I’m sure many of you can relate, but I have a biiig stash of fabric that is sitting in my room. And, like most people, it’s because I have a fabric buying problem.
Still recently I managed to (sort of) conquer my stash. The thing you need to know about my stash is it had everything. It’s not just fabric I bought, it’s also leftover fabric, scraps, trims, everything. I seriously just chuck it into this big Ikea bag I bought for storing fabric and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Anyway, recently I finally sorted my shit out and did something about it. I’m so proud of myself that I want to be bossy and tell you how to do it:
1. Sort your fabric stash
This is this obvious part, but everyone sorts fabric differently and into different categories. I found that the most useful category for me was to sort fabric into what it would be used for. I did this by amount of fabric – some looked like I could still squeeze a garment out of, others were way too small for that so they either went into a pile for future facings, pockets, collars, etc.
2. Match your fabrics to a project
I keep my traced patterns in a display folder and keep each pattern in its own pocket. It makes it easier to flip through and match my fabric to pattern at a glance. It also makes it easier to keep track of what patterns you already own.
For my fabrics that won’t be made into a project, I keep them in a bag labelled ‘facings/collars’ or ‘bias bindings’ depending on what I plan for them.
I keep a little memo to myself about what I want to make with my fabric and other notes like whether I’ve prewashed the fabric or not. I did find that I often went back to my stash and forgot whether or not I had prewashed or whether I ever had a project in mind or not for the fabric when I bought it.
I still keep my freezer bags for keeping my sewing pieces in after they’ve been cut so I don’t lose a facing or something. I keep all my work in progress in there. It’s satisfying to see the number of fabric pieces decrease in a bag as you sew.
I punch a hole in the bag to let the air out so the bags can be stored flat.
4. Reward yourself with a lolly
This is arguably the most important step in the organising process. Don’t forget to snack while you’re organising too.
How do you organise your stash? I’d love to hear some more tips!