My Fabric Stash Needs a Reboot!



I’ve been up to my ears in fabric this weekend!  Right now I’m still in the midst of it & I’m determined to get done!  My fabric stash needed a reboot because I have more fabric coming in than going out.  Not a super bad thing, but it’s taking over my sewing space.  It’s time to finish taming the stash even if it takes the rest of the week!

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The Dilemma

Okay, so maybe it’s not a dilemma, but it’s definitely a problem that needs addressing.  I started cutting my scraps into squares & strips a while back.  The intent was to have them ready to sew when I got ready to use them.  Unfortunately they are just laying in my way on my fabric shelf & I never finished!

Then my lovely aunt found two boxes full of fabric for $20 at an estate sale.  What self declared fabricaholic could say no to that?  The box on the left is for keeps & the box on the right is leaving the nest.  At least a didn’t keep it all! ?

All of that has made for lots of chaos in the sewing room!  Time for a reboot!

A Passion for Precuts


In my last post about my stash I showed y’all the bin where most of my scraps wind up.  It was organized by color & held all sorts of fabric scraps.

This wasn’t really working for me, so I decided it was time to start sorting it out.  Back to the cutting!

The first thing I did was divide out the apparel scraps from the quilting scraps.  The bin will house all the apparel scraps because I don’t use them as often.  All fleece, minky, terry cloth, etc. scraps will go on the bottom layer.

I cut all my knit scraps into strips & stretched them for yarn.

This goes on the second layer with the heavy weight apparel scraps.

The top layer of the bin holds light weight apparel fabrics, mini triangle & tag scraps, & leather scraps.

Then I made a “fancy” label for the front to remind me what’s where in the bin.

I’m starting to label my larger yardages of fabric with tags, indicating how much & fabric type.

I’ve got a small pile of scraps to finish cutting & sorting into squares & strips.  {bottom left}

I’ve got a stack of fat quarters & mid sized cuts sorted as well.

These little bins hold sorta special pieces.  From left to right:

  • Pieces with iron on adhesive on the back.
  • Pieces like flaps, straps, & special bits I want to keep.
  • Triangle pieces of various sizes.  {project plan!}

My two small scrap bins are for micro scraps {short} & odd strips {tall}.

All this is great except…..

That’s all the shelf space I have right now for all those cuts & fat quarters!  Time for some rearranging!

Hopefully I’ll have it under control for Friday’s Monthly Roundup.  Happy Monday y’all!


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    • Kristie Cook says:

      If you can pay me in fabric, I might be persuaded! ? But really, I think that would be an awesome job to have!

  1. Guida says:

    You are so organized. A job as a fabric organizer would be heavenly, mind you I would spend too much time touching and dreaming what I would make. I would love to have a large room with lots of shelves to organize my stash, they are all in boxes in the shed and it will be a long while before I get to see my lovelies again. Thanks for the ideas on sorting them.

    • Kristie Cook says:

      I try to stay organized, it doesn’t always work! Going through my fabric did remind me of some pieces I forgot I had. Sorry your fabric is hidden away, hope you get to see it soon! 🙂

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