I have been sewing for much of my life and have a fabric collection that matches the various phases in my sewing. As a teen and young adult, I primarily made garments and then added quilting to my skill set in my early twenties. After I was married, I began focusing more on home decor items and then itty, bitty clothing after my son was born. Now, my sewing seems to be geared somewhat toward making items that solve problems and gifts. As a result of this progression, I have boxes and boxes of various types of fabric stored around my house. I have quilting fabric under my bed, garment fabric in my closet, and a bunch of assorted fabrics everywhere else. Fortunately, my husband has a generous and understanding nature and tolerates this fabric farm. Of course, he has comic books, so we are kind of even.
The bottom line is that when I want to start a sewing project, I have difficulty putting my hands on the fabrics that I need. This usually leads to a trip to the fabric store which, of course adds to the problem because fabrics are like potato chips: you can't just have one. Or, worse, I start pulling boxes out and digging through the fabric leaving swaths of fabric in my wake. As much fun as it is to buy fabric (and oh, do I love to buy fabric), I know that I already have yards and yards waiting to be made into something. So, recently I have been trying to use fabric that I already have for my various sewing projects and also to complete my unfinished projects. To make this process easier, I have decided to inventory my fabrics and create a fabric swatch book so that I can more easily locate the fabrics I do have. Also, I tend to be inspired when I look at my fabrics so hopefully being able to easily see them will lead to more productivity and a higher completion rate.
I hope you enjoyed this fabric organizing tip. I know that I struggle to keep my fabrics and other sewing items organized, and I think this will really help me keep track of my fabric stash.