If you’re like me – can’t pass up super sales on fabric – and over time have drawers, boxes, bags and shelves full of all types of fabrics – there comes a time when all this stash needs to be organized! Not long ago I did just that – organized my stash! I started out by getting some clear plastic bins, like the ones pictured, then very methodically did the organizing.
I divided up all my fabrics in the following manner:
1. Separated all lengths 1 yard or more
After separating the long lengths, I divided them by colors — greens in one container, blues in one container, reds/pinks in one container, and so on. This makes it very easy to get to the correct color for your next project.
2. All fat quarters in one bin.
Fat quarters are usually a variety of colors/shades, and in most cases the items I make from them are very colorful and I don’t stick to just one color or shade.
3. All scraps and less than a yard in one bin.
This is a big one for me, as I use tons of scraps for small projects. This is also my go-to bin when my grandchildren are wanting to be creative and need some pieces of fabric!
4. One bin for old outgrown or worn out jeans
5. Don’t throw away “used” zippers, buttons and trims.
This requires a smaller box, but if you’re throwing away torn clothing garments, ALWAYS take off the buttons, hooks and eyes, zippers and other trims that can be reused. Keep these items together in a box. There have been many times that I’ve found just the right buttons for something I was making, and of course when my grandchildren need buttons for eyes on that little animal they’re making, or lace to decorate a small pillow, we always head for this box.
Once you get your stash organized, you’ll be ready for whatever project is next in line!