Sunday, 13 February 2011

I need a Fabric Library..


I was asked the other day if my house was made of fabric and typewriters.  As I looked around this evening, it could have been very true indeed.  Everywhere I turned, I found another little mountain of fabric.  Annie from Fine and Sunny calls her collection a 'fabric library'. I only wish my stash was all folded, categorized and shelved.  How do you keep your fabric stash under control? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks.

xxx

9 comments:

  1. Your comment about a house made of fabric and typewriters really made me giggle. Mr BB spent a good 5 minutes listing all the things he'd need in a house to make him happy, then proceeded to say I'd just need my sewing machine and a pile of fabric (and that I'd probably sew myself a fabric cocoon to live in). Love it!

    My fabric is on a set of shelves, but it only stays neat as long as I don't use or touch any of it. I certainly look forwards to seeing more inspiring ways of using it...although that image has got me thinking about using suitcases! Off to ponder now... x

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  2. 'Hehe' I don't!
    I have piles everywhere but too love your idea of using suitcases!

    B xx

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  3. I have more fabric then I know what to do with also. All larger pieces of fabric I hang in a closet, on coat hangers. It is the best thing I've ever thought of when it comes to storing my craft goodness. And then I have a set of ikea wire drawers that I put all of my scrap fabric in. It is all rolled up with an elastic band to secure it and they are all stacked next to each other so I can still see what I have.

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  4. My big fabric collection is loosely colour coded and kept in an ikea box shelf unit. The rest is in plastic tubs and old suitcases. Its only ever neat on the odd occasion I have a clean up.

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  5. If you are electronically inclined, there is an app called 'fabric stash', you can take photos of all of your fabric, record measurements and fabric type and tag with colours etc, so you can carry details (and pictures) of your fabric library with you.

    If you are not electronically inclined, I have heard of tying in a line a little scrap of each piece of fabric that you have in your stash, so you have a quick visual guide to what you have without having to rifle through it all. I think it would look kind of lovely too...

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  6. I just don't have time to use mine much, so I have a big bag that holds all the scraps, and two regular storage crates with fabric folded neatly into it. I try not to save scraps anymore. I officially have enough.

    It's not the prettiest solutions, but it works for now. Your collection of scraps is pretty!

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  7. Ohhh you can never have too many fabric scraps! However, I do understand the need to want to organize them! Sometimes I go through mine, separating them by color themes...

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  8. I love this photo! And what a nice thought, to have a house made of fabric and typewriters.

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  9. I loved all the suggestions -- especially the one about keeping a small piece of each fabric tied onto a string or something...hmm...still hard to keep up, though! Me -- I keep small scraps flat in a box, large scraps folded and standing up on end in a bigger box so I can see them at a glance, by color, and fat quarters standing up in skinny, antique sewing cabinet drawers. They look pretty! And then there are piles -- at least 5 of them, on the floor, waiting to be sorted. Sigh.

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