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Thread: I need help sorting my stash

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    Messy stash problem, need help or inspiration.

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    Click the search button on top.. type in Sewing room, or new sewing room and you will find lots of topics ! Hopefully they will get you inspired :wink:

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    i sort mine by colors looks real real nice when you do that

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    you got some pretty fabric there

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    You need to check out eddie's quilt room if that doesn't motivate you then nothing will. I'm not sure what the title was but if you do a search on sewing area or quilting area you will find many subjects on it. good luck

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    search getting organized in my sewing area

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    Sorry I can't help, mine is soooo much worse than yours.

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    Unhhhhh - is that all you are dealing with or do you have more fabric hiding out somewhere?

    If that's all you have, just fold it neatly, and you are good to go.

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    Send it to me and that will take care of your sorting. hee hee. I have been moving mine about lately too. Its hard to keep it all organized.

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    plan B... send it all to me, and ill happily go through it for you :D
    Oh, wait... you want to keep it, huh?
    *sigh* just as well, i still cant figure out where im supposed to stash what i got last night.

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    I do have more fabric but these are the big pieces.

    Here is what I did, I just took it all out and refolded it and
    now it's somewhat color coated. Oh I LOVE this. Thanks for all of your help.

    I'll be posting a project that I've started that's PP.

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    Something that might help maximize the storage on your shelves:

    Measure them - if they are 36 by 12, for example, if you fold your fabric so that the pieces end up being appoximately 11 x 11, they stack nicely.

    If one uses a piece of cardboard or plexiglass for a measuring guide, that helps to get consistent folds.

    It's the really large and very small pieces (snibbles) that are the storage puzzlers for me.

    PS - your shelves look very neat and tidy. It should be easy for you to locate what you are looking for.

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    What a difference. Now it's all so easy to get to. I see projects in your future. 8-)

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    Thank you everybody, I feel so much better now, I'm on a roll today my next project will be to clean out my corner cabinet that has all of my unfinished projects in YUK. Have to get on the floor to do that.

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    Found this site which I think might help you with your organization, then when you get this down pat, you can come and organize mine:-}
    http://turningturning.com/tutorial-folding-fabric/

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    Thanks for that site, very interesting, I'd rather be sewing though. LOL.

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    I sort my folded fabrics by value, light, medium and dark. Then I can see at a glance if I am low or overstocked on certain values. I have been working on getting my sewing room organized again. It seems spring inspires us to do that! Or maybe it's the mess from a winters worth of sewing..haha

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    I am resorting my fabric right now. I bought a set of cubes at Target.com and have half of them put together. Hopefully I can get the other half put together to night. I love the folding idea. I will try and remember to post some pics when I am all done.

    I have to get outside and work in my yard and flower beds but it has been raining all day and is way toooo muddy. I'm so glad I don't have to make the choice of where to go and work tonight after work :)

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    You did a great job organizing that. Now would you come over and do mine. :-D

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    one suggestion, turn all the fabric so the last single fold is to the outside. :)

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    try a simple sort, like by color

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    Looks like you did a good job organizing your stash. I like your cabinet.
    I keep my fabric organized according to colors, sort of. For ease of stacking and uniform appearance I fold around my 6 x 24 ruler which then slides out leaving a perfectly folded length of fabric. 6 inches by the depth of the shelf it will be stored on. I may have heard about this trick right here but can't remember for sure. lol

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    when you get yours sorted come help me, I'll feed you.

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    I folded mine something like the above but, I folded my large yardage pieces in half again and the smaller pieces just in half selvages to selvages. I put the large pieces along the back of cabinet and the shorter pieces front to back, now I take out a short stack to see the back pieces and find this works very well for me.

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    I sorted mine by type first, flannels, homespuns, 30's, civil war fabrics, Christmas, large florals, and baby fabrics. The rest I sorted by color and stacked them darkest on the bottom to lightest on top. I fold them in half salvage to salvage, then in half the other way so both ends are together. Then starting at the fold, I fold it over about 6 inches, then over again and again till I get to the end. So, it's folded like it was on the bolt, so it's easy to cut off what I need without unfolding the whole thing. The last fold makes it about 6 by 11" and I stack them with the fold side out. I am reorganizing a friend's sewing room right now and she has enough fabric for a quilt shop! It's fun, but is taking soooo long. She buys tone on tone white and cream fabric by the 10 yard piece and I refolded and stacked about 20 pieces! Her shelves are different sizes than mine and most of her pieces bigger, so I'm folding it in about 9" widths. I've done about 1/4th of her fabrics and I've already worked at it 3 or 4 afternoons. When I get done with the fabric on her shelves (2 walls, floor to ceiling) she has fabric in boxes in the hall, in another spare room, and downstairs. I figure I'll be at it for months!!

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