Are you overwhelmed by your fabric stash? Can you walk into your sewing room and start sewing right now without making room to sew. Lets get organized together.
Let me start by saying I am not a professional organizer by any means. I would describe myself as messy person who is used to working in unorganized caos. But enough is enough. It is time to organize, Who is with me?
First you need to determine what kind of fabric stash you have. Do you have lots of large pieces of fabric or lots of scraps. I have both. I have a ton of scraps. Small pieces of fabric that are left over from past projects. I love to make scrap quilts. Over the next several weeks I will be organizing my fabric and giving you tips on ways to organize your fabrics. I am starting with my scraps.
You do not have to surrender or wave a white flag. We can do this. This is not an overnight project. Start small. What I have been doing is filling a shopping bag with fabric and organized that. One bag at a time. It may take you 20 minutes or longer to go through a bag. One bag at a time is less intimidating then a huge pile. Work at your own pace. Take breaks and reward yourself. After you have organized a bag, relax for a few. Watch a little tv, read a book, sew a little, or eat some ice-cream.
With my scraps I have been cutting them in specific sizes. I have them devided into 5 and 10 inc
h squares, and a variety of strip sizes. I cut my strips from 3 inches down to 1 1/2 inches. I don’t have much use for anything small then that for most of my scrap quilts. Once they are divided they will all go into a container for each specific size.
I would like to give a special thanks to John Leyba, staff photographer for the Denver Post for coming and taking pictures of me and some of my scraps. He was pretty surprised when I was empting bags of fabric and I told him this is nothing. You should see what I have in my “sewing room” which is now just a big pile of stuff.
Next time I will show you how you can organize larger pieces of fabrics.