Getting Organized

It's getting difficult to keep track of all your fabric and supplies. How can you organize them?

-- built-in shelves, cubbies, and work surfaces, with fabric organized by size (ie: all backing lengths together, all fat quarters together) with space for books and miscellaneous items.

-- use an old dresser to store fabric by colors, or by themes (i.e.Christmas, Halloween, Fall, juvenile). Larger pieces of fabric (1 Yard or more) you can put on shelves in a closet or in a cabinet with glass doors so you can easily see what you have and where.

-- look for cardboard drawer units, made like little dressers with three or four drawers. Label each drawer according to your sorting system then fold or roll the pieces and stack them on end like socks in a sock drawer. You can see them all when you open the drawer, and it will probably fit under your sewing table.

-- put small or odd shape pieces in a plastic box, or scrap bag.

-- cut scraps into strips 2 1/2" wide, or whatever is a convenient and often used size for you. Use them for scrap quilting.

-- buy clear plastic shoeboxes and under bed storage containers from a local discount store. Sort fabric by size or color, or project. Store shoeboxes on small shelf units made for shoes (available at most department stores) or on shelving near your sewing area.

-- put up shelving like a bookcase. Use clear plastic for the cupboard doors so you can see everything on the shelves, yet still have it protected. Vary the heights of the shelves a little to adjust for different items (i.e. batting, fabric, books, etc.).

-- use inexpensive roll-around carts (available at discount department stores for about $10). Store folded fabric and other small accesories on the various shelves (sorted by color or use).

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