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Thread: How often do you organize your fabrics

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    How often do you organize your fabrics

    I moved my sewing stuff from a small 8' x 10' room to a 12' X 14' with 2- 6' closets about 3 yrs ago. My fabrics are on selves in the closets, each closet covered with a curtain. As much as I tried to keep it organized it has got a little messy.

    The UFO are in bins with labels stacked on the top self. The fabrics are folded ruler style and "were"sorted by color and 30's, solids, children, flannels, backings etc. Now the they are for the most part still folded but mixed up. i am able to find what I am looking for but it just takes me longer. I find that I am not as much of a neat freak that I was .

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    I spend a lot of time re-arranging my fabric. My fabrics are on comic book boards and in bins - like all my NFL fabric is one bin and my MLB fabric is in another - when using them, I am doing a specialty quilt. All my Christmas fabrics are in a couple of bins because I have so much (at last count there was 250 and I have bought more). I did put the Halloween and Thanksgiving/Fall fabric together in one bin. But the florals and solids and tones get changed around from time to time because I change my mind. I had a lot of kids fabrics but I am sending them off because I have no more babies in the family and if I need to make another quilt for a small child/baby then I plan to use my embroidery machine for making pictures.

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    I am slowly settling into my new sewing studio we had built over the garage last spring. As I have been moving my sewing paraphernalia over to the new room I have been organizing my stash and purging some of the unwanted pieces of fabric. I have bins for strip quilts, crumbs, batiks and have neatly folded my yardage and FQs and arranged by color.

    In reading a recent blog (maybe Lori Holt or Sherri from a Quilting Life) she suggested going through your stash about twice a year. I don’t have a large stash so I think I will apply this to my organizing philosophy.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    do any of you refold your fabrics now and then so the creases can relax?

    or - do you leave it " as is" until you use it?

    the only times my fabric is " reorganized" is when i am looking for something.

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    i organize anything in my sewing room "once in a blue moon". Odd thing is, it's when I organize I really can't find things!

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    I organized my fabric a couple of months ago and gifted a lot of it that I knew I wasn't going to use. Now I can actually see what I have. Love it!!

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    Every January! I am not an orderly person but this is my one certain plan in life. Wish it would spill over into doctor's appointments, closet cleaning, window washing, refrigerator purging, etc!
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    I go through about once a year and donate to a church group. It is time to do that again!!!!
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    I'm with bearisgray. I only re-organize when I'm looking for something in particular if I can't remember where I put it last. I have a large stash of bits and pieces. Some yardage, but a lot was found either in thrift shops, GoodWill stores or given to me by friends who know I love quilting every day and can't wait to see how I use their pieces. :-)

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    I try to keep my sewing room clean as much as possible. After every project, I vacumn, put the fabrics I didn't use back, scraps in their perspective tote, etc. Then I can feel good about starting another project. Sometimes I have a couple projects going at one time like right now, so each project takes up one corner of my cutting table so I can keep them separate from each other. I have shelves for future projects and as I find a fabric I think might work with them I pull from my stash and put it in their pile on the shelf until I finally get around starting that project. I keep my flimsies on hangers with a paper pinned to them telling me whether I have the binding made, backing ready, what size the quilt is, whether I have the quilting patterns ready and what threads I want to use. I try to keep as organized as possible cause my memory is about 5 minutes long otherwise

    As to my fabrics which is the main topic here, I have mine on comic book boards and/or bolt boards if over 5yds. I put up new shelves this past year so I have more room for the fabrics. I keep mine by color or if I have a large collection of a brand/type I keep them together. Right now I ran out of room again so they're starting to pile up where ever I can find a place to stack them. Drat it all............I seem to buy faster than I use them up.
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    Probably every six months , give or take, I go through my stash. I purge and make notes of what I need colorwise. Or whenevr I feel my stash is controlling me rather than me controlling it.

