Organize your Fabric

I have been wanting to organize the fabric in my sewing studio for some time now.  There always seems like I could successfully come up with a good reason to put this off for another day.  Well, the time had finally come when I said that TODAY was the day.  Time for some Spring Cleaning.  Let me show you how I did it!

I think what made me realize that I needed a deep clean was that I could not find some fabric that I was SURE that I had!!!  Once I started going thru my fabric stash, I instantly became overwhelmed and told myself that I need to go on a fabric diet!  Sorry!  I know that is a dreadful thought!  Luckily, that thought only stayed with me for a few short moments.  Whew!

I had a stash of fabric that was sort of piled up and half way folded.  My shelves are deep, so there was more fabric stashed away than I had thought!  I had fabric in drawers, on carts and in plastic bins.  I had a stash!

I had seen several ideas on how to organize fabric and had been wanting to try using Comic Book Boards.  I estimated that I would only need 100 boards to finish the project.  Ha!!!!  I was really WRONG!  I really don’t know how I accumulated so many different prints of fabric!  I have only been seriously sewing for less than a decade.  Apparently, I have a love of fabric and my lack of space will not stop me from curating a fantastic collection!

So, I ended up needing more than 400 comic book boards.  I purchased most of these thru Amazon (Prime), but picked up my last 100 at a local comic book store and saved HALF the cost.  I would encourage you to visit your local comic book store.  If you don’t have one nearby – you can use my affiliate link and get your own Comic Book Boards from Amazon HERE.

I also recommend you get plenty of long Quilting Pins.  I used one to two pins per board.  That is actually a great deal of pins!  I found a nice supply of 500 long Quilting Pins HERE.

Since I am also a visual learner, I created this YouTube video to help you see how I was able to fold my fabric around these Comic Book Boards:

After I sorted thru most of my fabric, I was amazed at my collection thus far!  I loved going thru all the items I had collected and then sorted them either by color or collection.  I even dusted the shelves!  Wow!

I still need to go thru another storage bin that I found hiding in the corner and I still need to sort thru all my licensed sporty fabrics, but take a look at a portion of my favorite fabrics!  They are all nicely stacked and sorted.  I can see what I have!!!!

Now that I can see what I have, the ideas and inspiration is really flowing!  Sometimes, you need to focus on and appreciate what you already have!  I have plenty to keep me busy – at least for a little while!

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6 thoughts on “Organize your Fabric

  1. Barbara Ostermeier says:

    I have found that securing the fabric to the boards was easily accomplished by using Bobby pins. It sure prevents a lot of pin sticks to my fingers and keeps blood off my fabric.

  2. Beverly Campbell says:

    I started organizing my fabric one rainy day and thought I could get it done in one day….FAT CHANCE!!! I just didn’t realize how much stuff I had. It was fun looking at stuff I didn’t even know I had. I have been sewing off and on since high school When my son and daughter were born I had fun making their clothes. I took a break for about 10 years and taught painting classes. After my eyesight got bad to where I had to have cateract surgery I couldn’t see as well so I took up sewing about 10 years ago and have been at it ever since. I love the craft sewing more than making clothes. Lots of hand bags, wallets, quilts, pillow cases (I made one for every month of the year for my two granddaughters). I am looking forward to trying this little wallet and plan to make several for a bizarre this fall. Thanks for your getting my juices flowing to make this cute wallet. Look forward to receiving more inspiration from you. I just re-read this email and found I have told you my life history….Sorry about that.

  3. Vivian Oaks says:

    The beginning of this post really hit home…sounds exactly like me!! I’m not using the comic book boards, but AM sorting throughmy stash and trying to at least make it presentable. Wish me luck…I do feel overwhelmed!! I just keep telling myself how great it’s going to feel when I’m done!! 🙂

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