Sunday, October 07, 2007

Project Organization



I store all of my fabric stash in boxes. I had several different size boxes and some plastic tubs. Well, I'm tired of my sewing area always looking like a total mess. I saw a couple of great tips on Pattern review, and thought I'd combine them to try and get my stash a little better organized. Because I keep everything in a binder, I have no trouble finding what I want. But even still, I hate digging through a box to try to find a certain fabric. Also, sometimes seeing the whold fabric gives you a better idea than just a little swatch. They do sell fabric organizers, but they are pretty expensive. Here's my method


First, I went to the local comic book store and bought a bunch of "regular size" backer boards. They cost 9 cents each. I bought 30, went back and bought 50 more. I need to go back and get some more because I want to do this with all of my scraps too. I also went to Office Depot and bought a pack of 10 bankers boxes for about $15.00. I was using copy paper boxes (free) but the bankers boxes are really sturdier, plus the handles make them easier to lift.





Then, I unfolded my fabric and refolded it. Fabric is folded in half length wise, and if it is over 2 yards, I fold it again cross wise. I then fold the 44" fabric in half again lengthwise so that it is now about 11"-12" wide. anything wider than that is folded into thirds

I put the backer board on top of the folded fabric and then start folding it around the board - sort of like a bolt in the fabric store. I have seen this done and all the fabric displayed on book shelves. This looks beautiful, but my house is not that dust-free (ahem...) so I prefer to keep it in boxes. Also, this protects it from sunlight - and cat hair!













Once the fabric is folded, I put the box on end and start stacking the fabric rolls. When the box is full, I turn it right side up. Now all my fabric is easy to see at a glance and I can actually fit more into a box than I had before.

9 comments:

Sigrid said...

Great idea, I wish I could be so organized!

Cidell said...

So organized. i tried for about a month to keep a fabric log in Excel, but that fell to the wayside. I do like how in the photo you used they used a mail holder for extras.

Bonnie D. said...

I'm envious! What a great system.

Laura said...

The comic backer boards are a great idea - much cheaper than the specialized cardboard pieces I've seen sold in sewing shops.

Enid said...

I find that I don't mind leaving a sewing project, when I have one of these organizational "epihanys"

Your ideas are great!

tcusic said...

Thanks for a great tip. If you don't mind my adding two cents... Should your stash ever out-grow your allowable storage space by insane proportions (as mine has) you might have to upgrade your organization solutions. I wrap my fabric onto empty fabric bolts that I got free of charge from my local JoAnns. They stack nicely and neatly on the top shelf of my closet.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great idea! Watch out before you know it you will have a full out walk in closet like me! :)

Linda said...

Great idea. Can you come to my house and do mine?

Alex said...

What a great idea, my stash is still relatively small, but I'll definitly have to keep that in mind!