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    Several months ago I folded all my fabrics (mostly FQ's and half yards) to same size and stacked them. Well, that didn't last long! I almost invariably needed something on the very bottom or near the bottom and the whole stack would get catty-wampus. Plus, not all my fabric fit on my shelves. So, I broke down and bought the comic boards. I cut almost all of them in half since most of my fabrics are less than a yard, left a few whole for the bigger pieces. Now, all of my fabric fits in their space and I can pull out the ones I need without messing everything else up. I am happier and I am spending way less time looking for or organizing fabric. I also spent time cutting my scraps to usable sizes and now I cut scraps while I'm cutting for a project or right after. Being organized helps me get more done!
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    Wow Snooze - one could go shopping for fabric in your sewing room. It looks so organized and neat.

    I organize my fabric whenever I move. Although we are newly retired now so shouldn’t be moving any more, fingers crossed. I just organized. My fabric is in one large closet. I have everything in bins, organized and labelled by colour, batiks, Christmas, pre-cuts, backings, etc. My husband is handy and put in shelves so that no more than 2 bins are stacked, and the space is fully used. I need to do some scrap quilts, I hate to throw any even the smallest pieces, as the price per meter averages $14-16 in my area.
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    It took me 2 days to organize my quilting fabric / supplies in my tiny 1 bedroom apartment so I'm trying very hard not to have to do it again any time soon. So after each project is finished I spend the necessary time to deal with leftover scraps and put all tools used back to their proper places. It has made it so much easier when it's time for the next project.

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    My sewing room gets organized when I can’t take it anymore. For the rest of the House, I have a recipe card for each of the 12 months of the year & use that as the blueprint for occasional jobs that could get forgotten such as: January & July tip the mattress and box spring off the frame and vacuum under. Real Estate tax payment dates, estimate tax payment dates, etc. I used this method at work and it works for me.

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    For me it is a never ending battle. Clean it up then can’t find things... tear it up to find things... clean it up..a never ending circle

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    I'm really anal about my workspace (really, about my whole house..lol) so I organize at the end of each day with only current project out on cutting board. This last weekend I put all my fabric on mini bolt holders and I was so relieved. I don't have as much as most since I haven't been sewing long but the stacks of 100+ fabrics were driving me nuts.
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    Every time I do a project. I have to reorganize something in my sewing room. I guess if I have a empty space I will fill it something. And this isn't bad. It helps me keep thing under control in this room.

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    I ruler folded my fabric and organized it by color. The fat quarters and larger yardage are on separate shelves. They looked beautiful until recently. I'm getting ready to straighten them one color at a time. When I grab fabrics from the bottom, I sometimes scrunch the fabrics above them.i considered the comic board method, but the boards take up room that I can't give up.

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    I find the whole organizing thing challenging with fabric, notions, etc. I'm pretty organized but sometimes I get frustrated and re organize the fabric - especially when I'm working on a project, then I'm looking for more of that type of fabric, etc. I have my fabric in bins that pull out and organized by color/theme. For example, 1930's reproduction fabric, Civil War fabric and organize the colors.

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    I would love to go hang out in Suz’s (Snooze2978) sewing room. What a lovely display of fabrics and notions.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    My stash was getting out of control, so I bought an Ikea 8-cube thingy that holds boxes. I put all of the stash that I had on a bookshelf into those boxes, trying to keep to specific categories. (I have a couple of shelves in a closet full of fabric too.) Well. The cleared bookshelf didn't stay clear for long because I started a new project and of course nothing in my stash was just right. Now the bookshelf is full again, the Ikea cubes are full, the shelves in my closet are full, and I find myself with a bin containing kids novelty fabric that has no place anywhere in my small 1-bedroom apartment.
    That said, I like to sort my fabrics every 3 months or so because I suddenly decide on a new category and it's sort of like Scrooge McDuck counting his gold.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I organize when I no longer have space to start a new project.
    Then I know it's time to start putting things away and tidying up.

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    Snooze - your sewing room is as big and organised as many fabric shops in my area! Wow is all I can say....

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    I seem to buy faster than I sew it up. Hmm, seems like I am very much guilty of that. Love your sewing room.

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