping, and more!  Patterns and books that have long since been out of print have been sold and continue to show up for sale periodically.

If you would like to join this group, just drop me a note at or leave a comment at the end of this post stating that you would like to be included.  I’ll get back to you.  FYI, there is no charge to join the group but you must have a facebook account.


So come join the fun.  Get  rid of the fabric and patterns you know you will never use and find some new treasures.





15 responses to “Smocking Destash and Restash

  1. Shirley Clark

    I’d love to join the group. I have a 4 month old granddaughter to sew for now. I used to sew for my 10 yr old granddaughter a whole lot. Now I’m teaching her when time permits.
    My FB name is Shirley Haynes Clark

  2. Shirley, you have been added to the Smocking Destash group. Happy bargain shopping and selling!

  3. I would love to join this group. I sew for my grandchildren.

  4. Great! I need your facebook user name. You may send that to me at and then I’ll get you signed in to Smocking Destash.

  5. What a great idea! I would love to join!
    Fb user name: Carolyn Warner

  6. Carolyn, welcome to Smocking Destash! Just go to the group and read the rules. As soon as you have familiarized yourself with the process you can buy and sell. Let me know if you need any help or have any questions. I’m so glad you have joined us!

  7. Shirley Boyken

    I was without my computer all last week……horrors upon horrors! But I ran across this group and of course quickly joined. Now, I just smile when I see something I want and sure enough…..guess who beat me to it???? YOU!!! Have fun my friend. Don’t worry….I’ll still get my fair share of bargains…guaranteed!! BTW I now have a new GREAT Granddaughter and another one due any day now. What fun we are having!!!

  8. Welcome to Smocking Destash, Shirley! I am so excited about the arrival of your new great grandchild. You will find lots of bargains to pick up at Destash to get you busy sewing for this new little one.

  9. Patricia Groff

    First I am a quilter. Youngest granddaughter is 13. Won’t wear anything I make! Currently sewing curtains for nephew. Just ask me to sew. I will!


  10. Patricia, I hear you! I have a 13 yo granddaughter and have resorted to making pillows for her room and embroidering a tote bag to carry her things to theater auditions. Maybe if she makes it to Broadway, I’ll get to make a bigger one! So go quilt and make up those curtains. They will be appreciated. Thanks for writing.

  11. Sarah sinclair

    I would like to join the smocking deltas Facebook group.

  12. I would love to join this group. My fb name is Kimberly Stickell. The thought is to destash, but best intentions don’t always work out. Love your blog!

  13. Kim, just click on this link and answer the questions. We would love to have you join us!

  14. Debbie Showalter

    I would like to join this group. My Facebook is Debbie Showalter. I learned about Destash from Shirley Boyken.

  15. Debbie, I’m so glad you would like to join this great group. Welcome! Your name has been added to the membership, thanks to Shirley Boyken’s referral. Let the destashing and restashing begin!

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