Friday, August 27, 2010

Fabric Organization

I am so excited to share with you this great fabric organization idea I saw over at Sophie of FilASewphie. I am going to do this. I think it would help me so much. I am posting it here because I want as many people as possible to know about this. This is too good to keep to myself. I may also add to each card the location of the fabric, like which box it is in and whether that box is in my sewing wardrobe or underneath my bed, etc. This is a quick system for being able to browse through all of your fabrics at a glance. Also, I quite often buy fabric with a particular pattern in mind and then later on forget which pattern I was going to use. I think I will call this my dream box. I can thumb through and dream of all the wonderful things I will make and imagine myself strolling along somewhere really beautiful in one of my creations with the wind blowing through my hair and the layers. Below is an excerpt of Sophie's post. You can go to her blog for the complete post. Thanks so much, Sophie, for sharing this wonderful idea with us. I can't wait to put it into practice. Dear Readers, I would love to know how you organize your fabric. I'm always looking for ways to get more organized. This is one of the things that is so great about blogging, that we can learn from one another.


Nearly every piece of fabric has its own index card. (Exceptions are small scraps and quilting cottons.)




On this index card is written useful information, for example, the type of fabric, how much there is, where it came from and when it was acquired, and pattern ideas. A little swatch of the fabric is glued onto the card.



The cards are kept in an index card box with little dividers. The dividers are labeled according to fabric type, for example, fancy fabrics, knits, wovens, etc.

13 comments:

  1. Now...that is organization!!!!!!

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  2. I do often forget some of the fabrics that I have. Right now, I just organize by color and type of fabric in an under the stair case closet. I use see through bins. Not the best organization method, though.

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  3. I have boxes of fabrics... Sometimes I have something in mind when I buy it, but sometimes it just speaks to me...
    I don't know if I could get this organized tho... I would need my son to move out again so I'd have a sewing room again before I could have room to do this.

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  4. I have a Flickr set for mine: each fabric has a photo (with measuring tape in the frame for print scale), and the type and size of piece is listed. I like that i can get to it from my iPhone while I'm out and about. I've heard that there is iPhone software specifically for this now, too.

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  5. I LOVE this idea! I will definitely have to put this one into practice.

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  6. Oh, my that is great!! I have rubbermaid boxes of fabric in the attic and don't even know what I have - this is just what I need to do!! Thanks

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  7. Great idea! I will put this with "things to do".
    Thanks Trudy.

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  8. omg i need to do this! it's going to take me ages tho :(

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  9. I think it is a great idea! I also put your button on my blog.
    ~Aimee~

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  10. That's a great idea Trudy! That could be useful with other craft things too! I often wonder what is in all those boxes and now I can organize them that way! Thanks!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. This is fabulous! What a cool idea. Another note to add to the card, that I always forget too... the exact make-up of the fabric (ie. pure linen, linen/cotton, cotton/synthetic, as these require different iron settings obviously, or delicate components such as wool) and any specific washing instructions that may have been printed on the roll tag. These I usually forget the minute it gets cut for me and I carry it from the store)
    Really though I'm trying to work furiously but methodically through my stash, with the idea that when it is depleted I will only then be buying fabric that I will be making up in the very near future (said sternly to myself with wagging finger)

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  12. That's a great idea Trudy...something that would help me for sure. I use a tower drawer with my most current sewing projects. The rest I divide by fabric type in my cubby hold shelf which is covered by a throw. It has 15 cubbies! I even add curtains, table cloths and old clothes. I have a cubbies for tapestry, denim, satin, linen, cotton, cotton print, fur, fake leather (costume fabric), batting, knit etc.

    I did a post on how Gina at Shabby Chic does hers. She hangs her stash on curtain rods in an extra closet! She installed an extra rod to give double the storage place. Now that's an idea I had never thought of!

    Great post!

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