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Fabric_folding3

Today, I thought I’d give a quick update on my fabric organizing progress.  Since we last talked about making fabric mini-bolts, I purchased the comic book boards and have started folding my fabrics.  (There’s a nice tutorial on this fabric organizing method here.)  I have just barely started, and I can tell this is going to take a while.  However, it’s already making me very happy.

Here’s the good news:

  • I found a pack of 100 comic boards from Amazon for $12, so this is not expensive.  I’m not sure if this is going to be enough for all of my fabrics.  The irony is that right now, they are too disorganized for me to tell!  We’ll see…
  • I think this is going to make it much easier to pull fabrics for a project and put them away.  I’m pretty good about folding and organizing my stash a few times a year, but I dread trying to wiggle the fabrics back into their stacks.  It only takes a few projects, and then all of the organizing falls apart.  I found a very inexpensive bookend at Ikea so I can line up all the fabrics on my closet shelf:

Fabric_folding

For me, the critical step is securing the fabric with a pin.  I’ve seen a few people online who skipped this step and I thought about doing the same.  However, ultimately, if you’re going to spend all of this time folding and arranging your fabric, why not make it a little more secure?  The whole point for me was to keep the fabric from flopping around when I try to put it away, so the pins keep the whole bundle nice and neat.

Fabric_folding2

The downside?  Well, it may be a few more weeks before I can share the glorious “after” photo.  This is going to be time consuming.  I’m trying to set a daily quota so I don’t have to fold a gazillion pieces of fabric all at once.  I’ll let you know how I feel about this project again once it’s all done.

Fabric reorganizing: finished!

Fabric_reorg

Over the weekend, I put the finishing touches on my big reorganization project.  All of my fabric is folded and wrapped around comic book boards now.  I wish I could tell you that this is super quick, but it’s not.  To be honest, it took hours.  The good news is that when you grow tired of folding and pinning fabric, getting rid of things is much easier.  My fabric stash is lighter and more manageable now.

It’s also so much simpler to pull things out and put them away.  I have a separate bin for scraps and smaller cuts of fabric, but I’m going to try to hold myself to a limit there as well.  It feels good to only have fabrics I genuinely love.

This shot of the inside of the cabinet is not super glamorous, but I’ll share anyway:

Fabric_reorg3

I have dreams of all of the bins matching (one day), but first it was critical to clean out as much as possible and really see what’s left.  The bottom shelf contains a bin with all of my home dec fabrics and corduroys, velvets, etc.  This is also where the giant paper for the nice printer is stored plus my scrapbook/sticker collection.  (It’s OK to be 30+ and have a sticker collection.)

On the shelf with the fabric, I used a bookend so I could divide the shelf in two: fabric mini-bolts and full size rolls of muslin and interfacing.

We added a second drawer which makes me so happy.  I have all of my millinery supplies, notions, and other bits and bobs organized in separate plastic bins in the drawers.  Then there are separate bins for ribbons, adhesives, art supplies, paint, sewing patterns, yarn, tools, etc.  The top shelf has all of the weird stuff: left over pieces of foam, wreath forms, and other things I don’t need to access on a regular basis.

I decided that this cabinet should only hold supplies — not the abandoned, half-finished projects.  When I open up the doors, I want to be inspired by the possibilities not overwhelmed by incomplete or failed ideas.  This means that I tossed quite a few “maybe one day” projects.  That is a wonderful gift to give yourself.  I would encourage you to do the same.  Do you have any other de-cluttering and organizing tips? I’m on a roll and ready to tackle a few more spaces.

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Fabric Organizing (an update)

Fabric_folding3

Today, I thought I’d give a quick update on my fabric organizing progress.  Since we last talked about making fabric mini-bolts, I purchased the comic book boards and have started folding my fabrics.  (There’s a nice tutorial on this fabric organizing method here.)  I have just barely started, and I can tell this is going to take a while.  However, it’s already making me very happy.

Here’s the good news:

  • I found a pack of 100 comic boards from Amazon for $12, so this is not expensive.  I’m not sure if this is going to be enough for all of my fabrics.  The irony is that right now, they are too disorganized for me to tell!  We’ll see…
  • I think this is going to make it much easier to pull fabrics for a project and put them away.  I’m pretty good about folding and organizing my stash a few times a year, but I dread trying to wiggle the fabrics back into their stacks.  It only takes a few projects, and then all of the organizing falls apart.  I found a very inexpensive bookend at Ikea so I can line up all the fabrics on my closet shelf:

Fabric_folding

For me, the critical step is securing the fabric with a pin.  I’ve seen a few people online who skipped this step and I thought about doing the same.  However, ultimately, if you’re going to spend all of this time folding and arranging your fabric, why not make it a little more secure?  The whole point for me was to keep the fabric from flopping around when I try to put it away, so the pins keep the whole bundle nice and neat.

Fabric_folding2

The downside?  Well, it may be a few more weeks before I can share the glorious “after” photo.  This is going to be time consuming.  I’m trying to set a daily quota so I don’t have to fold a gazillion pieces of fabric all at once.  I’ll let you know how I feel about this project again once it’s all done.

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