I’m in the midst of organizing my sewing area and all of my crafty possessions. The biggest aspect of this project was trying to come up with a solution for my ever-growing collection of fabric. Though my stash may be small in comparison to many of you seasoned quilters, it certainly overpowers my tiny sewing area. After I found my cat sleeping in a bag of fabric I had left out, I decided it was definitely time to get the piles out of cat-accessible bags and into usable (and easily expandable) storage. If you’re like me and don’t have enough room to have your stash stored on beautiful shelves for the world to see, but rather need to tuck them away in a closet or any nook you can find, then boxing up your fabric might be a good solution for you. I searched around online for cheap storage bin options and found just what I was looking for at Ikea. I like my boxes and bins to be nice and uniform so they fit together snug and look good doing it. I ended up getting a fair amount of boxes for under $20 and they just so happened to have polka dots. Cheap and cute – that’s how I roll!
what? I took the initiative to think about getting organized and actually bought the boxes, but where to begin? The problem I have when it comes to organizing is deciding how to organize it. Should my stash be organized by size? By collection? By color? By project?! Too many options! This is where I decided to stop and think about what would be most useful for me. Looking through my stash I realized the fabric cuts are all over the place in terms of size. I don’t have a ton of fabric that is a complete collection, so sorting by collection didn’t seem too logical in my case. Sorting by color, hmmm… that might work. I also like the idea of having project ideas and the fabrics I want to use for them separated out. So, I decided to sort my boxes by color or by project. This part is completely determined by what your needs are with your fabric. Taking the time to decide what will work best for you is a crucial step. If you work through it, you might save yourself having to reorganize again the next time you’re bitten by the organizing bug!
Now that your fabric is sorted out, you’ll need to fold and tuck them into the boxes. If you have a lot of fabric, a good alternative might be the “filing” method that you can find around Pinterest and the blog world. Since my stash is on the tiny side, I figured folding and stacking would be sufficient.
After you’ve finished divvying out your fabric between all of your boxes, take the time to label them to make it even easier to find just what you’re looking for. There are a lot of labeling options out there. I’m quite smitten with the idea of decorative “chalkboard” labels that would allow you to change the labels as often as you like, but I went ahead and printed out some that I made quickly on the computer. I’ve also whipped up some labels
for you as well if you’d like to use some to help organize your own stash. Click here to download.
At this point, take a step back and breathe a sigh of relief because now your fabric is going to be that much easier to match with your next project!
Step 1 – Decide where you are going to store your stash of fabrics
Step 2 – Choose your box!
Step 3 – Determine how you will sort said stash
Step 4 – Actually sort the fabric (pausing to play and pet fabric is encouraged)
Step 5 – Neatly fold and tuck into boxes
Step 6 – Label your boxes