Each time I'm tempted, I bookmark the piece, and then I just leave it alone. I think about what I'd actually make with it. I think about my "to make" list and see if the fabric that tempts me would help.
Yesterday, I cracked.
It started because a bag I made for horse-mad Small Person has, apparently, come apart. She phoned me from a lake somewhere where she was fishing with her dad (my cousin) to let me know. I don't have any more horsey fabric, so I was looking for something suitable. I bought some. And I bought a small piece of sheep fabric from the same seller.
It turned out to be a gateway purchase.
Around the same time, one of my favourite sellers of inexpensive fabric (Tilly Bee) posted some tee shirting fabric in a neutral colour at a bargain price. I bought 4 metres, thinking I could use it to make a top for me, try a top for Small Person which I could embroider with a fab horse design, and make a tee shirt for DH. (I'm not planning on us all wearing the items at the same time).
I haven't bought fabric from Tilly Bee for a while, but I have been bookmarking quite a few. I was already going to be paying for postage, so I thought I might as well get a (limited) amount of a few other ones I'd had my eye on.
In the scheme of things (the number of fabrics I had bookmarked), I didn't buy much. But I did buy quite a bit. I can see it's going to end up in yet another box in my "sewing room".
On the plus side, I managed to regain control of myself before I purchased from another seller. They were selling some lovely lovely black and white cotton fabric that I would love to make into tops. But I have a lot of cotton fabric that I wanted to make into tops, and I haven't. Yet.
Perhaps this will spur me on?