Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Organising my stash!

Lately my stash has been getting a little bit out of control.  I have a daily joke with customer about this in work and even although it seems like I'm kidding, I'm really not.  I'm pretty sure I have a problem but instead of going on a stash diet or promising to not buy anything new (I work in a fabric shop, that's never going to happen) I've decided to get organised and from now on only buy fabrics that are too good to pass or that I know what I'm going to do with.
 
So how am I getting organised?  Well, a little while after I first started sewing, my dad built me shelves underneath where my sewing machine was living at the time.  These shelves are now over-run with scraps of fabrics and UFO's (although I'm pretty good at not collecting UFO's and bin them on a regualr basis if I really don't see them going anywhere).  I'm starting here and getting rid of, either by binning/donating/sharing these random bits of fabric.  With the pieces I am keeping, they're moving to under my new(ish) desk.  It's got shelving built in to it at one end perfect for fabric storing.  So my to use fabric stash now looks like this.
 
I've rolled the fabrics to help reduce creasing and permanent lines.  This is a tip I picked up years ago for traveling, apparently if you roll garments to go in your case, not only are they less likely to crease, they take up less room!  This also helps fool me into thinking I have less fabric than I actually do!
 
I've also started labeling my fabrics.  I done this prior to going on holiday so I would know what I had and didn't have.  Each fabric is wrapped with parcel string and has a travel label with the type, name, price, yardage, where and when it was bought.  Hopefully this will keep me on track or shame me in the future!  Once each piece is labelled, I've noted it down in a notebook which I can easily refer to.
 
You might have noticed over at the Coletterie that they shared a similar way of labeling fabrics.  There's even a downloadable swatch card that you can use!  I'm sticking with my way just now (I had it in place prior to that post) but it's a great resource for anyone who wants to start getting a bit more organised!
 
Hopefully this will make life a little easier, but who know, with my fabric addiction, anything could happen!

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8 comments:

  1. I can't imagine what my stash would look like if I worked at a fabric store- I have ZERO willpower! This looks like a nice way to keep things tidy!

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    1. Even those with mega willpower fail at working in fabric shop. Seriously, home with a bag everyday!

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  2. Good for you! Hope you managed to find some gems in there! My stash isn't huge but it's not that accessible, so I tend to forget what's in there!

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    1. I found some random pieces and I was like what was I thinking when I bought that! Thankfully I sew a quite a good pace (and blog at a terrible one) and there isn't much I don't remember buying!

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  3. I just did a massive clean out of all the fabric I am never going to use. Makes it much easier, as my stash also includes my grandmothers. I have the dressmaking fabrics split by blouses, skirts and dresses, but there are still several drawers, and suitcases with more fabric. The patchwork fabric is not really organised, but lives in several tubs, and small bags of tiny scraps. At least it is neat, and that makes it workable for me until I manage to use more of it.

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    1. Wow lucky you to not only have your own stash but your grandmother's too! Are there some lovely vintage pieces? That's such a great way to organise your stash, I never know what I'll do with fabrics when I buy them most of the time...maybe in future I can get as organised as that!

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