My current fabric storage is less than ideal – I have two giant plastic tubs shoved in my tiny walk-in bedroom closet that I share with my husband. The closet is super dark, the tubs are stacked on top of each other, and are both ridiculously heavy and hard to pull out of the closet when I want to take a look at something. At least they’re see-through, but it’s still hard to figure out what’s in there.
Well, it was driving me nuts that I wasn’t 100% sure of what fabric I had, or what yardage I bought of something, and I needed a new way to keep track of the fabric I owned – especially when it comes to planning new sewing projects. I’m also guilty of thinking I don’t have a type of fabric for a project, and then come to realize after buying new fabric that yes, I already have fabric in my stash that would have worked!
The solution – a portable catalog of fabric swatch cards (you can download the file to make your own here!).
After going through both fabric bins, I consolidated all of my full cuts of fabric into one bin and my scraps/leftover fabric into the other bin – turns out that I now have one completely full bin of fabric I already used for previous projects! That’s something to tackle another time…
Then, I used my pinking shears and cut little square swatches of all of my fabric, stapled them to swatch cards I made and printed out on cardstock, and recorded all of the info I wanted to know/keep track of. Did I prewash it? Where did I buy it? Did I have ideas for a project with this fabric? I can record all of that info on my cards.
I ended up dividing my swatches into two different packets, one for woven fabrics and one for knits. Then, I punched a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each swatch card and used two binder rings to keep them all together. That’s it! Now I can flip through and see all of my fabric easily, and I can even throw these in my bag as I head out to the fabric store – very helpful if you’re trying to shop for coordinating fabrics for a project.