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:
- 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!