Fabric Organization

Posted by  | Tuesday, May 17, 2011  at 10:08 AM  
We made our big move from North Carolina the end of July 2010, and I'm STILL in the organization mode because I want to organize my house the RIGHT way, down to every little corner. There shouldn't be lots of storage tubs in the garage, since we don't plan to move anytime soon. If it's not being used somewhere, or kept for a specific purpose, it needs to go, right? Most things should be used frequently if I'm going to keep it.  This is where my mind has been camping since we moved into our house. Having two small children makes this task a very drawn out task, and I often find myself frustrated, because I want to be done with this. I've heard it said before that it takes a year to get settled, so my goal is to be done by our one year anniversary in our house. That's do-able, right?

Now, let's head to one area that desperately needed an organizational plan: my fabric stash. If you are a crafter, you can understand the need to hold onto every little ribbon,button or scrap piece of your favorite fabric for there's so much potential that could be done with that little piece. But something's gotta give. I either have to find a way I can easily FIND these fabrics and craft items so I remember to use them, or toss them. 

I came across a tutorial about how to make your own fabric bolts and organize your fabrics like Joann's! (I wish I could remember where it was, so I could reference it.) I KNEW I had to make that happen. I was tired of digging into my deep storage tubs to find that one piece of fabric and then find it all caddywompus-like. Not ideal.

Scissors, rotary blade fabric cutter, or box cutter
Straight pins (I like to use the kind with the colored pearl on the end.)
Pen or pencil
Tape measure
Foam board

1.) Measure and cut your foam board into eight  rectangles per foam board. Mine rectangles are around 7 1/4" x 10".

2.) Wrap your fabric around each piece of foam, securing them with straight pins.
3.) Slide them onto a bookshelf, storage tub or dresser drawer.

Is this a fresh breath of air or what?
Happy Tuesday!


Cecilia said...

I saw something similar on ucreate (I bet you would like that site if you don't already), but haven't put it to use yet. I have grand plans for when we move though!

Hugh & Hollie Carson said...

I'll have to check out ucreate. Thanks for telling me about it!

Kari said...

LOVE this idea. My current system is definitely not working. I will give this a try.

Erika said...

I've actually like this idea and just started today to do it. Thanks for post.

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