Fabric. It’s the stuff we sewists dream of. We love the colors, we’re drawn to the touch, the feel, the drape…*sigh* It’s our weakness, our indulgence, our vice. We can’t get enough of it, so we get and we get and we get.
Am I right? This is a great reason for organizing your fabric stash.
I talked recently about budget sewing, and in addition to thrifting a good portion of my fabric, I’ve been the very grateful receiver of many a glorious fabric dump. So little by little my fabric has piled up, and all though I don’t have any trouble using it, it’s evolved into a pretty mean stash, I’ll tell you what.
I’ve gone through several fabric storage solutions, and am currently using an old shoe cubby I snagged at a school sale last year (works great!). Its an important part of stash busting because I think the most helpful aspect about using what you have, is knowing what you have.
It’s so easy to pile and stuff, and before you know it, it’s all just a hot mess. Hard to get at, hard to see, hard to use. I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve run to the store to pick up a bit of something I needed only to find out later that I had what I needed already. That’s just silly and wasteful.
For my stash busting project I decided to take on the monumental task of organizing and cataloging my fabric. No small feat (!!), but something I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time, and it also fit right into my current undertaking of taking the month of April to declutter my life.
This was how I decided to eat the elephant: I went through each cut of fabric and measured it, folded it uniformly, and then recorded it’s length, width, category, and brief description. Then I put it away organized by type and color (in a spectrum), so that I could see at glance what I had.
Just organizing it by type was SO helpful, and worth my precious time. My final step is entering it all into a fabric inventory google spreadsheet I created so that I can access my stash when I’m at the store and wondering what I have. Still working on this, but it’s going quickly.
I’m sure there’s got to be a sweet app out there for this purpose, but I couldn’t find anything, and really all I needed was to be able to access what I have.
I had a really positive experience busting my stash in this way, and am excited, like always, to start sewing. I also love all these sewing room hacks to help organize other things.
What a huge, cleansing, and inspiring project! I’m oohing and aahing over all her fabric. I LOVE the idea of having access to what you have from the store! I always buy stuff that I realize I have. Thanks so much, Miriam!