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Posted on: 7/10/06 5:51 PM
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Stash Catalog
I have most of my stash cataloged. I use index cards and those little binders that fit them. It works best if you buy the cards with the holes in them already instead of punching holes in a bazillion, depending on the size of your stash, cards.

Index card Organization
2 x 2 inch swatch
sometimes bigger
fabric content
date of purchase
place of purchase

assuming I remember all that information when I'm writing up the card. Notes include things like shrinkage (3 yards -> 2 3/4 which means 3 yds purchased to 2 3/4 yards after prewash or 60"->54" ie the width shrank 6 inches), ideas, garments that I used part of the cut on, and anything else relevent. Sometimes I write storage location, but I move my fabric around, so that isn't always helpful. It's a lot easier to sort the index cards than the stash.

Instead of sewing, I spent one month cataloging my stash. It has really paid off. I can go to my mini-binders and look up what I think I might want. Then I can usually find it. Sometimes, I just dig thru the stash looking for that special fabric.

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inkyannie said... (7/13/06 8:51 PM) Reply
Geez, I should be so organized! I like this idea and hope someday I will get it done. I started working full time and haven't had much time to sew lately. I reallly miss it.
Rhoda K said... (7/12/06 9:20 PM) Reply
Since my stash isn't that big, I better get started! I've thought about doing this many times, but . . . . .
Katharine in BXL said... (7/12/06 8:39 AM) Reply
I have to get around to this someday!
Monica G said... (7/11/06 9:37 PM) Reply
I also use index cards. I measure my yardage after pretreating/laundering. That is the measurement I record
candyo said... (7/11/06 8:00 PM) Reply
I use a spreadsheet, but this is good too!
tamtay said... (7/11/06 1:10 PM) Reply
Thanks, Neefer, I think we were indexing our stashes at exactly the same time using the same little binders and the exact same format on the card! Great minds.....!
licarritc said... (7/11/06 9:16 AM) Reply
I do something similar with business card blanks that I preprinted with what I need to fill out. I have them all in a binder in plastic sheets so I can flip through them. I also marked what bin they're in on the card so I can find what I need really quickly now.
Patzee said... (7/11/06 1:17 AM) Reply
I like your idea of using index cards. They are more duable than standard copy paper and it seems like it's easier to work with when each material is on it's own card (for reorganizing or tossing). Thanks!
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