Can’t Sew? Clean!

So my hands were definitely not up for sewing this weekend. The spirit was willing but my hands were not. I decided to make use of my time and reorganize my stash.

Before Picture

The main reason I decided to re-organize was the fabric bins. They were NOT organized anymore and just jammed full to the point I could barely pull them out. You can’t hold yourself accountable when you can’t see what you have!

So I went on Pinterest and found a quickie tutorial for folding fabric around your 6.5″x24″ ruler. I used it for all of my yardage that was at least a quarter of a yard. Here’s most of my yardage folded.

There is one more row of folded fabric that isn’t pictured (browns, grays, whites, blacks and novelty prints).

For my fat quarters, I experimented with a couple of different folds before settled on what fit my shelves best.

The top shelf is a couple of complete lines that I have and all of my patterns. Below that are all my FQs sorted by color and behind there are all my pre-cuts.

The bins are still in use! I emptied out all of the ziplock bags that I had full of scraps into them and also all the stuff I already had in the bins that were not yardage or fat quarters – just larger scraps.

The top still has fabric on it but that is because they are 2 quilts that are in progress and they have upcoming deadlines. If they are out making the space look messy then I know I will work on them just so I can get them off of there! It is my own personal kind of motivation.

So that is how I spent my Saturday and Sunday. Cleaning…probably should start folding some of the laundry I washed too, but for some reason I’m not as motivated to work on that!

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14 Responses to Can’t Sew? Clean!

  1. Alison says:

    I am definitely going to have to follow your lead and fold my fabric like this too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. susan says:

    I’d be so happy if mine were as organized as your before picture!

  3. Debbe says:

    Very Pretty. If I had space, I would so have a cabinet or book shelf for my fabric instead tubs shoved in the closet.

  4. Lisa says:

    I love the way it looks now! I need to at least fold my fabric that way. Wish I had a cabinet like yours though!

  5. Kris C. says:

    Did you sew your fabric bins? If so, was there a tutorial or pattern that you used? Please share!

  6. mammafairy says:

    Organised? I wish! Yours looks great!

  7. Katy says:

    Hey, want to some round and clean for me now too? 😉

  8. Flying Blind says:

    Looking good – I think I need to do a bit of sorting too – it’s on my rainy day list xxx

  9. Snoodles says:

    Wow! Sure wish mine looked that nice! I completely, totally agree — playing with and folding our fabric is WAY more fun than folding laundry….Sigh. Great job!

  10. CeLynn says:

    Who wants to fold laundry anyway 😉 Love your cupboard,both before and after!

  11. Gene Black says:

    I have most of my yardage folded about comic book boards and it is the best thing I ever did. It is so much easier to see what I have. And that makes it easier to work from my stash.

  12. Carrie P. says:

    looks great. I find I can work better when I have things organized.

  13. Barb N says:

    Thanks for the link to the folding fabric tutorial. It’s nice to have some order to all my fabric! Looks like you have everything in order in your sewing room – awesome.

  14. Victoria says:

    Thanks a bunch for the folding tutorial… I love your storage space. I really like your bins. Would you be willing to share your pattern/technique for making them? I would love to have some of these colorful bins!

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