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Thread: How do you organize?

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    I have been a die-hard scrapbooker for many years and know that one organizing method doesn't fit all, so I'm hoping to get some ideas to start organizing my small but constantly growing stash.

    If you buy fabrics for a particular project is it best to keep them together and label just what you had in mind? (can you tell my memory just ain't what it use to be?)

    In scrapbooking, most paper was 8x11 or 12x12. With fabric and so many diff amts - I'm really confused on what to do

    If you buy just because you like it - then what? by color, by size, by theme, keep them together if they go together?

    And scraps, if they all came from a particular project do you keep them together, or size or color?

    Do you mark the yardage on pieces you buy or have left over?

    And fat quarters, keep them all together or put them with larger pieces of fabric that they go with?

    I know these are a lot of questions but I need to do something and the sooner the better. Thanks for any advice.

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    You have some good ideas already.

    You can keep project materials together until finished then store what's left (scraps or extra material) by color or size.

    What are you storing your fabrics in/on?

    I need to reorganize my stash...too many tubs and bags...I have a great 4 drawer (wide instead of narrow) file cabinet to keep my stash in and it is under utilized.

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    Organize??? obviously you've never seen my sewing room. tee hee Good luck!!! Post pics when you're done to inspire the rest of us.

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    Yea! Right!...we would like to see pics.
    My pics have to wait until the house remodel is finished.

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    I organise my material in boxes and have a see through plastic sleeve on the outside of my box, then i slide into that the label saying what is inside. I have daGama, Amafu, Aussie, Hancocks, stripes, flowers etc. This kind of helps me, as i STILL CAN remember what i bought where, and then i go into that box. I do put the material i am using in a quilt into a large plastic see through zipped bag together with the pattern. I have a couple of those on my TO DO SHELF. That way, i do not use the material for something else....
    I am trying, sometimes this does not work..... :shock:
    Good luck with your sorting

    My storage boxes with labels - this works for me at the moment!
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    I have them where I can see them.. I have 3 tall book shelves that cover all three walls.
    one for fat quarters, 1930's & Civil War era's
    One for bolts and yards: oriental, whimsical, kids and the the last one for anything larger than a fat quarter separated by color.

    Wall cd racks hold misc fat quarters

    I have numerous see thru sterilite drawers for remnants that need homes, scraps, strips, applique, batiks

    30 gal tubs for every holiday: xmas, halloween, 4th, easter, st Pattys, ets, older'fabric,

    Backing fabrics on bolts in walk in closet

    And my muslin bolts just lay on top of my bookcases

    As for my projects they are in colored art bins with all the fabric & stuff needed.. got them at Joannes for 7.99 and they come in pretty colors too..

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    beautiful baby

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    I have fabric Everywhere! In 6ft cabinets, under my sewing table, in bins etc. If i clean it all up then i can't find anything :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I have fabric Everywhere! In 6ft cabinets, under my sewing table, in bins etc. If i clean it all up then i can't find anything :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Sorry hit the button twice :oops:

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    For the most part, our stash is sorted by color. We fold each piece of quilting fabric (anything from ľ yd to 3 yds) to fit short way in an under-the-bed clear container. We then stack the containers two high and two wide on metal wire shelves (like at Samís Club). Every container is labeled with the color on the front (or combination of colors, or novelty type). One of my daughters wanted me to add that the fabric in each container is placed darks to lights to help the younger quilters in their choice options.

    Backing fabrics are stored on bolts stacked on the same type of metal shelving unit.

    Unfinished projects get their own zip lock bag with reference info written on the bag then placed flat in another clear under-the-bed container.

    All cut strips in smaller clear tubs according to size. All cut triangles & squares in labeled clear tubs according to size.

    All quilting/sewing books on book shelf categorized by types & then alphabetized within their type.

    We have seven quilters in our home so organization helps greatly and contributes to keeping the fur from flying too thickly when deadlines are nearing. I am an over the top type of organizer . . . . those I quilt with run the spectrum from piler to more obsessive than I am. We love to help people organize their sewing rooms/stashes and have found that the bottom line is that you need a system that fits you, that you can maintain, and that you can afford!

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    I just buy fabric for specific projects and i keep them all together

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    organize ? what is that

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    I'm really limited on space so I had to get creative. Have all my fabric in clear totes. Novelty, western, Christmas, solids, etc. Remnants or pieces larger and fat quarters but smaller than a yard I rolled and store on a shelf. Fabric kits are all stored together in a box labled 'ready to sew' It's not perfect, but it works until I have a sewing room. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    organize ? what is that
    Organize is in the dictionary so it must mean something and it is that something that I'm looking for - you are too funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Camper
    For the most part, our stash is sorted by color. We fold each piece of quilting fabric (anything from ľ yd to 3 yds) to fit short way in an under-the-bed clear container. We then stack the containers two high and two wide on metal wire shelves (like at Samís Club). Every container is labeled with the color on the front (or combination of colors, or novelty type). One of my daughters wanted me to add that the fabric in each container is placed darks to lights to help the younger quilters in their choice options.

    Backing fabrics are stored on bolts stacked on the same type of metal shelving unit.

    Unfinished projects get their own zip lock bag with reference info written on the bag then placed flat in another clear under-the-bed container.

    All cut strips in smaller clear tubs according to size. All cut triangles & squares in labeled clear tubs according to size.

    All quilting/sewing books on book shelf categorized by types & then alphabetized within their type.

    We have seven quilters in our home so organization helps greatly and contributes to keeping the fur from flying too thickly when deadlines are nearing. I am an over the top type of organizer . . . . those I quilt with run the spectrum from piler to more obsessive than I am. We love to help people organize their sewing rooms/stashes and have found that the bottom line is that you need a system that fits you, that you can maintain, and that you can afford!
    Mine is organized by color, then by shades of that color. I have clear plastic bins with 2",3",4",and5" pieces of scrap fabic. I keep all my binding and border fabric on 1 shelf. On another, I keep my seasonal fabric. I have a clear bin for my thread.It sounds like too much organizing,but I give my customers the option of going into my fabric rooms and choosing from my fabrics. I try to make the back rooms as neat as the front quilt shop room. My daughter helps me keep it neat, cause my MS flares up at times and I have to lay down and then she takes over for me.She has no quilting skills but she keeps the shop open for me.

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    Go to Quiltville.com and see what Bonnie Hunter suggests.............she's one organizer supreme.

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