I went looking for everything out of the closet and sort and organize so I know exactly what I have. And I need to measure my closet, so I know what will fit. Only then will I know what kind of storage I need, and what will work. In a perfect world, I would have those lovely Cubeicals, or some variation thereof, where I could stack my fabric so I could always see it (in my dedicated sewing room of course). I would prefer a pretty basket or tote container with a handle so I can hang cute tags from the handles as labels. I love plastic storage, but I also hate it, especially with my fabric. But it’s not a perfect world, and so I have to figure out how to make the most of what I have. My dear husband was trying to get me to box up my fabric and put it in the attic because I “just go buy new fabric when you make something and never use what you have,” or some such nonsense. I think I just don’t have enough space. Pillow forms and batting take up lots of space! But I get his point – my sewing paraphernalia is taking over the entire guest room - closet, bed, dresser, and vanity. Even the computer, if you count my EQ6 software. Not to mention the kitchen, where I actually sew, and the living room, where I cut and press/iron. So I guess I need to bite the bullet and organize. I’ve tried before, honest, but I think now I understand how I need to sort things – by: for my fabric closet today. I had an idea of what I wanted, until I was looking and started thinking (you know what happens when I start thinking . . .). I went back and forth and hemmed and hawed and finally came home empty handed. I decided I need to pull
- Scraps (cut into various strips, rectangles, random triangles, and squares)
- Fat Quarters
- Half Yards
- Larger Yardage
And then by:
- Apparel fabric for me
- Apparel fabric for kids
- Quilting Fabric by color
- Holiday Fabric by holiday
And I also now know how to fold my fabric for better storage, which will help.
To be honest, I think I’m scared to find out exactly how much fabric I have.
I guess the sort will begin after I finish this baby quilt, since it has a deadline. Dare I take “before” and “after” pictures?