Is there a clinical diagnosis for people like me (and probably you too if you’re reading this post!) that spend too much time in the fabric store? I am compelled to visit the fabric store at least once a week. If the fabric store was a band, I’d be considered a groupie! Swooning over the rock star hoping to catch his eye. Well, in this case, the fabric is the rock star that I get to take home again and again and again! My fabric stash is getting outrageous! I can’t sew fast enough to use my lovely finds. My mother who has been sewing for nearly 50 years, has very little in her stash so she shops out of mine! She’s a project shopper, buying mostly when she has a project in mind. We are definitely polar opposites!
I need to curtail my groupism for a while since the sewing expo is coming at the end of the month where I’ll be in full groupie mode! Afterall, 3 years ago, the expo is where I discovered the PR community, bought Deepika’s book and really, really fell in love with all things sewing!
The challenge for me is how to organize my stash so I’l know what I have. Right now, all my fabric is kept in a storage container. When I need to retrieve anything, it’s like dumpster diving! And very time consuming!
In my online research, I found that there are many articles on this very topic! The consensus is that using comic book boards or cardboard to fold your fabric around is the best way to store it. It transforms the fabric into a fabric library! http://www.everythingetsy.com/2012/05/lots-of-fabric-storage-ideas-organize-it/
Sounded good to me until I read another board that said it’s not a good idea to fold the fabric because after a long period, the fabric becomes brittle at the fold. So, my search continued.
Other sewists comments suggested rolling the fabric, preferrably on tubes or bolts collected from the fabric store.
Cathe Holden from http://justsomethingimade.com/2009/07/organizing-fabric-remnants/ offers these pretty label downloads for free. This is the method I plan to use (minus the trunk!). So the tube collecting begins.