Organizing Your Fabric

This is on my to do list.  It has been on the list in the past and last June (last year, not last month) I made a great effort to bring the chaos under control.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed that way.  I took a picture of the mess while I was working on it last year:

I was trying to sort the fabric into different colors, types, themes and anything that would seem to make sense. I ended up with several different piles.

  • Color-related piles – neutrals, blacks, blues, reds, browns, greens, etc.
  • Themes – Christmas, holidays, baby and children related fabrics, warm florals, bright florals
  • Pre-cuts – charm packs, jelly rolls
  • Types – Batiks, flannels

Unfortunately, some of the fabrics could have gone in more than one pile – for instance, I have some flannels that are definitely baby fabrics.  And some of the charm packs were also holiday fabrics.  So what to do?  Well, I regrouped the best I could and labeled all my bins so I might be able to find what I’m looking for.  Here was the result:

Looks pretty good, huh?  I have two large wooden cabinets in my “studio” in which to store my fabric, books, patterns, templates, magazines, old “backup” iron, spray starch and other miscellaneous items.  I had on hand several storage drawers and got a few more from Walmart. They seem to fit well in the cabinet.

Well, since last year, I have added a prodigious amount of fabric to my stash, dug through each of the drawers several dozen times, I’ve pulled out bunches of fabric and crammed it back in – not necessarily in the same place.  The drawers work well, except sometimes when I pull out a drawer that is overly-stuffed, I pull the whole thing out of the cabinet, instead of just opening the drawer.  I have also added a few baskets and bins under my cutting table to stow current projects.  Now the cabinet looks like this:







So, one of the first projects I want to tackle when I retire (NEXT MONTH 🙂 ) is organize once again.  Do you have any suggestions on how I might sort the piles and stow the fabric so that I can maintain the organization?  What tricks do you use?  I would love to hear from you!

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