Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fabric, Oh So Much Fabric!

But I'm not complaining.

For at least 5 years, Hubby paid for a Fabric of the Month subscription for me.  I chose the "variety" option and would receive five or six 9 x 13 cuts of various hand-dyed fabbies.  Silly me, all those years, I kept each monthly shipment together in it's baggie and added it to my treasure chest box of fabric.

Now, keep in mind that every time I wanted to start a project, I had to go through each little baggie until I found just the right piece for whatever I was stitching.  The first couple of years this wasn't such a big deal, but as my box got filled, it wasn't so fun to go through all those fabric pieces any more.

Finally, during my craft room organization, I've decided to tackle the box full of luscious fabbies.  I figure I've been putting it off for as long as I have because I wasn't sure how I was going to sort and store them.  Also on my mind was how I was going to know what each piece was. 

My first step was to unbag all those monthly shipments.  As I was unbagging them, I sorted them by fabric type -- Lugana, Jobelin, Jazzlyn, Jubilee, Cashel Linen, Belfast Linen, etc.  Originally, I was thinking about keeping each fabric type together, but that would mean I would still have to go through each type of fabric if i was looking for a certain color.

This dilemma stumped me and I lost all motivation and energy to continue.  So I shut the light off and left my messy room.  The great thing about my room is that I can just go downstairs and forget about it.  Actually, I never really forget about it :-)

Well, somewhere in the back of my mind, this dilemma was churning away.  For me, selecting a piece of fabric for any particular project starts by deciding which color I want to use.  So, I've finally decided that the fabric pieces should be sorted by color regardless of what type of fabric it is.

Step two was to sort each piece by color.  I decided that I am going to take each piece out of it's individual packaging and open the piece to lay flat.  Some of the pieces have tags stapled on the edge and I decided that's how I would attach the package label to each piece.

For now, I'm putting each color into it's own 2 gallon ziploc bag and laying those flat in the box.  At some point I may come up with a different storage space for the fabbies, but until then, this method will work.

Ready for a pic?


Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, Blues,
Browns, Purples, Grays

Can you guess which color I have the most of?  I thought it would be the blues, but it's actually greens with the purples coming in second and blues are third.

I've run out of steam for today and I've only made it through the reds, oranges and purples.  I'll get back to my messy room another day!

I'm thankful that I have my very
own rainbow in my craft room!

Have a great week!

13 comments:

  1. Great way to do this, Pam! And don't you feel so much better for having tackled it! Congrats!

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  2. I had the same dilemma, but not as much as you! I don't know if you saw how I store my material now, I do keep it in color shades vs. types though. I use acid free foam core, cut in half lengthwise. Here is a photo, if it works.http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad17/ndmurdock/Craft%20room/cr8.jpg

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  3. I think I just drooled! Great fabby stash!

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  4. Oh my goodness! Just look at all those beautiful colors. Are the pieces still coming in each month? I think if I had all of those pieces that it would seem like Christmas every I looked at them. You have a great week.
    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches

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  5. That's a great idea. I really need to re-organize my fabrics, too. Like you, I have a ton and have to go digging when I want something. What are you putting the 2-gallon bags into?

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  6. OH i'm so jealous! it's all so beautiful! enjoy them for us!

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  7. Ohhh how fun to go through all that pretty linen
    I'm so jealous ;)

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  8. Goodness gracious..... I know who call when I'm out of something...! Lol.... Great stash!!

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  9. Wow, you have a lot of fabric and hope you can finish sorting them out.

    Marl

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  10. What a lovely selection of fabrics . I like the way you chose to sort by colour.

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  11. HOLY CRAP!! That is a lot of fabric. I have dreams about having stash that large.

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  12. Great stash. I have my fabric sorted by type and count, and I entered it all in a spreadsheet so I can look up colour, designer, size, etc.

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  13. OMGeeeee, that's alotta stash! I'm jealous!

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